10 Things to Do in Framingham That You Shouldn't Miss

July 25, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Framingham /ˈfreɪmɪŋˌhæm/ ( listen) is a city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Incorporated in 1700, it is located within Middlesex County and the MetroWest subregion of the Greater Boston metropolitan area. The city proper covers 25 square miles (65 km) with an estimated population of 68,318 in 2010, making it the 14th most populous municipality in Massachusetts. Residents voted in favor of adopting a charter to transition from a representative town meeting system to a mayor–council government in April 2017, and the municipality transitioned to city status on January 1, 2018.
Restaurants in Framingham

1. Jack's Abby Brewing

100 Clinton St, Framingham, MA 01702-6748 +1 508-872-0900
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Jack's Abby Brewing

Reviewed By Frank B - East Walpole, Massachusetts

Well. The food is spare for the price paid. Wings.... half a dozen... Really? And just ok. Pizza....six medium slices for 18 bucks? Eh....,, and the deal with beer is just gonzo now..l, charge whatever you want..., they'll pay it....., and jesusofthehardwoodbaffle...the acoustics make a whisper a shout.... picnic tables? When the revolution comes, the prices will go down and the seats will be good, comrade... until then? Gimme a booth if you're gonna charge an arm and a leg....

2. Museum of World War II

8 Mercer Rd, Natick, MA 01760-2415 +1 508-653-1944
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 80 reviews

Museum of World War II

Located just 20 minutes from Boston, The Museum of World War II is home to the most comprehensive collection of original WWII artifacts & documents anywhere in the world. With more than 7,000 pieces on display, the museum uniquely shows the human story interwoven with the military and political events thru all of the artifacts that made up life, from everyday, to the most momentous decisions during the war. "It is a sacred mission to preserve the lives and heroic actions of all those people who fought on the battle fronts and home fronts to destroy the evil of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan." -Kenneth W. Rendell, Founder & Director.

Reviewed By aliceann1 - boston, mass.

What started as a private collection of WWII artifacts has evolved into a wonderful small museum of objects seldom seen in a public venue. The collection ranges from uniforms and artillery to propaganda posters and children's toys from Nazi Era Germany. The museum accepts donations from private citizens and as such, the items on view are diverse and remarkable to see. It is worth traveling out to the suburbs of Boston in a commercial area to find this hidden gem. It is a fabulous collection of items.

3. Trombetta's Farm

655 Farm Rd, Marlborough, MA 01752-2763 +1 508-485-6529
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Trombetta's Farm

Reviewed By VacaLover2015 - Framingham, Massachusetts

We're new to the area and several people indicated we "had" to visit Trombetta's and that it was fabulous. It's a good size typical farm stand but no organic options. The flowers are beautiful but prices weren't competitive enough for me to buy any. I support buying local so if you're not looking for organic grown, check them out.

4. Lake Waban

21 College Rd, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02482-5703
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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5 based on 68 reviews

Lake Waban

Reviewed By robertinSJ - San Jose, California

A nice easy walk around the pond. The scenery on September was beautiful and there were swans on the lake. Great morning walk.

5. Wayside Inn Historic Site

72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776-3206 +1 978-443-1776
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Wayside Inn Historic Site

Reviewed By Dawn B - Madison, Wisconsin, United States

The Wayside Inn is just beautiful! We visited for a wedding and had a lovely time! The celebration was held in a lovely tent on the grounds. The service was wonderful, as was the food! We were able to stroll the garden area and visit the pond, all beautiful!

While we didn't dine in the actual inn or stay overnight at the inn, we did pop over to explore a bit and I'm so glad that we did! The hostess provided us with fascinating and in-depth history about the inn, the area and the time period. We probably spent about 30 minutes with her, but we could have spent so much more time learning about the history of this wonderful place. After chatting with her, we visited the tavern and some of the rooms. Just an incredible place to visit.

