Must-see attractions in Massachusetts

  • Dexter Grist Mill

    Cape Cod

    The restored mill on the edge of Shawme Pond dates to 1654 and has centuries-old gears that still grind cornmeal (available to buy). Bring your camera –…

  • Blaxton Plaque

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    The 50-acre Boston Common is the country’s oldest public park. If you have any doubt, refer to the plaque emblazoned with the words of the treaty between…

  • HyArts District

    Cape Cod

    Before you jump on that ferry, take a walk through the harborside HyArts District, which includes the Guyer Barn community art space and neighboring…

  • Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum

    The Berkshires

    This museum of railroad lore is set up in Lenox's 1903 vintage railroad station. Its model-railroad display is a favorite with kids, as is the chance to…

  • Oak Bluffs Town Beach

    Martha's Vineyard

    Just south of the ferry terminal, a narrow strip of sandy beach runs unbroken for several miles, beginning with Oak Bluffs Town Beach. It's backed by the…

  • Left Bank Gallery

    Cape Cod

    An eminently browseable gallery showing works from locally and nationally known artists working in various media, plus a gift shop of stylish, quirky…

  • Hardings Beach

    Cape Cod

    For the warmer waters of Nantucket Sound, the long and sandy Hardings Beach is the prize. It's a good family option, and there are lifeguards, restrooms…

  • Cisco Beach


    You'll find some of the most consistently surfable waves at Cisco Beach, at the end of Hummock Pond Rd. The on-site Nantucket Island Surf School can…

  • Gallery Naga

    Back Bay

    Inside the Gothic digs of the Church of the Covenant, Gallery Naga exhibits contemporary painters, featuring many highly regarded local and regional…

  • Surfside Beach


    Surfside Beach, 3 miles from Nantucket Town at the end of Surfside Rd, is a top draw with the college and 20-something set. It has full facilities,…

  • Sacrifice Rock

    South Shore

    'The other rock' is an ancient landmark where Wampanoag travelers would place branches and stones as offerings in exchange for safe travels. It's about 6…

  • Flying Horses Carousel

    Martha's Vineyard

    Take a nostalgic ride on this National Historic Landmark, which has been captivating kids of all ages since 1876. It's the USA's oldest continuously…

  • Jetties Beach


    Jetties Beach, 1 mile northwest of town via N Beach St, is the best all-round beach close to town. It's well equipped with changing rooms, a skateboard…

  • Highland House Museum

    Cape Cod

    Adjacent to the Cape Cod Highland Light, this museum focuses on Truro's farming and maritime past. It's packed with all sorts of vintage goodies, from…

  • Three Sisters Lighthouses

    Cape Cod

    While visiting Nauset Light Beach, don't miss this curious trio of 19th-century lighthouses – they were saved from an eroding sea cliff and moved to a…

  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium

    Cape Cod

    The small Woods Hole Science Aquarium has little flash and dazzle, but it does have unusual sea-life specimens, local fish and the Homarus americanus (aka…

  • Blue Heron Gallery

    Cape Cod

    A Zen-like gallery with museum-quality contemporary art over two floors. On most Saturday evenings in July and August, the gallery hosts artists'…

  • Martha's Vineyard Glassworks

    Martha's Vineyard

    Master glassblowers turn sand into colorful creations at the Martha's Vineyard Glassworks. If you can stand the heat, you can watch them work their magic…

  • Granary Gallery

    Martha's Vineyard

    Although it has a bit of a stuffy blue-blood air to it, Granary Gallery is a great place to see a wide range of work by local artists. The space is huge…

  • Eastham Windmill

    Cape Cod

    Eastham’s landmark windmill is the oldest structure in town, although it was actually built in Plymouth (MA) in 1680. It sits in a pretty park by the side…

  • Chatham Railroad Museum

    Cape Cod

    Train buffs won't want to miss the 1910 caboose and assorted memorabilia at Chatham's original 1887 railroad depot. The Victorian building is an…

  • Joseph Sylvia State Beach

    Martha's Vineyard

    A mile south of the Oak Bluffs Town Beach is this popular spot, which has calm waters suitable for kids. The Edgarton-side portion of the beach is also…

  • Edson Cemetery

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Two miles south of Lowell center, Kerouac is buried in the Sampas family plot at Edson Cemetery. His grave remains a pilgrimage site for devotees who were…

  • Concord Art

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Recently celebrating its centenary, this long-standing art center hosts free exhibitions, artist talks and other events. Stop by to see what Concord's…

  • Children's Beach


    Right in town, Children's Beach is heaven for young kids, with gentle water, a fun playground and picnic facilities. It's along S Beach St at the north…

  • Soldiers & Sailors Monument

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    This massive monument is dedicated to the namesake soldiers and sailors who died in the Civil War. The four bronze statues represent Peace, History, the…

  • Summit House

    Pioneer Valley

    At the summit of Mt Holyoke, a former hotel dating from 1861 is now a museum and visitor center. Old photographs show Summit House as it was in its heyday…

  • 1677 Harlow Old Fort House

    South Shore

    A half-mile east of Town Brook, this is one of the few remaining 17th-century structures in Plymouth. Furnished with early-American artifacts, it's open…

  • Surf Drive Beach

    Cape Cod

    Surf Drive Beach, on Surf Dr within walking distance of Main St, has full facilities and a straight-on view of Martha's Vineyard. Parking costs $15 in…

  • Left Bank Gallery

    Cape Cod

    The light, the beaches and the sights of the Cape act as an artist's muse – you can see some of the inspired works of local artists at this classy gallery.

  • Edgartown Lighthouse

    Martha's Vineyard

    It's not a long climb to the top, but the Edgartown Lighthouse does have a pretty spectacular panoramic view of the town harbor and Chappaquiddick.

  • North End Park


    Designed as the North End neighborhood's 'front yard,' this wide lawn is perfect for picnics, while kiddies can cool off in the Canal Fountain.

  • Boston Massacre Monument

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    Paying tribute to the five victims of the Boston Massacre, this 25ft memorial replicates Paul Revere’s famous engraving of the tragic event.

  • Oyster Pond Beach

    Cape Cod

    Oyster Pond Beach, on a calm inlet, is small but the swimming is good and parking is free (but fills up quickly). It's a popular family spot.

  • Statue of George Washington

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    At the main (Arlington St) entrance to the Public Garden, visitors are met by a statue of George Washington mounted nobly on his horse.

  • Nobadeer Beach


    About 1 mile east of Surfside Beach is Nobadeer Beach, below the flight path of the airport. It attracts surfers and a beach-party crowd.

  • Olmsted Park

    Streetcar Suburbs

    Part of the Emerald Necklace, Olmsted Park features a paved path that hugs the banks of Leverett Pond and Ward's Pond in Jamaica Plain.

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Cape Cod

    Suitably close to Hyannis Harbor, this museum explores the Cape's seafaring connections, especially the local boat-building tradition.

  • Phillips House


    The Phillips House displays the family furnishings of a Salem sea captain, including a collection of antique carriages and cars.

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