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Framingham [1] is the largest town in Massachusetts, with a population of more than 67,000. Originally a blue-collar manufacturing town, Framingham is now known for its high density of white-collar technology and business professionals, as well as diverse ethnic populations, due to its proximity to Boston (only 17 miles away) and the tech corridor, Route 128.

Understand

Framingham is the home of several major corporations, including Staples, TJX, Perini, Boston Scientific, and Bose Audio, and also is part of what is known as the Golden Mile, a large conglomeration of shopping malls and retail outlets. This is where the first mall in America was built.

Get in

By car

Framingham has 2 exits on I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike toll road). Exit 12, on the western edge of town (near Southborough town line), intersects with State Route 9. Exit 12 is near Staples, Inc. and Bose Corporation. Hotels near Exit 12: Econo Lodge, Motel 6, Residence Inn (Marriott), and Sheraton Hotel. Exit 13, on the eastern edge of town (near Wayland and Natick town lines), intersects with State Route 30. Exit 13 is near the Golden Triangle retail/business center including Shoppers World, Natick Mall, and TJX Companies, Inc. Hotels near Exit 13: Courtyard Inn (Marriott), Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn, Best Western, and Travelodge.

Framingham is served by several state routes - from the north-south via Route 126 (Old Connecticut Path/School St/Concord St/Irving St/Hollis St), and from the east-west via Route 9 (Worcester Rd), Route 30 (Cochituate Rd/Worcester Rd/Pleasant St), and Route 135 (Waverly St).

By train

The MBTA [2] provides commuter rail service from South Station, Boston to Framingham. Trains run approximately hourly, and at the half hour during rush hour.

By plane

Framingham is accessible only via Logan Airport [3] in Boston. Travelers must take the Logan Express shuttle or private shuttle from the airport, or use the trains.

Logan Express Bus Service

Get around

See

Village of Saxonville [10]

Saxonville is a village in Framingham. The main road is Concord Street (Route 126) and branches out on to Central Street and Elm Street. The Sudbury River surrounds the village on 3 sides. Saxonville has some wonderful historic landmarks and architecture to see.

Do

Beaches

Yes beaches in Framingham! (Framingham has 3 public beaches.) Resident permit ($30 per family) or $2 person, per day. (Non resident rates available).

Buy

If you enjoy shopping, Framingham is definitely the place in eastern Massachusetts to visit. There is every major retail chain from Wal-Mart to Best Buy and more. The shopping district, nicknamed "The Golden Triangle", is located along Route 9 (Worcester Rd) in the eastern part of town and extends into neighboring Natick. The shopping district includes Shoppers World (on the border with Natick), a vast outdoor mall featuring 795,308 square feet of retail space.

Absolutely do not miss Jordan's Furniture Store. It may sound strange that a furniture store is considered an attraction, except that this particular furniture store has a Mardi Gras celebration nearly every hour, intensely themed rooms, an IMAX theatre, virtual reality arcades, and more. Located adjacent to the IMAX is Kelly's Roast Beef. It has a large menu which is popular for it's roast beef and also has a giant aquarium located in the middle of the restaurant.

Eat

Sleep

There's a large selection of lodging in and near Framingham, including:

Boston and Worcester are reachable by train. For day trips by car, try Plymouth, Cape Cod, or North Shore towns.

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