Wakefield is a very picturesque town 15 miles north of Boston that is best known for its popular Lake Quannapowitt which is a daily destination for walkers, joggers & bikers alike. At 3.54 miles around, it’s almost a perfect 5K. There’s ice skating and ice fishing in Winter and all kinds of boating & fishing in Spring & Summer, including canoe and kayak rentals. The Quannapowitt Yacht Club is the oldest inland boat club in the country, founded in 1880, and it offers a terrific youth sailing program. The Lake offers two beautiful parks with play areas at both the top and bottom, and its manicured Common abuts quaint Wakefield center that offers many Dining & retail options. There are annual Downtown festivals throughout the year like the Ital Festival every August, the Halloween extravaganza in October and the Holiday Stroll in December. Wakefield is a commuter’s dream with easy access to Rtes. 93, 95 & 1, as well as 2 Commuter Rail stops and Bus service to the Orange Line in Malden. It has 4 elementary schools, 1 High School and 1 new Middle School and is home to Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School also known as Northeast Metro Tech or The Voke. Wakefield offers a number of beautiful parks including the Moulton & Mapleway Playgrounds, and it has its own entrance to Breakheart Reservation which provides 652 acres of hiking & mountain biking trails, as well 2 fresh water lakes that offers fishing and a public beach for swimming in summer. Crystal Lake Reservoir can be seen from the southern end of Main St, just before the quaint Greenwood section of town which abuts neighboring Melrose.
*Rankings out of 125 Districts within the Rt 495 belt of Greater Boston per Boston Magazine