If you find yourself in Arlington, consider yourself lucky on multiple levels. Arlington a is historic town with a thriving community. It has maintained its heritage while remaining accessible and modern. From the lively café to the local pizza parlor and the many ethnic specialty restaurants, Arlington is a natural spot for eatery gems. Parks and recreation areas abound in Arlington, offering scenic views, leisurely strolls and fitness activities for all ages.
Here are a few “must see” destinations to check out when in Arlington!
Robbins Library– Contains the oldest continuously operated free children’s library in the country. Its doors originally opened in 1835 when the town inherited $100 to open a “juvenile library”, and in a town meeting decided on an annual appropriation of $30 to keep the library open. Times have changed, the library has relocated and grown, but it’s remains a wonderful resource for the entire community.
Arlington Center Historic District- This is the civic and commercial hub of Arlington. If you check out the Robbins Library, peruse the rest of the Historic District too! The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If historic attractions aren’t your cup of tea, there are also plenty of shops and restaurants in the area.
Minuteman Bikeway- The 10-mile paved rail trail connects communities throughout the Greater Boston area. It runs from Bedford to Cambridge, and goes through Arlington Center as well. It connects with a few other bike paths, and is a great alternative if you want to avoid auto traffic and can take the time to enjoy the view along the way.
Spy Pond- is a 103 acre kettle hole pond located in East Arlington, along the Minuteman Bikeway. Spy Pond is a beautiful park area, with a playground for the kids, and walking trails throughout. Birdwatchers have enjoyed the native and migratory bird populations here for many years, with Canadian geese as the most notable, albeit sometimes controversial visitor.
Thorndike Field Dog Park- also located in East Arlington, at the end of Thorndike on the Route 2 side, this park has a fenced in area for the pups to play and water available to keep them hydrated. The surrounding area is beautiful, as it connects to the Minuteman Bikeway and other recreation fields. Variable turfs, sprawling shade and a separate fenced-off area for the little pups completes the doggy-delight experience.
Robbins Farm Park- located in Arlington Heights along Eastern Avenue, this park includes a playground, ball fields, and a commanding view of the Boson skyline. It’s fairly large with plenty of room for all to play.
Old Burying Grounds- located within the Historic District, the grounds hold graves dating as far back as 1735. Arlington was the scene of some of the worst fighting in the Battles of Lexington and Concord that began the Revolutionary War in 1775.
Historic Homes- Houses-turned-museum can be found throughout historic sections of Arlington. The Jason Russell House is a museum that commemorates the first day of the Revolutionary war. The Henry Swan House, House at 5 Willow Court, and others are well-preserved examples of unique architecture styles and add to the charm of the town.