Experiences abound northwest of Boston
It’s true what they say: Families that play together stay together — and more happily, no doubt.
Archer wholeheartedly agrees. To help foster that familial connection, he invites families to his industrial-chic boutique Archer Hotel Burlington, just 12 miles northwest of Boston in Middlesex County. There, they can relax and reconnect together in luxe guest rooms and suites with five-star bedding, thoughtful amenities and stellar, sincere service — and then explore family-friendly options in the area. Check out the following ideas for experiencing family fun in and around Burlington.
Archer’s Burlington home is in 3rd Ave — a charming shopping destination centered on street life, with distinctive dining options, unique shops and noteworthy entertainment. It’s anchored by the wildly popular specialty foods store Wegmans and the entertainment hub Kings Dining & Entertainment, with family-fun bowling, billiards, shuffleboard, air hockey and foosball. Other notable stops include Jenny Boston, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, James Joseph Salon, Twist Bakery Café, Osteria Nino and The Bancroft.
Take the family outside at Mary Cummings Park, bordering Burlington and Woburn. Adjacent to 100 acres of protected conservation and recreation land, the park has well-marked nature trails, a soccer field, a drone flying area, picnic tables, colonial stone walls, large, open meadows, upland forests, extensive wetlands, streams and plenty of parking.
Just 15 minutes east of Archer Hotel Burlington is the town of Stoneham, home to the award-winning Greater Boston Stage Company. Featuring world and regional premieres alongside familiar plays and musicals, the professional company produces six or seven shows each year, as well as hosting special events. The Young Company — its training and performance education program for students grades one through 12 — puts on several performances each year, putting into practice the idea that “good theatre makes good people.”
The 26-acres Stone Zoo has 10 exhibits, including the Himalayan Highlands (snow leopard, markhor, yak, black-necked crane), Windows to the Wild (two-toed sloth, cotton-top tamarin, kookaburra, rhinoceros hornbill) and Treetops and Riverbeds (black-handed spider monkey, white-cheeked gibbon, North American river otter). Kids love the children’s train, playground and rides. Grab a bite at The Safari Grill and head back out to visit the roadrunner, leopard gecko, Caribbean flamingo and American alligator.
Think you can keep up with your kids, or do you want to show them who’s boss? Test your balancing mettle at Beanstalk Adventure Ropes Course in nearby Reading. Two levels of challenging ropes (12 feet and 24 feet up), plus a specially designed course for kids ages 2 – 7 and 30 activities (think zig-zag beams, spaghetti hand lines, angled rope ladders, crisscross walks) provide plenty of excitement. And yes — you’re harnessed in safely, so you can be as brave as you want to be.
Sixteen historic sites make up Boston’s Freedom Trail. Each tour is led by 18th-century-costumed guides, with most tours traveling about a mile and lasting approximately 1.5 hours. The popular Walk Into History® tour covers 250+ years of history along Boston’s Freedom Trail — visiting museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship and historic markers that shed light on the American Revolution.
The most-visited attraction at Harvard, the Harvard Museum of Natural History encompasses the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum. Along with a myriad of comprehensive yet intimate exhibits, the museum features Exploring Science Together programs that are great for families.
For more of Archer’s favorite things to do in and around Burlington, don’t forget to check out his thoughtfully curated list of the best local eating, drinking and doing options — his Favorite Finds. Then plan time to explore this great Massachusetts town, its 3rd Ave home base and its neighboring towns, and book your stay to relax with your family at Archer’s comfortably luxe residence, Archer Hotel Burlington.