Things To Do

Whether you’re visiting the Newton/Needham MA area for business or pleasure, there is so much to see and experience. Within a short drive, you’ll find the world-famous attractions of Boston, dozens of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities, splendid restaurants and entertainment, world-class hospitals and medical facilities, and more.

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Legacy Place

Distance: 5 miles from hotel
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Legacy Place offers the best shopping, dining and entertainment experience in the Needham area. The center features a unique blend of retailers, including Whole Foods Market, L.L. Bean, Kings, and Showcase Cinema de Lux. Legacy Place also hosts an exceptional lineup of restaurants, including Legal Sea Foods, P.F. Chang's, and Aquitaine along with exciting specialty retailers such as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and City Sports.

The Shops at Chestnut Hill

Distance: 2.3 miles from hotel
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Minutes from the heart of Boston, the Mall at Chestnut Hill is an upscale indoor shopping mall featuring luxury retailers Apple, Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Crate & Barrel, and Tiffany & Co., plus 45 additional stores. Dining at the mall includes Papa Razzi and Bloomingdale’s exclusive Daikanyama and Forty Carrots. Guest amenities include complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, lounge seating and a concierge.

Cherry Picked Boutique

Distance: 1 mile from hotel
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Cherry Picked is a unique children's boutique specializing in the finest children's designer clothing from both Europe and the United States. They offer both boutique overstock and samples in addition to gently used clothing. You’ll also find fine baby and children's equipment, wooden toys and furnishings.

The Loft New England

Distance: 1 mile from hotel
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The Loft New England calls itself a “Pandora's Box of fashion jewelry and designer-inspired treasures.” Whether your look is fashion-forward or classic chic, the Loft New England has just the right piece to support your style.

Boston Children’s Museum

Distance: 9.3 miles from hotel
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Most children have so much fun here that they don't realize they're also learning. Creative hands-on exhibits demonstrate scientific laws, cultural diversity, and problem solving. After completing a massive 23,000-square-foot expansion in 2007, the museum has updated a lot of its old exhibitions and added new ones. Some of the most popular stops are also the simplest, like the bubble-making machinery and the two-story climbing maze. At the Japanese House you're invited to take off your shoes and step inside a two-story silk merchant's home from Kyoto.

Boston Tea Party Ships And Museum

Distance: 9.3 miles from hotel
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Experience and relive the world’s most famous tea party as you explore ships and exhibits, meet with re-enactors, and sip a cup of tea in the Tea Room. The Beaver II, a reproduction of one of the ships forcibly boarded and unloaded the night Boston Harbor became a swirling teapot, is joined by two tall ships, the Dartmouth and the Eleanor.

Institute Of Contemporary Art

Distance: 8.9 miles from hotel
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The waterfront location and modern design are reason enough to visit the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, which screens avant-garde art flicks, award-winning foreign films, experimental movies, and documentaries.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Distance: 6.6 miles from hotel
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Visitors to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are greeted by the visual splendor of the courtyard garden and surrounding galleries—a feast for the senses. A renovation and addition has created a new space for the museum's excellent music programming. The new Calderwood Hall stages young artist showcases, live chamber music every Sunday, and an "after hours" series the third Thursday of each month.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Distance: 9.1 miles from hotel
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This library-museum is both a center for serious scholarship and a focus for Boston's nostalgia for her native son. The stark, white, modernist building (designed by I. M. Pei) at this harbor-front site pays homage to the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy and also to members of his family, including his wife, Jacqueline, and brother Robert.

New England Aquarium

Distance: 9.2 miles from hotel
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This aquarium challenges you to imagine life under and around the sea. Seals bark outside the West Wing, whose glass-and-steel exterior is designed to mimic fish scales. Inside the main facility you can see penguins, sea otters, sharks, and other exotic sea creatures—more than 2,000 species in all.

Museum Of Science

Distance: 8.9 miles from hotel
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With 15-foot lightning bolts in the Theater of Electricity and a 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex model, this is just the place to ignite any child's scientific curiosity. Occupying a compound of buildings north of Massachusetts General Hospital, the museum sits astride the Charles River Dam. More than 550 exhibits cover astronomy, astrophysics, anthropology, medical progress, computers, the organic and inorganic earth sciences, and much more.

USS Constitution Museum

Distance: 9.9 miles from hotel
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Artifacts and hands-on exhibits include firearms, logs, and instruments. One section takes you step by step through the ship's most important battles. Centuries old battles are relived in a video-game battle "fought" at the helm of a ship.

Folklorica

Distance: 2.5 miles from hotel
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More than a specialty boutique or jewelry store, Folklorica is a world-class gallery offering the finest classic and modern pieces from designers located all over the world.

Marathon Sports

Distance: 7.9 miles from hotel
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Boston’s best-equipped running specialty store for nearly 40 years features top-of-the-line running shoes, track accessories and athletic apparel.

The Grey Goose

Distance: 1.5 miles from hotel
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Located in downtown Needham Center for over 20 years, The Grey Goose is a woman's boutique featuring unique clothing, jewelry, accessories and giftware.

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