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Great Things To Do in Massachusetts


Find great, fun things to do and fresh places to explore in the Bay State for every age and taste, from antique shopping to rock climbing to slithering through a water park. Check attractions' websites for updates to scheduling and other details, especially for activities affected by weather.
Every region, from the historic homes and gardens of the Berkshires to the beaches of Cape Cod offers memorable adventures for the whole family. Plan a getaway to the cultural and historic sites of Boston and spring for a luxury hotel or waterfront lodging in this “Athens of America.”

Follow these links for : Sightseeing - Walking & Hiking - Family Activities

Children Waving - Island Queen - Falmouth, MA
Island Queen

75 Falmouth Heights Road Falmouth, MA, 02540 Phone: 508-548-4800

An ocean of fun things to do when you ferry from Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard

If you think getting from the Cape to the Vineyard is just another boat trip, think again! The Island Queen, the passenger ferry from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs, MA, offers scenic views of the Cape and Vineyard Sound from its picture window lounge and open decks. Once you get to Oak Bluffs, visit the Flying Horses carousel and the colorful gingerbread cottages. Visit Edgartown, MA for great dining and shopping. Explore the red cliffs of Aquinnah, MA. Go sailing, fishing and kayaking. Back in Falmouth, take advantage of its gorgeous beaches, science aquarium and scenic bikeway. And don’t forget to explore the Cape’s beaches, unique towns and villages. Tour the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory, grab a lobster roll by the bay, go on a whale watch. So much fun to be had!
Atrium & Roman Mosaic - Worcester Art Museum - Worcester MA
Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA, 01609 Phone: 508-799-4406

In this museum, there’s more to do than admire paintings (tho the paintings are amazing)

There is far more to do at the Worcester Art Museum than walk through the galleries, although considering the museum’s varied and extensive collections, from ancient to contemporary art, that may be your top priority. Interactive elements in the reimagined medieval galleries means you can explore the world through tales of castles, monasteries and trade routes, or contribute “alternate labels” via iPads to Old Masters. Check out a rare suit of jousting armor in the chivalric arms and armor collection or listen to a presentation on what Roman soldiers wore into battle. For children, art carts and touch carts allow them to draw and, yes, touch things. There are also tours and scavenger hunts. Check the website for updates, timed-admission information and safety protocols.
Salem Witch Museum with Roger Conant - Photo Credit North of Boston CVB
Salem Witch Museum

19 1/2 Washington Square North Salem, MA, 01970 Phone: 978-744-1692

Immersive exhibits at with trials museum shed light on a dark period of New England history

Explore the history of the infamous witch trials when you visit the Salem Witch Museum. The museum, which opened the doors of its renovated historic church building in 1972, brings to life the stories of the 20 women and men executed as a result of the 1692 trials. The immersive exhibit includes 13 life-size stage sets with figures, dramatic lighting and narration. A second exhibit, “Witches: Evolving Perceptions,” looks back at the meaning of the word “witch” through time and the evolution of stereotypes and scapegoating. Presentations occur every half-hour, and visitors should plan to spend an hour in the museum. A gift shop features items from apparel and locally made treats to spell books and tarot cards. There is parking nearby in several garages.
Grivet Monkey - Southwick’s Zoo - Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA, 01756 Phone: 800-258-9182

Adventure Awaits at New England’s Largest Zoo, Southwick’s Zoo!

With animals to visit, rides to take, goats to pet, and deer to feed: It’s a full day of excitement at Southwick’s Zoo. With more than 850 animals, explore New England’s Largest Zoo! Visit the petting zoo with pygmy goats, walk through the 35-acre Deer Forest where you can feed fallow deer, and visit the EARTH Discovery Center where you can meet animal ambassadors and watch live presentations. Soar above the African Plains and Deer Forest in the Skyfari Sky Ride or take the Woodland Express Train through the North American Exhibit to get a closer look at elk and trumpeter swans. Work your way through the Rainforest Adventure Maze and zip through the air on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line. Your next adventure begins at Southwick’s Zoo!
View from the Harbor 500x250 - Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA
Battleship Cove

