What to do and see in Stoneham, United States: The Best Places and Tips

February 20, 2018 Layne Dawes

Stoneham /ˈstoʊnəm/ is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, six miles north of downtown Boston. Its population was 21,437 at the 2010 census, and its proximity to major highways and public transportation offer convenient access to Boston and the North Shore coastal region and beaches of Massachusetts. The town is the birthplace of Olympic figure-skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan and is the home of the Stone Zoo.
Restaurants in Stoneham

1. Horn Pond

Arlington Rd, Woburn, MA 01890
Excellent
63%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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.

2. Stoneham Theatre

395 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180-3514 +1 781-279-2200
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Stoneham Theatre

Reviewed By Martha T - Lowell, Massachusetts

This show was excellent. The Trio all have fantastic voices and the show is loaded with Italian music information from Opera to Italian artists. We loved it.

3. Jordan's IMAX Theater

50 Walkers Brook Dr, Reading, MA 01867-3224 +1 508-844-5171
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Jordan's IMAX Theater

Reviewed By YotaPwr - Maine

We drove over 4 hours to watch F8 here. This place is everything you hope it will be and more. There are only 8 Imax theaters in the world and it was like being there the entire time. The online ticket experience was simple and the concessions were probably the most reasonable prices we have seen in a long time. It was nice to pay a reasonable price for a change. We got there early and had our pick of seats. Parking is ample and there is plenty to do before or after the movie. We can't wait to do another movie here soon!

4. Saugus Iron Works

244 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906-2188 +1 781-233-0050
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Saugus Iron Works

In the 1600's, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened. Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. This nine-acre National Park includes working waterwheels, hot forges, mills, an historic 17th century home and a lush river basin.

Reviewed By SUSAN M - Hollywood, Florida

Saugus Iron Works is a National Historic Park. This one apparently is not very popular; tours are offered only once a day and the park opens May 1st for only six months of the year. Both my husband (not a history buff) and I found it fascinating. Perfect sunny weather didn't hurt. By the time we arrived at 1:30, the day's visitor count was only 26.

This site was the first successful plant for the production of cast and wrought iron in the Americas. Production began in 1646 using technology equal to that used in Europe at the time. Iron products were needed for farm tools, barrel straps, wagon wheels, blacksmiths, building materials, etc. The men working there were indentured servants, not Puritans – arrested English artisans as well as Scottish soldiers deported after capture.

The work was demanding and dangerous. Moisture was the worst. A tiny drop of water falling on molten metal could blow up the entire furnace. Due to financial issues and embezzlement, the mill closed in less than ten years. The workers, however, stayed in New England starting other ironworks that formed the foundation of the future US iron and steel industries.

Our guide demonstrated the actual workings. Water from the adjacent Saugus River drove water wheels that provided needed power. In one building (all are reconstructions) the iron was smelted in a blast furnace and cast into pig iron (workers thought the sand molds for casting resembled a sow with piglets – thus the name). In the next it was forged into varying qualities: pounding with massive 500 pound hammers changed the molecular structure forming 'wrought' iron. Different quality iron was needed for varying products. A third building contained rolling and slitting machinery that could change the iron’s shape, producing flat and/or small items. The park museum contained a number of excavated artifacts and small working models as well as film.

The Ironworks House is the only structure at the park that survives from the 1600s. After more than a century of owner modifications, it was restored in the early 1900’s to its original condition. We were the only two on a tour through the House. The park ranger explained how original wood beams were recognized and dated, and pointed out two different saw cuts in the wood. Every screw, hook, wood shingle and nail was handmade. He really made it interesting.

Before the early 20th century excavations there was no above ground sign of any part of the Ironworks or House other than a slag heap at the edge of the river. A road actually ran across the property. So the creation and restoration of this Historic Site is quite amazing. We stayed more than three hours

5. Night Shift Brewing

87 Santilli Hwy, Everett, MA 02149-1906 +1 617-294-4233
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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.

6. Boda Borg Boston

90 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148-4905 +1 781-321-1081
Excellent
77%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Boda Borg Boston

Are you ready to break out of prison, be on a TV game show, explore a haunted house or run an obstacle course? Boda Borg Boston has seventeen Quests to challenge your team. You'll climb, crawl, explore and fail -- a lot -- as you work together to conquer our challenging Quests.

Reviewed By Trapezegirl - Connecticut

We went to Rockport MA for a long weekend. Took a drive to Malden (about 50 minutes) to go here. Heard good things. IMPORTANT - Make a reservation ahead of time!! When we made our reservation it was $20 for 2 hours or $30 for as long as you would like. What a deal. Where can you go this cheap???? The unlimited hour time slots were all booked, so we did the 2 hours. How we wish we had more time....... Had the time of our life. Me and my 2 sisters. You need AT LEAST 3 people. Cant say much more that that, otherwise I would have to give away secrets to the quests. Just if you are in the area you need to go

7. Griffin Museum of Photography

67 Shore Rd, Winchester, MA 01890-2821 +1 781-729-1158
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Griffin Museum of Photography

Reviewed By John S - Woburn, Massachusetts

The Griffin Museum is across the Aberjona River from the High School in the center of Winchester. Access is best from the downtown rotary along Shore Road which is one way. It is a beautifully designed single floor exhibit area showing a variety of photographic works which change every month or so. So check the web site to see whats on. Interestingly the Museum also houses the Winchester Chess Club which meets on Friday evenings and so members get to see the exhibits for the price of their Chess Club membership. There is parking outside the Museum and it is also only a short walk from Winchester Train Station and also the 134 bus stop.

8. Davis Square

Somerville, MA
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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.

9. Lake Quannapowitt

Between Lowell St & Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Lake Quannapowitt

Reviewed By CarlosIII - Wakefield, Mass

Lake Quannapowitt is about 3 and a half miles around. - good for walking, running or biking.The Main street side is a bit quieter and the walkway goes right along the lake. Sometimes I'll walk or run from the bandstand around to the Nahant street Stop sign, then turn around and come back along Man street again. - about 4 miles. Sailing is also a major activity on the lake. The Quannapowitt Yacht Club is welcoming and does give sailing lessons.

10. Market Street Lynnfield

600 Market St, Lynnfield, MA 01940-4000 +1 781-484-5400
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 99 reviews

Market Street Lynnfield

MarketStreet Lynnfield is the North Shore's largest open air shopping village, located directly off of I-95/128 at Exit 43. The center offers a vibrant mix of over 70 national brand and local boutiques, more than 10 exceptional restaurants, Whole Foods Market, and Kings Bowl America. Spend you day enjoying MarketStreet Lynnfield's green spaces, community events, performances and gatherings. Our event calendar is filled with fun family events and even a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink!

Reviewed By Armachians - Armagh, United Kingdom

This area is nicely landscaped and very well kept but has only average store offerings. Would be difficullt to spend more than an hour or two if not dining.

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