Must-see attractions in Massachusetts

  • Nichols House Museum

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    This 1804 town house offers the rare opportunity to peek inside one of these classic Beacon Hill beauties. Attributed to Charles Bulfinch, it is unique in…

  • West End Museum

    Boston

    This gem of a neighborhood museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of the West End and educating the public about the ramifications of unchecked…

  • Thoreau Farm

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Fans of Thoreau can travel off the beaten path to the house where he was born, which is about 2.4 miles east of Concord center. Henry David lived in his…

  • Hadwen House

    Nantucket

    A walk through the Nantucket Historical Association’s Hadwen House, a Greek Revival home built in 1845 by a whaling merchant, provides testimony to just…

  • Cambridge Common

    Cambridge

    Opposite the main entrance to Harvard Yard, Cambridge Common is the village green where General Washington took command of the Continental Army on July 3,…

  • Franklin Park

    Streetcar Suburbs

    Franklin Park, at 500-plus acres and part of the Emerald Necklace, is an underutilized resource – partly because it borders a sketchy neighborhood, and…

  • French Cable Station Museum

    Cape Cod

    The first cable connection between Europe and the US was established in 1879 by the French Telegraph Company on a windswept bluff in Eastham. When…

  • Deer Island

    Massachusetts

    Funny thing about Deer Island: it’s not actually an island. A hurricane in 1938 created the causeway that now connects the ‘island’ to the mainland. The…

  • Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

    Cape Cod

    Communication in all its guises is the focus at this museum dedicated to the history of WCC, a short-wave radio station that operated for many years in…

  • Dewey Sq Parks

    Boston

    With food vendors and farmers markets, this is a popular lunch spot for the working world. You know you're in the right place when you spot the giant…

  • Hancock-Clarke House

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This 1737 house was the home of Reverend John Hancock (grandfather of the John Hancock, the Declaration signer). On the night of April 18, 1775, the good…

  • Memorial Hall Museum

    Pioneer Valley

    Here's the original building of Deerfield Academy (1798), the prestigious preparatory school in town. It's now a museum of Pocumtuck Valley life and…

  • Fine Arts Work Center

    Provincetown

    The Fine Arts Work Center is one reason this far-flung corner of Massachusetts continues to attract daring and creative minds. The progressive foundation…

  • USS Cassin Young

    Charlestown

    This 376ft WWII destroyer is one of 14 Fletcher-class destroyers built at the Charlestown Navy Yard. These were the Navy’s fastest, most versatile ships…

  • Monument Square

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    The grassy center of Monument Sq is a favorite resting and picnicking spot for cyclists touring Concord's scenic roads. At the southeastern end of the…

  • Witch Dungeon Museum

    Massachusetts

    This place offers a 15-minute live re-enactment of a witch trial, using historical transcripts for dialog (which is interesting, but it makes it difficult…

  • First Encounter Beach

    Cape Cod

    First Encounter Beach, where Samoset Rd meets Cape Cod Bay, is a fine place to watch the sunset. With its vast tidal flats and kid-friendly, calm, shallow…

  • 1809 Hedge House

    South Shore

    You can't miss this grand, Federal edifice overlooking Plymouth Harbor. Originally built on Court St for a sea captain, it became the home of merchant…

  • Edward Gorey House

    Cape Cod

    Near the post office on MA 6A sits the former home of the brilliant and somewhat twisted author and graphic artist Edward Gorey. He illustrated the books…

  • Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cape Cod

    This 49-acre Mass Audubon sanctuary offers good bird-watching (with lots of resident barn swallows) along 1.5 miles of nature trails through the woods and…

  • Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory

    Cape Cod

    These much-admired chips are of the potato, not the computer, variety, so although they won’t work in your laptop, they’ll taste good in your gateway. The…

  • John Harvard Statue

    Cambridge

    The centerpiece of Harvard Yard is this sculpture by Daniel Chester French, known as the `statue of three lies'. John Harvard was the university's first…

  • Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center

    Cape Cod

    For the scoop on the how, what and why of Cape Cod Canal, stop by the visitor center, near the Sandwich Marina, where interactive exhibits capture the…

  • Tidal Flats

    Cape Cod

    When the tide goes out on Cape Cod Bay, the flats – basically giant sandbars – offer opportunities to commune with crabs, clams and gulls, and to take in…

  • New Old South Church

    Back Bay

    This magnificent puddingstone Venetian Gothic church on Copley Square is called the ‘new’ Old South because up until 1875 the congregation worshipped in…

  • Fort Hill

    Cape Cod

    Don't miss the commanding view of expansive Nauset Marsh from Fort Hill. It's a favorite place to be at dawn, but the view is memorable any time of the…

  • ’Sconset Beach

    Nantucket

    Take a short walk from 'downtown' Siasconset to this pleasant beach with a popular nearby playground. Parking is free, but very limited.

  • Long Point Wildlife Refuge

    Martha's Vineyard

    Pond, cove and ocean views all open up on a mile-long trail that leads to a remote beach. Along the way birders can expect to spot nesting osprey and…

  • Hampshire College

    Pioneer Valley

    The region's most innovative center of learning is Hampshire College, 3 miles south of Amherst center on MA 116. Students here don't pick a major in the…

  • Lighthouse Beach

    Martha's Vineyard

    Simply walk along N Water St in the direction of the Edgartown Lighthouse to reach a pair of beaches on the northeast side of town. Lighthouse Beach,…

  • Cathedral of the Holy Cross

    South End & Chinatown

    When this neo-Gothic cathedral was built in 1875, it was America’s largest Catholic cathedral, as big as London's Westminster Abbey. It serves as the main…

  • Museum of African American History

    Nantucket

    The Nantucket campus of this museum stands as testimony to the influential African American community that thrived on the island in the 19th century. It…

  • Arlington Street Church

    Back Bay

    The first public building erected in Back Bay in 1861, this graceful church features extraordinary Tiffany windows and 16 bells in its steeple. The church…

  • John Hancock Tower

    Back Bay

    Constructed with more than 10,000 panels of mirrored glass, the 62-story John Hancock Tower was designed in 1976 by Henry Cobb. It is the tallest and most…

  • Chatham Light

    Cape Cod

    For dramatic vistas of sand and sea, head to the lighthouse viewing area on Shore Rd. The landmark lighthouse dates to 1878; its light is visible 15 miles…

  • Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

    Nantucket

    What the lighthouse is to the New England coast, the lightship was to the sea – essentially a floating lighthouse to warn of dangerous shoals or sandbars…

  • Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary

    Martha's Vineyard

    Cedar Tree Neck's inviting 2.5-mile hike crosses native bogs and forest to a coastal bluff with views of Cape Cod and the Elizabeth Islands. Be sure to…

  • Captain Penniman House

    Cape Cod

    Near Fort Hill sits the striking Captain Penniman House, an 1868 sea captain’s house topped with mansard roof and an octagonal cupola overlooking both bay…

  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum & Park

    Streetcar Suburbs

    Larz and Isabel Anderson, a high-society couple, bought their first automobile in 1899: a Winton Runabout. It was the first of 32 autos that they would…

  • Jack Kerouac Commemorative

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Dedicated in 1988, the Jack Kerouac Com­memorative features a landscaped path where excerpts of the writer’s work are posted, including opening passages…

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