Street parking is sometimes available even on downtown Washington Street. Otherwise, municipal parking is available in several large parking lots within the downtown area. Parking is free, no meters.
There are plenty of ways to get into Norwood by car from every direction. Using Rte 95 you can make your way to Norwood from either Boston or Providence. Also, Rte 1 can take you into the heart of Norwood from both the north and the south. Coming from other Boston suburbs you can use Rte 128 to get to the edge of town then proceed south on 109 through Westwood or use Rte 1 or 95 to go directly into Norwood. From the south and Cape Cod you can use Rte 495, the outermost beltway around Boston, and go north on 1 or 95 into Norwood.
From Boston, buy tickets in South Station or Back Bay before boarding to avoid a $3 surcharge. To Boston, board in Norwood and buy a ticket from the conductor, no surcharge. Single-ride one-way fare is $6.75.
In order, outbound from Boston:
Norwood Depot station is two blocks from the Town Hall and downtown Norwood.
Norwood Central is only 0.5 miles from Norwood Depot station. It is at the south end of downtown Norwood and is close to the hospital.(Confusingly, Norwood Central has a visible, repurposed depot building, while Norwood Depot does not).
Windsor Gardens serves the apartment complex of the same name.
From Boston, most trains to Norwood have a final destination of Franklin and are thus listed and announced as "Franklin, Forge Park-495." Others have Walpole or Norwood as final destinations. Some trains stop only at Norwood Depot or Norwood Central, check the listing.
Outside commuter rail hours, use Orange Line rapid transit and 34E bus (below).
Being the hub of Norfolk County, Norwood is in the middle of all major roads south of Boston including 128, 95 and Rte 1 which runs directly through the town. There are also two train stations in Norwood for commuter rail trains that run into Boston all throughout the day.
The William F. Tilton Carillon, in the town hall at Washington and Nahatan Streets, is a fifty-bell carillon with bells cast by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon, England. Currently, concerts are offered in the summer on Monday events, and tours of the carillon are usually available following concerts.2013 Schedule
The Norwood Theatre, originally built for vaudeville in 1923 and recently restored under new management, is open and offering a variety of live programs and occasional film festivals. See norwoodstage.com for upcoming events.
The Norwood Town Common, at Washington and Nahatan street, is a public park created circa 1920 by moving buildings that had previously lined Washington Street. The Walter F. Dempsey bandstand is the venue for summer concerts; current schedules for Wednesday evening series and the Sunday evening series. There is a farmers' market on the common in the summer; in 2013, it runs on Tuesdays from June 18 thru Oct 8; details here.
Morrill Memorial Library
Aaron Guild marker
The Morrill Memorial Library, 33 Walpole Street, is housed in an 1898 building which was expanded, in matching style, in the 1960s. history. It features "eyebrow windows" in the roof. Names of famous authors are engraved in the façade and have been expanded and added to over the years, most recently in 2001. Thus, the building not only commemorates "PLATO," "SHAKESPEARE," and "LONGFELLOW," but also "ASIMOV," "GORDIMER," and "DR SEUSS." A marker outside the library commemorates Aaron Guild, whose image appears on the town seal.
Downtown Norwood has a great downtown feel as it has transformed into several shops, restaurants and coffee shops. It has also been able to hold its own against malls and plazas that have been built around town and in towns nearby. There is also a great common in the center of town that is used during the summer for weekly concerts on the common. Norwood also has some stunning architecture being lead by Town Hall, St. Catherine's Catholic Church, the movie cinema and the Town Diner. Getting away from downtown is the Day House, which houses the Norwood Historical Society, and the stunning Norwood High School. "South Norwood" part of town gives you the feel of the old tripledecker flats originally seen in Boston.
Open space guide: Download here (click on link "NorwoodOpenSpaces"); locations and details for Bad Canoe Launch, Ellis Pond, Endean Park, William Fenwick Park, Father McAleer Playground, Hawes Brook Walkway, Hennessey Field, Shattuck Park, and a list of other open space and conservation land areas.
Candlepin bowling: Norwood Sports Center, 65 Cottage St E.
Canoe and kayak put-in: Bade Canoe Launch, off parking lot for River Ridge Office Park on Route 1, affords parking and public access to the Neponset River.
Golf: Norwood Country Club on Rte 1 heading towards Dedham.
Town planners adopted a policy of encouraging restaurants to locate in Norwood, particularly downtown. Norwood has a good selection of non-chain eating places. At least one, Byblos, has a regional reputation.
Byblos Restaurant, 1068 Washington St., ☎ +1 213 738-9197, . This airy and elegant Lebanese restaurant features typical Middle Eastern fare, including lots of vegetarian offerings and a great wine list. This place is hopping later than most restaurants in the area. edit
Mint Cafe, 716 Washington St, ☎ (781) 255-0439, . Pan-Asian: Thai, Korean, Japanese. Long-established.edit
Fresh Froyo, . Frozen yogurt; serve yourself, weighed and priced at checkout. Fruit and candy toppings bar.edit
Mug and Muffin, 716 Washington St, ☎ (781) 762-8927. Daily, 6am - 2pm, M-S 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.. "The Mug" is a popular local place for coffee, breakfast, lunch, and a casual evening "bite to eat." Unpretentious, old-fashioned, inexpensive. Plain dark heavy wooden chairs and table. Plain coffee in plain white mugs. Menu of mostly-breakfast items, eggs, muffins, waffles, pancakes, omelettes, hash, steak tips.edit
Norwood Hospital, basement level of Lorusso Building, Norwood Hospital, 800 Washington Street. Seniors: Norwood Hospital offers an interesting low-cost dining-out opportunity. The Senior Supper program, Monday through Friday offers an entrée, beverage, and either a gelatin, pudding or soup for $5.50. Program details, Menu. The food is good of its kind. Nutritional details are posted.edit
Olde Colonial Cafe
*Olde Colonial Cafe, 171 Nahatan St, ☎ 781-762-2058, . Housed in the old Norwood firehouse, this is one of the top values in Norwood for great food and even better atmosphere. (A "townie" place, it operated for years in an obscure location with no sign).edit
Perks Coffee House, 685 Washington St., ☎ 781-762-5565, . 7 days. Looking as if it were transplanted from a college town, Perks is a local gathering spot with typical café fare. Live entertainment Thursday and Friday evening. Hours.edit
Thai Thani, 481-1/2 Washington St., ☎ 781-255-7333, . Monday-Saturday: Lunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5-10 pm. Small family-operated restaurant, in business for many years. Take-out; table service for about six tables. Inexpensive. Freshly-prepared food. Street parking only, not usually a problem. edit
To Beirut, 15 Cottage Street East, ☎ 781-255-7333, . Monday - -Saturday 11-9, Sunday 11-6. Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine; schwarma; informal, faster, less expensive than Byblos; pick up your order at the counter and bring it to your own table. Operated by the owners of adjacent Cedars Market.edit