Boston’s 5 Best Spots That Are a Commuter Rail Ride Away

August 4, 2012 6:00 AM

Avoid the Boston traffic this summer by taking a short trip on the commuter rail to the best places to play in the city. These five spots offer the fun and relaxation of a quick getaway without the drive. Pack up and head out for a relaxing trip to the city’s best green-trip destinations.

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Back Beach
Back Beach Way
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-6575

Take the Newburyport/Rockport line to the Rockport stop and head to Back Beach for the day. Enjoy the views from the sand, or spend some time in the water to cool off. This is also a great diving beach, so come prepared. There are restrooms and changing facilities here, so bring a change of clothes for post-beach fun. Walk downtown for shopping and dining before heading back home.

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Wompatuck State Park
Union Street
Hingham, MA 02018
(781) 749-7160

Take the Greenbush line to the Cohasset stop to explore Wompatuck State Park. The park is located on a former World War II munitions depot, so it is bursting with history. Take some time to stroll the wooded bridle paths or hike one of the many trails. Don’t miss out on 12 miles of paved cycling trails as well. Stop to take in the view of Mount Blue Spring, a fresh water source you can actually drink from.

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Volante Farms
292 Forest St
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 444-2351

Take the Needham Heights line to the Needham Heights stop to stock up on produce at Volante Farms. This family owned farmer’s market offers a variety of lettuce, radishes, turnips, spinach, beet greens, scallions, kale, bok choy and mint. It also grows seasonal greenhouse plants and herbs. If you work up an appetite while shopping, try a freshly made sandwich at the deli, or treat yourself to dessert at the ice cream stand.

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Wellesley Bed & Breakfast
28 Eaton Court
Wellesley, MA 02481
(781) 235-2828

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Take the Worcester line to the Wellesley Hills stop to enjoy a getaway at the Wellesley Bed & Breakfast. This modern B & B offers the comforts of home while promoting eco-friendly practices. Amenities include WiFi, TV, air conditioning, an allergen free environment, and close proximity to local attractions, including a 5-mile hiking trail. Relax on the premises, or stroll down to one of the many local restaurants to dine on Italian, Japanese, American or Thai food.

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Walden Pond
915 Walden St.
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 369-3254

Take the Fitchburg line to the Concord stop to admire the beauty of Walden Pond. Experience the tranquility of nature that once inspired Henry David Thoreau. Hike the trails around the pond, or enjoy a little fresh water swimming. With more than 335 acres of open space, Walden Pond has more than enough natural environment to provide a relaxing, peaceful day. Take a tour of the reservation for more in-depth information.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at