Fun and unusual things to do in every corner of Massachusetts

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Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum Boston Tea Party Museum Boston MA

306 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 617-338-1773 Toll-Free: 855-TEA-1773

Take part in the famous event that changed the course of American History!

On the night of December 16, 1773 more than 92,000 pounds, 340 chests, of British East India Tea, were dumped overboard. from three ships. All of the chests were smashed open with axes and the tea dumped into Boston Harbor. That cargo was worth more than $1,700,000 dollars in today’s money. Historical accounts record that no damage was done to any of the ships – just one broken lock which was replaced the next day. The event was witnessed by thousands, and the implications and impact of this action were enormous, ultimately leading to the sparking of the American Revolution.

Come meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night.

CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore Danvers MA

50 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA 01923 Phone: 978-777-2500

The Largest Indoor Water Park in New England!

Make a splash with the family at the largest indoor water park in Massachusetts. A tropical indoor paradise where it’s always 84 degrees and open every day for every kid of every age. There are water slides, a lazy river, a splash pad and dip-in-the- theater arcade, private, cozy cabanas and lots more where they came from. Hold one of a kind birthday parties, group swims, or even buy out the whole park for a day. Then enjoy a night at the Doubletree Hotel Boston North Shore adjacent to the Park with luxurious bedding and jumbo pillows, flat screen television, on-demand movies and premium cable channels. Look for Coco Key Discounts and packages that include overnight accommodations, water resort access, and breakfast in the family-friendly TradeWinds Restaurant.

Discover Quincy Discover Quincy Quincy MA

Quincy Chamber of Commerce
1400 Hancock Street, Suite 1A
Quincy, MA 02169 Phone: 617-471-1700 Fax: 617-471-3087

Birthplace of the American Dream

A visit to Quincy takes you on a voyage through time to the era of the Adams, Quincy, and Hancock families. Board a trolley and walk in the footsteps of John Adams at the Adams National Historical Park, where you’ll visit the birthplaces and family estate of two U.S. Presidents.

Quincy offers 27 miles of coastline that offer swimming, lifeguards, free parking, a bathhouse and more. Enjoy dining at one of Quincy's delectable restaurants. Or go on an outdoor adventure, be it by land or sea. The City of Presidents has three golf courses, including a 27-hole championship golf course that was voted a top ten in its class. Come be our guest for the day, a night or a week!

Old Sturbridge Village Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge MA

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Off Rte 20 Sturbridge, MA 01566 Phone: 508-347-3362 Toll-Free: 800-SEE-1830

Put the past in your future!

Old Sturbridge Village is a "must-see" destination to experience early New England life from the early 1800s and is one of the country’s largest living history museums. Come ride our stagecoach, meet our farm animals, talk with costumed historians, and watch the blacksmith, cooper, potter, and farmers at work. Experience life in the 19th century -- visit our 40 antique homes, buildings and water-powered mills. With over 30 special weekend events each year and hands-on crafts offered daily, there is always something new explore. Daytime admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. Open year-round, but hours vary seasonally. Make a weekend out of it – stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges at Old Sturbridge Village.

Pinot's Palette Pinot's Palette Lexington MA

7A Meriam Street Lexington, MA 02420 Phone: 781-862-3200

Paint and Party

No art experience required! In two or three hours you can create any number of our festive, whimsical and pretty paintings. We'd love to help you celebrate Girls' Night Out, Double Date Night, Birthdays, Bachelorettes, Anniversaries, and offer private parties! Individual reservations are also accepted. Come celebrate your child's birthday with us! We offer many different paintings for your child to choose from in our painting library. Our local artists will go step by step with your guests to create their very own masterpiece.

We provide the canvas, easel, brushes, paints, & apron. You bring the drinks and/or appetizers you may want for the party. We have wine glasses, corkscrews, and ice buckets.

Pinot's Palette is the upscale "Paint. Drink. Have Fun." destination in Greater Boston where anyone can be a Picasso.

Taj Boston Taj Boston Boston MA

15 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116 Phone: 617-536-5700

Rooftop Sunday Brunch with spectacular views of the Public Garden and Boston

Enjoy traditional breakfast preparations, contemporary New England cuisine, and Indian specialties, alongside a bounty of dessert items made in-house by our talented pastry team.

Every Sunday, April-November, with seatings from 10:30am - 2pm. Reservations suggested.

Zoar Outdoor Zoar Outdoor Charlemont MA

Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) Charlemont, MA 01339 Toll-Free: 800-532-7483

11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels

Try Zoar Outdoor’s newest adventure on a Deerfield Valley Canopy Tour in Charlemont Massachusetts. Our 3-hour-long zip line canopy tour leads adventurers on an aerial trek through the woods by means of 11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels suspended in the trees in the northern Berkshires and connected through platforms that sit high above the forest floor. Our double-cable construction provides an extra margin of safety and hand braking (with backup brakes on each zip) allows you to control your zip speed with a gloved hand and keep from "spinning out". Our guides are trained in both safe zipping practices and in interpreting the environment around you so you can fully appreciate this unique journey through the forest canopy.
 

Antique Shopping --
Berkshires Is a National Hot Spot for Antiquing Antique shopping in the Berkshires, MA

The southern Berkshires -- the area around Williamstown, Great Barrington, Sheffield, and Lenox -- is a national hot spot for fine antique shopping. From the earliest days, people could find Americana in this area, and the stature of local dealers kept rising after the founding of the Berkshire County Antiques & Art Dealer Association. Experts offer antiques from England, Canada, France, Italy, Scandinavia, and China. They include porcelain and china, jewelry and collectibles, sculpture & paintings.

Beer Tasting --
Pop In at Our Breweries

Tourism experts in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts are pleased to recommend great local places to enjoy tasting unique beers. Excellent beer is served at Opa Opa Steakhouse & Brewery in Southampton, offering more than 25 varieties of its own brew in a rustic setting. Kaptain Jimmy’s Restaurant & Distillery in Agawam combines a pirate motif with a cozy setting for patrons to enjoy 25 microbrews, draft beers, guest beers, and a vodka made on the premises. The Student Prince Café in Springfield has earned its status as the premier “go-to” spot for authentic German cuisine and imported beers. Phone: 413-755-1346.

Bookstores --
Books, Soft Chairs, and a River View

Housed in an Industrial Revolution-era gristmill aside the Sawmill River at 440 Greenfield Road in Montague, The Montague Bookmill is a cozy melding of old-fashioned bookstore and the most comfortable living room you've ever known. The collection includes thousands of used books on every imaginable subject, many showling deeply slashed prices. This bookstore also housed the Sawmill River Arts organization and Turn It Up!, which delivers music and movie to the public. In the cold seasons, a movie night every week adds an opportunity for an outing, as does the book store's Lady Killigrew Cafe. Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Phone: 413-367-9206

Children's & Art Museum --
Enjoy the Pure, Joyful Art of Children's Books Unleash Your Inner Child

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on West Bay Road in Amherst aims to promote the love of picture books for young children. It is a delight for all ages. The beautiful art, made for young children, is charming, delightful, and purely refreshing. Collected from all over the world. The museum offers lots of changing exhibits and seasonal events. There is a hands-on Art Studio; an auditorium for performances; a library for reading and storytelling; a café; and a museum shop. Open year-round. Phone: 413-658-1100.

