Framingham is a suburban city in Massachusetts, with a population of more than 74,000 (2019). This former blue-collar manufacturing town is now a sprawling western suburb of Boston, known for its high density of white-collar technology and business professionals, as well as an ethnically diverse population.
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.
Framingham has 2 exits on I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike toll road). Exit 12, on the western edge of town (near Southborough town line), intersects with State Route 9. Exit 12 is near Staples, Inc. and Bose Corporation. Hotels near Exit 12: Econo Lodge, Motel 6, Residence Inn (Marriott), and Sheraton Hotel. Exit 13, on the eastern edge of town (near Wayland and Natick town lines), intersects with State Route 30. Exit 13 is near the Golden Triangle retail/business center including Shoppers World, Natick Mall, and TJX Companies, Inc. Hotels near Exit 13: Courtyard Inn (Marriott), Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn, Best Western, and Travelodge.
Framingham is served by several state routes - from the north-south via Route 126 (Old Connecticut Path/School St/Concord St/Irving St/Hollis St), and from the east-west via Route 9 (Worcester Rd), Route 30 (Cochituate Rd/Worcester Rd/Pleasant St), and Route 135 (Waverly St).
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 Express shuttle or private shuttle from the airport, or use the trains.
Logan Express Bus Service
- Logan Express Depot [dead link], Shoppers World Mall (Route 30), Phone: 508-872 5424. Operates 7 days a week, year round. One of the most hassle free ways to get to and from Framingham (and MetroWest) to Logan Airport in Boston $ Adult 1-Way Fare: $12, Adult Round Trip Fare: $22, Senior (65+) 1-Way Fare: $10, Senior (65+) Round Trip Fare: $18, Children under 12 free.
- [formerly dead link] Local Inter Framingham Transit (LIFT), ☏ , toll-free: . 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.
- Typically several taxis are waiting for arrivals from the airport at the Logan Express station.*
- Framingham Town Common, Edgell and Vernon Streets (Park on Oak street.) The Town Common is the home to several historic buildings including The Old Village Hall, Edgell Library, the Framingham Historical Society as well and the Unitarian (First Parish) and Plymouth Churches. There are also various monuments and plaques throughout the Common.
- [formerly dead link] Framingham Town Hall, 150 Concord St, ☏ . Intersection of Union Avenue and Concord St. Go in to the Framingham Town Hall just to see Framingham's history, or to get a schedule of events in Framingham coming up.
- Village Hall, 2 Oak St, ☏ . Great historic venue in the Greater Boston area. Built in 1834, it is on the list of National Register of Historic Places.
Village of Saxonville
Saxonville is a village in Framingham. The main road is Concord Street (Route 126) and branches out on to Central Street and Elm Street. The Sudbury River surrounds the village on 3 sides. Saxonville has some wonderful historic landmarks and architecture to see.
- Athenaeum Hall, Concord Street at Watson Place. Built in 1847, Athenaeum Hall was first the town hall. The building has also server as "a school, a jail, a hospital, a polling place, and a newspaper pressroom."
- Old Danforth Street Bridge, Danforth Street. This bridge was completely renovated and refurbished in 2003. The bridge also leads to the Carol J. Getchell Nature Trail.
- Carol J. Getchell Nature Trail, Starts at the intersection of Sudbury Landing and Danforth Street next to the bridge. Named for one of the founders of the Friends of Saxonville, the trail runs along 1 mile of the Sudbury River.
- Saxonville Fire Station, Concord Street to Watson Place next to the Athenaeum Hall. The fire station was built in 1902 and is the oldest active fire station in Framingham.
- Saxonville Mills & Josephine Kochnowicz Clock Tower, Concord Street and Central Street. The mill complex runs along Concord Street and turns left onto Central Street by the Sudbury River. Building #7 (on Concord Street) is the only original building to have survived the great fire of 1883. (All the other buildings are circa 1884 or after.) The Clock Tower is on Central street across from the Saxonville Falls Dam.
- Saxonville Falls and Dam, Central Street at the intersection of Water Street across from the mill clock tower. The dam was built on the falls to use the Sudbury River to power the mill turbines before the mill switched to steam power. Today it is used for flood control.
- Edwards Church & Edwards Cemetery, Off of Elm Street. Edwards Church is one of the oldest churches in Framingham. The cemetery has an interesting array of headstones both "old" traditional headstones and newer headstones that are more pieces of a "artwork".
- 1 Callahan State Park, ☏ . Millwood St., 820 acres of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing in northwest Framingham. Horse back riding, fishing or even a picnic are just a few other options as well. 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. There is no admission fees.
- Cushing Park, Dudley Road. Located near Farm Pond, it serves as a walking, running, biking, rollerblading and picnic area. It is dog friendly and no admission fees.
- Farm Pond Park, Dudley Rd (Route 135 to Fountain Street) This park provides walking trails, picnic / cookout areas, a playground, and the opportunity for swimming, fishing and non-powered boating along the beautiful Farm Pond.
