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Come on in to see Boston in bloom!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend in the city? Whether you are looking for family fun, a fun day-trip with friends, or a date idea – Here are some of our favorite places in Boston to enjoy spring blooms.  

Take the train to North, South, or Back Bay  from your nearest Commuter Rail station and head to one of our favorite spots with blooming flowers and ride with a cheap train ticket.

Buy a $10 weekend ticket  for unlimited travel across all zones Saturday and Sunday. Plus, kids 11 & under ride free

Boston Public Garden:

📍 Closest station: Back Bay, North, or South Station  

MBTA Trip Planner 

Copley Square: 

📍 Closest station: Back Bay, North, or South Station  

MBTA Trip Planner 

Charles River Esplanade:

📍 Closest station: Back Bay, North, or South Station

MBTA Trip Planner 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Kids 11 and under ride free
  • Ride unlimited all weekend with a $10 weekends ticket
  • Download mTicket for mobile tickets or buy on board from a conductor if you aren’t near a ticket office or vending machine

Spring Forward on Commuter Rail

Accessible Cafés to get you through Day Light Saving Time  

Are you ready for Day Light Saving Time? Remember to set your clocks back this Sunday! Losing an hour of sleep isn’t easy, so some of us may need a little extra help to Spring Forward! If you need a quick caffeine pick-me-up to get through the week, our staff shared some of their favorite local cafes that are accessible by Commuter Rail. Get your coffee (and maybe a snack or two) before or after you ride with us.  

We put together a map of our staff’s favorite coffee shops from Commuter Rail Stations:

Business Name Closest Station 
Café La France Providence  
The Well Coffee House South Station 
Sorelle Bakery & Cafe South Station 
Copper City Espresso Canton Junction 
Union Coffee Roaster Ayer 
Gunther Tooties Greenbush 
One Mighty MillLynn
Swissbäkers Reading 
Sydney Providence Providence 
SPoT! Norwood Central 
PS Gourmet Coffee East Braintree/Weymouth Landing 
Bagels’ Best Needham Center 
Hub Hall North Station 
The Bagel Shop Beverly Farms 
Main Streets Market & Cafe Concord 

Anyone else we should add to the map? Let us know – comment on our thrifting post, DM us, or tag us in a tweet!

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Kids 11 and under ride free
  • Ride unlimited all weekend with a $10 weekends ticket
  • Download mTicket for mobile tickets or buy on board from a conductor if you aren’t near a ticket office or vending machine

Thrift gifts for a greener holiday

Go even greener when you travel to your favorite thrift store via Commuter Rail!

Every year, there is always a reason to thrift a gift. But this year more than ever, the thrill of thrifting for gifting is greater – its green and it’s in stock! But you can be even greener when you thrift while taking the train.  

We put together a map of thrift, antique, and consignment stores within a short walk or rideshare from Commuter Rail Stations here

Anyone else we should add to the map? Let us know – comment on our thrifting post, DM us, or tag us in a tweet!

Store front for a New Leaf thrift store in Concord, MA featuring vintage dressers, night stands, chairs, shelves and lamps.
A New Leaf in Concord, MA (just a 1-minute walk from the West Concord Commuter Rail Station!)

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Kids 11 and under ride free
  • Ride unlimited all weekend with a $10 weekends ticket
  • Download mTicket for mobile tickets or buy on board from a conductor if you aren’t near a ticket office or vending machine

Commuter Rail gift guide

We put together holiday gift ideas for the commuter, traveler, or train fan in your life!

For the commuter:

Here is a list of ideas you can get the frequent (or even infrequent!) commuter in your life:

🧤 Touchscreen gloves
☔ Umbrella
🎧 Headphones
🎵 Streaming subscription
🎫 Train tickets
📘 an E-reader

For the traveler and experience seeker:

Here is a list of ideas you can get the traveler and experience seeker:

🎫 $10 weekend tickets
🎤 Tickets for events they can take the train to
🏨 Hotel gift cards for places in Boston, Providence, Worcester, and beyond – accompanied with train tickets of course!
🕮 Activity books for their train ride, especially if they have kids!