Dinosaur Park --
Fossils Fuel Curiosity at Dino Museums Dinosaur Sites in Berkshires of Massachusetts

Those dinosaurs you've heard so much about walked all over continental United States, including New England's Pioneer Valley. Dino fans of all ages and styles can enjoy a day of dinosaur pursuit at dino sites and natural history museums in at least three western Massachusetts locations. The Nash Dinosaur Track Site and Rock Shop in South Hadley displays the largest number of dinosaur tracks in the region. Nearby, the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College in Amherst has impressive exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology and minerals. Visitors to Dinosaur Hall in the Springfield Science Museum in Springfield are riveted by the life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. There is a cast of a huge sauropod footprint for children to climb into. Information: 413-755-1346.

Galleries
Art Showroom Adds Extra Appeal to Shelburne Falls Artists Pick Up Hammers <br>to Save Revered Showroom

The village of Shelburne Falls is an absolutely lovely place to visit and stroll and shop, and the presence of Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom at 1 Ashfield Street makes it even better. The gallery overlooks the actual Salmon Falls on the Deerfield River, a series of flat, rocky expanses on the edge of the downtown, and great for leaning and gazing. The gallery, housed in the 100-year-old former Wirthmore Grain and Feed, features the work of glass artist Josh Simpson, and 90 other artists working in a huge variety of media. On your visit, be sure to walk the Bridge of Flowers. Open January-May, Friday-Monday; June-December, daily. Phone: 413-625-9833.

Gift Shopping --
Candles, Potpourri, Glassware, and Lunch on the Side Candle gift shopping in the Berkshires, MA

Yes, buying candles and related gifts is nothing new in the Berkshires region. Adding to the appeal of the formidable Yankee Candle, the younger Kringle Candle, at 220 South Street (Route 5) Bernardston has arrived. Kringle produces all-white candles to blend with any décor. Also, apothecary jars, floating candles, crystal pillars, and more. The Farm Table Restaurant welcomes shoppers for a lunch stop, making this a day of fun. Stop at the Christmas shop. Open daily, and longer at holidays. Phone: 413-648-3077.

Historic Homes --
Progressive Victorian Lady Left Her Mark on The Mount

Edith Wharton was born into New York high society in 1862, but she spent her lifetime educating herself and writing fiction and non-fiction in her areas of expertise: architecture and gardens. This strong-willed and progressive Victorian lady designed the magnificent house and gardens known as the Mount at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox. Great tours and seasonal events. The property is open year-round, but the main house, stable, and bookstore are open early May through October. Phone: 413-551-5111

Historic Village --
Enjoy a Peaceful Visit to the Shakers Hancock Shaker Village MA

Situated on a picturesque expanse of farm, field, and woodland in Pittsfield, Hancock Shaker Village at 1843 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield is an outdoor living history museum and restored Village of 18 historic buildings, heirloom gardens, 22,000 examples of Shaker furniture, crafts, tools, and clothes that depict daily life at the Shakers’ City of Peace through its 220 years. Hancock Shaker Village offers specialty tours, like a Farm Tour with a hayride, as well as tours that focus on children, off limits attics and basements, and the Village at twilight. Village is open early April through October. Stop for some refreshment at the Harvest Cafe. Phone: 800-817-1137.

Home Furnishings --
Picture and Mirror Frames Are Works of Art

Turn the wall display of family photos in your home into a museum-caliber exhibit with help from Museum Facsimiles at 31 South Street in downtown Pittsfield. the company makes ornate picture frames, photo frames, and decorative mirrors of wood with gold leaf, silver leaf finishes. All are custom-made, by hand. The company also sells vintage French advertising poster in brilliant colors on heavy paper in vintage molding, Grogeous! Also the company’s letterpress greeting cards have awards for design. Browsing is great fun here. Phone: 413-499-1818

Shopping --
Awesomely Original Shops Brighten Northampton

Northampton is a comfortable Berkshires town flanked by a bevy of colleges: Umass Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Hampshire. Not surprisingly, then, the town has some great dining and shopping (or even window shopping) at really interesting stores with one-of-a-kind offerings. Some of the hottest are Faces, with a fun cards and T-shirts; A Child's Garden, with out-of-the-ordinary children's toys; Pinch Gallery, for handcrafted items and the perfect wedding gift; and The Artisan Gallery, for eccentric, memorable home goods and gifts. All are on Main Street.

Zoar Outdoor Zoar Outdoor Charlemont MA

Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) Charlemont, MA 01339 Toll-Free: 800-532-7483

11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels

Try Zoar Outdoor’s newest adventure on a Deerfield Valley Canopy Tour in Charlemont Massachusetts. Our 3-hour-long zip line canopy tour leads adventurers on an aerial trek through the woods by means of 11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels suspended in the trees in the northern Berkshires and connected through platforms that sit high above the forest floor. Our double-cable construction provides an extra margin of safety and hand braking (with backup brakes on each zip) allows you to control your zip speed with a gloved hand and keep from "spinning out". Our guides are trained in both safe zipping practices and in interpreting the environment around you so you can fully appreciate this unique journey through the forest canopy.

Art & Architecture --
Incomparable Mosaic Art Incomparable Mosaic Art  MA

Church of the Transfiguration at 5 Bay View Drive in Orleans is home to the Community of Jesus, a monastic Order that follows the Rule of St. Benedict. The Community welcomes all people to visit every day except Wednesdays. The church, built in 2000, is a modern structure whose centerpiece is a floor and apse lined with magnificent mosaics crafted in Italy. Frescos, stone carvings, glass art, and statuary throughout the church represent biblical images and the story of Christ. Liturgy of the Hours, including Vespers at 5:30 p.m. daily, is sung in Gregorian chant. In the tower are 10 bells rung after Vespers and Sunday services by bell ringers pulling ropes in sequence. The church has a gift shop with books, music, food, and handmade crafts. Guided tours of the church are offered daily except Wednesday at 3 p.m. Phone: 508-255-1094.

Art Gallery --
Blowing Glass? How Do They Do That?

