If you are new to Franklin, welcome! Our small city is full of beautiful nature, historic buildings, and fun, family-oriented activities. We have included a few of our favorite places below.


Visit the Public LibraryFranklin is home to America’s first public library. The collection began with just 116 books donated by the venerable Ben Franklin. Newly renovated and ready for readers, this is a wonderful historic place to visit during your first few days in the town.


DelCarte Recreation and Conservation AreaThese 136 acres are the perfect destination for free family fun. With new additions (a paved parking area, fenced playground, picnic area, a rain garden, and a canoe/kayak launch), this is a wonderful place to spend a sunny Saturday.


Franklin Historical MuseumAs history lovers ourselves, we may be a bit biased. However, the Franklin Historical Museum is an ever-changing wonder; exhibits change every few months, continuing to bring city and regional history to life. Our personal favorite? The permanent Horace Mann exhibit.


Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary—Though not actually in Franklin, this beautiful, 250-arcre preserve is located just outside the city boarders in Norfolk, MA. A part of the Massachusetts Audubon system, it features forest, field, and wetland habitats perfect for exploration, education, and relaxation.