10 Things to Do in Braintree That You Shouldn't Miss

February 3, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Braintree (US: /ˈbreɪnˌtri/), officially the Town of Braintree, is a suburban New England city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Although officially known as a town, Braintree adopted a municipal charter, effective 2008, with a mayor-council form of government, and is considered a city under Massachusetts law. The population was 35,744 at the 2010 census. The town is part of the Greater Boston area with access to the MBTA Red Line, and is a member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission's South Shore Coalition. The first and current mayor of Braintree is Joe Sullivan. Braintree, Massachusetts is named after Braintree, Essex in England.
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1. Adams National Historical Park

1250 Hancock St, Validated Parking available at Presidents Place Parking on Saville Ave., Quincy, MA 02169-4339 +1 617-770-1175
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4.5 based on 528 reviews

Adams National Historical Park

From the sweet little farm at the foot of Penn's Hill to the gentleman's country estate at Peace field, Adams National Historical Park is the story of "heroes, statesman, philosophers ... and learned women" whose ideas and actions helped to transform thirteen disparate colonies into one united nation. Please note: Adams National Historical Park is open for tours from April 19 through November 10 every year. The first tour leaves the Visitor Center at 9:15 a.m. and the final tour leaves the Visitor Center at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Reviewed By crazywish - Madison, Alabama

We wanted some real history with facts and narratives and you get it here. We learned about the 4 generations of Adams'. Toured their homes and saw how they lived. Really learned about their love of our country. I don't think I've ever been through a tour that touched on that so much before. It was truly refreshing and inspirational. Quincy is a little bit of a drive outside Boston. I think it's worth it. The town is quite nice as well. A good trip. I have 2 teens. The first part of the tour was kind of "blah" for them, but the second half made up for it. Trick here: ASK QUESTIONS! If you see something, don't assume they will tell you about it. Ask! The guides know so much about this house and to make a tour that fits everyone can make it bland. So please ask questions. They are happy to share what they know. They have little gems about the house too.

2. Blue Hills Reservation

Milton, MA +1 617-698-1802
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Blue Hills Reservation

These seven thousand acres span six Massachusetts cities and towns.

Reviewed By Leintwardine - Leintwardine, United Kingdom

Came here in late Feb while visiting family and friends and there was still some snow from the previous week which made some of the rocks quite slippery, so make sure you wear suitable boots at this time of year as there was also a lot of water from melting.
The trail we used was great fun as it wound it's way between the rocks and there are some great views of Boston and the surrounding coast and countryside.
If you enjoy walking with a little rock climbing then this is a must when visiting the area.

3. F1 Boston

290 Wood Rd, Braintree, MA 02184-2408 +1 781-848-2300
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4 based on 45 reviews

F1 Boston

Reviewed By Benjamin I - Boston, Massachusetts

This facility is definitely worth the wait if you come but it is busy. A normal arrive-and-drive race is 15 laps at 1/4 mile per lap. The lap record is 18 seconds but the average person gets between 22 and 26 seconds per lap. There is also a lot of event space including a pool hall a small automobile racing Museum and a restaurant that lets you look over the track.

4. TreeTop Adventures Canton

200 New Boston Dr, Canton, MA 02021-2825
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5 based on 70 reviews

TreeTop Adventures Canton

TreeTop Adventures is an exciting new zip-line and climbing park located just 30 minutes south of Boston at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, MA. This aerial forest adventure is fun, exciting and safe for all participants. We provide a harness and equipment and give you a safety briefing that demonstrates how to climb and zip line in the Park. There are 10 separate trails of varying levels of difficulty ranging from beginner to advanced. Every trail has a zip-line! Incredible fun for everyone - families and groups. Come spend the day at Greater Boston's #1 outdoor adventure attraction!

Reviewed By JamyMadeja

The name says it -- tree top adventures climbing and balancing and zipping, all with an amazing safety system automated so any age, any language speaker can enjoy the experience. It is physically and mentally challenging, and each person can choose his or her own difficulty level, although everyone must do easy to intermediate before expert. It is like an aerial obstacle course with zipping and a few rappelles. Go off peak for lower wait times (price breaks for evening and groups of ten or more). The price is worth it, divided over all the hours of adventure! I went with three other adults and six kids ages 11-15 and everyone loved it. Enthralling respite from brain-oriented daywork!

