Fun Things to Do Near Islington, MA

about the Westwood area and all that it offers. Chief among Westwood’s attributes is Islington. Per the city’s multi-million-dollar Islington Center Redevelopment Project, land has been revitalized and repurposed along Washington St. in the center of Westwood, near the juncture of I-95 and U.S. Route 1. In addition to the brand new facilities of Islington, Westwood residents are next door to Norwood, a historical community with plenty of amenities.

Islington is easy to access, Norwood is nearby, and all Westwood residents enjoy proximity to many fabulous restaurants, amenities, and activities. As a bonus, there are luxury properties available in the area you can buy with assistance from the right realtor. Read on for a complete guide to a fun-filled day as you explore local real estate!


The new village center of Islington has attracted competing restaurants, service providers, and a public library to Westwood.

Muffin House Cafe

Muffin House Cafe recently opened its newest location — on the south end of the Islington village center, at the corner of Washington St. and East St. Activity peaks in late morning, when patrons favor blueberry muffins, breakfast sandwiches, and some 30 flavors of coffee. The cafe has a fireplace, television, and couches, plus an outdoor patio; its local owners welcome families, students, and anyone who enjoys the stimulation of coffee and conversation in a relaxed atmosphere.

Neroli Mercato & Deli

Perhaps the most-anticipated asset in Islington, Neroli Mercato & Deli, is slated to open in November 2022. The restaurant will seat 250 patrons, while the market will sell sundries, including sandwiches, prepared foods — think imported Italian cold cuts and cheese — and wine (plus catering for events). 

Islington Pizza

An affordable alternative to national chains, Islington Pizza, serves up pies with housemade dough alongside a modest menu of salads and sandwiches. It’s ideal for parties and a way to treat the family at the end of a long day out in Islington. 


The Islington business district has your beauty and fitness needs covered. Visit the Islington Barber Shop or Salli & Rocco Hair Studio for haircuts and products. Just down the street, fitness buffs will appreciate the convenience of Higher Ground Fitness, which puts you through a 45-minute workout and shares a storefront with a spa called Balanced Beauty Aesthetics. 

Holding the neighborhood together are Islington Branch Library and Morrison Field. The latter is a recreation center and site of Little League baseball games, whereas the library — a historic Victorian Gothic building and former one-room schoolhouse — offers local programming for readers of all ages.


Located in Norfolk County, Westwood, which traces its history to the 17th century, is a spacious suburb that consistently ranks among the best places to live in Greater Boston.

Hale Education

Established in 1918, Hale Education is a non-profit educational organization that manages over 1,100 acres of adventure in Dover and Westwood. The non-profit’s programs inspire kids with a passion for learning, self-confidence, and appreciation for the natural environment around them. The non-profit is also open to the general public and encourages people to enjoy the ponds, meadows, and woodlands. 

Hale Education hosts a variety of fun-filled summer camps. For example, at Hale Day Camp, children take swimming lessons, learn about beach life, practice sports, and more. Hale Mountain Biking Camp focuses on bike riding skills and agility for children in grades three through eight. There are also family and community programs, where families can enjoy arts and crafts, backyard games, boating and swimming, campouts, sunset hikes, and much more. 

BayState Archers Training Center

Founded in 2014, the BayState Archers Training Center is New England’s premier archery pro shop and training center. The archery center, located a block south of Norwood, specializes in the Olympic sport of target archery. Open to the public with no membership required, BayState Archery Center is considered one of the best archery centers in the United States. Every week, they host archery development classes and workshops for students hoping to join archery teams.


Set immediately south of Westwood, Norwood also borders the Neponset River and shares with Westwood the status of one of the best places to live in Boston.

Luke Adams Glass

If you’re looking for a fun and unique thing to do in or around Westwood, look no further than Luke Adams Glass in Norwood. This incredible art gallery and glassblowing studio features unique glass pieces and jewelry on display and for sale. And if you’re interested in the creative arts, you can take glassblowing classes to learn from the best. Luke Adams Glass offers appointments, bike parking, and private lot parking. 

Monster Mini Golf

For a fun event out from Westwood luxury homes, try Monster Mini Golf in Norwood. This family-friendly mini golf spot is an excellent spot for a fun family outing or a birthday party. The state-of-the-art indoor facility also features a “monster” video game arcade with skee ball, basketball hoops, and more, plus a prize center to cash in your tickets. You can host private events and birthday parties at the event space with customized event planning and an “a la carte” attractions menu.

Norwood Sport Center

The Norwood Sports Center, founded in 1940, is a bowling alley for people of all ages. The building is constructed like candlepin bowling alleys of the past, with a traditional atmosphere downstairs. You can join a bowling league, and lanes are open every day of the week. The center is also a member of the Massachusetts Bowling Association and hosts state tournaments.

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