5 Water Street Fall River, MA, 02721 Phone: 508-678-1100 Toll-Free: 800-533-3194

A day out you won’t forget

Battleship Cove is now open from 9am-5pm daily! Please remember to follow our safety & social distancing guidelines!
In 1964, the citizens of Massachusetts, including over 6000 school children, banded together to save the battleship USS Massachusetts from being scrapped, and bring her to the waterfront of historic Fall River on June 12, 1965. During her dedication, the battleship’s historic significance was further recognized as she was made the official World War II Memorial for the Commonwealth and opened as a public museum. Over the years, she has been joined by the destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the submarine Lionfish, PT 617 and PT 796, and the Soviet built missile corvette Hiddensee to form the largest collection of historic naval ships in the world, America’s Fleet Museum at Battleship Cove. Today, Battleship Cove stands as one of the region’s most popular attractions.
Clash of Steel Exhibit - American Heritage Museum - Hudson, MA
American Heritage Museum

568 Main Street Hudson, MA, 01749 Phone: 978-562-9182

Visitors will feel like they are part of history at this interactive, educational museum

The museum is now open! Wednesdays-Sundays from 10am-5pm. Advance ticketing is preferred - Please call or visit our website.

At the American Heritage Museum, the goal is for visitors to feel like they are part of American history. Exhibits and chronologically arranged dioramas demonstrate what it was like to be in the French trenches in World War I, in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. A structure from the World Trade Center memorializes the War on Terror. Check the website for how to arrange to ride in or drive a tank; as well as special weekend offerings, like re-enactments and aviation weekends. There’s a section of the Berlin Wall, and an exhibit that includes the Hanoi Hilton prison. Visitors can get up close to the extensive Jacques M. Littlefield Collection of tanks, armored vehicles and military artifacts.
Milky Way Galaxy - Blake Planetarium - Plymouth, MA
W. Russell Blake Planetarium

117 Long Pond Road Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-830-4470

Plymouth planetarium provides perfect evening for star-gazers

Look up! It’s the night sky in all its glory, but can you identify the constellations? Head to the W. Russell Blake Planetarium, where you can sit back and let the experts show you how to identify planets, bright stars and constellations. In this full-dome planetarium, a DigitalSky projection system provides a full-screen image that covers the room’s entire ceiling in the mysteries of the universe. While enjoying breathtaking views and spectacular surround sound, you’ll learn about astronomy and perhaps how to use a star map (you can take it home). The planetarium also has regular features for kids and explorations of the natural world below the skies.
Cases of Bottles - 1620 Winery - Plymouth, MA
1620 Winery

55 Cordage Park Circle Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-3532

Lovers of wine (and cocktails and tapas) will find two ideal spots with the 1620 Winery at Cordage Park and the 1620 Wine Bar on Plymouth, MA’s waterfront. The Cordage Park location is a historic winery offering private tours/tastings for groups of 10+ (with advanced reservations). The waterfront location is a cozy cocktails and tapas restaurant and wine tasting room. This year-round destination features a glowing fireplace in the winter and a sunny patio in the summer. Guests can enjoy a full menu of tapas, creative cocktails and of course, all vintages of award winning 1620 Wines.
Secret Staircase - House of the Seven Gables - Salem, MA
The House of the Seven Gables

225 Derby Street Salem, MA, 01970 Phone: 978-774-0991

Get inspired about history, and literature, when you visit this beloved many-gabled home

Nathaniel Hawthorne was inspired enough by visits to the Salem, MA waterfront home built by merchant and shipowner John Turner that he wrote a novel, “The House of the Seven Gables”. Today, visitors are inspired by the architecture and artifacts of that same house, called the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and one of the country’s most beloved historic homes. The house, part of the House of the Seven Gables property, has survived with many of its original period features spanning four centuries of American architectural history. Take a tour of that house as well as Hawthorne’s birthplace and two 17th-century homes and gorgeous seaside gardens with summer and fall plantings. On the property is also the Kids Cove, located in the Counting House, where hands-on activities teach kids about Salem’s rich maritime history.
Museum Educator Cooking - Plimoth Patuxet Museums - Plymouth, MA
Plimoth Patuxet Museums

137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-1622

Museum featuring a variety of hands-on experiences to acquaint visitors with 17th-Century life

