Framingham is the largest town in Massachusetts, with a population of 67,000. Originally a blue-collar manufacturing town, Framingham is now known for its high density of white-collar technology and business professionals, as well as diverse ethnic populations, due to its proximity to Boston (only 25 miles away) and the tech corridor, Route 128.
Framingham is the home of several major corporations, including Staples, TJX, Perini, Boston Scientific, and Bose Audio, and also is part of what is known as the Golden Mile, a large conglomeration of shopping malls and retail outlets.
Framingham is most accessible via the Massachusetts Turnpike, Exit 12 on I-90. You can also reach Framingham from the south via Route 126, and from the east or west via Routes 9, 30, 20, and 16.
The MBTA provides commuter rail service from South Station, Boston to Framingham. Trains run approximately hourly, and at the half hour during rush hour.
Framingham is accessible only via Logan Airport in Boston. Travelers must take the Logan Shuttle or private shuttle from the airport, or use the trains.
See & Do
If you enjoy the outdoors, be sure to visit Nobscot Mountain in North Framingham. Nobscot Mountain and Nobscot Reservation provide over 1,000 acres of hiking, camping, and sightseeing, managed by the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Also visit Garden in the Woods to see a stunning selection of local flora and fauna.
If you enjoy shopping, Framingham is definitely the place in eastern Massachusetts to visit. We have every major retail chain from Wal-Mart to Best Buy and more.
Absolutely do not miss Jordan's Furniture Store. It may sound strange that a furniture store is considered an attraction, except that this particular furniture store has a Mardi Gras celebration nearly every hour, intensely themed rooms, the only IMAX theatre near Boston (strange as that may seem) which shows major hits like The Matrix Reloaded (5 stories of Wachowski fun), virtual reality arcades, and more. Even the roast beef stand is worth seeing just for the giant aquarium in it.
There's a large selection of lodging in and near Framingham, including:
Most of these hotels can be Googled under their respective chain names and Framingham.
If you like sushi, you'll love Minado. It's an all you can eat Japanese and Chinese buffet with exquisite sushi at very reasonable prices. Located on Route 9 near the Hampton Inn.
A local favorite is Ken's Steak House, also of the Ken's Salad Dressing fame. On Route 9 near Wal-Mart.
Christopher S. Penn has been a resident of Framingham since 2001.