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About Wellesley

Welcome to Wellesey, Massachusetts! Located just 12 miles southwest of Boston, this medium-sized, family-friendly, college-town suburb offers everything and more to its residents. Wellesley has some of the highest-ranked schools, restaurants, and retail around and will be sure to make you feel right at home as soon as you move in!

Schools

Wellesley School District is ranked in the top 10% of all Massachusetts school districts. It provides its students with exceptional public school education from pre-k through high-school as well as tailored special-education supports. Averaging at 5,006 total students a year, Wellesley School District is divided up into P.A.W.S. Preschool, 7 Elementary schools, Wellesley Middle School, and Wellesley High School. With a graduation rate of 97% compared to the state’s 88%, Wellesley Public Schools provide their students with the tools and support needed for life-long academic success. Additionally, Wellesley is home to Dana Hall School, a private all-girls boarding and day school founded in 1881. 

For higher education, Wellelsey is home to MassBay Community College, Babson College and nationally-ranked Wellesley College for women.  

Grocery and Dining

There are 2 large grocery stores in town, including Whole Foods and Roche Brothers, as well as small, locally-owned grocery stores such as Fells Market and Tutto Wellesley. Are you looking to dine out and try something new? Wellesley has a wide variety of highly-rated dining options; From town-favorite breakfast and coffee spots like Wellesley Bakery and Cafe, Linden Store, and Peet’s Coffee, to staple restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen, Juniper, Great Wok Wellesley, and Cafe Mangal, there’s always something new and exciting to try. Additionally, Wellesley’s fast-food options include the following: 4 Dunkin Donut locations, Subway, and QDOBA Mexican Eats and B.Good. 

Shopping and Retail

Downtown Wellesley features pedestrian-friendly walking routes, a breathtaking town-hall and greenery, as well as a quaint collection of small-owned and brand-name retail stores. Stop by Wellesley’s Eileen Fisher,  J. McLaughlin, and Lyn Evans for your designer-clothing finds or shop more affordable brands at Wellesley’s own Talbots and Gap stores. Check out Wellesley Toy Shop, Wellesley Books and Green’s Hardware for your gift, book, and home-repair needs. Need some hair, skin and/or general beauty care? Wellesley’s Dellaria Hair Salon, Mane and Mani, and Barber Walter’s Barber Shop will provide you with the best quality services!

Nature 

With over 46 miles of hiking and walking trails, dozens of local parks and playgrounds, beautiful nature spots, and a luscious town-hall greenery, Wellesley has all your outdoor-nature needs. Ranging from easy, kid-friendly trail routes like Brook Path and Longfellow Pond trail, to harder, more inclined trails for experienced hikers like the Charles River Path and Centennial Reservation Trail, Wellesley has scenic routes for everyone. Use this handy Wellesley Trails-Viewer to find the right trail for you!

Entertainment and Fitness

Open six days a week with regular community and children events, Wellesley Free Public Library is a great place to learn, study, and read. Looking for some cost-free entertainment? Enjoy The Gardens at Elm Bank, stewarded by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, this beautiful outdoor scenery features both historic and contemporary gardens that highlights sustainable design, different cultural practices and demonstrates how important plants are to everyday life. Take-in local art and culture at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum, one of the oldest fine art museums featuring permanent collections, rotating exhibits and community art programs.  Wellesley is home to a host of local and nationally-known gyms including Orangetheory Fitness, Boston Sports Club, and Beacon Hill Athletic Club

Transportation

Located in close proximity to Boston, the town of Wellesley is equipped with 3 MBTA Commuter Rail stops along the Framingham/Worcester Line, with frequently scheduled times to and from Boston’s South Station. Additionally, Wellesley has two MRTA bus routes: Route 1 which connects MBTA Green Line with Metrowest, and Route 8 which services between Natick Mall and Woodland MBTA. Wellesley residents can also access 2 Greenline MBTA Subway stops in the nearby town of Newton that have ample parking spaces for city commuters. 

Hospitals

Conveniently located in-town is the state-of-the-art Newton-Wellesley Hospital, equipped with every type of inpatient and outpatient services needed. There is also Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital located in the neighboring town of Needham and is a branch of the larger Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. 

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