Medford Things to Do
While most people think Tufts University is in Somerville or Boston, a large part of the main campus actually falls within the city of Medford.It is a beautiful campus with lovely historic buildings and pleasantly shaded walkways. We especially enjoy strolling around the grounds on summer evenings.In September, we highly recommend the annual...more
Now designated a National Historic Landmark, the Royall House was the home of Isaac Royall and Isaac Royall Jr. during until they fled back to England during the Revolutionary war.You can take a guided tour of the house, nearby slave quarters and the surrounding grounds to see and hear all about the house's amazing history.more
1 Hotels in Medford
116 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155
Good for: Families
Mystic Coffee Roaster is a cute little cafe/roastery in right Medford Square. They roast their own coffee beans right in the shop! There are about 6 tables so it's really small but there is usually a seat or 2 available. Great pastries too. They have Iggy's bagels which are the best in the Boston area. And they get their pies, muffins and scones...more
Unfortunately, Krispy Kreme tried to expand too far too fast and, much to our dismay, our local shop has now closed! So sad....After six months in New York City and various trips down south, we were very excited to hear that Medford had been picked as the site of the very first Krispy Kreme bakery in Massachusetts! That doesn't seem like such a big...more
Don't ask us what the name of this Main Street, Medford hot spot means because we have no idea. (Maybe someday we'll ask.) For the time being, we aren't going to let not knowing get in the way of enjoying their delicious food. They have all varieties of pizza and a large selection of hot and cold italian subs. As always, we love pepper and onion...more
Along Main St in Medford, from La Cascia bakery to Bob's pastas, there are half a dozen Italian-American businesses and restaurants catering to every possible food need. Although the scenery may not be the finest, we believe it's well worth a little exploration.Among other things, you will find a cafe where you can sip espresso and watch the game,...more
Many attempts have been made to revitalize Medford Square, but the Market is by far out favorite! Every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer (check the website for exact dates and times as they vary), you can stop in for fresh produce, home-baked goodies, and lots of local entertainment. As eating local becomes more and more popular, we hope...more
Arthur's Pastry shop is a family-owned business that has been in Medford for several generations, and which produces some of the finest baked goods in the area. They do biscotti, creme pies that have added pounds to more than one local stomach, and wonderful pastries that go just perfectly with a cup of coffee. The staff can be intimidating - Mrs....more
Medford Local Customs
I was so sure that the stereotypical Boston area accent, as portayed in movies like "Good Will Hunting", was myth. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I will say this:
Everytime a local asks me where I live, I say Medford. Usually this is followed by a confused look and a request that I repeat the response. To which I say again, Medford. At this point, there is normally more pondering and then an expression of the lights going on. "Oh, you mean Me-fuh!" It turns out I've been saying it wrong all this time. Silly me, pronouncing the r and ds!
So, if you want to blend in while visiting Mefuh, drop the r completely and skim over the ds like they are barely there.
Medford Sports & Outdoors
Wandering in the Fells
Middlesex Fells is a 2,000 acre area in north Medford, on both sides of I-93, with rugged terrain perfect for half-day hikes and runs. There are several different trails of varying levels of difficulty. The most difficult are genuinely challenging, despite the relatively urban setting, with constant ascents and descents. The trails encompass flat sections running alongside reservoirs as well as rugged clambering over rocks and narrow paths in the woods.
There is also a mountain biking trail which stretches along a loop for several miles. The mountain bikers don't always respect the pedestrians-only trails, but most of the bikers we have met were very courteous about letting us pass!
In the winter, after a good snow storm, you can even strap on snow shoes or cross country skiis and explore the area, which will suddenly seem unfamiliar with the snow.
Equipment: You will want hiking boots or at the very least sturdy walking shoes unless you intend to stay on the easiest trails.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking