Must-see attractions in Massachusetts

  • 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

    Boston

    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…

  • Naumkeag

    The Berkshires

    Designed by the renowned architect Stanford White in 1885, this 44-room Gilded Age 'cottage' was the summer retreat of Joseph Hodges Choate, a former US…

  • Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

    Boston

    The city’s second-oldest cemetery – dating from 1660 – is the final resting place for an estimated 10,000 souls. It is named for William Copp, who…

  • Maritime Gloucester

    Massachusetts

    Visit Gloucester's working waterfront and see the ongoing restoration of wooden boats, watch the operation of a marine railway that hauls ships out of the…

  • WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

    Cape Cod

    You'll gain insights into the work of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at this museum, where interactive exhibits include a full-size model of the…

  • Boston Children's Museum

    Boston

    The interactive, educational exhibits at the delightful Boston Children’s Museum keep kids entertained for hours. Highlights include a bubble exhibit,…

  • Crane Museum of Papermaking

    The Berkshires

    Since 1879 every single American bill has been printed on paper made by the Crane Company, based in the small mill town of Dalton. The Crane Museum of…

  • Leverett Peace Pagoda

    Pioneer Valley

    The world can always do with a little more peace. A group of monks, nuns and volunteers are doing their part in an unexpected spot in the woods near the…

  • October Mountain State Forest

    The Berkshires

    Most out-of-towners head to Mt Greylock, and leave October Mountain State Forest to the locals. This 16,500-acre state park is the largest tract of green…

  • Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium

    Back Bay

    The Mary Baker Eddy Library houses one of Boston’s hidden treasures. The intriguing Mapparium is a room-sized, stained-glass globe that visitors walk…

  • Rose Kennedy Greenway

    Boston

    Where once there was a hulking overhead highway, now winds a 27-acre strip of landscaped gardens, fountain-lined greens and public art installations. The…

  • Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

    Cape Cod

    Take Morris Island Rd beyond the Chatham lighthouse to reach this 7600-acre wildlife refuge, spreading from Morris Island to encompass the shifting sands…

  • Abbott Hall

    Massachusetts

    Every American is familiar with The Spirit of ’76, the patriotic painting (c 1876) by Archi­bald M Willard, depicting three American Revolution figures –…

  • Symphony Hall

    Kenmore Square & Fenway

    This majestic building has been the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1900, when it was built by McKim, Mead & White (of Boston Public Library…

  • Whydah Pirate Museum

    Cape Cod

    Of the more than 3000 shipwrecks off the Cape's coast, the Whydah is one of the best documented and is the subject of this family-friendly museum…

  • Otis House

    Boston

    This stern, Federal brick building was the first of three houses designed by Charles Bulfinch for Mr Harrison Gray Otis at the end of the 18th century…

  • Glacial Potholes

    Pioneer Valley

    Stones trapped swirling in the roiling Deerfield River have been grinding into the rock bed at this location ever since the ice age. The result: 50 near…

  • Sandwich Boardwalk

    Cape Cod

    A local favorite that's missed by most visitors, this wooden-plank boardwalk extends a scenic 1350ft across an expansive marsh to Town Neck Beach. The…

  • Blackstone Block

    Boston

    Named after Boston’s first settler, this tiny warren of streets dates to the 17th and 18th centuries. Established in 1826, Union Oyster House is Boston’s…

  • MIT Museum

    Cambridge

    Only the mischief-makers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) would come up with the kind of quirky stuff that's on display here. An exhibit on…

  • Presidential Crypt

    South Shore

    John and Abigail Adams and John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams are all interred in the basement of the handsome granite United First Parish Church, in…

  • Head of the Meadow Beach

    Cape Cod

    Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, this wide, dune-backed beach has limited facilities, but there are lifeguards in summer. If you happen to be there…

  • Munroe Tavern

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    One mile east of the Battle Green, this historic tavern is named for the 18th-century proprietor, William Munroe, who was also an orderly sergeant in the…

  • Historic Deerfield Village

    Pioneer Valley

    The main street of Historic Deerfield Village escaped the ravages of time and now presents a noble prospect: a dozen houses dating from the 1700s and…

  • Lighthouse Beach

    Cape Cod

    Directly below Chatham Light is Lighthouse Beach, an endless expanse of sea and sandbars that offers some of the finest beach strolling on Cape Cod…

  • Truro Vineyards

    Cape Cod

    This boutique vineyard, the first on the Outer Cape, is worth a stop. In recent times it has added a boutique distillery, South Hollow Spirits, producing…

  • Thompson Island

    Massachusetts

    Thompson Island was settled as early as 1626 by a Scotsman, David Thompson, who set up a trading post to do business with the Neponset Indians. Today this…

  • John F Kennedy National Historic Site

    Streetcar Suburbs

    Four of the nine Kennedy children were born and raised in this modest house, including Jack, who was born in the master bedroom in 1917. Matriarch Rose…

  • Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

    Martha's Vineyard

    Mass Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, 3 miles northwest of Edgartown center, is a birder's paradise, with miles of trails skirting fields, marshes…

  • Beauport

    Massachusetts

    The lavish home of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper is known as Beauport, or the Sleeper-McCann mansion. Sleeper scoured New England for houses that…

  • Museum of Fine Arts

    Pioneer Valley

    The 20 galleries of this art deco–style building are filled with lesser paintings of the great European masters and better works of lesser masters. The…

  • Marconi Beach

    Cape Cod

    Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Marconi is a narrow Atlantic beach backed by sea cliffs and undulating dunes. Facilities include changing rooms,…

  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cape Cod

    Birders flock to Mass Audubon's 940-acre sanctuary, where 5 miles of trails cross tidal creeks, salt marshes and beaches. The most popular is the Goose…

  • Plimoth Grist Mill

    South Shore

    In 1636, local leaders constructed a gristmill on Town Brook so that the growing community could grind corn and produce cornmeal. Today, the replica mill…

  • Chatham Fish Pier

    Cape Cod

    In the mid- to late afternoon, head to Chatham Fish Pier, 1 mile north of Chatham Light, to watch the fishing fleet unload its daily catch.This is a prime…

  • Wayside

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Also known as the 'Home of Authors,' this gracious Colonial mansion was home to three writers of note during the 19th century. Louisa May Alcott,…

  • Gay Head Lighthouse

    Martha's Vineyard

    Built in 1844 with a state-of-the-art Fresnel lens, this red-brick structure on the Gay Head Cliffs is arguably the most scenic lighthouse on the Vineyard…

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