Reading, MA Attractions and Entertainment

Reading, Massachusetts is a convenient 12 miles north of central Boston. With one of the biggest cities in the country just a 25 minute train ride away, it’s no surprise that Reading residents often make the trip to Boston and take advantage of its amenities. However, Reading has some of its own impressive attractions that bring in visitors from Boston and beyond.

When you move into a Reading house or apartment, you’ll have easy access to all the town and its neighboring communities have to offer. 

Historical Sites

Reading has close to a hundred houses on its historical register, making this town the perfect place for a history or architecture buff. Its oldest standing structure is Parker Tavern, a salt-box style home built in 1694 and used as an inn for years. While you’re in town looking at Reading, MA real estate, make a point to take a tour of the old tavern and explore its well-manicured garden.

Food & Drinks

Reading’s restaurants and bars offer an excellent sampling of the region’s culture and influences. If you move here and use the commuter rail to get to work, be sure to try Swissbaker’s, a European-inspired bakery located at the local MBTA station. For a quick lunch while you’re in town, pick up a salad, sandwich, or pasta dish at Green Tomato.

Popular spots for dinner include Venetian Moon and Oye’s Restaurant and Bar. Venetian Moon is a modern, upscale restaurant and bar known for its large martini selection, while Oye’s is an Asian fusion restaurant with some of the best sushi around.

Shopping & More

If you want to be close to several shopping options in town, you’ll want to look at Reading, MA apartments near Main Street. Reading has several big chain stores, including Home Depot and REI, but it also has unique locally-owned downtown businesses, including Raspberry Beret (a women’s clothing boutique) and Comically Speaking (a comic book store).

For more extensive shopping, you can head to the Burlington Mall, which is only about nine miles away and features more than 185 specialty shops.

Looking for some weekend entertainment that extends beyond shopping? Head to Reading’s IMAX theater, which is located inside a Jordan’s Furniture store. The setting is unconventional, but many people make the trip from Boston just for this immersive movie-watching experience. Seats are covered in Tempur-pedic mattress foam and outfitted with individual subwoofers, and the screen is one of the largest in the region.

Outdoor Recreation

Love spending time outside? Wondering where you’ll be able to jog or walk your dog when you move into a Reading loft, house, or apartment? The go-to spot for most Reading residents is nearby Lake Quannapowitt. The lake has a flat, 5K trail going all the way around it, which is perfect for runners and dog walkers. There’s also lots of green space and a children’s playground, making this a great place to take the family on the weekend.

Enjoy Reading, MA and All It Offers

There’s no shortage of places to eat, shop, play, and explore in and around Reading. There’s also no shortage of beautiful housing, whether you’re looking for Reading, MA condos, Reading rentals, or anything else. Why not make plans to look at Reading, MA homes for sale now? Contact a CENTURY 21 Commonwealth realtor to get started.


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