Must-see attractions in Massachusetts

  • World’s End


    This 251-acre peninsula was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for residential development in 1889. Carriage paths were laid out and trees were planted,…

  • Spectacle Island


    A Harbor Islands hub, Spectacle Island has a large marina, a solar-powered visitor center, a healthy snack bar and sandy, supervised beaches. Five miles…

  • Williams College Museum of Art

    The Berkshires

    In the center of town is this worthwhile – and free! – art museum. It has a collection of some 15,000 pieces, with substantial works by notables such as…

  • EcoTarium


    This museum and 'center for environmental exploration' presents an array of exhibits to intrigue young minds. The outdoor exhibit area features many…

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum

    South Shore

    The centerpiece of New Bedford, this excellent, hands-on museum remembers the town's heyday as a whaling port. The museum occupies seven buildings…

  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

    Pioneer Valley

    Co-founded by the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this superb museum celebrates book illustrations from around the world with…

  • Crane Beach


    One of the longest, widest, sandiest beaches in the region is Crane Beach, with 5.5 miles of fine-sand barrier beach on Ipswich Bay. It is set in the…

  • Long Beach


    Some claim that Long Beach, which straddles the Rockport–Gloucester border, is the best beach on the North Shore. It is lovely indeed – ideal for swimming…

  • Harvard Museums of Science & Culture


    One ticket covers admission to both of the university's esteemed science museums: the Harvard Museum of Natural History, with the famed glass-flower…

  • Tory Row


    Heading west out of Harvard Square, Brattle St is the epitome of colonial posh. Lined with mansions that were once home to royal sympathizers, the street…

  • Labyrinth


    Representing the journey of life, a granite path winds its way to a central fountain, offering a few moments of contemplative respite to anyone who cares…

  • Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Five blocks northeast of the visitors center, the Boott Cotton Mills Museum has exhibits that chronicle the rise and fall of the industrial revolution in…

  • Discovery Museum & Discovery Woods

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This fabulous kids' spot offers a slew of newly imagined, immersive experiences focused on science. Even better, the new outdoor space offers many…

  • Rings Fountain


    This playful fountain is unpredictable and irresistible, especially on a hot day. The weekly Greenway Open Market is held nearby.

  • Wingaersheek Beach


    The biggest and best of Cape Ann's beaches is Wingaersheek Beach, a wide swath of sand surrounded by Ipswich Bay and guarded by Annisquam Lighthouse.

  • Massachusetts State House

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    High atop Beacon Hill, Massachusetts’ leaders and legislators attempt to turn their ideas into concrete policies and practices within the State House…

  • Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Faneuil Hall


    ‘Those who cannot bear free speech had best go home,’ said Wendell Phillips. ‘Faneuil Hall is no place for slavish hearts.’ Indeed, this public meeting…

  • Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA

    Charlestown Navy Yard


    Besides the historic ships docked here and the museum dedicated to them, the Charlestown Navy Yard is a living monument to its own history of shipbuilding…

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    Little Brewster Island


    Little Brewster is the country’s oldest light station and site of the iconic Boston Light, dating from 1783. To visit Little Brewster, you must take an…

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    USS Constitution Museum


    Head indoors to this museum for a play-by-play of the various battles of the USS Constitution, as well as its current role as the flagship of the US Navy…

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    Longfellow House


    Brattle St’s most famous resident was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose stately manor is now a National Historic Site. The poet lived here from 1837 to…

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    Herring Cove Beach


    Swimmers favor the relatively calm (though certainly brisk) waters of Herring Cove Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The long, sandy beach is…

  • Humpback

    Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary


    Provincetown is the perfect launch point for whale-watching, since it's the closest port to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the summer feeding…

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    Copley Square

    Back Bay

    Here you'll find a cluster of handsome historic buildings, including the ornate French-Romanesque Trinity Church, the masterwork of architect HH…

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    Race Point Beach


    On the wild tip of the Cape, this Cape Cod National Seashore beach is a breathtaking stretch of sand, crashing surf and undulating dunes as far as the eye…

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    Witch House


    Of more than a score of witchy attractions in town, this is the only actual historic site. The house was once the home of Jonathan Corwin, a local…

  • Fruitlands Museums

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Here is a beautifully landscaped, 210-acre property that was the site of Bronson Alcott's short-lived experiment in communal living. The original hillside…

  • Granary Burying Ground

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    Dating from 1660, this atmospheric atoll is crammed with historic headstones, many with evocative (and creepy) carvings. This is the final resting place…

  • King's Chapel & Burying Ground


    Puritan Bostonians were not pleased when the original Anglican church was erected on this site in 1688. The granite chapel standing today – built in 1754 …

  • Province Lands Visitor Center


    Overlooking Race Point Beach, this Cape Cod National Seashore visitor center has displays on dune ecology and a rooftop observation deck with an eye…

  • West Cemetery

    Pioneer Valley

    For a peek at Amherst's colorful past, make your way to the West Cemetery, between Triangle St and N Pleasant St. Here you'll find the graves of Amherst's…

  • Sandy Neck Beach

    Cape Cod

    The barrier beach at Sandy Neck extends 6.5 miles along Cape Cod Bay, backed the entire way by undulating dunes and a scenic salt marsh. It's a…

  • Paul Revere House


    When silversmith Paul Revere rode to warn patriots of the British march to Lexington and Concord, he set out from this home on North Sq. This small…

  • Mount Holyoke College

    Pioneer Valley

    The nation's oldest women's college, founded in 1837, is in the center of South Hadley, the southernmost and sleepiest of the Five College towns. The…

  • Hancock Shaker Village

    The Berkshires

    This evocative museum illustrates the lives of the religious sect that founded the village in 1783. The Shakers believed in communal ownership, the…

  • Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

    Back Bay

    Technically called the Shops at Prudential Center, this landmark Boston building is not much more than a fancy shopping mall. But it does provide a bird’s…

  • Battle Green

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    The historic Battle Green is where the skirmish between patriots and British troops jump-started the War of Independence. The Lexington Minuteman Statue …

  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site


    This National Historic Site comprises the Custom House, the wharves and other buildings along Derby St that are remnants of the shipping industry that…

  • Chappaquiddick

    Martha's Vineyard

    Accessed by frequent ferry (the 'Chappy Ferry') from Edgartown harbor, Chappaquiddick is a small island with a big history, thanks to a fatal accident in…

  • Boston Massacre Site


    Directly in front of the Old State House, encircled by cobblestones, a bronze plaque marks the spot where the first blood was shed for the American…

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