Scenic Boston Suburbs to Explore

Aug 8, 2022

Some of the most charming ‘burbs in the Boston area… 

Boston is filled with picturesque streets, historic buildings and lush parks. But you don’t have to leave all of that charm behind when you head to the ‘burbs. Add these scenic towns to your list and discover why they are some of our favorites.

South of Boston

#1. Cohasset

Located right on the Bay, this town is home to a few beautiful beaches. Take a drive along Jerusalem Road to scope out some of the incredible homes that line Cohasset’s coast.

Soak in the art scene at one of four galleries at the South Shore Art Center. Every June they also host an annual art festival featuring fun kid’s activities, a juried exhibition and live music.

When you need to take a break during your town tour, consider grabbing a bite to eat outdoors at Olde Salt House. You’ll find classic New England flavors and an incredible view overlooking the Cohasset Harbor. 

#2. Hingham

In Hingham, locals can admire stunning scenery in World’s End. This 251-acre park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as a multi-season escape. During the winter, this peninsula becomes a wonderland for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. When the weather is warmer, follow the carriage paths for a jog or hike and keep an eye out for the Boston skyline in the distance. Wompatuck State Park is a gorgeous place to go for a stroll, especially in the fall as the leaves start changing colors.

Tosca is a delicious restaurant that features a diverse menu of surf, turf and classic Italian fare. And, there’s live music on most Friday and Saturday evenings.  

#3. Plymouth

This beautiful coastal town is known for its historic significance as the first Pilgrim settlement. Catch the sunrise at Plymouth Long Beach or enjoy a meal at The CabbyShack for views of the wharf. Minutes away from downtown and the beach, you’ll find the picturesque Mirbeau Inn and Spa Plymouth which combines the amenities of a French manor house, world-class spa and elegant dining.

North/Northwest of Boston

#4. Nahant

Nahant is full of New England small-town vibes. Even though this town is just about one square mile in size, it is still home to multiple beaches. Locals especially love boating and swimming from the namesake Nahant Beach. As you explore, keep an eye out for the beautiful homes that sit along the town’s beautiful cliffs. If you can’t wait to go in person, check out this blogger’s tour of Nahant for a sneak peek.

#5. Concord

Concord is a historic town with plenty of scenic outdoor space to discover. There’s Minute Man National Historical Park, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Walden Pond – which inspired Henry David Thoreau. The heart of town is a charming area with plenty of shops and restaurants that you can visit on foot.  Salt Box Kitchen is a farm-to-table restaurant highlighting locally sourced ingredients in its dishes and it also boasts a microbrewery.#6. Harvard

Harvard has a quaint, countryside feel that gives residents an escape from the hustle and bustle of Boston. Nature lovers enjoy the miles of trails in town and Bare Hill Pond is a favorite for locals who want to get out on the water. As the sun sets, you’ll find residents enjoying the colorful views from the grounds of the beautiful public library. The Harvard General Store is a great spot to grab some food, sip on wine and enjoy live music on their patio. Check theicalendar for performance schedules and trivia nights.

#7. Lexington

Lexington is filled with colonial-style homes on quiet, residential streets. Cyclists will also appreciate the paved Minuteman Bikeway that passes through town which also connects with Cambridge, Arlington and Bedford. Even the ivy-covered public library located near a historic Revolutionary War battle ground is charming. Lexington is also home to the Inn at Hastings Park, one of the Boston area’s only Relais & Châteaux properties.West of Boston

#8. Weston

In Weston, you can find beautiful homes on larger, wooded lots. The peaceful Mass Central Rail Trail and Bay Circuit Trail also run through town – or stroll through downtown and grab a bite at local favorite Heirloom. Plus there’s Cat Rock Park which is especially popular with dog walkers despite the name. During the winter, locals can head to the Weston Ski Track for some snowy outdoor fun.

#9. Wellesley

With a population close to 30,000 Wellesley is one of the larger towns on our list. This suburb is filled with beautiful neighborhoods connected by an expansive trail network. Elm Bank Reservation is a gorgeous green space in town complete with a landscaped garden, hiking trails and a historic 18th-century mansion. Residents can swim or go boating at Morses Pond Beach, which often feels like a hidden gem.

Tatte Bakery & Cafe is a casual spot to pick up a soup, salad or sandwich, or treat yourself to an iced coffee and decadent pastry.

Not sure which scenic suburb to explore first? Let’s chat! We’ll help you narrow in on the ‘burbs that match what you’re looking for. 

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