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Framingham

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Framingham

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Framingham [1] is the largest town in Massachusetts, with a population of more than 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.

Understand

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. This is where the first mall in America was built.

Get in

By car

Framingham is most accessible via the Massachusetts Turnpike, Exit 13 on I-90, for the main business district and retail areas. Western Framingham locations are better reached by Exit 12. You can also reach Framingham from the south via Route 126, and from the east or west via Routes 9, 30, 20, and 16.

By train

The MBTA provides commuter rail service from South Station, Boston to Framingham. Trains run approximately hourly, and at the half hour during rush hour.

By plane

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.

Get around

  • Local Inter Framingham Transit (LIFT), Toll free: 1 800-649-6096, Phone: +1 508-532-5459, [2]. Town-operated bus system operates throughout Framingham and surrounding towns.
  • Tommy's Taxi, 167 Franklin St., Phone: +1 508-872-3500.
  • Town Taxi Co., Phone: Phone: +1 508-875-4241.
  • Executive Coach, Phone: +1 508-872-6100.

See

  • Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Avenue, Phone: +1 508-620-0050, [3].

Do

  • 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.
  • Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Phone: +1 508-877-7630, [4]. A stunning selection of local flora and fauna.
  • Callahan State Park, Millwood St., Phone: +1 508-653-9641, [5] 820 acres of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing in northwest Framingham. Callahan is also dog friendly. On a hot summer day you will find dozens of dogs frolicking in and around Eagle Pond, near the South entrance on Millwood Street.
  • Fun and Games Family Entertainment Center, 50 Worcester Rd. (Rt. 9), Phone: +1 508-879-5707, [6]. Lazer tag, mini-golf, etc.

Buy

If you enjoy shopping, Framingham is definitely the place in eastern Massachusetts to visit. There is 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), virtual reality arcades, and more. Even the roast beef stand is worth seeing just for the giant aquarium in it.

Eat

  • Minado, on Route 9 near the Hampton Inn. If you like sushi, you'll love Minado. It's an all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet with exquisite sushi at very reasonable prices.
  • Ken's Steak House, on Route 9 near Wal-Mart. Of Ken's Salad Dressing fame. A local favorite.
  • Pacific Buffet, on Route 9 next to Cabot House. Another Chinese-style buffet. However, it seems closed for now.
  • Firefly's Bodacious Bar-B-Que, 235 Old Connecticut Path behind the Target on Route 30, Phone: +1 508-820-3333 , [7]. Great traditional BBQ and many other innovative recipes developed by chef\owner Steve Uliss as well as several Southern dishes. Firefly's also boasts one of the best children's menu's of any true BBQ joint. Call ahead on weekends to get your name on the waiting list so you don't have to wait an hour to be seated.
  • Aztec Restaurant, 2 Waverly St. (Route 135 at the Natick border), Phone: +1 508-820-2523, A small family owned restaurant serving great Mexican dishes. The menu is limited, but the food is more authentic than at the large Tex-Mex chains.
  • Wasabi, 1060 Worcester Road (Rt. 9), Phone: +1 508-370-7727. A moderate Japanese restaurant serving sushi and other Japanese dishes.

Sleep

There's a large selection of lodging in and near Framingham, including:

  • Best Western Framingham, 130 Worcester Road, Phone: +1 508-872-8811, Fax: +1 508-875-4136, [8].
  • Motel 6 Boston West - Framingham, 1668 Worcester Road, Phone: +1 508-620-0500, Fax: +1 508-820-0868, [9].
  • Residence Inn Boston Framingham, 400 Staples Drive, Phone: +1 508-370-0001, Fax: +1 508-370-0440, [10].
  • Sheraton Tara Hotel, 1657 Worcester Road (Route 9), phone +1 (508) 879-7200 [11]

Get out

Boston and Worcester are reachable by train. For day trips by car, try Plymouth, Cape Cod, or North Shore towns.


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