You need to set aside at least a day to explore the interactive Plimoth Patuxet Museums. See the 17th century come to life in the 17th-Century English Village, where interpreters may ask you to help with 17-century chores or to participate in a muster drill led by Capt. Miles Standish. Learn about Wampanoag culture and lifeways at the Historic Patuxet Homesite. There’s quick service dining in the Plentiful Cafe, and you can see reproductions of early crafts being made in the Craft Center. In Plymouth Harbor, you can go aboard Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that brought colonists to Plymouth in 1620. Then walk along the path beside Town Brook to the Plimoth Grist Mill to watch cornmeal being ground. Named the Best Open Air Museum in the United States by USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards!
Destination Plymouth Lobser Tales Plymouth MA Credit Kindra Clineff
See Plymouth

4 North Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-747-0100 Toll-Free: 800-872-1620

Whatever you love to do on vacation, Plymouth can provide it — and so much more

What do you like to do on vacation? Steep yourself in a region’s history, enjoy the great outdoors, relax by the water, do something you can’t do anywhere else? A vacation in Plymouth checks all those boxes and more! Go on board the Mayflower II, see Plymouth Rock and the interactive villages and homesites at the Plimoth Patuxet Museums. Or plunk your umbrella down on one of many picturesque beaches. Go on a pirate cruise, or a whale-watch. Take a fast ferry to Provincetown or tour the harbor on a paddlewheel boat. Enjoy the rides at Edaville Family Theme Park, go fishing, walk on the harbor’s breakwater jetty, go hiking, take a ghost tour at night, go sea kayaking or, in the winter, ice skating or cross-country skiing. Please call 1.800.USA.1620, or visit our website to learn more about these activities and others to prepare for your trip to Plymouth.
Wool Dying - Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA
Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, off Route 20 Sturbridge, MA, 01566 Phone: 508-347-3362 Toll-Free: 800-733-1830

Re-created 19th-century village is more than a museum – it’s an interactive experience

Old Sturbridge Village is so much more than a museum! Visitors feel they have traveled back two centuries, with hands-on experiences, exhibitions, animals and architecture that perfectly re-create a New England town in the 1830s. Explore the 40 historical buildings on our peropety in Sturbridge, MA, ask questions of costumed historians as they cook by a fire, make cabinets, create pottery and operate a sawmill and cider mill. Visit with heritage-breed sheep, cattle, chicken and pigs and walk through heirloom gardens. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride or take in live musical performances or talks. Walk through a covered bridge and stroll along the banks of the Quinebaug River, keeping an eye out for a great blue heron. Dine on comfort food in the charming Bullard Tavern, or enjoy lighter fare in the Ox & Yoke Cafe.
Seekonk Grand Track Tunnel Seekonk MA
Seekonk Grand Prix

1098 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA, 02771 Phone: 508-336-8307

So many fun options when you spend the day at this raceway with a game room, bumper cars, mini golf

Do you want to navigate a quarter-mile Grand Prix track? Or a slippery track? Are you in the mood for heated bumper cars? How about 18 holes of miniature golf that take you through caves, across streams and past ponds? You can do all that and so much more at Seekonk Grand Prix, where fun activities also include a rock-climbing wall and a ropes course. (And new electric bumper boats are coming this summer!) Then there’s the game room! Challenge your friends to a game of hoops, air hockey or pinball. Check out the virtual reality game, Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride. Cash those points in for prizes. When you’re ready for a break, treat yourself to pizza, ice cream or a slushie treat.
Sam Adams Squared - Greater Boston CVB - Boston, MA
Meet Boston

Information Centers on Boston Common and Prudential Towers (Center Court) Boston, MA, 02116 Phone: 888-733-2678

With so much history, and so many activities, vibrant Boston has something for every visitor

You cannot be bored in Boston. See a show, catch a game at Fenway Park, take a film or foodie tour of the town, ride on a duck boat or Swan Boat, eat in a four-star restaurant with a harbor view or by a food truck in the gorgeous Greenway. Kids will love the Tea Party Ship & Museum and nearby Children’s Museum. Art-lovers will feast on the Monets at the Museum of Fine Arts or the Venetian courtyard in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Shoppers will enjoy perusing pop-up markets, the fashions and galleries along Newbury Street and the kiosks of Quincy Market. And history buffs will happily stroll the Freedom Trail from the Common out to the USS Constitution or the Black Heritage Trail.
Lowell Folk Festival Evening View - Lowell, MA - Greater Merrimack Valley
Greater Merrimack Valley

