What People Love About Franklin Massachusetts

Recreation in Franklin

Franklin Ma Youth Sports
kids playing soccer in Franklin

There is so  much for kids and families to do in Franklin. You really never have to leave Franklin for any recreational activities. Whether your family is into soccer, baseball, lacrosse, or hockey there are plenty of options for recreational you sports in Franklin.  If your family is into baseball, then you will want to check out the Franklin Youth Baseball Organization. If hockey is your thing, then you may get to spend a lot of time in the cold Pirelli Hockey Rink on Panther way which is the home to Franklin Youth Hockey which is home to the Franklin Flyers. If you family is into other outdoor sporths such as soccer you may get a chance to visit the Beaver Pond Recreation Complex which does hosts games for Franklin Youth Soccer program on the turf field.  After kids play some sports you may want to cool off in Chilson Pond.

Fishing in Franklin

Chilson Pond at the Beaver Pond Recreation Complex has some fishing. Another place where people do a lot of freshwater fishing in Franklin is the The Charles River. The Charles River has plenty of places to launch a canoe or a kayak and do some fishing from. People also fish  on the Norfolk border at Populatic Pond at the Franklin Reservoir which is part of  The DelCarte Conservation Area.  It’s easily accessible on Pleasant Street with a parking lot to handle plenty of cars.

If Your Family has Gone to the Dogs – So Has Franklin

If you and are your dog are into socializing with other pet owners and their furbabies, the you will want to head over to Dacey Field which is the home of the Franklin Dog Park and Franklin Disc Golf.

No matter what, Franklin probably has what you are looking for. If you cannot find it, then we are pretty certain that the Town of Franklin’s recreation department will be able to point you in the right direction.

You can visit them here Franklin Parks and Recreation.

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Mountain Biking in Franklin

People Riding Mountain Bikes at Franklin State Forest
Mountain Biking at Franklin State Forest

If you are into mountain biking, then Franklin provides just the spot for you to get out and into the wild. The Franklin State Forest is accessible via 58 Forge Hill Rd in Franklin Massachusetts.  If you would like to reach the group who manages the trails and is a liaison between the state  you can reach the New England Mountain Bike Association at 508 543-5850 Here is a link which has access to trails maps, directions and information about mountain biking in the Franklin State Forest  Here is a map to the trail head for mountain biking at Franklin State Forest. You can also hike at the Franklin State Forest.

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Art and Culture in Franklin
Franklin Cultural Festival

If the wild world of sports or the great outdoors is not your thing there are plenty of other things to do. If you or your family are into theater and the arts then Franklin will not leave you short. There are so many things to see and do.

The Franklin Public Library

Town of Franklin LibraryMy personal favorite has always been the library at the center of town. The library at the time of writing is under construction. It was a favorite of mine before the renovations, but I am sure it will even stand taller in my mind for me.  Here is a link to The Franklin Public Library  If would like to see what the library is up to you may want to visit the FPL Facebook page here you will be able to see what the status of the renovation is and also to visit the temporary branch and see what programs the library is currently offering.

Franklin Performing Arts Center

The Franklin Performing Arts Company is a local theater arts and music.  They produce a lot of musicals, plays, ballet and drama events throughout the year.


Here is what it said on their page about their organization.

Franklin Performing Arts Center

“Guided by a community advisory board, FPAC offers opportunities for everyone to get involved in drama, music and dance right in our own community. Our performances feature live orchestras and professional artists, and they often provide a first glimpse into the world of theater for local youth.” FPAC

The Franklin Performing Arts Center performs a large majority of their events at their very own The Black Box Theater which is in Downtown Franklin.

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Franklin Sculpture Park

The Franklin Sculpture Park is an outdoor venue which allows visitors the opportunity to walk around and preview three dimensional outdoor works of art. If you would like to see more about it, the sculpture park has it’s own Facebook Page here

Dean College

Dean College is a not-for-profit institution that is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Today, Dean serves more than a 1,150 full time students and close to 300 part time students, for a full enrollment of close to 1,450 and more than 25,000 alumni. The College’s future is based soundly upon its rich history of developing programs that meet the changing individual needs of students.

