A Day Out in Maynard, MA


I know I’m not the only one itching to get out of the house. It’s been a long global pandemic. While many still don’t feel comfortable traveling just yet, I’m focusing on ways to safely explore our local community. Maynard is a small town, but it’s got something for everyone!

ArtSpace Maynard

Start your day exploring the metal sculpture exhibit outside ArtSpace Maynard. ArtSpace Maynard is a non-profit community art center that includes artist studios, a gallery, and a theater. They are currently hosting an outdoor exhibition of metal sculptures that fill the front lawn of the building.

El Huipil

In the mood for Mexican food and margaritas while sunning yourself on a patio? Check out El Huipil in downtown Maynard. They have great food, great staff, and a family friendly atmosphere. You’ll be right next to Main Street for further shopping and dining.

Main Street

Downtown Maynard has the shops, bars and restaurants to keep everyone in the family happy. Got a budding wizard in the family? Check out Oliver’s Wands and Wizarding Wares. Looking for a gift for a mom friend (or maybe yourself)? Check out Kind Goods for a curated selection of lovely things. If you need a coffee refill or a snack for the kids, check out Serendipity Cafe or the Boston Bean House.

The Assabet River Rail Trail and Assabet River

The Assabet River Rail Trail runs through much of Maynard. Park on Winter Street to access a paved section of trail that is great for strollers, little feet, or beginner cyclists. If you want to get off-road, you can enter into the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge which has 15 miles of trails over 3.5 square miles. Or if you fancy a trip on the water, use the dock at Ice House Landing, across from the parking lot, to put in your kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.

Erikson’s Ice Cream

Trying to support local businesses and eat local? You can’t go wrong with Erikson’s ice cream, first opened in 1937. They make their ice cream on site and have a huge selection of crowd pleasing favorite flavors, including the classics as well as more innovative flavors like Green Monster and Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel. Grab a seat on your tailgate, or sit at the picnic tables out back.



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Jenny grew up in Central Massachusetts and after more than a decade living out of state and in Boston, she recently moved to Maynard. She lives with her husband and 2 young daughters. She’s a staunch introvert with a love of trail running, swimming, good books, and podcasts. She is a research administrator at a Boston hospital, with a focus on women’s health research, particularly endometriosis, as well as grant management. She’s passionate about raising confident and kind daughters and learning from and alongside other moms.


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