Welcome to Acton
Beautiful Boston suburb with a commuter rail station
Acton is routinely named one of America's best small towns to live in, and residents aren't surprised by that fact. People who live here generally love it. Acton has a population of around 25,000, making it big enough to deliver some great amenities but small enough to retain that quintessential New England small-town charm.
It's also an excellent place for commuters because of the great transportation links, including a commuter rail station that offers quick trips into Boston. With over 1700 acres of conservation land, Acton offers ample opportunity to explore the great outdoors, including hiking, biking, and skiing.
The natural beauty, award-winning schools, and easy access to commuter routes place Acton at the top of many homebuyers' wish lists.
What to Love
- Excellent commuter links to Boston, including a commuter rail station
- Award-winning schools
- A warm, welcoming vibe
- Beautiful established neighborhoods with large lots and plenty of park access
There is a laid-back vibe to Acton thanks to its many local hangout spots, including coffee shops, parks, and museums. You'll find residents very welcoming in Acton and eager to introduce newcomers to the social scene. Residents spend their weekends participating in school events and sports clubs or exploring local conservation lands and walking trails.
Acton’s numerous social clubs are a great way to get to know more of your neighbors. It also has a thriving theatre scene for those interested in getting on stage or working behind the scenes.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Thanks to Acton's excellent transportation links, it's a short journey into Boston and other nearby cities. However, you don't have to leave town to find some excellent dining options. Start with Rapscallion Table & Tap. This family-owned gastropub opened in 2015 and became a local favorite soon after. Filho's Great Road is another excellent option offering Italian dishes. Their outdoor seating is a great place to dine on delicious pizzas, lasagna, and pasta when the weather is nice.
Head to Blackbird Cafe on Great Road for great coffee and fresh egg dishes for breakfast. Or, if you want to do your cooking at home, stock up at Idlywilde Farm's farm stand. They carry locally-grown produce along with fresh meat, wine, and beer.
Things to Do
Acton is packed with activities for all ages, giving you plenty of options close to home to keep everyone entertained. Start your adventures at Nara Park. This lakeside park offers swimming, picnic grounds, well-maintained walking trails, and a great playground. The Acton Arboretum is a must-visit location if you love spending time outdoors. The Arboretum has a great course that winds you through a forested park and gardens. It's also dog-friendly.
There are even more trails to discover at Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, a nicely paved multi-use path that runs along the old New Haven Railroad Framingham & Lowell line. If you are looking for more challenges, head up Great Hill. At the top, you'll get an excellent view of Acton and the surrounding countryside.
If you need an indoor activity after all that walking, head to the Discovery Museum on Main Street. It's a wonderful interactive science museum with informative, exciting displays that will appeal to kids and adults alike.
Acton is served by the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.
Acton Boxborough Regional High School, Grades 9-12, 10th best public high school in Massachusetts
Raymond J. Grey Junior High School, Grades 7-8
Paul P. Gates Elementary School, Grades K-6