Dean adds significantly to the vibrancy of the Downtown Franklin area.  It’s nice to see you people walking around the town and visiting the local shops.You can check out Dean College here


Franklin Town Common

Franklin Town Common is approximately 4 acres in size. It features mature trees and a lush level lawn bordered by mature trees offering plenty of shade trees. There are lot of statues and memorials. At the western base of the common is St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  In recent years, the common has been frequented by more people as it was a very good Pokemon stop.
Many town civic and government agencies hosts events on the Franklin Town Common.  There is a the Franklin Farmer’s Market hosted on the common for about 6 months of the year. Another event that happens at the Town Common is the annual Feast of Saint Rocco which has been going for approximately 40 years and includes food, music and carnival rides and games.


Local Events Sponsored by the Franklin Downtown Partnership

The Franklin Downtown Partnership

About Us
Franklin Downtown Partnership, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization operated “exclusively” for charitable and education purposes. The Partnership sees Franklin’s downtown as the heart of the community: a center of civic and cultural activities, government services, commercial businesses, and diversified housing. All of the Partnership’s activities are designed to foster greater vitality in the downtown commercial district and to serve as a vehicle for public policy discourse.

Some of the events that the Franklin Downtown Partnership runs are the Franklin Holiday Stroll and the annual Franklin Strawberry Stroll.

Franklin Food Pantry

Shopping Plazas and Grocery Stores

Grocery Shopping

As far as grocery shopping in Franklin, people do their shopping at 1 of 3 large grocery stores. There is a Shaws in the Horace Mann Plaza on Route 140. About 100 yards away from the Shaws is a Big Y grocery store. If you like Stop and Shop then you will find them at the Franklin Village Shopping Center at Exit 17 of Interstate 495.

If you are looking for a Whole Foods Market, the nearest one to Franklin MA is the Bellingham Whole Foods Market accross the street from the Whole Foods is the nearest Market Basket. If you want to trade with Trader Joe, the nearest Trader Joes is in Foxboro at the Patriot Place.

There are two large shopping plazas in Franklin. The shopping plazas in town are The Horace Mann Plaza and The Franklin Village Shopping Center. For more retail therapy for those who are willing to travel a little further, you can head over to Patriots Place in Foxboro or The Wrentham Premium Outlets.
The nearest Target to Franklin is in Milford. Some local specialty stores include are the  Cake Bar Bakery in Downtown Franklin and Elizabeths Bagels

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Bars and Restaurants in Franklin

From Irish and Italian to Japanese and Indian the Town of Franklin has you palette covered. The partial list is below. If you are restaurant owner and I left you off, please feel free to reach out.

The Curry House
Nickys for brekfast on Route 140
Alumni Pub
Wah Sing
Papa Ginos
Teddy Gallaghers
The Rome
British Beerworks
Noodles and Company
Three Restaraunt
Hang Tai
Bamboo House
Maguro House

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Coffee Shops in Franklin

Looking for a place to have a coffee and a pastry, there are a few Dunkin Donuts, a Starbucks and a couple Honey Dew Donuts

Now that you have eaten…time for a workout

Places to workout in Franklin

YMCA, Adirondack Club,Boost Fitness

Highway Access and Public Transportation in Franklin

GARTA Franklin Service
Commuter Rail in Franklin MA with trains running to Boston

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Michael Mahoney of Keller Williams has compiled The Official List of Condos in Franklin. We have grouped all Franklin condo complexes together and all you to search these groupings by price and amenities.  Take a look at Condo Complexes in Franklin Massachusetts


Franklin’s Neighboring Towns

Franklin’s neighboring towns are Norfolk, Wrentham, Bellingham, Medway

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