Acton City Guide
Acton, Massachusetts, a small town 21 miles northwest of Boston, may have a population of just 21,929, but that didn’t stop it from being voted the 16th Best Place to Live in the U.S. in 2011 by Money Magazine. This affluent suburb is the birthplace of several notable people, like actor Steve Carell and Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who performed Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
Acton played a part in the American Revolutionary War: on October 3, 1774 the townspeople sent an angry letter to King George III stating a list of their protests and each year since, the town has celebrated Crown Resistance Day on this day. Speaking of wars, be sure to visit the historical Acton Memorial Library, which was a gift to the town’s Civil War veterans from William Allan Wilde in 1890.
When you have more books or angry letters to the royal family than space in your home, don’t letter the clutter build up—instead rent a safe climate-controlled self-storage unit in Acton!
A fun outing for the whole family is the Discovery Museums, which are comprised of two different museums: the Children's Discovery Museum (for kids) and the Discovery Museum (for adults and older kids), which are in converted Victorian-style houses with a cute dinosaur guarding the front yard. If science is not your thing, then you’ll have plenty of live theater to choose from at Theatre III and Open Door Theater (where they employ young actors and people with special needs).
For a pre- or post-theater (or, let’s face it, any activity) treat, indulge in some of the most beautiful and delicious handmade chocolates at The Happy Chocolatier. Or relax at 1 On 1 Self Indulgence where you can enjoy calming foot soaks, massages, and tea. End your day with a meal and drinks at Not Your Average Joe’s, an American cuisine eatery, or Legend Café, which specializes in dessert and coffee as well as casual fare.
If you’ve been buying more chocolate than you can eat but are afraid of others in your household stealing your cocoa-flavored heaven, stash them in a convenient nearby self-storage facility with climate-control.
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