Just over 20 miles west of Boston by way of Route 2, Acton is a quiet wooded suburb known for excellent schools that was incorporated into Massachusetts over 40 years before the Revolutionary War. In addition to a well documented colonial history, of which many buildings are still visible today, Acton boasts superb natural resources including nearly 1650 acres of conservation land (nearly 13% of Acton’s total area!). There are over 15 parks in Acton, offering facilities from playgrounds and soccer fields to an amphitheater, swimming ponds, and a skatepark. On a rainy day, kids might enjoy a trip to one of the two Discovery Science Museums located on the same site.
Acton has four unique village centers. While Acton Center features a number of town government buildings and monuments, it is also a residential area. East Acton and North Acton are also heavily residential, the latter featuring the Village of Nagog Woods, a housing development which is so large it merits its own postal zip code. West Acton is currently an important commercial area for the town, while South Acton, once an industrial area, now has many important historic buildings. The town is currently focusing development around the village centers to preserve the town’s natural beauty.
Acton is very commuter-friendly; while Rt. 2 runs through the town, Acton is also located only 5 miles from Rt. 495, and ten miles from 128. The town also offers the convenience of a commuter rail stop, offering easy access without driving to Waltham, Cambridge, and North Station in Boston. Acton shares its town borders with Concord, Carlisle, Boxborough, Stow, Maynard, Sudbury, Westford, and Littleton.