Glass as art -- beautiful and refined art -- is made and shown at Pairpoint Glass Works of Cape Cod at 851 Sandwich Road (Route 6A) in Sagamore. This historic company, founded in 1837, has created glass ornaments, collectibles, and glassware for use that is found and prized in some of the loveliest houses in the country. Adults will admire the finished pieces; both parents and kids will get a charge out of watching glass blowers at work (Mondays through Fridays). And you can always take a choice piece home as a memento of your Cape Cod vacation. Phone: 800-899-0953

Cacao Bean to Chocolate Bar at Chequessett

Opening with flair and flavor just before Valentine’s Day 2014, Chequessett Chocolate at 8 Highland Drive in North Truro makes chocolate delicacies (solid and beverage) before your eyes if you attend the new company’s factory tours (Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). The owners purchase fair trade cacao beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms, favoring include pure dark, cacao nib, mochachino and cherry-almond. Plan a visit to this sweet retreat on the beautiful Outer Cape to see the process and plunder the gift shop. Phone: 774-538-6249

Nature Museum --
Sea Life in the Mudflats Offers a Close-Up Adventure Sea Life in the Mudflats Offers a Close-Up Adventure  MA

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History at 869 Main Street in Brewster is a delightful museum for adults and children, but not overwhelming in size. Many exhibits explain the fascinating geology, flora, and animal life of the Cape, and the Salt Marsh Room offers a wonderful vista of the adjoining salt marsh. Downstairs is a small but satisfying aquarium. Just outside the back door is a self-guided walking trail of the marsh. Also, in the summer, naturalists offer guided treks of the marsh known a Mudflat Mania. A great way to see the fecund life of the salt marsh up close. Open year-round; seasonal hours. Phone: 508-896-3867

Nature Walks --
Dune and Beach Walks Near Provincetown Dune and Beach Walks Near Provincetown  MA

Never dismiss the Outer Cape as a romantic winter destination. Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet all have a core group of restaurants and bars dishing up warmth and sustenance. You will be looking for both after a vigorous walk onto the Province Lands, north of Provincetown. On a bright winter day, the views are glorious. Start at the Province Lands Visitor Center on Race Point Road, off Route 6. Walking routes can be adjusted for shorter and longer distances, with wonderful views of the Province Lands, Race Point Lighthouse, the Coast Guard Station, and more.

Outdoor Walks --
Bridge to Another World in Sandwich Boardwalk in Sandwich is One <br>of Town's Many Attractions

Begin your day in Sandwich by strolling the boardwalk, which crosses Mill Creek and beautiful marshes, leading to a public beach on Cape Cod Bay. This is not a commercial, Atlantic City-type boardwalk -- quite the opposite. The walk vaults very gently across a wide, wide expanse of tidal salt meadow, where channels of seawater fill and empty with the tide. After crossing this magnificent panorama, you reach a beach on the bay. Both pieces of the walk offer vaulting views of sky, salt marsh, dunes, beach, and sea. it is pure inspiration for the eyes and soul.

Peaceful Hike in Serene Woods

Highfield Hall & Gardens at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth is a historic home surrounded by beautiful gardens and wood. Adjacent Beebe Woods has a large network of walking trails over miles of wooded ridges and steep hollows and around a pond called the Punch Bowl. The Hall is also home to several arts groups, and special events are held here periodically. People are welcome to visit April 1 through October, daily except Saturdays. Guided tours of Highfield Hall take place year-round for groups. The Hall holds a guided nature walk on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Phone: 508- 495-1878

Shopping for Gifts & Keepsakes --
Brewster Serves Up Unique Shopping Brewster Serves Up Unique Shopping  MA

The cheery Lemon Tree Village Shops at 1069 Route 6A in Brewster is a cheery, year-round shopping venue filled with many unusual stores. You can find garden statuary, top-of-the-line cooking implements, locally made arts and crafts, pottery, birding supplies, clothing, gifts, jewelry, and toys. The Village has 13 shops and a café, flower garden, flowing water fountains, and a relaxing atmosphere. The shopping experience here has been described as a "unique representation of artists from all over the United States, Europe, the Far East" and, of course, Cape Cod.

Wicked Plants Appear in These Enchanted Gardens in 2014 Enchanted Museums & Gardens Tucked Into Sandwich  MA

Heritage Museums & Gardens on Grove Street in the idyllic town of Sandwich, on Cape Cod, defies categorization. Open daily, mid-April through October 31, the property has beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens. A Shaker round barn houses a stunning display of antique cars. An operating hand-carved carousel and many of America's most distinguished artists' works are on exhibit in the Art Museum. Featured exhibit for 2014 is Wicked Plants, a study of nature diabolical botanicals. Also, visit David Rogers’s Big Bugs to tour giant insects like 25-foot-long ants and dragonflies with 17-foot long wingspans, all made from forest materials. Phone: 508-888-3300.

Wine Tasting __
Try Truro -- the Vineyard, That Is

Truro Vineyard at 11 Shore Road in North Truro is a lovely, relaxing place where tours and tastings are held daily from May through Thanksgiving. The main house is located behind a wide expanse of law dotted with shade trees and picnic tables. Behind the house, tastings are conducted on a flower-decked patio. Inside, a gift shop offers all manner of fun gifts and books related to Cape Cod wines and the drinking and collecting of wine. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Phone: 508-487-6200

Antiques: A Mile Long and Many Acres Wide

If you think you’re seen a whole lotta antiques in one place, hold onto your socks. Three times a year, a mile of Route 20 in Brimfield and many acres to each side is buried in antiques of every imaginable description at the Brimfield Outdoor Antique Shows . Hog heaven for browsers and sellers. Almost everything is interesting and unique. Get there early. Show dates in 2014 are May 13-18; July 8-13; and September 2-7. Phone: 413-283-6149.

Art for Kids --
Art Expedition for Adults and Kids

The Smith Art Museum, one of a group of four museums on the Springfield Quadrangle, makes a fun day trip for adults and kids. It permanent collection includes a large collection Chinese cloisonné artwork; the Sculpture Hall has casts of masterpieces by Michelangelo, Verrocchio and more. Special fun for children is at the Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center (open Tuesday through Sunday afternoons and during Weekend Family Fun Programs). Kid visitors may trace their Chinese horoscope, try on costumes and armor, play gallery games, and search the Wall of Symbols. Great cold-weather excursion for the whole family. Phone: 800-625-7738.

Gift Shopping --
Chalk Into Art at Vaillancourt Chalk Transformed by Artists

Whether you are looking for chalkware rabbits, Santas or other holiday collections, Vaillancourt Folk Art has been recognized around the nation for its detailed, hand-painted figurines, ornaments, and other collectibles. Vaillancourt Folk Art, at 9 Main Street in Sutton, is the original company to produce Chalkware figurines using antique chocolate molds. Available around the country in department stores, museum stores, catalogs and small mom-and-pop shops, Vaillancourt Folk Art creates that special gift that will be handed down for generations. Phone: 508-476-3601.

Museum of Art --
Art Packs a Punch at WAM Art Packs a Punch at WAM

The Worcester Art Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester, is acclaimed for the quality of its collections. European and North American painting, prints, photographs and drawings; Asian art, Greek and Roman sculpture and mosaics and Contemporary art. The collection is organized geographically except for Western prints, drawings and all photographs which are organized by medium and Contemporary Art which is defined as the international art of the past ten years in all media. A café and museum shop provide a place to rest and refresh and a place to find mementos of your visit. Open Wednesdays through Sundays, but hours vary. Phone: 508-799-4406.

