Brookline City Guide Massachusetts

Location: Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, located about 4 miles southwest of downtown Boston. It is bordered by Newton, Brighton, Allston, and the Fenway neighborhood of Boston.

Establishment: Brookline was first settled in 1638 and was officially incorporated as a separate town from Boston in 1705.

History: Originally a part of Boston, Brookline grew rapidly in the 19th century as a commuter suburb, with many wealthy residents building their homes in the area. The town has a rich history of social activism, with the Brookline Village neighborhood being a hub of abolitionist activity during the 19th century.

Population: As of the 2020 U.S. Census, Brookline has a population of approximately 59,000 residents.


Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site: The former home and office of the famous landscape architect, is now a museum and archive dedicated to his work. Larz Anderson Park: A beautiful park with a lagoon, picnic areas, and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, featuring vintage automobiles. Coolidge Corner: A popular shopping and dining district, home to the Coolidge Corner Theatre, an independent movie theater with a vintage art-deco design. John F. Kennedy National Historic Site: The birthplace and childhood home of the 35th U.S. President, now managed by the National Park Service.

Events & Festivals:

Brookline Open Studios: An annual event showcasing the work of local artists and craftsmen, with open studios and exhibitions throughout the town. Coolidge Corner Arts Festival: A juried art festival featuring local artists, live music, and food vendors, held annually in June. Brookline Village Fair: A family-friendly event held in the fall, featuring live music, food, and entertainment.

Accommodation – Where to Stay:

Brookline has a limited number of hotels, with the Courtyard by Marriott Boston Brookline being one of the most popular options. Alternatively, visitors can find more accommodation options in neighboring Boston.

Food & Dining – Where to Eat:

Brookline offers a diverse range of dining options, from casual eateries to upscale restaurants. Some popular choices include Zaftigs Delicatessen (Jewish-style deli), Barcelona Wine Bar (Spanish tapas), and Fugakyu Japanese Cuisine (sushi and Japanese dishes).

Fun Facts:

Brookline is one of the few remaining towns in Massachusetts that has not been incorporated as a city. Brookline was the birthplace of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Many famous figures, including author Sylvia Plath, basketball player Larry Bird, and comedian Conan O’Brien, have called Brookline home at various points in their lives.