61 Market Street, Unit 1C Lowell, MA, 01852 Phone: 978-459-6150

Wide variety of activities, from concerts and theater to unique shopping and dining, in this vibrant area

Whether your idea of fun is Brahms or a local brew, you will find much to enjoy in the activities of the Greater Merrimack Valley. The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lexington Symphony and the Groton Hill Music Center offer an array of classical, pops, jazz and chamber music concerts. Catch a vibrant, contemporary play at the Merrimack Repertory Theater, go on a snowshoe tour at the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum or visit the masterworks at the Whistler House Museum of Art. Dine, shop, see a film or listen to a concert at lively Mill No. 5 in Lowell. Take a trip through the history of the graphic arts at the Museum of Printing (check out their typewriter collection), or grab a brew at Lord Hobo Brewing Company’s Woburn taproom.
Summer at Hancock-Adams Common - Discover Quincy, MA
Discover Quincy

City of Quincy Welcome Center - 1259 Hancock Street Quincy, MA, 02169 Phone: 617-471-1700

From bikers and beach-lovers to shoppers and skiers, everyone has a great time in this welcoming city

Hikers, bikers, history-lovers, shoppers, foodies, beach-goers: What do they all have in common? A great time in Quincy! As the City of Presidents, Quincy offers visitors many ways to celebrate the country’s heritage, including the homes and birthplaces of John, Abigail and John Quincy Adams and the Stone Library, the nation’s first presidential library. The Presidents Trail takes you past homes of the Quincy, Adams and Hancock families, through neighborhoods with fabulous ethnic cuisine, and into the downtown shopping and dining area. Or, head to one of several inviting beaches, go hiking or biking or golfing, enjoy local theater and the symphony, take a harbor cruise, catch a rugby or soccer game. In the winter, go skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating in the public rink.
The Steamship Authority - Woods Hole and Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket, MA
The Steamship Authority

Ferry voyage to the islands off Cape Cod is the just the beginning of your adventure

Taking one of the Steamship Authority ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, MA is part of the fun of getting to the islands. With fabulous ocean views, full-service bar and snack service and free wifi, it’s a comfortable, enjoyable voyage from Hyannis, MA (for Nantucket) or Woods Hole, MA (for the Vineyard). And then there are the islands! The sophisticated charm of Nantucket is seen through its cobblestone streets with boutiques and restaurants, historic homes and scenic harbor. Visit its whaling museum or observatory, go kayaking or sailing. On the Vineyard, there are the amazing red clay Aquinnah Cliffs, a lighthouse tour, arboretum and the gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs. Both islands are known for pristine beaches, great golf, miles of hiking and biking trails, wildlife refuges and lively arts scenes. For more information visit SteamshipAuthority.com.
Caffe Vittoria - Boston, MA
Old Italy Flavors at Caffe Vittoria

You would expect a certain old-world ambiance in any of the Little Italy neighborhoods that bright American cities, and Caffe Vittoria, on Hanover Street in Boston does not disappoint. Established in 1929, Caffe Vittoria declares it was the first Italian caffe in Boston’s North End district. Coffee, Italian pastries and fine beverages are the specialties here. With four levels of seating and three full liquor bars, there is something for everyone. Taste the caffe’s grappa from its extensive collection. This is a sweet stop at any time of the year, with marvelous people-watching just outdoors in one of the liveliest ethnic enclaves in New England.
Cutler Park in Needham, MA
Beautiful Marsh Welcomes Walkers

Cutler Park on Kendrick Street in Needham, at the Newton border, is the largest fresh water marsh on the Charles River. The marshland and small lake attract more than 100 species of birds. A trail goes around Kendrick Pond (also called Cutler Pond). A new trail extends from the pond trail and goes to Powell's Island canoe landing, doubles back and goes under the MBTA commuter rail and out to the Great Plain. A right turn leads to a boardwalk through a cattail marsh and ends up on Needham Street in Dedham. A left turn leads down the wide path alongside the elevated railroad line all the way to the Charles River. In summer, hiking, canoeing, and fishing are welcome.
Boston CityWalks in Massachusetts
Boston from the Sidewalk

