Destination guide

Lawrence oozes backcountry charm

If you're looking for a charming, characterful corner of northern Massachusetts to vacation in this season, then Lawrence might just be the perfect choice. Not only are there plenty of homey Lawrence vacation rentals with elegant Victorian interiors, multiple bedrooms, and large living spaces on the menu, but also a wide range of great pursuits for the whole family. Antiques malls, leafy parks, and immersive children's museums all pop up on the bends of the Merrimack River, while the big city of Boston – think the iconic Freedom Trail and the roaring crowds of Fenway Park – is just 30 minutes' drive down the freeway.

Things to do

Entertaining the kids in Lawrence

Lawrence's Imajine That exhibition bursts with things that are sure to make the kids happy, from swashbuckling pirate ships and indoor playgrounds to puppet theaters. After that, you could head away from the center and delve into the nature trails and woodlands of the Den Rock Park, which has wild deer stalking the groves, and dedicated rock climbing walls. Meanwhile, the attractions of greater Boston are just a stone's throw away – think the historic wonders of the Freedom Trail and the flapping sails of the USS Constitution to name just 2.


Lawrence has plenty up its sleeve

Between shopping sessions along Lawrence's bustling Essex Street, hopping between local boutiques and stout-sloshing Irish pubs, there are also chances to walk through the pretty wooded hills of northern Boston, go rock climbing, and bird spotting in this pint-sized town. Other travelers will head to nearby Lowell, where mill museums, cotton emporiums, and even the old home of beatnik maestro Jack Kerouac await amidst the charming blocks. And if you get Lawrence vacation rentals close to the freeway, you can also enjoy all the historic walking tours that excursions to Boston proper put on the table.


Lazy summers and falls in Lawrence

Thanks to northern Massachusetts's mild summers and falls, the best time to book your Lawrence vacation rentals is in the long period between June and October. Not only does vacationing then mean plenty of dry, warm weather for hitting the nature trails of the Den Rock Park, but also the perfect conditions for touring Boston's outdoor history walks and centuries-old buildings. Late fall, in November, can also be a treat – you might need to pack a wooly jacket, but you'll catch the forests of New England starting to change color.

Natural features

Lawrence brims with woods and rivers

On the very cusp of New Hampshire, where the hills and hemlock forests of Massachusetts roll up to the state border, Lawrence sits nestled on a confluence of babbling rivers and waterways. Canals were cut into the land from the Merrimack River to facilitate the town's booming timber and textile industries back in the 1800s. These now drift past pretty urban parks with picnic spots and duck ponds, all of which find their culmination with the reserve of Den Rock – home to leafy walking paths and bulbous cliffs that are perfect for the budding climber.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Lawrence

The nearest airport is in Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal), located 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Beverly, MA (BVY-Beverly Municipal), which is 15 mi (24.1 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Lawrence Station.

Where to stay around Lawrence?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 29 vacation rentals near Lawrence. From 15 Houses to 5 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lawrence for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lawrence?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lawrence. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lawrence Public Library: 262 vacation rentals
  • Lawrence Heritage State Park: 272 vacation rentals
  • Revere Beach: 1,656 vacation rentals
  • Canobie Lake Park: 99 vacation rentals
  • North Shore Music Theatre: 1,465 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lawrence listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lawrence?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 15 Houses in Lawrence. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lawrence include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 5 rentals available
  • Cabins: 4 rentals available
  • Cottages: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lawrence?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3 vacation rentals with pool available in Lawrence. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.