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For other places with the same name, see Newton (disambiguation).

Newton is a city in Massachusetts and a western suburb of Boston. Newton is nicknamed "The Garden City" and is one of Boston's oldest suburbs, settled in 1630.

Windermere Rd

Understand[edit]

Newton is made up of 13 "villages" or neighborhoods, including Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Lower Falls, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Upper Falls, Waban, and West Newton. While mainly a suburb of Boston, it is a sizable city in its own right, boasting a population of almost 90,000 (2018). Each village has its own historical and architectural character. Many of the villages grew up around railroad stations after the Boston & Worcester Railroad opened up through the north side of Newton in 1833. Another railroad line opened up across the south side of Newton in 1851 and is the "D" Branch of the MBTA's Green Line today. Walking tours of most villages are available through the website of the Newton City Planning Department.

Striking enclaves of Victorian houses and Gothic Revival churches can be seen in Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, and Newtonville, and West Newton Hill. Newton's grandest boulevard is Commonwealth Avenue, which winds through the entire city and is lined with historic mansions. "Comm Ave," as it is known to Bostonians, connects Boston to Weston and serves as the route of the Boston Marathon (Patriot's Day, third Monday of April). Heartbreak Hill begins just east of Newton City Hall. Divided down the middle by a landscaped mall that runs throughout the city, the street was designed by celebrated landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park in New York City and the Emerald Necklace in Boston.

For trivia buffs: in 1886, Nabisco's Fig Newton cookie was named after the City of Newton.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Logan International Airport in Boston is the most convenient and has various ground transportation alternatives available.

By train or bus[edit]

  • Mass Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Newton is connected to Boston and surrounding communities by light rail/streetcar, commuter rail, and buses. The Green Line "D" Branch (Riverside line) is a light rail line running into downtown Boston, about 30 minutes away. It runs frequently throughout the day. The commuter rail line, which originates at Boston's South Station, has stops at Newtonville, West Newton, and Auburndale villages and travels west to Framingham and Worcester. It operates frequently at the rush hours and less often the rest of the day. Express busses travel from Washington Street to the Massachusetts Turnpike and on to downtown Boston.

By car[edit]

Needham St. Bridge

Newton is on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) and Interstate 95 (also called Route 128). Routes 9 and 16 also pass through the city. From Boston, you can also reach Newton via city streets: both Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue run directly to and throughout Newton, and provide a more scenic drive (particularly Beacon Street).

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Cars are generally the most convenient means of transportation, but sometimes impractical due to traffic.

By train or bus[edit]

Newton is well-served by the MBTA bus, light rail, and commuter rail lines. The D line of the T's Green Line provides the best access throughout Newton, with 7 stops located in the city. Otherwise, there are 3 commuter rail stops in the city, and several bus lines. Note that most bus service stops around 6PM, and some bus routes do not operate on the weekends.

By bike[edit]

Drivers are not considerate to bikers, so only an experienced biker could bike in Newton on the street. However, there are numerous parks and school yards to bike in.

The Charles River Bike Path is a mostly off-road path that runs from Newton and Waltham east through Watertown, Boston, and Cambridge along both banks of the Charles River. Cyclists of all levels can enjoy this scenic path. There is also a carriage road that is used as a bike path that runs along part of Comm Ave.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are exorbitantly expensive in Newton and in Boston in general; try to avoid them if you can. If you have to call a taxi try Veterans Taxi, they are courteous, punctual, and clean.

See[edit]

Boston College
  • 1 Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St, +1 617 796-1450. Tu-Sa 11AM-5PM, Su 2-5PM. A Federal-style farmhouse built in 1809. The museum offers an intriguing introduction to Newton's history with exhibits of paintings, photographs, costumes, and historic objects. The house was a station on the Underground Railroad hiding escaped slaves. $5/$3. Jackson Homestead (Q6117163) on Wikidata Jackson Homestead on Wikipedia
  • 2 Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill. See the original Neo-Gothic campus with buildings designed by Maginnis & Walsh. The McMullen Museum of Art shows changing art exhibits. Alumni Stadium and the Conte Forum showcase BC's football, basketball, and hockey teams. Boston College (Q49118) on Wikidata Boston College on Wikipedia
  • 3 Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St, +1 617 796-1360. Airy contemporary library with extensive collection, Newton History Room, and auditorium with constant concerts and lectures. Newton Free Library (Q7020241) on Wikidata Newton Free Library on Wikipedia
  • Newton Centre, Intersection of Centre Street and Beacon Street. The largest and most bustling of the city's village centers. Boasts a number of high-end clothing stores, salons and spas, restaurants of various cuisines, coffee shops, ice cream shops, and banks. Abuts Newton's largest public park. Only a short stroll from beautiful Crystal Lake.
  • Newton Highlands, Intersection of Walnut Street and Lincoln Street. Perhaps the most quaint of Newton's village centers. Mostly a daytime destination for locals, but has some of the best restaurants in the city, and one of the best independent coffee shops, Lincoln Street Cafe.