For the train fan:

Here is a list of ideas you can get the railfanner in your life:

🎫 Monthly Commuter Rail Pass
🚆 Gifts from MBTA Gifts
📷 A camera

Ready to shop?

Take the train to shop this season to avoid parking hassles and traffic! Commuter Rail has more mid-day and evening service and weekend service is available on all lines.

Check out our malls and shopping plazas near Commuter Rail map here.

Before you head out:

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Kids 11 and under ride free
  • Ride unlimited all weekend with a $10 weekends ticket
  • Download mTicket for mobile tickets or buy on board from a conductor if you aren’t near a ticket office or vending machine

Small Business Saturday

What is your favorite small business located near a Commuter Rail Station?

For this months Destination Station, Commuter Rail staff shared their favorite small businesses with us. With the responses, we created a Small Businesses Near Train Stations Interactive Map where we mapped out all the submissions and showed how close they are to Commuter Rail stations in honor of #SmallBusinessSaturday so we can all support the communities we operate in.

Check out the full map here

Some highlights:

Station with the most submissions: Concord

Places that were submitted more than once:

  • Al’s South St. Café – South Station
  • Baba’s Original New York System – Providence Station
  • Beverly Depot Restaurant – Beverly Depot
  • Bunratty Tavern – Reading Station
  • Café La France – Providence Station
  • Copper City Coffee – Canton Junction
  • Lynwood Café – Holbrook/Randolph Station
  • Metzy’s Mexican Cantina – Newburyport Station
  • Nick’s Famous Roast Beef – North Beverly Station
  • Rivershed Restaurant – Greenbush Station
  • The Causeway Restaurant – West Gloucester
  • Tonno Restaurant – Wakefield
  • Tommy Floramo’s – Chelsea
  • Union Coffee Roaster – Ayer
  • Olives & Grace – Back Bay Station

What did staff say about places:

  • Union Coffee Roaster; Ayer: “Right across the street! Great place for caffeine pick me up for you ride into the city.”
  • The Scotty Dog; Beverly: “Chicago style hot dogs.
  • The Rivershed; East Braintree/Weymouth Landing: “American fare and live music…directly across the street from the station!”
  • The Billiards Café; Ayer: “…. this place is very dear to me for one reason especially – it is home to one of only two snooker tables in the whole of New England.”
  • Katz Bagel Bakery; Chelsea: “Closest to New York bagels that I have had.”
  • So this #SmallBusinessSaturday, try to #shopsmall and if you’re taking the train, don’t forget about $10 weekends!

    Before you travel, be sure to check:

    Destination Station

    Commuter Rail employees know our system best, so we started “Destination Station”- the official Commuter Rail Staff Picks program.

    Since we are entering peak fall foliage in Massachusetts we asked, “which spot on the network has the best views for fall foliage?”

    The answer:

    📍 Line: Fitchburg 🚆Stations: Lincoln, Concord, West Concord, and Wachusett

    The Fitchburg line runs through areas of Massachusetts that are a leaf peepers’ dream. Take a trip out to Lincoln, Concord, West Concord, Littleton, or all the way to Wachusett to see all the fall colors.

    If you’re traveling on the weekend, hop on/hop off at several stations on the line with $10 weekend tickets. Get unlimited both Sat. + Sun. Plus, kids 11 and under always ride free.

    What other spots got votes for the best views for foliage from the train?

    📍 Line: Newburyport/Rockport 🚆Station: Manchester

    “Right next to a small shopping center offers coffee, a bank, a pharmacy…right in the center of the high street. Everything is within walking distance from [the Manchester Commuter Rail Station]. Beautiful ocean view and rustic style restaurants – [it’s] a peaceful place.” – Commuter Rail Assistant Conductor

    📍 Line: Kingston 🚆Stations: Between South Weymouth and Kingston

    📍 Line: Providence/Stoughton 🚆Stations: Between Wickford Junction and Providence

    Before you travel, be sure to check:

    Check back next month for our next Destination Station feature!