Nature Center --
Butterflies Like a Warm Home Butterflies Like a Warm Home

You’ll find out when you visit the steamy glass conservatory at Magic Wings in South Deerfield that butterflies like it warm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens consists of an 18,400-square foot facility that includes a large glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths, and tropical vegetation. The heart-shaped pond with Japanese koi graces the center of the conservatory. Other attractions are the Iron Butterfly Outdoor Garden, planted with flowers that attract butterflies; food court; Monarchs Restaurant; and gift shop. Open daily, year-round. Phone: 413-665-2805.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Winter Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, at 11 French Drive in Boylston warms the season up with its beautiful Winter Garden, situated in a semi-enclosed courtyard reminiscent of an Italian villa. Protected from wind and extreme temperatures, the Winter Garden is a showcase for plants that are at their best during the winter months, featuring exquisite bark, structures, berries, or evergreen needles. An intricate water feature in the center of the courtyard, Domitian’s Pool, is designed to function in winter. The Limonaia or Lemon House has a cathedral-like interior of the Limonaia. This room expands the display of non-hardy plants. The Limonaia will house the garden’s collection of camellias and citrus plants. Open year-round, daily, except major holidays. Phone: 508-869-6111.

Animal Visit --
Sealed With a Kiss

The New England Aquarium at 1 Central Wharf in Boston invites guests to get truly up close and person with its delightful harbor seals and Northern fur seals behind the scenes at their exhibits. Trainers meet guests and guide them into the exhibit, where you learn about the seals and then get a chance to use some training signals, touch the seal, shake his flipper, or even give him a kiss. Program is for children above age 7 and it runs from November to May. There is a fee. Reservations required. Phone: 617-973-5206.

Aquarium Visit --
Coral Reefs Dance in Giant Ocean Tank Giant Ocean Tank at New England Aquarium Boston MA

The refurbished Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf in Boston keeps evolving beyond its grand opening in 2013. Visitors are fascinated by the thousands of different animals in the two-story tank. The star is the place is still Myrtle the green sea turtle and the colorful reef fishes. A new exhibit area at the top of the tank offers a very close view of coral reef animals, swaying garden eels, grinning moray eels and batfish! Keep coming back to the aquarium! Phone: 617-973-5200.

Art Museum --
More Light for Art Lovers More Light for Art Lovers  MA

The wonderful and already-revered Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 280 The Fenway in Boston has a dramatic, new light-filled wing! The addition, by architect Renzo Piano, includes a three-story gallery for contemporary art exhibitions, an intimate performance hall, and a visitor orientation area. For the first time, visitors can walk through the museum's greenhouses to see plants that are being prepared for the famous courtyard displays in the original 1902 building. The museum's collections reflect Isabella Stewart Gardner's extensive European travels: paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts, including works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Degas, and Manet. Phone: 617-566-1401 or 617-278-5156.

Boat Tour --
Boston’s Lighthouses Seen from the Sea Boston’s Lighthouses Seen from the Sea

The three-hour Boston Light Tour begins with a narrated boat tour among the Boston Harbor Islands, where you will learn the rich maritime history from a park ranger. You will see the Long Island Light and The Graves Light; disembark at Little Brewster Island to visit the first lighthouse station in the U.S.; climb Boston Light's tower and see the historic Fresnel lens. Tours depart at various times from the Moakley Courthouse Dock. A memorable Boston outing. Phone: 617-223-8666.

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum Boston Tea Party Museum Boston MA

306 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 617-338-1773 Toll-Free: 855-TEA-1773

Take part in the famous event that changed the course of American History!

On the night of December 16, 1773 more than 92,000 pounds, 340 chests, of British East India Tea, were dumped overboard. from three ships. All of the chests were smashed open with axes and the tea dumped into Boston Harbor. That cargo was worth more than $1,700,000 dollars in today’s money. Historical accounts record that no damage was done to any of the ships – just one broken lock which was replaced the next day. The event was witnessed by thousands, and the implications and impact of this action were enormous, ultimately leading to the sparking of the American Revolution.

Come meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night.

City Walk --
Cool Cosmopolitan Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a mile-long series of connected parks that curves through the city and connects neighborhoods of the North End, the Wharf District, Fort Point Channel, Dewey Square, and Chinatown. Whether you stroll the Greenway in one or several outings, you will encounter fountains, formal gardens, café seating and sunny lawns; images of Boston’s maritime history; urban plazas; and Chinese culture. Don't miss Rings Fountain on Milk Street in Wharf District. In September 2013, a new carousel will open across from Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park. This Greenway unveils the finest of Boston, outdoors. Map

Comedy Performance --
Chuckle, Chuckle, Guffaw

If you are looking for entertainment in the form of joke-telling, find Dick's Beantown Comedy Vault (even the name sounds ridiculous) at 124 Boylston Street in Boston The club is in an old bank and it uses the 12-foot-tall vault as a backdrop for comedians of all stripes to throw down at the audience. Boston humor is world-famous ("You like apples?") and this is the very heart of the beast. Dick's has been called the city's Most Fun Comedy Club for nearly 25 years. Open nightly. Usual curtain times are 8 p.m. week nights and later on weekends, with two shows on Saturday nights. Phone: 800-401-2221

Discover Quincy Discover Quincy Quincy MA

Quincy Chamber of Commerce
1400 Hancock Street, Suite 1A
Quincy, MA 02169 Phone: 617-471-1700 Fax: 617-471-3087

Birthplace of the American Dream

A visit to Quincy takes you on a voyage through time to the era of the Adams, Quincy, and Hancock families. Board a trolley and walk in the footsteps of John Adams at the Adams National Historical Park, where you’ll visit the birthplaces and family estate of two U.S. Presidents.

Quincy offers 27 miles of coastline that offer swimming, lifeguards, free parking, a bathhouse and more. Enjoy dining at one of Quincy's delectable restaurants. Or go on an outdoor adventure, be it by land or sea. The City of Presidents has three golf courses, including a 27-hole championship golf course that was voted a top ten in its class. Come be our guest for the day, a night or a week!

Food Tours --
Appetites Aweigh: Food Tours of Boston

Boston Food Tours offer expert guidance to walk you (literally) though the restaurants and food shops of Boston's North End (its Little Italy) and Chinatown. The North End tour unveils the cuisine of America’s oldest Italian community, colorful sights, tantalizing aromas, and authentic tastes. On the Chinatown tour, a guide leads you through this vibrant village and teaches the differences between regional Chinese cuisines. Tours offered regularly; book through the company website. Phone: 800-979-3370

Food Tours --
Chocolate Walking Tours Reveal Boston’s Sweets

Presumable because of their popularity, the Boston Chocolate Tours have diverged into three tasty options: The Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m.; the South End Chocolate Walking Tour on Saturdays at 2 p.m.; and the Great Boston Cupcake Crawl on Saturdays at 11 a.m. An expert guide take you into the world of exotic imports, recipes, and intimate tastings. Lots of buying, cooking, and savoring tips; plenty of tasting and opportunity to show. Website tells you where to join the tours and other details. For age 16 and older. Phone: 617-971-8436

Ghost Tour --
The Spirits of Charlestown

The Spirits of Charlestown, MA have plenty to say. Guided by a renowned medium and ghost hunter, curious groups stroll along the Freedom Trail. Their mission: To understand the patriotic past through tales of tavern life, slavery, mariners, scandal, politics, and liberty; and, of course, to greet paranormal presences. Explore charming and history-filled sites like City Square Park (where Governor John Winthrop may still reside), and Warren Tavern, a favorite haunt of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere. Tours run Saturdays at 7 p.m. Groups depart from City Square Park in Charlestown, and each tour lasts 90 minutes (or as long as guests can survive without going pale.) Phone: 617-242-4682​

History Walking Tour --
The Irish Made Their Mark in Boston Irish Heritage Trail Boston MA

The Irish Heritage Trail meanders among landmarks that honor and celebrate the contributions of Irish people to the story of Massachusetts. It is a great walking lesson in history, for descendants of the Emerald Isle and anyone else interested in U.S. history. If you get tired, sit and chat with the late Boston politician James Michael Curley. Sites include the Rose Kennedy Garden, City Hall, the Irish Famine Memorial, Old Granary Burying Grounds, the State House, and much more. Phone: 617-696-9880

Indoor Activity --
Jump Now at the Trampoline Park Jump Now!

