Needham Travel Guide

  • Charles River
    Charles River
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  • Canoeist on the Charles River
    Canoeist on the Charles River
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  • Biking, South Street
    Biking, South Street
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Needham Transportation

  • Automobile

    By car, you can access Needham from Interstate 95 (or 128, as it is known locally for its state route designation) at exits 17,18, and 19 (Highland Ave., Great Plain Ave., State Route 135). All of these exits lead to the centre of town. Automobile is probably the simplest and easiest means to transport oneself around the town as well.

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  • MBTA Bus

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates one bus line in Needham, which originates in Watertown Square, Watertown, runs through the city of Newton, connecting to Green Line rapid transit stations, and services Highland Avenue, Chapel Street, and Chestnut Street in Needham, terminating at the Needham Junction commuter rail...

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  • MBTA Commuter Rail

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates four commuter rail stations in Needham. The best train station from which to access Needham's downtown is the Needham Centre stop. The other stations include Needham Heights, Needham Junction, and Hersey. Trains run from South and Back Bay stations in Boston on the hour or half hour...

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Needham Local Customs

  • by zChris Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    The chunk of sidewalk along Central Avenue wedged between the Town Dump and a baseball diamond becomes on weekends a Speaker's Corner of sorts for self-promotional town politicians seeking pathetically to catch the attention of locals eschewing their garbage at the dump because of the town's resistance to taxes and hence its inability to provide even basic services like garbage collection. None of the political poseurs standing by the fence, though, seem to give a damn about this detestable reality, and tend to campaign on promises to lower taxes further, sparking delightful debates on which essential town service will be shut off next. By the looks of it, I'd guess the water supply, as the reservoir tends to back up quite frequently and tapwater gives off a delectable brownish hue. Oh, did I mention the ignominy of these people pandering for favour next to a pit of garbage?

    Signs near Town Dump

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Needham Warnings and Dangers

  • by zChris Updated Jun 26, 2003

    The little remaining woodland in Needham is being consumed at a rapid pace by developers looking to rapidly cash in on tacky McMansions which embrace historical details like pieces of a fast food combo meal. The streets plown through are then ironically named for bulldozed trees. The people who then move into the houses send their children to expensive private schools and have the gall to complain about their "burdensome" contribution to the town's public school system while placing a significant strain on the town budget by forcing an extension of infrastructure and utilities and seriously damaging both the aesthetic quality and ecological stability of the town's environment.

    New Subdivision

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Needham Tourist Traps

  • by needhamite Written Jun 24, 2005

    If you happen to be wandering the streets of needham in search of some much-needed weed, don't let the local teenage capitalists take advantage of you.

    Unique Suggestions: If you're really desperate try to bargain your way down to a fairly decent price... but this probably won't work.

    Fun Alternatives: You can always grow your own if you're in town long enough. Don't worry, the local cops have been known for keeping the grass for themselves and not prosecuting.

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Needham Off The Beaten Path

  • by zChris Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    The whole bloody town is off the beaten path. Nevertheless, I guess I'll make this tip relative to locals' knowledge. Just off South Street near Dedham Avenue is an unlanscaped, wooded park by the Charles River with several trails and a canoe landing. Hike up to the stone bluff where you can get a good view of the riverbend, especially in the fall when the Charles is ablaze with colours. It can be a calm retreat from the soccer-mom-stultifying sterility of this phony town. Weekend nights it's generally used by high schoolers for hazing rituals and drinking bashes.

    Charles River

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Needham Sports & Outdoors

  • Canoeing on the Charles

    I often see caneoists navigating the Charles River through Needham, which is quite picturesque, especially in autumn, but does have a dangerously swift current and is both shallow and narrow, at points dangerously so for this activity. Though far more enjoyable in Needham, it's probably wiser, if one desires to canoe down the river, to do so in...

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  • Biking

    Biking is a popular activity in Needham, especially in the town's southern portions, which are less densely populated and more scenic. South Street is an especially well utilised conduit for bikers, who sometimes (and much to the consternation of drivers attempting to navigate the narrow, twisting thoroughfare) hold racing events along the street.

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Needham Favorites

  • Autumn

    I have to stress this again (mainly so I can put another picture in!) but fall has always been my favourite season and in Needham it is incredibly brilliant. Here's a typical Needham street at the height of the leaf-peeking season.

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  • Residential Architecture

    Needham also has an abundance of beautifully restored homes from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Wandering the streets around downtown Needham you're sure to see quite a few appealing varieties. This house on Maple Street was built in the Italianite style after the Civil War.

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  • See the churches. Needham has...

    See the churches. Needham has quite a bit of traditional white-steepled New England churches. The Baptist Church, just east of downtown Needham, is particularly interesting- it is the town's tallest building and its bells can be heard all over town. In the photo is the Unitarian Universalist Church, originally built as the town's first meetinghouse...

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