Boston calls itself the birthplace of the American Revolution, and you are likely to agree after taking an information-packed stroll with Boston CityWalks, which offers several walking tours that show off the old and contemporary beauties of this world-class city. The various walks may touch on the Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill, the Public Garden, Back Bay, and Copley Square. Walkers may choose to have lunch at an outdoor café on Newbury Street, shop in Copley Place and Prudential center, or visit one of Boston’s fine museums. Walks are held daily, year-round. See website for schedule and tickets. Call to confirm.
Walk to the Sea in Downtown Boston, MA
History of Boston on Display Along This Walk to the Sea

Boston is now home to a great, free activity that is ideal for families and people who love history, urban architecture, and the outdoors. The Walk to the Sea is a self-guided trail that encompasses four centuries of Boston history. Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston's ancient Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending a hundred feet, brings Boston history to life. Large panels are situated along the walking trail to guide and educate walkers.
Spring Apple Tree at Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
Hug a Tree

In the Jamaica Plain section of Boston lies an oasis of meadows, forest, ponds, and wildlife. No, it’s not an urban mirage, it’s the Arnold Arboretum, where you can find thousands of different varieties of plants, hiking and biking trails, and world-renowned horticultural collections surrounded by 15,000 gorgeous trees. Arnold is the oldest public arboretum in North America. The extensive Bonsai collection, a cultivated Herbarium, majestic snow-covered cedars and pines in the winter, and nearly 200 different varieties of blooming lilacs in May are just a few of the reasons to spend a day here every day of the year.
Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens - North Andover, MA
Enjoy a 20th-Century Diplomat’s House & Gardens

The Stevens Coolidge House & Gardens at 153 Chickering Road in North Andover was an early-20th-century estate with expansive and beautiful gardens. (Originally, the estate was the summer home of Helen and John Gardner Coolidge—a diplomat and a nephew to Isabella Stewart Gardner—from 1914 to 1962.) The Trustees of Reservations, which preserves and manages the property, did an improvement project in 2020-2021 that included new and improved gardens, indoor classrooms, retail space, an event lawn, and revised interior spaces. This is a fine year to visit. Admission tickets must be bought online in advance, for a specific time slot.
Montague Book Mill - Great Things To Do in Massachusetts
Books, Soft Chairs, and a River View

We love the cheeky slogan of Montague Bookmill: “Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find.” 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 books on every imaginable subject, many with deeply slashed prices. Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Number of visitors at one time and duration of visits is limited during the pandemic.
Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester MA - Great Things To Do
Artist Colony Is Vibrant in 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.
Hiking Trails on Martha's Vineyard, MA
Walking Trails Criss-Cross This Beautiful Island

Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation is the local land trust for the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Among other tasks, the foundation maintains public trails for hiking, bicycling, bird-watching, and cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. At the foundation’s website, under “Lands & Trails,” you can find detailed descriptions, maps, and driving directions for dozens of public walking trails on Martha’s Vineyard. The foundation offers a free app called TrailsMV that provides up-to-date accurate maps of all public trails, detailed property information and photographs, and more.
Pittsfield MA Picture Frame Store
Pittsfield Hops with Shopping and Browsing Fun

Pittsfield is a lively town centrally located between other stars of the Berkshires, like Stockbridge, Lenox, Williamstown and North Adams. The downtown is a fun place for dining, browsing and shopping. If you need a gift, the options here are delightful: Circa, is a place to fine mid-century antiques, and a selection of vintage clothing and jewelry. Paul Rich and Sons Home Furnishings has made a name for itself selling high-quality furniture. Museum Facsimiles Outlet Store is a fun and unique place to find fine picture frames, framed mirrors, hand printed letterpress and silkscreen greeting cards, all at wholesale pricing.Everything is made here, not imported! Custom framing.
bridge of flowers shelburne falls ma
Bridge of Flowers Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen

The Bridge of Flowers was once a decrepit railroad bridge, before it fell into the hands to local gardeners. They draped the bridge in living gardens of flowers, shrubs, and trees that delight people from spring to fall. It’s a walk through a gorgeous garden above a rushing river with a lovely town on the side. The bridge is in Shelburne Falls, off Route 2 (the Mohawk Trail). It spans the Deerfield River and connects the towns of Shelburne and Buckland. It is generally open to the public from April 1 - October 31.

