Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, located about 7 miles west of downtown Boston. It is part of the Greater Boston area and is bordered by several other communities, including Watertown, Waltham, Weston, and Needham.
Newton was first settled in 1630 and was originally part of Cambridge. It became a separate town in 1688 and was officially incorporated as a city in 1873.
Newton’s history is rooted in its agricultural past, with a transition to a more industrial economy during the 19th century. The city is also known for its role in the Underground Railroad, with several safe houses operating in the area. Newton has since evolved into a predominantly residential community with a mix of historic homes and modern developments.
As of the 2020 U.S. Census, Newton has a population of approximately 88,000 residents.
Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead: A museum housed in an 1809 farmhouse that explores local history and the city’s role in the Underground Railroad.
Hemlock Gorge Reservation: A scenic park featuring walking trails, picnic areas, and the historic Echo Bridge.
Crystal Lake: A popular spot for swimming, fishing, and picnicking during the summer months.
Norumbega Park Conservation Area: A beautiful park along the Charles River with walking trails, birdwatching opportunities, and a historic tower.
Events & Festivals:
Newton Open Studios: An annual event where local artists open their studios to the public.
Newton Harvest Fair: A fall celebration featuring local vendors, food, and entertainment.
Village Days: Community events held throughout the year in Newton’s various villages, featuring music, food, and family activities.
Accommodation Alternatives Where to stay:
Newton offers a variety of accommodation options, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. Some popular choices include the Marriott Boston Newton, Hotel Indigo Boston – Newton Riverside, and the Walker Center.
Food & Dining Where to eat:
Newton has a diverse dining scene with a range of restaurants serving various cuisines. Some popular options include Farmstead Table (farm-to-table American cuisine), Sycamore (New American bistro), Comedor (Chilean-American small plates), and O’Hara’s Food & Spirits (classic Irish pub fare).
Newton is sometimes nicknamed “The Garden City” due to its abundance of parks and green spaces.
The Fig Newton cookie was named after the city, although it was not invented there.
Newton is divided into 13 distinct villages, each with its unique character and charm.
Boston College, a private Jesuit research university, is partially located in Newton.