Arlington is a bustling suburb of Boston. Visit and you’ll find history, art, theater, kid-friendly fun and interesting neighborhoods. You’ll also find bike paths, lush open spaces, unique, independently owned shops, and a ton of dining options. Make a plan to visit soon and discover all that Arlington has to offer.


Walk or Ride the Minuteman Bikeway Discover the Art of an American Master Enjoy Dinner & a Show at the Regent Theatre Check Out Our Unique Shops & Restaurants Explore Our Cultural District Catch a Movie at the Capitol Theater Be Surprised By Our History Picnic in Our Beautiful Parks

Arlington is located just 8 miles from downtown Boston and is easily accessible by car, bike, and public transportation. Situated between the well-known tourist destinations of Cambridge and Lexington/Concord, Arlington should be included in any visit to explore the area.

The town, originally known as Menotomy, was settled in 1635 as a village of Cambridge. Menotomy gained notoriety as the site of the bloodiest battle of April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution.

In 1867, the town’s name was changed to Arlington in honor of the heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Today, Arlington is a lively suburb with a flourishing local arts scene, beautiful parks and open spaces, and business districts that boast unique local retailers, two theaters, and several museums and historic sites.


Arlington is a hub for the arts. Wander through the Arlington Cultural District and you’ll find art galleries, performance theaters, a community arts center, and a number of museums and cultural institutions that all add to the artistic vibe in Arlington.


For a small town, it may come as a surprise that Arlington is bursting with a rich history. It’s the birthplace of Uncle Sam, and its “Main Street”, Massachusetts Avenue, is quite literally the route of Paul Revere’s midnight ride!


Arlington has tremendous infrastructure for people who wish to commute to work by bike or cycle for leisure. The Minuteman Bikeway, a member of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, starts in Arlington and is one of the most popular and successful rail-trails in the United States.


Throughout Arlington, you’ll find many options for excellent shopping and for enjoyable dining, both inside and al fresco.

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