Starting June 21, 2024, the bridge will be closed for repairs until further notice. For updates and information on the upcoming Art Exhibit and Sale (Aug. 17-18, 2024) to benefit the Bridge of Flowers, click here.
Harvard Square Chocolate Tour - Boston, MA
A Little Walk; a Little Chocolate; and Repeat

Off The Beaten Path Food Tours are a fun outing where you and friends can poke along at a walking pace through a historical neighborhood and taste local culinary treats, all under the care of a knowledgeable guides. One favorite, the Harvard Square Chocolate Tour, with stops at a variety of local eateries for chocolate tastings along the way. It’s about a mile of urban walking with five to six stops in about 90 minutes. A fee of $35 includes all the food and sights. Fine of all ages. Meet at Harvard Square.
USS Constitution Museum - Old Oronsides - Charlestown, MA
Come Aboard Old Ironsides

Visit Old Ironsides, AKA the USS Constitution, at Building 22 in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown for a deep dive into the fascinating history of the celebrated colonial vessel. Exhibits at the museum include "Old Ironsides in War and Peace," "All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812," and "Today's Crew." The museum is open year-round. The ship itself is owned by the U.S. Navy, which hosts tours Wednesdays through Sundays. Tours include the spar deck, gun deck and berth deck.
Housatonic Riverwalk - Great Barrington, MA
Riverwalk Is an Urban Treat

Downtown Great Barrington is known for its many boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, and gourmet restaurants. A shopping or dining stroll in the downtown should include a visit to the adjacent Housatonic Riverwalk. The paved path that ambles alongside this busy Berkshires waterway is an all-volunteer restoration project of the Great Barrington Land Conservancy. After your riverside stroll, take in some evening entertainment in Great Barrington at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, the Triplex movie theater, or the town bandstand, site of free concerts.
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary - Natick, MA
Broadmoor Offers Broad Variety

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.
Campo de Fiori - Sheffield, MA
A Garden Shop Like a Roman Piazza

Campo De Fiori, meaning “field of flowers,” is a perfectly delightful garden shop at 1815 North Main Street in Sheffield. The phrase garden shop only begins to touch on the charms of this space, filled (but not crammed) with plants, succulents, and garden-related pots and accents like terracotta planters, carved stone, forged iron, cast bronze, distinctive lighting and zinc. Campo de’ Fiori designs and manufactures all of the items, made by the hands of skilled artisans. The shop’s name comes from a piazza in Rome where the owner’s mother used to buy fresh flowers and vegetables, and the atmosphere is distinctly Mediterranean. Perfect place to shop for gifts for any garden-loving person. Open daily.
Antiques Shopping in Central Massachusetts
Prowl for Fashionable Objects of the Past

Prowling shops that showcase cool old stuff of bygone times (some of it cycling into fashion again) is a fun indoor winter sport. The towns of central Massachusetts have plenty to offer style archaeologists. Sadie Green’s in Sturbridge creates and sell vintage reproduction jewelry. Metal is embossed with original dies from the 1920s and jewelry is hand assembled. Find beautiful and unusual jewelry of sea glass, hand-wrapped glass, florals and shells. Perfectly unique! In Worcester, Sweet Jane’s Designer Consignment fills your sense with just the clothing treasures that the shop name promises. The shop promises to deliver “curated designer resale [goods] for the huntress, fashionista, and style queen in all of us.” Off the Common Antiques in Grafton has many vendors selling antiques, furniture and home décor. Welcoming to dogs and strollers, too.
Storrowton Village Museum - West Springfield, MA
Kids Love to Explore ‘the Olden Days’

Tucked away in a shaded area of Eastern States Exposition, Storrowton Village Museum, at 1305 Memorial Avenue in West Springfield is a permanent reminder of New England life in bygone days. The Village is an authentic, recreated village of nine 18th- and 19th-century buildings from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, assembled around a traditional town green. A tour of Storrowton offers an intimate look at Early American living with all the ingredients for a meaningful historic experience. Storytelling and activity programs run throughout the year.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Concord, MA
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. Self-guided tour books available.
World’s End in Hingham - Photo Credit Trustees of Reservations
Out in the Woods, in Sight of Boston

