Must-see attractions in Massachusetts

  • Aptucxet Trading Post Museum

    Cape Cod

    Explore a slice of the Cape's past at this small, but very informative, museum at the site of a historic trading post.

  • Brewer Fountain

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    Dating to 1868, this lovely bronze fountain depicts four aquatic deities from antiquity.

  • City Hall Plaza


    City Hall Plaza is a cold, windy, 56-acre concrete plaza, surrounded by government office buildings. Occupying the site of the former Scollay Sq, the…

  • Old Corner Bookstore


    In the 19th century, this historic house was leased to a bookseller, Carter & Hendlee. This was the first of nine bookstores and publishing companies that…

  • Dorchester Heights


    High above Boston Harbor, this strategic spot played a crucial role in overcoming the British occupation. The Georgian Revival tower that stands today was…

  • Park St Church

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    Shortly after the construction of Park St Church, powder for the War of 1812 was stored in the basement, earning this location the moniker ‘Brimstone…

  • Salem Pioneer Village


    This outdoor, interactive museum was opened in 1930 to celebrate the state's tercentennial. Although the place has not been well maintained (changing…

  • Great House Site


    Besides being an urban plaza, the aptly named City Sq is also an archaeological site. Big Dig construction to reroute I-93 unearthed the foundation of a…

  • Old Gaol


    To see where drunken sailors used to spend the night, visit the Old Gaol, the c 1806 jail that served Nantucket for 125 years. It was constructed using…

  • Hood Milk Bottle


    Towering 40ft over Fort Point Channel, the giant Hood Milk Bottle would hold 50,000 gallons of milk if it could hold a drop (that’s 800,000 glasses of…

  • John Harvard Mall


    North of City Sq, this shady, brick plaza leads up Town Hill. Back in the days of the earliest European settlements, a fort crowned Town Hill, which you…

  • John Adams Courthouse

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    Peek inside the impressive courthouse on Pemberton Sq, which is home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the oldest appellate court in the…

  • Werner Schmidt Observatory

    Cape Cod

    Cape Cod Astronomical Society welcomes visitors to weekly summer 'star parties' at its observatory, behind the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. Peer…

  • Boston Stone


    Located on Blackstone Block – the city's oldest cluster of buildings. Look for the 1737 Boston Stone embedded in the foundation of one of these buildings…

  • Salem Witch Museum


    Housed in a creepy Romanesque church, this so-called museum starts with a presentation of life-size dioramas, with a voice-over recounting the narrative…

  • Old Mill


    The Old Mill is America’s oldest working windmill (c 1746), as game young docents will demonstrate by grinding corn (weather conditions permitting). It's…

  • Bullet Hole House

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    On your way up to Old North Bridge, look for the yellow Bullet Hole House, where British troops purportedly fired at the owner of the house as they…

  • Witch History Museum


    This 'museum' utilizes scary-looking mannequins to recount the history of the Salem witch trials. It has re-created scenes from 'Old Salem village,'…

  • Millennium Tower


    On the site of the former Filene's Department Store, the Millennium Tower is a high-rise residential tower and the tallest Boston skyscraper outside the…

  • St Leonard's Church


    Founded in 1873, St Leonard's was the first church in New England built by Italian immigrants. The attached Peace Garden is always open for a sacred…

  • Great Elm Site

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    Now marked by a plaque, the Great Elm stood on this site for more than 200 years. History has it that the tree was used for public executions in the 17th…

  • Schoolhouse Museum

    Cape Cod

    The kid-friendly Schoolhouse Museum, across from the Salt Pond Visitor Center, is housed in a sweet, one-room schoolhouse dating from 1869. It features a…

  • Albert Merola Gallery


    The high-quality Albert Merola Gallery showcases works by both contemporary and notable past Provincetown artists. It's reliably open during the summer…

  • TV Land Statue


    After remembering the very real tragedy of the Salem witch trials, you can have your picture taken with Samantha Stephens, the spell-casting, nose…

  • Ether Monument

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    On the northwest side of the lagoon in the Public Garden, the Ether Monument commemorates the first use of anesthesia (in Boston) for medical purposes.

  • Parkman Bandstand

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    Dating to 1912, Parkman Bandstand is now used for concerts, rallies and other events.

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