Which of you adults is deeply envious of the little kids who get to play in the bouncy house at carnivals and parties? Yep, we thought so. Here’s your solution. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park at 91B Sprague Street in Boston is a new indoor trampoline park with 10,000 square feet of bounce space, open to the people of all ages daily and for special events like birthday parties. In addition to open jump hours, Sky Zone offers walled 3-D dodge ball courts; extreme fitness classes for kids, teens, and adults; daily Open Jump playtime and a Saturday-night SkyJam. Prices range from $8 - $18 for 30-, 60-, 90- or 120-minute jump sessions, including rental of some bounce-optimized kicks. Fun, or what? Phone: 857-345-9693.

Indoor Exercise -- Reeee-e-e-ech!

Get out of the snow and climb a rock. Yeah, you heard that right. Rock Spot Climbing at 67 Sprague Street in Boston is open from 10 a.m. to midnight every day and it invites people of all ages and abilities to … climb. Open to individuals, pairs of people, parents & kids (some age restrictions), and groups. Try rope climbing with a belayer or bouldering or lead climbing. Good exercise, different, challenging, and fun. Rock Spot Climbing has plenty of experienced and helpful staff members to guide and coax beginners. Try it! Phone: 617-333-4433

Laugh Boston Comedy Center Cackles Year-Round

Laugh Boston is a vibrant center of comedic culture where teens and adults will delight in a full schedule of year-round events, including weekly special shows, comedy festivals and free showcases, big-name comedy acts and blooming local stand-up comedians! Located at 425 summer Street, Laugh Boston is one of the city’s big and cozy hubs for comedy performance. Click the above link to find more special events and festivals for this summer and fall. Laugh Boston is home to all kinds of comedians, from dorky improv players to tricky hypnotists. Phone: 617-725-2844

LEGO! Let’s Go!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston at 598 Assembly Row in Somerville is the ultimate play place for kids and adults entranced with the endless possibilities of LEGOs. At the Discovery Center, kids can take a workshop tour with Professor Brick-a-Brack to see LEGO bricks are made, or they can jump into the indoor play zone, the Fire Academy or the Construction Site. These are places to climb, leap, and burn energy -- and to play with LEGOs -- while adults take a rest. For younger kids, the DUPLO Farm is the place to … what else … build a farm! Open daily. 866-228-6439

Maritime History --
Old Ironsides Welcomes You to Its Historic Decks USS Constitution Old Ironsides Charlestown  MA

Visitors seem to stand a little taller on a tour of the USS Constitution -- “Old Ironsides” -- in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Free guided tours of the Ship of State are held year-round, daily except Mondays (hours vary by season). United States Navy sailors and take you through the ship's spar deck (top deck), gun deck and berth deck and explain the history of the ship and its crew. Adults over age 18 must present a photo ID or passport. It is a thrilling experience of U.S. maritime history. Phone: 617-426-1812

Modern Art --
Art, Comma, Contemporary Art for Art's Sake

Visitors to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston are just as likely to be awestruck with the building as they are with what’s inside. The oddly shaped structure sits directly on the waterfront and, from a certain vantage point, looks like it might topple into the bay. With a little luck, guests will stay dry long enough to enjoy the gallery’s permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, and photography by artists from all over the world. Phone: 617-478-3103.

Nature Museum --
Astonishing Nature Lessons Astonishing Nature Lessons  MA

There is always something interesting to see and learn at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Oxford Street in Cambridge. Classes and lectures for kids and adults on many fascinating subjects – from the source for our food to nature drawing -- are ongoing. Permanent exhibits include the Great Mammal Hall, Evolution, Arthropods: Creatures that Rule, The Glass Flowers, The Zoological Galleries, the Mineralogical and Geological Gallery. Phone: 617-495-3045

On the Road to Better Beers

Along the Massachusetts Craft Brewers Trail sit the Bay State’s best breweries and pubs, awaiting your appraisal. Download and print the Craft Brewers Trail Map for a self-guided driving tour of any region of the state, concentrating on craft breweries. The best part of this event is that it never ends – there is always another brew to be sampled! Information: http://bit.ly/1lKS2HO

Performance --
Blue, and Way Cool

The international sensation Blue Man Group is home-based in Boston, yes siree. That means you gotta see it here. Good luck describing it to the uninitiated. It is whacky performance art by three men encased in blue paint and costume. Lots of mime but no speech, and lots of drumming, acrobatics, throwing of paint, and inspired stage lunacy. Some social commentary above technology, belonging (or not) and other topics are wedged into the fun, they say. Puts a smile on the man of every adult and child. Appears at the Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street.

Pinot's Palette Pinot's Palette Lexington MA

7A Meriam Street Lexington, MA 02420 Phone: 781-862-3200

Paint and Party

No art experience required! In two or three hours you can create any number of our festive, whimsical and pretty paintings. We'd love to help you celebrate Girls' Night Out, Double Date Night, Birthdays, Bachelorettes, Anniversaries, and offer private parties! Individual reservations are also accepted. Come celebrate your child's birthday with us! We offer many different paintings for your child to choose from in our painting library. Our local artists will go step by step with your guests to create their very own masterpiece.

We provide the canvas, easel, brushes, paints, & apron. You bring the drinks and/or appetizers you may want for the party. We have wine glasses, corkscrews, and ice buckets.

Pinot's Palette is the upscale "Paint. Drink. Have Fun." destination in Greater Boston where anyone can be a Picasso.

River Tours --
Charles Riverboat Offers a Window on Cambridge Charles River Boat Tours MA

Tour Cambridge from the comfortable seat on boat cruise with the Charles Riverboat Company, traveling the historic river that winds through this city. Sightseeing cruises offer views of Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston and Harvard universities, lots of sailors and rowers. Another narrated tour specializes in explaining old and contemporary architecture like Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building, and the Hancock tower. Tours leaves from 100 Cambridgeside Place, easily accessible to the T trains. Phone: 617-621-3001.

Taj Boston Taj Boston Boston MA

15 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116 Phone: 617-536-5700

Rooftop Sunday Brunch with spectacular views of the Public Garden and Boston

Enjoy traditional breakfast preparations, contemporary New England cuisine, and Indian specialties, alongside a bounty of dessert items made in-house by our talented pastry team.

Every Sunday, April-November, with seatings from 10:30am - 2pm. Reservations suggested.