5. Webb Memorial State Park

371 River St, Weymouth, MA 02191-2200 +1 781-925-1777
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Webb Memorial State Park

Reviewed By egail - Boston, Ma

This North Weymouth peninsula jets out into Boston Harbor with views of Hingham, Worlds End, Boston Harbor islands, Quincy and Boston. On a clear day you can see past Logan. Trails are will maintained. You can choose hills or flat surfaces and lots of short side trails off the beaten path. There is a gazebo and charcoal grills at the entrance. So many varieties of birds make this park home and a bird watcher would quite enjoy it.

6. World's End

Martins Lane, Hingham, MA 02043 +1 781-740-7233
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4.5 based on 226 reviews

World's End

Rolling hills and rocky shorelines offer sweeping views of the Boston skyline, while tree-lined carriage paths designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted make delightful walking trails.

Reviewed By Stewart T - Boston, Massachusetts

Unfortunately scores of people, lines of cars waiting to get in, barking dogs and loud chatter makes this place as pleasurable as a shopping mall at year end.

If you want a relaxing and quiet stroll in nature, try and get there before 10am or go somewhere else.

7. United First Parish Church

1306 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169-5112 +1 617-773-1290
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

United First Parish Church

United First Parish Church (also known as The Church of the Presidents) has a rich history in both the social and religious community. Our church is the burial place of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams.

Reviewed By Michelle L - Boston, Massachusetts

This is a lovely place to visit. There are volunteer docents who walk you through the church, show you models of the older church and provide interesting pieces of information. President John Adams (2nd US president and the 1st US vice- president; under George Washington), his son John Quincy Adams (6th US president) and their wives are interred in the lower level of the church. It is an amazing piece of US history and should not be missed.

8. AMC Theatres

121 Grandview Rd, Braintree, MA 02184-2616 +1 888-262-4386
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4 based on 79 reviews

AMC Theatres

Reviewed By jamesway - Boston area

This was one of the first theatres in the area to introduce reclining seats, and underwent a significant renovation to implement them. Now years later this location is in dire need of a major remodel. Those reclining seats are now worn and torn in many auditoriums and due to significant traffic, staff struggles to keep this location clean, especially the restrooms. Don't know why upkeep at this particular AMC location is such a struggle as other locations in the area, most notably in Framingham are pristine in comparison. AMC in Braintree needs a thorough renovation and their efforts in replacing damaged and ripped recliners piecemeal is not the answer. Theatre needs a major rehab and it shows.

9. Oasis Day Spa

108 Pleasant St, Columbian Square, Weymouth, MA 02190-2421 +1 781-340-5730
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Oasis Day Spa

OASIS DAY SPA offers the finest holistic spa services in a peaceful environment in the historic Fogg Opera Hall just 20 minutes south of Boston. Online booking and e-cards are available.

Reviewed By Sandra G - Boston, Massachusetts

Oasis Day Spa is superb. You wouldn't expect to find such an excellent spa outside of the city, but I like Oasis Day Spa better than any of the expensive spas in Boston. I like the atmosphere (quiet and lovely) and the attention to detail. Wanda is my very favorite for a manicure and pedicure -- they even do a hot stone massage during a pedicure! I travel about 30 minutes from my house to go there and would not make a reservation anyplace else when "home." I have tried the massage (which was good but not great - slightly disappointing but i will try again) and am about to make an appointment for a facial. I can't say enough good things about OASIS DAY SPA.

10. Total Confinement

233 N Main St, Randolph, MA 02368-4101 +1 781-767-0627
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5 based on 8 reviews

Total Confinement

Reviewed By Jen J

What a unique and wonderful experience. If you're looking for a fun and unusual day or night out you HAVE to try this!
Challenging and entertaining with a fantastic host. My boyfriend and I can't wait to go back and try another experience. I highly recommend it!!

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