Wakefield MA is a bustling suburb just 12 miles northwest of downtown Boston. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, there are dozens of things to do in the Wakefield area.
In fact, there are so many, it might be tough to choose which activities and attractions to explore if you’re only in town for a short time.
Have just one day to spend in Wakefield? Here, we’ve put together an itinerary of some of our very favorite Wakefield things to do so you can be sure to squeeze as much into your day as possible.
8 Things to Do on a Day Trip To Wakefield MA
Wake Up at The Lakeside Inn
Start your day along the shores of Lake Quannapowitt at The Lakeside Inn. Located in The Lakeside Park, this hotel is ideal for people who are in town for business, but its convenient location and amenities make it a great place for those in town for fun to stay as well.
Grab a Coffee and Breakfast in Downtown Wakefield
There are some great local establishments downtown, along with some familiar chain restaurants. No matter what you’re craving for breakfast, you’ll find it nearby!
Swing by the Wakefield Farmers Market
In town on a Saturday between June and October? You won’t want to miss the Wakefield Farmers Market! Ranked as one of the best farmers markets in Massachusetts, the Wakefield Farmers Market has something for everyone. From fresh local produce and products to live music, strolling through the market is a great way to spend part of your day.
The market is open from 9am until 1pm on Saturdays, so plan accordingly! You can learn more about the Wakefield Farmers Market here.
Take a Walking Tour of Wakefield
Learn about the history of this charming locale during a walking tour of the area. A lot happened to make Wakefield the place it is today. During the tour, you’ll meander through town, stopping at significant buildings and locations as you wander from the Wakefield Commons to Lake Quannapowitt.
Have a Picnic in One of Wakefield’s Scenic Public Parks
Wakefield has a number of parks that locals and visitors alike can enjoy! Some even have playgrounds, so if you’re traveling with children these are great places to let the kids run free and burn off some energy. Many of these local parks are terrific places for picnicking. While you’re in town, grab a take-out lunch and spend some time in Wakefield’s great outdoors
Kayak Lake Quannapowitt
Get out on the water and enjoy Lake Quannapowitt! You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from a local boat rental establishment, like Boating in Boston’s Wakefield Boathouse. Lake Quannapowitt is one of the highlights of the Wakefield area, so you’ll want to be sure to get a paddle in even if you’re only in town for a short while!
Looking for other ways to enjoy our beautiful local lake? Here are 6 more ways to enjoy Lake Quannapowitt.
Eat Out In Wakefield
There is no shortage of food establishments in the Wakefield area. No matter what kind of food or dining experience you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it downtown.
Check out this helpful Wakefield Restaurant Guide to learn more about some of your eatery options.
Watch the Sun Set Over The Lake
There’s nothing quite like a spectacular, colorful sunset. Here in Wakefield, we have no shortage of them. Amazing sunsets happen over Lake Quannapowitt all the time, so while you’re in the area we highly recommend you set aside some time to catch one.
Visit Wakefield MA For Fun – or Work!
With so many things to do, Wakefield makes a great day trip destination. Whether you’re visiting Boston and want to get out of the city for a while, or you’re passing through and want to spend the day exploring, Wakefield has a lot to offer and is well worth a visit!
While Wakefield makes a great destination for fun, it’s also a great destination for new and expanding businesses. Local businesses, their employees and their clients enjoy everything Wakefield has to offer, plus the convenience of being just minutes from downtown Boston.
If you’re in town for business or looking to expand to the Boston area, be sure to check out The Lakeside Park! Offering temporary office rentals, long term office leases including customized spaces, furnished executive suites, and more, The Lakeside Park offers affordable spaces to businesses in a variety of industries. Located in the heart of Wakefield, along the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, The Lakeside Park is just 12 miles from Boston.
No matter why you’re visiting Wakefield, we hope you enjoy your stay!
Have longer than a day to spend in Wakefield? Check out this list of 25 fun things to do in Wakefield for more ideas and local attractions you won’t want to miss!
Looking to visit or move to the area? Check out our FREE e-book “Travel Guide to Wakefield, MA” for more useful tips on what to do while you’re here, annual events, tips for the best restaurants, and more!