6. Ashland State Park

162 W Union St, Ashland, MA 01721-1435 +1 508-435-4303
Excellent
31%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Ashland State Park

Reviewed By Don P - Ashland, Massachusetts

Have visited many times during the warmer months. Located on a good size reservoir, the entire area is picturesque and well kept. The beach is clearly defined and suitable for swimming for any age. Picnic areas are adequate however additional tables would certainly be helpful. This is state park is the little brother to the more expansive Hopkinton State Park which is located approximately 10-15 minutes away. Boat rentals, offered at Hopkinton, are not available in Ashland. Overall, Ashland is a clean, safe, facility.

7. Massachusetts Horticultural Society's The Gardens at Elm Bank

900 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482-5725 +1 617-933-4900
Excellent
71%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's The Gardens at Elm Bank

Mass Hort’s 36-acre hands-on Gardens at Elm Bank offers adults and children the opportunity to experience, enjoy and learn about plants and the environment. The site includes various garden spaces from the historic Italianate Garden to the educational New England Trial Garden to the whimsical Weezie’s Garden for Children. Several plant societies and garden clubs have also installed permanent demonstration and display gardens at the Gardens at Elm Bank.

Reviewed By Julie V - Newton, Massachusetts

The gardens are beautiful and I imagine that there is always something blooming to keep it pretty. There are a number of different garden types - Italian (formal), children's garden, herbs, daylilies, and more. There are interesting sculptures and wooden chairs and gazebos spread throughout the property that add interest. I thought the $10 admission fee was a little steep but they do a good job of keeping it all looking good so I feel like I helped that along.

These gardens sit on the Elm Bank Reservation and there are trails through the forest property that are adjacent to the Charles River. As this part is not owned by the Mass Horticultural Society, they do not have maps of the trails. That was unfortunate as I didn't find them well-marked and had to go just go on faith that I would loop back around to the trailhead.

8. Sweet Meadow Farm

111 Coolidge St, 111 Coolidge St, Sherborn, MA 01770-1325
Excellent
75%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Sweet Meadow Farm

Reviewed By purefunkmd - Sherborn, Ma.

The people are super friendly and the quality of their plants is great. They also have farm animals (including babies seasonally) for the kids to see.

9. The Natick Mall

1245 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760-1515 +1 508-655-4800
Excellent
57%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

The Natick Mall

Reviewed By mikeys2 - Cleveland, Ohio

Big mall. Plenty of variety. Has just about everything. I wouldn’t call this place upscale, but it’s much nicer than most suburban malls. Some higher end anchor tenants. Parking can be difficult depending on time and day. Need to get there early on weekends. Plenty of chain restaurants, as well as a decent food court. Area surrounding the mall has just about any type of retail stores that you may want / need.

10. Sri Lakshmi Temple

117 Waverly St, Ashland, MA 01721-1790 +1 508-881-5775
Excellent
62%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Sri Lakshmi Temple

Reviewed By Jitendra C

I live in Framingham. Jefferson Hill precisely. It's been 2 months since I came to USA, first timer, Along with Indian food; I missed my Gods and temples too. I searched temple near me and found out Laxmi temple, something around 3 miles.
On one sunny Sunday, I decided to walk by following Google Maps,(As I don't have a car and no transport available), I keep on walking from Gates Street, Salem road, Badger Rd, Fountain St, Waverly Rd and finally reached to Laxmi Temple.
It took nearly 2.5 hour, As I sit in between, Additionally road don’t have a walkway, but American car drivers allowed my soul to walk. It was a nice journey. I saw beautiful houses, river, grill parties etc. I missed the water.
Temple has South Indian deities. Inside Large Hall, All have their own temples. Pujari do paid abhishek for you. Even though it’s a south Indian temple, you can see all sects of people. If you go to basement, you will find another hall, where you can buy Sāmbhar-rice and/or Curd rice each for 3 $. I need 2 packets to satisfy my hunger. Sāmbhar rice is better than curd rice. You can drink water also, ask for water glass.
While coming I called Uber.

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