- Fun and Games Family Entertainment Center, 50 Worcester Rd, ☏ . (Rt. 9). Lazer tag, mini-golf, out-of-this-world arcade, and home of the Ultimate Birthday Party.
- Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, ☏ . A 45 acre retreat containing a stunning selection of local flora and fauna. There are over 1600 species and a variety of plants and wildflowers. $14 Adults, $10 Seniors (65+), $6 Youth (5-17), free for children under 5.
- [formerly dead link] Loring Arena Ice Skating Rink, 1 Fountain St, ☏ . Public ice skating, private birthday parties, private lessons and leagues all take place in the arena. You can rent ice-skates and there's a skate shop and snack bar inside.
- 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.
Yes beaches in Framingham! (Framingham has 3 public beaches.) Resident permit ($30 per family) or $2 person, per day. (Non resident rates available).
- Learned Beach on Learned Pond, Shawmut Terrace off of Prindville Avenue. Staffed from mid June to late August. Learned is a small beach located on a scenic pond.
- Saxonville Beach, Lake Road off of Old Connecticut Path. Staffed from mid June to late August. Saxonville beach is in the historic Framingham village of Saxonville on the Upper Pond of Lake Cochituate State Park.
- Waushakum Beach on Waushakum Pond, Nipmuc Road off of Route 126. Staffed from mid June to late August. Huge pond with view of the General Motors plant.
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. The shopping district, nicknamed "The Golden Triangle", is located along Route 9 (Worcester Rd) in the eastern part of town and extends into neighboring Natick. The shopping district includes Shoppers World (on the border with Natick), a vast outdoor mall featuring 795,308 square feet of retail space.
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, an IMAX theatre, virtual reality arcades, and more. Located adjacent to the IMAX is Kelly's Roast Beef. It has a large menu which is popular for it's roast beef and also has a giant aquarium located in the middle of the restaurant.
- Aegean Restaurant, 257 Cochituate Rd, ☏ . Greek and American Cuisine.
- Aztec Restaurant, 2 Waverly St (Route 135 at the Natick border), ☏ . 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.
- [dead link] John Harvard's Brew House, 1 Worcester Rd, ☏ . M-Th 11AM-midnight, F Sa 11:30AM-1AM, Su 11:30AM-11:30PM. American cuisine with a large selection of beers they create themselves.
- Ken's Steak House, on Route 9 near Wal-Mart. Of Ken's Salad Dressing fame. A local favorite.
- The Melting Pot, 92 Worcester Rd, ☏ . M-F 5-11PM, Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10PM. (Rt. 9). Fondue restaurant with a four-course dining option. Many different choices for different types on Fondue on the menu.
- 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.
- La Cantina Restaurant, 911 Waverly St, ☏ . M-Th 3:30-9PM, F Sa 11:30AM-9PM, Su noon-9PM. Fine Italian Cuisine.
- Samba, 1138 Worcester Rd, ☏ . (Rt. 9). Steak and sushi are just a few selections on the menu. It is also a Hibachi style restaurant.
- Jack's Abby Brewing, 81 Morton St, Framingham, MA 01702, ☏ . Brewery specializing in lagers of all types. Jack's Abby has essentially proven that any style of ale you like, from IPA to Porter, can be made using lager techniques.
- Framingham Beerworks, 345 Cochituate Rd, ☏ . Framingham outpost of Boston Beerworks. Serves all the same beers, just with Framingham inspired names.
- John Harvard's Brewhouse, Shoppers World, 1 Worcester Road, ☏ . Basically the same as the Cambridge John Harvard's, but with free parking. 8 or so beers on tap, nothing particularly crazy. There is also a patio overlooking the rear parking lot of Framingham Shopper's World.
There's a large selection of lodging in and near Framingham, including:
- Best Western Framingham, 130 Worcester Rd, ☏ , fax: .
- Crowne Plaza Boston Hotel - Natick, on the Framingham Border, 1360 Worcester St, ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
- Econo Lodge, 1186 Worcester Rd, ☏ . (Route 9)
- The Monticello Motel, 90 Worcester Rd, ☏ , fax: .
- Motel 6 Boston West - Framingham, 1668 Worcester Rd, ☏ , fax: .
- Old Colony Hotel, 2 Franklin St, ☏ .
- Red Roof Inn Boston Framingham, 650 Cochituate Rd, ☏ . (Rt. 30).
- Residence Inn Boston Framingham, 400 Staples Drive, ☏ , fax: .
- Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 1657 Worcester Rd, ☏ . (Route 9).
|Routes through Framingham|
|Albany (Rensselaer) ← Worcester ←||W E||→ Boston → END|
|Worcester ← Hopkinton ←||W E||→ rest area → Natick → Boston|
|Worcester ← Southborough ←||W E||→ Natick → Boston|
|Worcester ← Ashland ←||W E||→ Natick → Boston|