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Hipmunk Hotels: More than Boston – Braintree, Newton, and more Massachusetts Suburbs

Massachusetts Suburbs Photo by Fernando Begay via Trover
Written by Carl Hedinger

Photo by Fernando Begay via Trover

This article is part of the Hipmunk Hotels campaign.


Braintree, Newton, and more Massachusetts Suburbs

If you think a trip to Massachusetts means nothing more than visiting the exciting big city of Boston, then you’re in for a treat. Get out and away from Boston, and you’ll discover charming towns like Braintree, Newton, and more historic Massachusetts suburbs. These places have a lot of history and tons to do, so let’s get started exploring the best of Massachusetts outside of Boston.


Braintree Photo by Joe via Trover

Photo by Joe via Trover

When you visit Braintree, start with a look at “The Father of West Point,” General Sylvanus Thayer’s statue. Grab a beer and some delicious food at The Brew House. Parts of Blue Hills Reservation run through Braintree, and many people love to drive down Chickatawbut Road to Chickatawbut Observation Tower for beautiful views of the area. Have fun with the kids or your friends at F1 Boston, an amusement park and go-kart fun house. Book your stay with Candlewood Suites Boston-Braintree while traveling through the area.



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Named for Paul Revere, one of America’s most famous heroes, Revere is a quaint Boston suburb and certainly worth an extended stay. Try Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston North while in town and start with a walk along Revere Beach, which is the USA’s oldest public beach and full of history. Many visitors love walking through Revere Post Office, not to drop off their mail, but to admire the mural painted by Ross Moffett during the Great Depression. There are great places to eat, but foodies should flock to Kelly’s Roast Beef, where it’s claimed that the roast beef sandwich originated.



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Head to America’s Hometown and visit Plymouth for a mix of history and beautiful scenery. Start with a stay at Bradford Inn and Suites before your trip to Plymouth Rock and Mayflower II, among so many more historical sites in Plymouth. Take a breather with a pint or one of the specials at Mayflower Brewing Company. Keep it up with more outdoor fun at Ellisville Harbor State Park for a beautiful walk along the beach. Katie’s Burger Bar and The Tasty have some of the best food in the area, so show up hungry when visiting.



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Just west of Boston, Newton is a wonderful suburb that hosts the most challenging part of the Boston Marathon, otherwise known as Heartbreak Hill. Hammond Pond Reservoir, Crystal Lake, and Bullough’s Pond are three historic and lovely watery spots in town. Boston College’s Alumni Stadium is in Newton and has a raucous atmosphere on Saturdays in the fall when the Eagles play at home. Boston Mariott Newton is an ideal place to book when traveling through Newton, thanks to its great service and proximity to the big city as well.

Aren’t you glad this guide was out there to point you toward some fantastic Massachusetts historic towns and suburbs? Even if you have no choice but to visit Boston, remember these four wonderful places just outside the big city. They’ll make for the perfect escape from the action if you ever need it. Enjoy your Massachusetts journey, and remember to leave enough room for souvenirs your friends and family will love.

About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.