Top 10 Things to do in Arlington, United States

January 25, 2018 Renato Branum

Arlington is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, six miles (10 km) northwest of Boston. The population was 42,844 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Arlington

1. Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5529 +1 617-547-7105
Excellent
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5 based on 541 reviews

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery's natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Over 100 public programs are offered annually by the Friends to educate, enrich, and inspire the community. The Friends seeks financial support for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records.

Reviewed By Callisto S - S. Natick, MA

Went during the Spring during the warbler migration and had some luck spotting various warblers, orioles, hawks and other birds! The variety of plantings around the differently landscaped grave areas give the feel of different environmental “rooms.” So beautiful!

2. Davis Square

Somerville, MA
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Davis Square

Reviewed By CTTraveler56 - Greenwich, Connecticut

Nice spot in Somerville, but beware of the crowd.
Being so close to Tufts University, it gets impossible to dine in the area restaurants if you do not have a reservation (some do not accept reservation), especially on week ends.
Convenient Subway to Cambridge & Boston.

3. Spy Pond Park

Pond Lane, Arlington, MA 02474
Excellent
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Spy Pond Park

Reviewed By Susanne B - Arlington, Massachusetts

Nice park with a nice playground for the kids. You can watch the Arlington/Belmont crew, the birds, or just the locals and look out over a beautiful, largely unspoiled pond. Good parking.

4. Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3409 +1 617-267-1700
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Fenway Park

Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home field since 1912. The most distinctive feature of this classic baseball park is the 37-foot-tall left field wall, known as the "Green Monster."

Reviewed By burnboy - Sunrise, Florida

Fenway is one of the greatest places to see baseball how it is meant to be. Hot (or Cold) but close to the players and with an atmosphere unlike any modern stadium. Food isn't that great but that isn't why you come here.

5. Horn Pond

Arlington Rd, Woburn, MA 01890
Excellent
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Horn Pond

Reviewed By Alison B

Nice place to go if you want to get away from the city. Spent a few hours there enjoying the sunshine and felt refreshed.

6. Hancock-Clarke House

36 Hancock St, Lexington, MA 02420-3432 +1 781-861-0928
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 189 reviews

Hancock-Clarke House

Hancock-Clarke House is closed for the season. It will re-open for tours in April 2018. The home of Lexington's first two ministers and the location where John Hancock and Sam Adams were staying on April 18, 1775. Paul Revere stopped here on his famous "Midnight Ride" to warn Hancock and Adams that British troops had left Boston.

Reviewed By signemspencer - Lexington, Massachusetts

I went years ago and then again recently. IT is MUCH better now, both exteriir and interior re done to reflect the time of the Revolution. THe docent was super and had LOTS of interesting tidbits to share... really made the history come alive.

7. Night Shift Brewing

87 Santilli Hwy, Everett, MA 02149-1906 +1 617-294-4233
Excellent
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4.5 based on 123 reviews

Night Shift Brewing

Reviewed By Dublin3 - Dublin3

Great micro-brewery with some really tasty beers. They have rotating small batch brews, and their regular beers. Lots of seats, inside & out, and there is usually a food truck parked outside for eats. It's a great spot for a beer on the way home, or some evening with friends.

8. Wilson Farm

10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421-6042 +1 781-862-3900
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Wilson Farm

Reviewed By ams44 - New Jersey

A large farmer's market with an excellent variety of fruits and vegetables plus plants, and other foodstuff. Huge selection, fruit is screened as it is being put on display, prices fairly reasonable, and they were setting up an elaborate Halloween straw maze for kids as of 10/25/17. Worth a visit if nearby.

9. Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804 +1 617-495-9400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 363 reviews

Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums house one of the largest and most renowned art collections in the United States, and are comprised of three museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums) and four research centers (the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Fogg Museum includes Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum, unique among North American museums, is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum is focused on Asian art, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern art, and Islamic and later Indian art. Together, the collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media. The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public. For more than a century they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in the United States. The Harvard Art Museums have a rich tradition of considering the history of objects as an integral part of the teaching and study of art history, focusing on conservation and preservation concerns as well as technical studies. The Harvard Art Museums’ 2014 renovation and expansion carried on the legacies of the three museums and united their remarkable collections under one roof for the first time. Renzo Piano Building Workshop preserved the Fogg Museum’s landmark 1927 facility, while transforming the space to accommodate 21st-century needs. The museums now feature 40 percent more gallery space, an expanded Art Study Center, conservation labs, and classrooms, and a striking glass roof that bridges the facility’s historic and contemporary architecture. The three constituent museums retain their distinct identities in the facility, yet their close proximity provides exciting opportunities to experience works of art in a broader context.

Reviewed By Angelo S - Hilliard, Ohio

I was very surprised to see such an extensive collection of ancient pottery within this art museum. The museum itself is very large, with significant amounts of space to move around and some really great works (self portrait of Van Gough, full portrait of Washington, works by Picasso and Monet). For me the pottery was the most interesting and I spend a significant amount of time in that area and the space dedicated to Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art.

10. Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

611 Massachusetts Ave, corner of Massachusetts Ave and Mystic St, Arlington, MA 02474-5103 +1 781-641-0747
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

Welcome to the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, where you'll discover the work of the celebrated American artist, Cyrus E. Dallin (1861 to 1944) who created some of America's most iconic sculptures, including The Appeal to the Great Spirit and Paul Revere. Visit the museum today and experience the works of this American master. Hours: Fri-Sun, Noon to 4:00. Check website for events, photos, and updates.

Reviewed By Curtis N

This small house museum has an eclectic collection of mostly casts of pieces by the American sculptor, Dallin, who lived most of his adult life in Arlington. The pieces have interesting historical information. The docents are friendly and well informed. And there are always a few random other things - painted chairs - to enjoy.

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