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.
Cambridge Antiques Market - Cambridge, MA
Antiques Are Plentiful at This Cambridge Market

For general browsing and entertainment, or for a hard-target search for a special antique-purchasing need, Cambridge Antique Market at 201 Msgr. O’Brien Hwy. in Cambridge is a gold mine. More than 150 dealers on five floors are selling furniture, lamps, art, paper goods, sports memorabilia, glass, ceramics, photos, books, silver, textiles, tools, kitchenware, toys, dolls, advertisements, religious items, and costume jewelry, hats, gloves, and accessories. The market is across the road from the MBTA Lechmere Green Line Station. It also has a sister business in Provincetown.
Johnny Appleseed Trail - North Central Massachusetts
Johnny Appleseed Trail Through Picturesque Towns

Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman in 1774 in Leominster, was a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apples to large parts of the Midwest. Today’s Johnny Appleseed Trail in north-central Massachusetts runs along Route 2 between the Freedom Trail and the Mohawk Trail, or from about Turner’s Falls at the western end to Lancaster at the eastern end. Spring, summer, and fall are perfect for exploring this region of farms, orchards, and beautiful small towns. Start at the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center on Route 2 West in Lancaster. It’s full of helpful brochures and locally made crafts, books, jams and jellies, gifts and souvenirs.
India Street Gallery - Nantucket, MA
Find Contemporary Art and Advice from an Expert

A wide variety of interesting contemporary artwork is open for your browsing pleasure at The Gallery at Four India Street, a popular stop in Nantucket since it opened in 1989. The gallery’s focus of interest is American fine art paintings, sculpture, art glass and photography. Visit to enjoy, purchase, or even to get expert direction on creating a personal collection from the gallery’s owner, Kathleen Knight. Open daily, year-round.
Trails of Cape Cod National Seashore
In the Footsteps of Pilgrims

Pilgrim Spring Trail and Small's Swamp Trail, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, are easy loop trails about one mile long, accessible off Route 6 at the Pilgrim Heights area sign in North Truro. The trails wind around a kettle swamp and marsh and offer wonderful views of Pilgrim Lake, sand dunes, the salt meadow, and the Atlantic Ocean. A stone marker identifies the site of the first fresh water the Pilgrims found. Trails are marked with information about local history and nature. This is a fine, easy walk for people of all ages, with views of typical Cape Cod landforms and living creatures.
Fruitlands Museum
Fruitlands Is Home to four Fascinating Museums

In 1843, Bronson Alcott, father of the writer Louisa May Alcott and himself a writer, founded a utopian community called Fruitlands, near the town of Harvard. Later, from 1914 to 1945, the four Fruitlands Museums opened on the site of Alcott’s village, at 102 Prospect Hill Road in Harvard. The 210-acre landscape now includes a Shaker Museum, a Native American museum, a fine art gallery of Hudson River landscapes, changing exhibits, and trails through woodlands and meadows. A visit is inspiring, educational, and beautiful, with plenty of potential for outdoor walks on the trails. Lots of special events for adults and kids. Open daily, May through October.
Downtown Gloucester & City Hall Aerial View - Great Things To Do
Stroll Charming Downtown Gloucester

The town of Gloucester, on the northern edge of Massachusetts Bay, is historically a rugged fishing town known for its iconic statue of Man at the Wheel (and for its role as the base of fearless fishermen in the movie “Perfect Storm”). It is also a great place to visit if you love sweet New England downtowns. Gloucester’s HarborWalk is a one-mile walking path through town from Gloucester House to Stage Fort Park. From St. Peter’s Square on Rogers Street, the HarborWalk passes the working waterfront to Harbor Loop. The Walk then turns up to City Hall, then turns back down through the historic district to St. Peter’s Square. (photo by David Gleeson)
Truro Vineyards - Truro, MA
Tuck in to Truro for Wine and Spirits Tastings

Truro Vineyards and South Hollow Spirits at 11 Shore Road in North Truro is a lovely, relaxing place where tours and tastings of wine and spirits 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. Tastings are offered on the hour and half-hour, and free tours are conducted of the winery and distillery.

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