Do[edit]

Charles River, boathouse, and boats
  • In the warmer months, rent a canoe or kayak at the Charles River Boathouse off Commonwealth Avenue at the Weston Bridge (Route 30).
  • West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St, +1 617 964-6060. See a foreign or independent film at one of the region's top cinemas.
  • In Newtonville, view annual Independence Day firework at Albemarle Field along the banks of Cheesecake Brook (corner of Albemarle Rd and Crafts St).
  • Go for a swim at scenic Crystal Lake in Newton Highlands, and enjoy the beautiful houses abutting the lake.
  • Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Beacon St, Chestnut Hill. Located between Boston College campus and Cleveland Circle. A beautiful reservoir with biking and walking trails surrounding it. Very popular during warm weather months. Like Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, the reservoir was also designed by renowned landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead.

Buy[edit]

  • Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd (Newton Centre), +1 617 244-6619. M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM. Contrary to the name of the store, Newtonville Books has now moved to Newton Centre--Independent bookstore noted for contemporary fiction, children's books, and frequent author readings.
  • Chestnut Hill Mall, Route 9, Chestnut Hill--A very expensive, high-fashion mall. Houses the only Bloomingdale's in New England and Barney's New York.
  • Just Next Door, 327 Auburn St, Auburndale, +1 617-965-6796. Independently owned card, gift and toy store. Best cards around. Unique gifts. Friendly and helpful staff. Always something new.
  • Newtonville Camera, 249 Walnut St, +1 617 965-1240. M-Th 10AM-7PM, F Sa 10AM-5PM. A great local camera shop that has been around for ages. The owner is very helpful.
  • Winston Flowers & Garden (Winston's), 11 Florence St, toll-free: +1-800-457-4901. A beautiful flower shop, if a bit pricey.
  • Newbury Comics, 130 Needham St, +1 617 965-5054. Primarily a CD shop, not a comic shop. They also have posters, memorabilia, clothing, and more.
  • International Bicycle Center, 71 Needham St, +1 617 527-0967. M-Tu Th F 10AM-6PM, W noon-6PM, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Local bike and bike repair shop.
  • Learning Express, 1296 Centre St, +1 617 969-2722. M-W Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Th F 9:30AM-7PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Local toy store.
  • New England Mobile Book Fair (The Book Mobile), 82 Needham St, Newton Highlands, +1 617 527-5817. M-Tu Th F 9AM-7PM, W 9AM-8:30PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. A huge book store! Check out the used half of the store.
  • Leather World, 30 Langley Rd Ste A, +1 617 332-6519. Beautiful luxury leather goods and luggage.

Eat[edit]

Brackett House

Drink[edit]

  • Union Street, 107R Union St, Newton Centre. An older, more local crowd. A popular after-work place, with a very pleasant terrace designed to feel like a roof deck.
  • Buff's Pub, 317 Washington St, Newton Corner. After work place. Good bar food.
  • The Biltmore, 1205 Chestnut St, Newton Corner. Lunch/After work place. Crowd is mostly aged 25-40. Updated tavern atmosphere, restaurant features craft cocktails and local seasonal produce.
  • Paddy's Pub (Paddy's), 95 Elm St W (just off Washington St), +1 617 965-6444. M-Sa 11AM-11:30PM, Su noon-9PM. A pub/restaurant. A good place to get a drink that is also kid friendly.
  • Brewer's Coalition, 344 Walnut St, Newtonville, +1 617 964-7600, . M-Sa 11:30AM-1AM, Su 10AM-1AM. Great beer selection and nice atmosphere.

Sleep[edit]

Charles Haskell House

Learn[edit]

  • Mount Ida College, in the more suburban south side of the city.
  • Boston College moved from Boston's South End to the Boston/Newton border in the 19th century. The Boston campus (which is located in Newton) is filled with stunning Collegiate Gothic architecture, while the Newton campus boasts more modern buildings.
  • Lasell College, in Auburndale. Lovely campus, some of which overlooks Woodlands Country Club golf course.
  • Andover Theological Seminary, next to Newton Centre.

Connect[edit]

Greater Boston uses 10-digit dialing. This means you need to include the area code whenever you are making a call. The standard area code is 617, but some phone numbers, especially cell phones, use the 857 overlay.

Go next[edit]

Bullough's Pond
  • Boston proper is a 10- to 20-minute train ride on the Green Line of the T, and only a 5-minute car ride on the Mass Pike (I-90).
  • Cape Cod is home to some of New England's best beaches, seafood, and sightseeing. The Sagamore and Bourne Bridges are about 1 hour by car from Newton. The Cape is also accessible by bus.
Routes through Newton
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