The Boston Bike Party Rolls Every Month; All Are Welcome

Each month, hundreds of bicyclists participate in a costumed, themed race on wheels around Boston . Routes end at special locations, where bikers can regain their energy with food and culture. Bicycle party themes change with the season and holidays, and cyclists are encouraged to make their own costume, but everyone is welcome to join in the cycling, no matter their age or skill level! Spend some time spinning your wheels around the city’s buzzing streets, in the company of a swarm of other cyclists. Past themes include “Winter Heatwave,” “Mount Olympus,” and “Girl Power,” features special performers and chefs. E-mail: bostonbikeparty@gmail.com

Travel Fun --
Bicycle Built for 3… or More

You've seen them in the movies (probably a romantic comedy) -- city pedicabs. On vacation, why not try out a pedicab ride in Boston or Cambridge, two of the globe's most picturesque cities. Charles River Pedicab company brags: "…our cabs are faster than walking, can maneuver through heavy traffic and are environmentally friendly …" Moreover, our drivers can share their personal and historic knowledge" of the city. Fun, restful, unusual -- almost like starring in a movie. Phone: 617-266 2005.

Wine Tasting --
City Wine Tours

City Wine Tours of Boston offers guests a chance to spend a day exploring the historic city on a fun guided tour of the best restaurants and wineries. Meet the Wine Ambassadors, viticulture experts who can answer all your wine questions. These tour guides lead groups through the Harvard Square, Back Bay, South End, and North End areas of Boston. Experience samplings of delicious wine and food as you learn about varieties of wine, food pairings, and other fun facts. These half-mile tours are made on foot. Phone: 855-455-8747

Zoo Visit --
Franklin Park Zoo is Warm & Welcoming Franklin Park Zoo is Alive and Warm in Winter

Animals don’t turn off their antics in winter, so the zoos shouldn’t shut down, either, right? Franklin Park Zoo on Franklin Park Road in Boston hums through the winter at a balmy 72 degrees year-round. Enjoy the western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, mandrills, a pygmy hippopotamus, and more. Ask questions at the daily zookeeper encounters, at Bird’s World, the Tropical Forest (complete with gorillas), and at Franklin Farm. Experience the thrilling new 6D ride, Rhino Rescue (that is 3D film enhanced by seat movement, wind, and light changes. Phone: 617-541-5466.

Bookstores --
Mission: To Surprise and Delight Mission: To Surprise and Delight

Nantucket Bookworks at 25 Broad Street in Nantucket, declares that its mission is “surprise and delight visitors.” This is a full-service, general interest bookstore selling new books, with a small selection of out-of-print Nantucket titles. There is an extensive children's room, card room, young adult section, and Nantucket Book section. Also, you never know what kind of eclectic sidelines might wind up in the store. The store sells and accepts ABA gift cards, good for use at more than 200 participating independent bookstores across the country. Open daily, year-round. Hours vary seasonally. Phone: 508-228-4000

Find the Right Book at Mitchell’s

Whether you are in Nantucket in the chillier months, needing a good book with tea and a window seat, or in the summer, hankering for a beach book, you are welcome at Mitchell's Book Corner at 54 Main Street in Nantucket. New titles and classics. Also, the book stores hosts author talks and signings and even a taste of wine and cheese with conversation from time to time. Phone: 508-228-1080

Gardens --
Enjoy Polly's Gardens

Polly Hill Arboretum at 809 State Road in West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard is a dreamy, tranquil place to enjoy cultivated gardens and native woodlands. Trees and shrubs are set among stone walls, meadows, and fields. Visitor favorites are the dogwood alley, perennial border, monkey puzzle tree, and the Julian Hill magnolia. Families love the Family Explorer Backpacks. Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is open daily and self-guided tours are available at the parking lot kiosk. Phone: 508-693-9426.

Outdoor Activities --
Breathtaking Views

A highlight of natural beauty on Martha’s Vineyard is Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge on Chappaquiddick Island, adjacent to Martha's Vineyard. Chappaquiddick Island’s eastern edge is a barrier beach that extends for seven miles, passing the Cape Poge Lighthouse to the Gut. The refuge offers 14 miles of beachfront and oversand vehicle and walking trails. Facilities include picnic tables, bike rack, restrooms, which are open May 30 to October 30. Tours include a natural history tour, a wildlife kayak or canoe tour, a fishing discovery tour, and Cape Poge Lighthouse tour. Open year-round, daily, with an entrance fee May 30 to October 15. Phone: 508-627-8390.

Outdoor Tours --
Island Tours to Suit Your Tastes

Get to know Nantucket on a guided tour just right for your style: by bicycle, a van, or on foot. Cyclists can follow experienced guides on Nantucket by Bike, visiting remote island spots. Do you like the comfort of a van? On Gail's Tour you'll enjoy the insider's view from a sixth-generation Nantucket native. Shearwater Excursions will take you offshore to explore the lovely shoreline. For the earthbound explorer, Raven's Walk will guide you on a choice of spooky nighttime walks.

Science & Nature --
Star Gazing From Nantucket Star gazing from Nantucket

Loines Observatory of the Maria Mitchell Association at 59 Milk Street Extension Nantucket is open for public viewing year round, and for frequent special astronomical events. Climb a ladder to the eyepiece of a fine, old telescope and sample the sights of the distant heavens. Public hours are longer in the summer and more abbreviated in the winter, so check the calendar on the observatory’s website. Star-gazing nights are held regularly, and posted on the calendar. Remember, observing is weather dependent, so check the skies or call ahead. Phone: 508-228-9273.

Shopping --
Accessories for the Home Accessories for the Home  MA

Quaint pillows, breath taking photographs and many other home décor items fill this warm and welcoming Nantucket shop. Leslie Linsley and her husband specialize in beautifully decorated decoupage plates. At Leslie Linsley Nantucket located at the corner of Zero India Street and North Union Street, the plates are hand crafted featuring original cut outs of vegetables, flowers, and other one of a kind designs. Every year this Nantucket couple releases a limited edition Christmas plate. Each item is signed and dated. If you are looking for more than decoupage plates, the store features unique home decorating books authored by Linsley and artwork from other local Nantucket artists and artisans. Open year round. Phone: 508-325-4900

Shopping for Art --
Glass as Art Glass as Art

Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks at 683 State Road in West Tisbury was founded in 1992 as a studio where glassblowers could develop their skills, create glasswork, and build a life around glassblowing. Now, it is also a retail store and gallery, where visitors can watch the process of glass blowing and purchase unique glass artwork to keep. Open daily April to December and weekends January to April. If you want to watch glass blowing be sure to call ahead before visiting. Glass blowing is inactive at least one day a week during a routine glass cooking day. Phone: 508-693-6026.

Wine Tasting --
Cisco Brewers Serves Beer, Wine, Spirits From Beer to Wine to Spirits<br> Cisco Brewers Covers the Map

A day trip through the lovely country side of Nantucket can get a spirited boost with a stop at the family-operated Cisco Brewers, Nantucket Vineyard, and Triple Eight Distillery . In addition to its flagship product, Triple Eight Vodka, the distillery produces Triple Eight Orange Vodka, Hurricane Rum, Gale Force Gin and Notch (“not scotch”) single malt whiskey. Combining old world techniques with state of the art technology, the vineyard’s wine selections include delicious vintages that you won't find anywhere else. The owners encourage visitors to their operation, at 5 and 7 Bartlett Farm Road. Open daily, with tours by appointment. Phone: 508-325-5929.

