Reading is a town of 25,000 people in Greater Boston. Reading played an active role in the American Revolutionary War. It was prominently involved in the engagements pursuing the retreating British Army after the battles of Lexington and Concord, and has a few sites associated with the Revolutionary Era.
The MBTA Commuter Rail (Haverhill/Reading Line) goes through here.
The town is very neatly condensed around its main street, so once you're in town, you're pretty close to everything. The streets are in good condition in some places, while other roads are riddled with potholes and other relatively minor problems. The local phone book (not the Yellow Pages) has a map of the town on its back cover. Ask about the phone book at the town hall by the Old South Church in the town square.
Bikers be warned: there isn't much room for cyclists who want to ride on the road, the terrain is hilly, and drivers generally aren't very considerate of cyclists on major roads such as Main Street.
- 1 Parker Tavern, 103 Washington Street, ☏ . A house dating back to colonial times. It is a frequent field trip destination for the town's elementary schoolers, and it provides short tours during the more temperate times of year (Fall, Spring, and Summer).
- St. Athanasius Parish. The roof was designed by Louis A. Scibelli and Daniel F. Tulley, and is one of the largest hyperbolic paraboloids in the Western Hemisphere. The roof was a point of great interest. The pouring of the concrete roof had to be done in one day.
- 2 Stephen Hall House, 64 Minot St. Historic house 1-1/2 story wood frame house was built in the 1850s, and is one of Reading's best examples of Gothic Victorian residential architecture
- 3 Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House, 77–83 Ash St. Built sometime before 1755 and originally a town tavern, the house was a meeting place for notable American Revolutionaries.
- Burbank Arena skating rink on Haverhill St. and private condos on Bear Hill St. reside over the sites of decommissioned Army National Guard Nike Ajax missile silos.
By all accounts, there is little to do in Reading but go elsewhere.
Joking aside, there is the plaza on Walkers Brook Drive; the Jordan's furniture store there has an IMAX theater.
- Comically Speaking. A good comic shop for the buyer interested in superhero comics and the like.
- Bagel World, Main Street. By far the most popular bagel shop in town (and there are several!). Expect a lot of high school students on weekdays and expect a huge crowd on Sunday mornings. The prices are reasonable and the service is prompt.
- Capri Pizza, Main Street. It makes good ravioli, steak, and pizza, and delivers all three to locations throughout Reading. When dining in, service is good, and there is rarely a massive crowd.
- Mandarin Reading (right off of 128 - Exit 40, Route 129). It offers the best in Chinese and Japanese food in an elegant restaurant setting, certainly fit for business lunches. During the week, they offer a lunch buffet from noon until 2PM at only $9 per person. The lunch buffet includes many Chinese dishes, sushi, and deserts. Mandarin also has two great bars: one for sushi, one for drinks. The staff is friendly and the wait times are usually quite reasonable. On Fridays, the wait for lunch is typically long and parking is hard to find.
- The plaza on Walkers Brook Drive has several chain restaurants (Chili's, Bear Rock Cafe, Fuddrucker's, etc.).
- Venetian Moon. The martini bar is a popular place to get a drink in Reading.
- Grumpy Doyles. An Irish-themed bar/pub, also a popular place to get a drink.
No lodging services have been listed. However, neighboring Woburn does have a number of hotels.
|Routes through Reading|
|Peabody ← Wakefield ←||N S||→ Woburn → Weston|
|Lawrence ← North Reading ←||N S||→ Stoneham → Boston|
|Chelmsford ← Wilmington ←||W E||→ Wakefield → Lynn|
|Haverhill ← Wilmington ←||N S||→ Wakefield → Boston|