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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Arlington, MA

Arlington is located about 8 miles or 20 minutes Northwest of Boston. You have easy access to all the major highways. I-90(Mass Pike), I-93, I-95, I-495 and Rt. 2. Alewife Train Station, the "red line", is in walking distance from East Arlington, they also have a parking garage attached. Public transportation doesn't end there, we have 9 buses that go throughout this wonderful town. Arlington is known for its excellent school system, Minuteman Bike Path, proximity to Boston, and overall appeal.

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

The Minuteman Bikeway is an 11-mile track running across a historic territory that in April 1775 saw the outbreak of the American Revolution. En route, the trail passes through Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge. Nowadays, the Minuteman Bikeway is widely recognized as one of the top rail-trails in the country, renowned for both, healthy recreation it provides and as a transportation facility.

Arlington Center

There are many restaurants in walking distance to Arlington Center. There are also convenience stores, coffee shops, CVS, the Regent Theatre, entrance to the bike path, and Robbins Public Library in the vicinity.

Capitol Movie Theatre

The Capitol Theatre is a movie theater that has been in service since November 25, 1925. It was built by the Locatelli family, who are also credited for opening two more cinemas in Somerville, the Ball Square Theatre and Central Theatre. Nowadays, the Capitol still upholds its repertoire tradition which shows preference to the family-friendly films and those created by independent studios. The theater has three REAL-D 3D movie screens and offers cheapest 3D tickets in the area. The Capitol has retained its original screen, the down stage, as well as the historic lobby which is now in an even greater shape than before, much thanks to a newly built seating area where visitors can sit back in comfort, ahead of the show, and enjoy some snacks. The theater also has been popular with kids as a birthday party venue.

Spy Pond

Spy Pond is a 103-acre natural reservoir situated to the north of Route 2 in Arlington. The pond runs deep to a maximum of 36 feet, and has the average depth of 12 feet. In clear weather, its water allows seeing through down to ten feet. The northeastern shore of the pond is a home to a spacious municipal recreational property, known as Spy Pond Field, which accommodates a parking lot and provides for shore fishing.

Menotomy Rocks Park

This is a public park with 35.5 acres of woodland, walking paths, informal play fields, and a 3-acre pond. There is also a playground next to the rear side of the pond. This is also a great place to bring your dog, let them run through the hiking trails, have them swim in the pond, and socialize.

Arlington Reservoir lists Arlington Reservoir Beach among top 10 swimming holes in state.
The Reservoir Beach includes a filtered swimming area, bathhouse, picnic areas, concession stand and playground. The beach is supervised by certified lifeguards and other beach staff while open.
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Robbins Farm Park

A perfect family friendly park with an amazing playground, soccer and baseball field. You have one of the best views of Boston from here. During the year there are many free events that take place at this location. Every 4th of July they have a concert and set a huge screen to enhance the fireworks viewing, even though I can see them perfectly without any help. There is plenty of street parking available, and is right across from the Brackett Elementary School.

Brackett Elementary School

Brackett Elementary is the number 1 school in Arlington and the top 36th among the total 888 elementary schools statewide. The school seeks to engage parents in the teaching process through caring collaboration with tutors. High academic results at Brackett are in large part due to the students' involvement with the school and the local community, as well as the challenging curriculum that allows students an opportunity to study, interact, and evolve. All of the local elementary schools are rated among the top 25% in the state of Massachusetts.
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Robbins Library

Robbins Public Library is not only a huge library but you also become part of the minuteman network of libraries. This allows you to receive free museum passes all over Boston, nothing beats free. Laptops are available to use for free for 2 hour time slots to library card holders. Every Wednesday you can rent 1 get 1 movie free.
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Regent Theatre

Opened in 1916, the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA is a lovely community theater with a great deal of charm. Although not quite fancy and somewhat outdated, it still manages to draw sufficient (seating 500) audiences, thanks to its program (kids-friendly in large part) and terrific acoustics (ideal for live gigs). The concert tickets, as well as snacks & beverages (they have a beer & wine license), are reasonably priced. Great live performance venue!
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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Arlington, MA