Antique Shopping
Beautiful Essex Is Rich With Antiques

The beautiful Cape Ann town of Essex is known for its Colonial history, wetlands and marshlands, and wonderful antique shopping . The region is only a 30-minute drive north of Boston and many stores are packed in close proximity -- a boon for serial shoppers. Every shop has a distinctive character and collections. They may specialize in Arts and Crafts, period American and European, Asian, Americana and Victoriana antiques periods. (One list of shops runs a vast gamut from woodworking to ancient maps to "fins and feathers.") Most dealers can arrange delivery or shipping.

Boatbuilding History --
Wooden Boat Craft on Display at Lowell’s 216 Years of Wooden Boat History

Lowell’s Boat Shop at 459 Main Street in Amesbury is a working museum preserving the art of wooden boat building. Lowell’s builds dories and skiffs as it has done for seven generations. Within these buildings, remnants of past work like ancient ship’s knees and support beams speak volumes of the wooden boat industry. Branded into the wood of one cross-beam are annual production figures from 1897 through 1919; an astonishing 2,029 boats were built here by hand in 1911 alone. Summer hours: Tuesdays- Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and by appointment. Phone: 978-834-0050

Gift Shopping
Dedham Rabbit Ready to Go Home Arts and Crafts Rabbit Still Charms Us

The Arts and Crafts decorative art movement flourished in this country from about 1880 to 1920, but one of its signature designs is the Dedham Rabbit, produced by the Dedham Pottery Company. Reproductions of the famed Rabbit and other Dedham Pottery – highly prized by collectors and museums -- can be found at The Potting Shed’s Factory Store at 105 Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord. The store stocks first and second quality pottery. It is filled with accessories, giftware, dinnerware and figurines, and a whole lot of Christmas decorative items.

Historic Architecture
Ancient Inn Still Welcomes Guests

Longfellow's Wayside Inn, a historic landmark and still a functioning inn and restaurant, has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years, starting in 1707 as a stagecoach stop and inn. Today's visitors to the Inn, at 72 Swayside Inn Road in Sudbury, can explore the inn's period-style museum rooms with artifacts of Colonial times and also stop at the Grist Mill and the old Redstone School, a classic one-room school dating from 1798. Nearby is the 45-acre Garden in the Woods run by the New England Wild Flower Society. Various parts of the inn property are open year-round or seasonally; call ahead for hours of operation or tours. hone: 978-443-1776.

Historic Cemetery
Here Lies Hawthorne

Pay your respects to celebrated authors and thinkers at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, the sylvan resting place of some 10,000 souls. Stroll the garden-like grounds on a self-guided walking tour. Literary buffs may flock to "Author's Ridge" atop the highest hill, which marks the modest family plots of Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott. "The Knoll" houses specially consecrated Jewish burial grounds. "Mourning Victory", or the Melvin Memorial, honors three brothers killed in the Civil War. While here, explore nearby Walden Pond or the Wayside, home to both Hawthorne and Alcott. Located one block east of Monument Square, on Bedford Street. Self-guided tour books available. Phone: 978-318-3233

History Tours
Get Ghostly in Salem Get Ghostly in Salem

Salem Historical Tours, based at 191 Essex Street in Salem, is host of the nightly Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour and other tours that entertain and inform visitors to this historic town. A variety of tours appeal to interests of all kinds of visitors. They include the new Spirits of Salem Pub Crawl, which visits several of Salem’s most spirited taverns; Cemetery 101, which explores an early burying ground; Salem Witchcraft Walk, describing the infamous Salem Witch Trials; Supernatural Salem, a new ghost tour; and Secrets of Salem, which explores the macabre history of the Witch City. Great storytellers, historical integrity, and an unrivaled reputation make the Salem Historic Tours a great companion to explore Salem. Phone: 978-745-0666.

Industry History Museum --
Daily Objects Will Surprise You at Textile Museum Daily Objects Reveal Their Secrets <br>at Textile History Museum

From spinning wheels to airplanes and power looms to baseballs, history really comes alive at the American Textile History Museum at 491 Dutton Street in Lowell. In the main exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, visitors can spin, weave, design, and recycle through an interactive experience that explores how textiles affect our lives. Watch how baseballs are made from wool, weave on a hand loom, and try on a glove designed for the NASA space program. Rotating special exhibitions exploring fascinating topics through textiles. Open year-round; closed on holidays. Phone: 978-441-0400.

Maritime Gifts
Wooden Shop Models by Experts

Piel Craftsmen at 3 Center Street, Newburyport is a step into the intricate and beautiful world of model wooden ship making, Here, people can watch ship models being made and restored, or shop for models and model kits. The staff is happy to talk about ship modeling, to old salts and anyone who is interested. The company's gift shop also specialized in handmade wooden ship models. Gift ideas for yourself or a landlocked seaman can include ships in bottles, scrimshaw art, paintings and sea charts, and books of fiction with nautical themes. Also, of course, models and tools and wood for building. Phone: 978-462-7012.

Salem Does Night Life, Too

Salem may seem to simmer down at dusk, but the nightlife is just getting started around 6 p.m. On just about any day of the week, you can stop by In a Pig’s Eye on Derby Street and discover a variety of genres of live music. Weekends, experience the Celtic spirit of Salem while enjoying a pint of beer and Celtic bands at O' Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant. Once or twice a month, Peabody Essex Museum welcomes the public to an extended evening of art gallery viewing, activities, and live music. Other popular, buzzing nightlife spots include Gulu Gulu Café on Open Mic Night and Opus Underground. Phone: 978-744-3663

The Maker Lounge Is Open to Inventors

The "Maker Movement" is all about DIY -- do-it-yourself building and creating your own fun. Tuesdays-Sundays starting March 29, check out the Peabody Essex Museum's new activity space and Maker Room in Salem. Teens and adults in particular will enjoy interactive activities with creative modern technology and art. There will be 3D printing, games, digital art, and crafting workshops. You’ll have access to some of the best technological resources like expert demonstrations and classes, with ample tools and workspaces. Make your own music, use a computer to paint, discover 3D printing, or enjoy time building your own masterpiece. Senior and student discounts. Young adult engineering and building enthusiasts will thrive in this innovative environment! Phone: 978-745-9500

Visual Arts
Artist Colony Is Vibrant in Gloucester Artist Colony Is Alive and Vibrant <br>In This Corner of Gloucester

Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester is the oldest working art colony in the country, and has been luring artists to its picturesque shores for more than 150 years. Today the area is still home to many working artists and to galleries showing paintings in all media, as well as batik, photography, jewelry, prints, sculpture, ceramics, and fine gifts. A convenient walking tour of Rocky Neck, along East Main Street, includes information about three dozen galleries and studios on the Neck. A new book about the artists and history of the region, titled Rocky Neck Art Colony 1850-1950, by Judith Curtis, is available. Phone: 978-282-0917.

