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Best Rest Stops In Massachusetts

Best Rest Stops In Massachusetts

When planning for a long haul or a road trip, we always suggest scouting out rest stops before you hit the road. If your trip has you passing through Massachusetts, mapping out your rest stops will make it clear that Massachusetts has significantly fewer rest stops than some larger, more heavily trafficked states. However, the rest areas in Massachusetts are still designed to provide travelers with a safe and convenient facility to stretch, rest or even sleep if needed. Massachusetts rest areas may not always boast large or elaborate facilities, but at a minimum, most are maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and all provide a safe place to park. This guide highlights a few of the best rest stops throughout the state of Massachusetts.

Lee Service Plaza, I-90

The Lee Service Plaza serves both the eastbound and westbound sides of I-90 and can be found at mile marker 8. The Lee Service Plaza is open to truckers and travelers 24/7 and offers a number of the most common rest stop amenities, including men’s, women’s and family restrooms, internet access, an outdoor pet area, and more:

  • E-Z Pass Service Center – travelers can purchase or receive customer service for their E-Z Pass. An E-Z pass is a prepaid toll collection system that allow travelers in the northeast to pass through tolls without stopping. Any toll roads you pass through with E-Z Pass will be automatically accounted for via the E-Z Pass electronic toll collection system.
  • Food options - McDonalds, Fresh City, Papa Ginos, D’Angelo’s, and Giffords Ice Cream are listed as the current food options at the Lee Service Plaza
  • Convenience store and fuel pumps with diesel fuel available
  • ATM

Charlton Service Plaza, I-90 (152/100)

The Charlton Service Plaza also serves both the eastbound and westbound sides of I-90. The westbound facility can be found at mile marker 84 and the eastbound facility can be found at mile marker 80. The Charlton Service Plaza is open 24/7 and has many of the same amenities as the Lee Service Plaza:

  • An E-Z Pass Service Center
  • Internet access
  • ATM
  • Men's, women's, and family restrooms
  • Numerous Food Options, including McDonalds, Fresh City, and Papa Ginos
  • Gulf Convenience Store and fuel pumps
  • Dog walking area
  • Open 24/7

Greenfield Service Plaza, I-91

Located off of exit 26, the Greenfield Service Plaza serves I-91 travelers. The Greenfield Service Plaza features a Tourist Information Center which is open seasonally from April-November. The Greenfield Service Plaza is one of the smaller rest areas available to Massachusetts travelers, but still includes the following amenities:

  • Clean restrooms
  • Vending machines
  • Park N Ride – Park N Ride is a parking area that also serves as a stop for public transportation that allows commuters to park and transfer to a bus, rail, or carpool system.

Newton Service Plaza, I-95

Newton Service Plaza is reviewed as a decent truck stop in an area where there are few truck stops and serves the southbound side of I-95. There are separate parking areas for trucks and cars and even an electric vehicle charging station. Several other Newton Service Plaza amenities include:

  • Clean restrooms
  • Quick-service food options – McDonalds, Pizza of Boston, and Honey Dew Donuts
  • Gulf fuel and diesel
  • Gulf convenience store
  • ATM

Lexington Service Plaza, I-95

The Lexington Service Plaza is the sister plaza of the Newton Service Plaza, serving I-95 travelers on the northbound side. This service plaza, located near mile marker 30, shares the same amenities as the Newton Service Plaza:

  • Restrooms
  • Quick-service food options – McDonalds, Pizza of Boston, and Honey Dew Donuts
  • Gulf Fuel and Diesel Station and Convenience Store

I-495 Rest Area

The I-495 Rest Area in Chelmsford, MA serves both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate. The amenities at this rest area are not open 24/7 and the area itself is currently under construction, but you can find truck parking, restrooms, vending machines, a picnic area and trash receptacles at this stop.

Flynn’s Truck Plaza

Flynn’s Truck Plaza is a family owned rest stop located in Shrewsbury, MA off of I-90. While this is not an official rest area managed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Flynn’s is a popular stop for truck drivers passing through central Massachusetts due to a number of amenities catered to truckers. The amenities at Flynn’s include, but are not limited to:

  • Private Showers
  • Whirlpool laundry machines
  • Game room and television lounge
  • Dunkin Donuts and Brody’s Restaurant
  • Parking for 300 truck, RVs, and trailers in 3 different lots
  • Repair and Tire Service
  • 24-hour fueling
  • ATM
  • Convenience store
  • FedEx/UPS location

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