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Not Your Typical Top 20

Top 20 must-do's in Arlington that are not your usual go-to's!

Arlington is chock full of things to experience. But if you had to boil them down to just a few, what would you do? We live and breathe Arlington and the surrounding area , so we put our heads together and compiled a list for you - from what to do, where to go what to see and when to do it.

Of course we're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! (Catch all of the past posts here for posterity).

Did we miss any that you think should be included? Leave a comment!

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#1 Cruisin'... on a Sunday Afternoon

The Minuteman Bikeway is one of the top to-do's in Arlington. Why not make a day of it? Cruise along from Alewife to Bedford, and when you need a break, stop at Great Meadows for some bird watching or just take in the scenery. And when you're cycled out top it off with pit-stop at Not Your Average Joe's for lunch or dinner.


#2 Local Yolks for Local Folks

The Arlington Farmers Market has everything from their farm to your table. Breads, dairy, beef, fish, fruit and veggies - your next meal never tasted so fresh.


#3 Take a Magical History Tour

The history books might talk about Lexington and Concord, but we know that Arlington was a key player in the Revolutionary War as well. Tour the historic Jason Russell House, the Old Schwamb Mill, and the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum and learn more about the historic depth and character of Arlington.


#4 I Can Canoe, Can You?

Spy Pond offers great water activities for adults and families of all ages. Canoe or Kayak on Spy Pond and take in the peaceful sights and sounds of nature.


#5 Down the Chute

The slides at Robbins Farm Park are not to be missed. Whether your 4 or 84, there's something just thrilling enough (but not enough to make you lose your lunch) about zipping down the slides. The views of Boston aren't too shabby either!


#6 Get Fit

There's no excuse not to get moving! Arlington has plenty to offer the exercise-averse. There are adult basketball leagues at Fidelity House, swimming at the Boys and Girls Club, yoga at Fitness First, or hit Gold's Gym for a range of classes to suit anyone's needs.


#7 Get Cultured

Whether you're on a first date or taking a client out to close a deal, knowing how to select a good wine ups your cultural cache. Refine your taste buds with complimentary wine and beer tastings at Menotomy Beer & Wine on Fridays and Saturday's from 4 p.m. -7 p.m.


#8 Get Smart

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." - Albert Einstein. Never stop learning! Take an adult education class at Arlington Community Education or Arlington Center for the Arts and learn something new.


#9 Get Lit

Go to the Robbins Library and brush up on your lit(erature). Or just read a newspaper or magazine in the beautiful Reading Room (no one needs to know you're there to read the latest People!). The Reading Room features a fireplace, marble mosaic floor, antique oak wall, marble columns and gold leaf accentuated arches and ceiling.


#10 The Cutting Edge

Whether you fancy yourself a Zdeno Chara or a Nancy Kerrigan, the Ed Burns Arena will have you cutting up the ice - or icing parts that you never knew you could hurt. Rentals are available as well as plenty of hot chocolate when it's Zamboni time.


#11 They'll Steer You Right

Jimmy's Steer House - or as we like to call it, the 'Cheers' of Arlington - is where everyone knows your name and your favorite steak and potatoes entrée.


#12 The Arlington Heights Trifecta

If you live in Arlington, you know what we're talking about. Step 1: Gear up with a Starbucks coffee. Step 2: Make the rounds at Trader Joe's - don't forget the sample station! Step 3: Hit Walgreens for the non-Trader Joe items - just don't trip on the coupon printout on your way out!


#13 Boo! (ya)

There is plenty to do when that spooky time of year rolls around. You've never seen so many adorable princesses and superheroes at the Trick or Treat Halloween parade. Or, get yourself a great costume at The Costume Company for a fun night out!


#14 Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

When its winter and you are feeling Frozen, there's no better place to embrace your inner Olaf than at Robbins Farm Park. Grab your boots, your sled, (and your courage) and fly down the hills!


#15 Go Take a Hike

No really! Go take a hike at Menotomy Rocks Park! With plenty of trails, picnic areas, a pond and playground - you can find your Zen and or just burn off some steam. The park is beautifully maintained and enjoyed by all in town.



#16 Window Shop Around

Not that there's anything wrong with the Gap, but it's nice to buy something uniquely you. Shopping local makes you look good and feel great. Park the car and stroll Mass. Ave. - you'll be surprised at the shops you miss by driving!


#17 Which Way to the Beach?

Not only can you get to the Arlington Reservoir Beach in under 7 minutes from most places in town (no 128 or Route 3 traffic on a Saturday morning!), you also have your choice among shady spots under trees, on a grassy knoll or front and center. Lifeguards, snack bar, playground, bathrooms, showers - The Arlington Res has it all!


#18 Do it for the Children!

Arlington prides itself on great schools and the great kids that are in 'em. Show your support any number of ways for Arlington High and Arlington Catholic - get your car washed at one of the weekend car wash fundraisers at AHS, take in a theater production, or cheer on your team at a sporting event -kids play for the love of the game, not contracts!


#19 Jam Out

Arlington offers its own Summer Concert Series on the Jefferson Cutter House Lawn. Check out this clip from The Dave Sammarco Band this past summer. You can get your groove on without leaving town!


#20 Town Day

Every town has its' day, and ours it one of the best! Arlington Town Day showcases everything our town has to offer - history, community, games, music, food, fun, families and fireworks! It's a great time to get out and see why so many people choose to call Arlington home!

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