Bettyann’s Tours of Plymouth Bettyann’s Tours of Plymouth

Bettyann’s name is part of the business name of Bettyann’s Tours of Plymouth because Bettyann is deeply interested in Plymouth history and she wants to tell you all about it. Among the highlights of her tours of Plymouth is the Forefather’s Monument, Plymouth Rock, Town Wharf, Burial Hill, Pilgrim Maiden, Brewster Gardens, Long Beach, 1749 Court House, First Church, Coles Hill, Antiquarian Homes, Mayflower II, the Massasoit and Governor Bradford statues, the Pilgrim Sarcophagus, and Pilgrim Hall Museum. In September and October, Bettyann hosts a fascinating tour of the nearby cranberry bogs during harvest time. Phone: 508-224-6469.

Book Browsing With No End in Sight

The clamor of daily life in this former turn-of-the-century mill is replaced by shuffling feet and sibilant page-turning at the Shire Book Shop at 305 Union Street in Franklin. An inventory of more than one hundred thousand used books includes collectibles, first editions, and just about anything else you can name. Enjoy quiet browsing and reading in comfortable seating in a setting that inspires dreams of grand topics, with a complimentary cup of tea on the side. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Phone: 508-528-5665.

Broadmoor Offers Broad Variety
Broadmoor Offers Broad Variety <br>

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary on Eliot Street in Natick offers nine miles of walking trails through a variety of field, woodland, and wetland habitats. A quarter-mile, accessible trail and boardwalk along the bank of Indian Brook and over the marsh offers great opportunities for birdwatching, photography, and sketching. To enjoy this site in the winter, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis. Stroll along the edge of Indian Brook, which flows into the Charles River at the sanctuary, and look for wood ducks and signs of beavers and otters from the 110-foot-long bridge. Phone: 508-655-2296.

City That Lit the World City That Lit the World  MA

New Bedford was the mid-19th century’s preeminent whaling port and for a time the richest city in the world. At the New Bedford Whaling Park and Museum on 33 William Street – which part of the U.S. Park Service – visitors can explore that fascinating era by strolling cobblestone streets and by touring the world’s largest whaling museum, a merchant’s home, a whalemen's chapel, and a 19th-century schooner. The park is actually a neighborhood consisting of several buildings: visitor centers for the park and the waterfront, a whaling museum, a church, and a historic house with gardens. Most facilities open year-round, with some seasonal variations in hours. Phone: 508-996-4095

Corn Into Flour: See How It Was Done Corn Into Flour: See How It Was Done

Located on Town Brook, not far from the Plymouth waterfront is the Plymouth Grist Mill, a reproduction of the water-powered mill built on the brook in 1636 and used by the Pilgrims for grinding corn. This mill, completed in 1970, has many parts from the early 1800s. The staff shows visitors exactly how the process was done by early settlers. The mill is open daily and milling is done on Saturdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. A fun learning experienced for adults and kids. Phone: 508-746-1622 ext. 8242.

Cranberry Wine is a Unique Bay State Taste Cranberry Wine is a Unique Bay State Taste

The family-owned Plymouth Bay Winery , at 114 Water Street in Plymouth, overlooking Plymouth Bay, produces cranberry and other fruit wines. The winery is located in the heart of Plymouth's historic waterfront district, close to the Mayflower II, Plymouth Rock, and other historic attractions and great places to dine. The owners welcome the public for tastings, saying, “There isn't an event or holiday that cranberry wine won't serve as a warm embrace.” Open daily, March 1 to December 31. Free tastings, with no appointment necessary. Phone: 508-746-2100.

Hall of Fame at Patriot Place Hall of Fame at Patriot Place

The Hall at Patriot Place in Foxboro is open to all football fans. Try your skill at kicking or converting a field goal. See how high can you jump compared to Devin McCourty. Is your reaction time as quick as that of NFL players? How hard is it to make an official’s call on the field? Listen to Coach Belichick explain the strategies behind each play. Learn if you have what it takes to score a touchdown. Finish with a special visit to see the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophies and World Championship rings from 2001, 2003 and 2004. The Hall is open daily, but it closes occasionally for private functions. It is typically closed before and during a Patriots home game, but it re-opens after 1 p.m. home games. Hours vary seasonally. Phone: 508-6989-4800.

History Museum
Artifacts of the Mayflower Grace This Museum Artifacts of the Mayflower Grace This Museum

The Pilgrim Story — the hazardous voyage, the 1620 landing, the fearful first winter, the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth — is the heritage of all Americans. Pilgrim Hall Museum, at 75 Court Street in Plymouth, is a gallery museum with a mission of telling the Pilgrims’ story. Among its treasures are William Bradford’s Bible, Myles Standish’s sword, the cradle of New England’s first-born child, and the earliest sampler made in America. The museum also contains a superb collection of American history paintings, ranging from Henry Sargent’s heroic Landing of the Pilgrims to Jennie Brownscombe’s First Thanksgiving. To understand the Pilgrims, this is the place to visit. Open year-round except January. Phone: 508-746-1620.

Indoor Activities
Formula One Racing: Try It! Earnhardts, Move Over

Why should the Earnhardt boys hog all the fun? At F1 Boston on Wood Road in Braintree, an indoor race track, the thrill of racing is open to everyone. During open racing sessions, also called “Arrive and Drive,” guests may come in, suit up, receive a driver briefing, and pit themselves against other drivers, scored by a computerized, split-second timing system – the same system used in professional racing. Open racing sessions include a practice session and a race. Tracks and carts are precisely scaled and engineered to guarantee a real racing experience. Life doesn't have to be dull, right? Open daily; call for public hours. Phone: 781-848-2300.

Live Theater
Zeiterion Brings Great Theater to New Bedford Zeiterion Brings Great Theater <br>to Southern Massachusetts  CT

For lively, dynamic, creative entertainment of all stripes, stay tuned to the Zeiterion Theatre on Purchase Street in New Bedford. This historic performing arts center is located in a restored 1923 vaudeville house, and its programs include summer musicals, comedy, great American music, dance, special events, and family fun. The 2013 season includes David Sedaris, "Rockapella," Mavis Staples, and much more. Check the theater’s website for schedules. Phone: 508-997-5664.

Outdoor Walks
Out in the Woods, in Sight of Boston Out in the Woods, in Sight of Boston  MA

For a romantic walk in a leafy woods, visit World’s End in Hingham, a nature preserve tucked into the end of a curve of shoreline that sweeps southeast from Boston. Rolling hills and rocky shorelines offer views of the Boston skyline, while tree-lined carriage paths make delightful walking trails. The 251-acre landscape includes rocky shores, broad hillsides, and open fields bracketed by woodlands. The property is ideal for walking, picnicking, jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or simply enjoying the outdoors. It is managed by the admirable Trustees of the Reservations, and open to the public for walking year-round.

PaintNite Unleashes Your Inner Artist

Paint your own happy way at the creativity-and-cocktail-driven Paint Nites, at various locations throughout Massachusetts and South of Boston. No experience is necessary, and all your materials will be provided for you on site. People ages 21 and up can experience a night of food, drink, and art at this sip-‘n-paint event. Paint an original work of art, or follow the guidance of a professional artist, then take your painting home as a souvenir of a relaxed but fruitful evening out on the town. E-mail: info@paintnite.com