8 Best Things to Do in Wakefield

1. Lake Quannapowitt-This is the site of the wood and granite bandstand, built in 1885 and still an important stage for outdoor performances in the summer.

2. Common District-The civic heart of Wakefield was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, and has some striking architecture along Common St and Main St.

3. Breakheart Reservation-The landscape is easy for families to discover as there’s a wide paved road looping around the reservation, accessible from Hemlock Rd in Wakefield.

4. Col.James Hartshorne House-Built as long ago as 1681, the historic Col. James Hartshorne House backs onto Lake Quannapowitt and is thought to be the oldest house in the town.

5. Wakefield Farmers’ Market-Well into its second decade now, Wakefield’s farmers’ market is the best for miles around, and has a lovely setting at Veterans Field on Lake Quannapowitt.

6. MarketStreet Lynnfield-Right on the town line to the east of Wakefield is a high-end outdoor shopping center, packed with a mix of national brands, restaurant chains and locally-owned boutiques.

7. IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture Reading-The Crossing at Walkers Brook shopping center on the I-95 by Lake Quannapowitt, is home to a branch of Jordan’s Furniture.

8.Wakefield History Museum-This two-story building served its original purpose until as recently as 1998,when it was forced to close after the second floor ceiling started to show signs of giving way.

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