This suburban enclave is roughly seven miles, a couple tax brackets and a hundred SAT points removed from downtown Boston. Newton is an independent city comprised of 13 linked villages, including swanky Chestnut Hill and several villages that confusingly share the Newtown name (Newtown Center, -Corner, -Highlands, -Upper Falls, -Lower Falls). Not surprisingly, Newton tends to confound newcomers. One wrong turn off the Massachusetts Turnpike could send you meandering down lanes lined with 17th century stone fences, manicured lawns, boarding schools, and sprawling single-family homesteads. Neighborly Newtonians might point you toward beloved local landmarks, including Bulloughs Pond for ice skating, the aptly named Newton Commonwealth Golf Course, and the Jackson Homestead, a historic stop on the Underground Railroad. After making his reputation with Manhattan's Central Park, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead lavished his attention on Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Runners hit the Reservoir's waterfront trails, training to take on Newtown's Heartbreak Hill during the Boston Marathon. Newtonian teens get their exercise trolling The Mall at Chestnut Hill for collegiate staples from J. Crew and Brooks Brothers to Apple and Tiffany.
Getting Around Boston
The easist way to get around Boston is the subway. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency (MBTA; http://www.mbta.com/) operates the Silver Line SL1 to and from Logan Airport for the best direct connection to and from the Red Line at South Station. This is the best option for transportation to Cambridge, Downtown Boston, MIT and Harvard. Service from Logan on the Silver Line SL1 runs from 5:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. every day. MBTA operates 5 subway lines which operate Monday-Saturday 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Sundays 6 a.m. to midnight. Fare on all lines is $2.50 regardless of distance. Passes are available: $11/Day or $18/Week; Children under 12 are free. Boston features a bicycle sharing program, The Hubway (http://www.thehubway.com/), which offers a 24-hour pass for $5 and a 3-day pass for $12.
- Boston Logan International Airport-BOS
Things to Do and See Near Chestnut Hill
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Paul Revere House
- Freedom Trail
- North End
- Arnold Arboretum
- African Meeting House
- John F. Kennedy Library
- Fenway Park
- Museum of Science