Massachusetts attractions cover a huge range of activities

From the Berkshire Hills to Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts’ attractions are second to none. Cities, towns, and villages have historic pedigrees. America started here with the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, and burst forward with the “shot heard ‘round the world” in Concord, MA. Championship sports teams, outdoor recreation, fairs and festivals, zoos, and parks abound. Lodgings cover every preference, from the causal to the luxurious. Some of the world’s finest art, music, and theater are here, along with ships and ship museums and the homes of three American presidents. There are islands and great marketplaces to explore and the Basketball Hall of Fame to dribble by.

Attractions in Massachusetts

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Children Waving - Island Queen - Falmouth, MA
Island Queen

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

Falmouth, Vineyard and the ferry between them offer variety of fun activities, stunning vistas

Whether you’re going for the day, the weekend or a long vacation, Martha’s Vineyard is an enchanting place to visit – and the best way to get there is on board the Island Queen. The ferry leaves from Falmouth, a lively seaside town with great beaches, bike trails, shops and restaurants. After exploring the town, park just 200 yards from the dock and board the ferry, sitting in the enclosed lounge or outside decks to enjoy the breathtaking views. Thirty-five minutes later, you’re in Oak Bluffs! Visit that town’s famous carousel and gingerbread houses, explore the island by bike (you can bring yours on the ferry – pets, too!), by sail, by bus tour or by foot. See the red cliffs at Aquinnah and the whaling captains’ homes in Edgartown.
USS Massachusetts Bow 500x250 - Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA
Battleship Cove

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

America’s naval history comes alive and inspires

Battleship Cove is now open from 9am-5pm daily! Please remember to follow our safety & social distancing guidelines!
This living history museum is a must-see for every child and family to understand the magnitude of America’s wartime naval history. The world's largest collection of US naval ships is here including the USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and PT Boats used in the South Pacific theater. A comprehensive women’s exhibit illustrates the contributions made by women during World War II and the role they have played in America’s wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War. The state-of-the-art special effects Pearl Harbor Experience is the only outdoor multimedia reenactment anywhere. Scouts and youth groups can participate in a year round maritime camping program, girl scout overnights, and the whole family will enjoy family nautical nights with affordable camping on site.
Summer Evening 500x250 - Colony Place - Plymouth, MA
Colony Place

174 Colony Place Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-7663

The largest outdoor shopping and entertainment center in the region

An exceptionally designed lifestyle destination for the entire family, Colony Place has more of what you want. And all in one place. With special events, specialty retail, restaurants, home furnishings, services, electronics and even groceries. Colony Place is located ½ way between Boston and Cape Cod just off Route 3.

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Wedding Rings - Concord Museum - Concord, MA
Concord Museum

35 Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road Concord, MA, 01742 Phone: 978-369-9763

Extensive Americana collection makes this museum a great place to start your New England exploration

With renovated galleries and one of the country’s oldest collections of Americana, the Concord Museum is the perfect place to renew or begin your exploration of New England’s history. The desk where Thoreau wrote “Walden,” the lantern that signaled Paul Revere to begin his ride, a spearhead from the period immediately following the Ice Age are just a few of the museum’s treasures. There’s also a collection of samplers from 18th century schoolgirls, historic clothing, intricately carved clocks and powder horns and a variety of photos and 2,000 images from glass-plate negatives to daguerreotypes. American Revolutionary War items include muskets, cannon balls and swords and a rare surviving Revere print of the Boston Massacre. Children will love the scavenger hunt and other hands-on activities.
Old Sturbridge Village - More than a Museum!
Logo - Kingston Collection Outlets - Kingston, MA
Kingston Collection

101 Kingston Collection Way Kingston, MA, 02364 Phone: 781-582-2445

Your premier destination for entertainment, shopping and dining

Kingston Collection is home to an impressive selection of traditional retail, entertainment experiences and dining, which include Bar Rustic, Macy’s, Target, PiNZ and Regal Cinemas. National brands include Victoria’s Secret, Hollister, American Eagle, Yankee Candle Company, Billy Beez and Sky Zone. Kingston Collection is strategically located just off Route 3, on Exit 8 in Kingston MA. Visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a complete directory of stores, ongoing specials, promotions and a calendar of events.
Pilgrim Hall Museum Exterior Plymouth MA
Pilgrim Hall Museum

75 Court Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-1620

Museum’s goal: to tell the story of the Pilgrims and indigenous people through artifacts, exhibits

The nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum, the Pilgrim Hall Museum uses artifacts, film and historical information to tell the 17th century story of the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony as well as that of the Wampanoag, the indigenous people who lived in the area for over 13,000 years before the arrival of the Mayflower. Among its extraordinary collection of 17th century artifacts visitors will discover Myles Standish’s rapier as well as his razor, and William Bradford’s silver wine cup. The Bradford and Alden Bibles, the cradle brought on the Mayflower by Susanna White, who gave birth to Peregrine on board the ship, and a sampler embroidered by Myles Standish’s daughter, Loara, are also on display as well as many works of art and furniture.
Holidays at Plymouth Courthouse and Mayflower Meeting House - See Plymouth, MA
See Plymouth

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

History is just the beginning!

In Plymouth, we’re well known for our role in American history, but history is just the beginning of what you’ll find when you visit! Plymouth is the perfect blend of fun family attractions and educational historic sites. In fair weather you’ll find whale watching, harbor cruises, lobster excursions and pirate adventures. The Waterfront is also home to Jet Ski and kayak rentals as well as the full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower II. In fall and winter enjoy the foliage or stay warm with a visit to an historic home or museum, ride the train through miles of cranberry bogs at Edaville USA, or cozy up to the fireside at Plimoth Patuxet, a living history museum depicting life in Plymouth in 1627. Remember to take advantage of all the fabulous dining available in Plymouth too!
Mayflower II Distant View - Plimoth Patuxet - Plymouth, MA
Plimoth Patuxet

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

Discover history in a new light at educational, interactive Plimoth Patuxet Museums

You’ll see history in a new light at Plimoth Patuxet Museums. In Historic Patuxet, you’ll learn about the Wampanoag people who have lived in the area for over 12,000 years, as contemporary interpreters discuss home and family life, demonstrate farming and cooking and perhaps ask you to scrape out the insides of a mishoon, or dugout canoe. In the 17th Century English Village, Pilgrim women might ask you to help pound corn or make sage and salt toothpaste. At the Craft Center, see how crafts and herbal remedies were made, and step aboard the Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor. Walk along the path beside Town Brook to the Plimoth Grist Mill to see how cornmeal is ground. The museums have quick-service dining, shops and a cinema.
Bengal Tiger - Southwick’s Zoo  -Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo

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

Animals – and rides – make for a great combination at this exciting zoo

It all starts with the animals, of course. At Southwick’s Zoo, there are over 850 of them in naturalistic settings. From lions and tigers to two-toed sloths and white rhinos, they are waiting for you to visit. But New England’s largest zoological experience offers more than that for visitors, from the Skyfari Sky Ride, where you can catch a bird’s-eye view of the African Plains, to the Soaring Eagle Zip Line. There’s a petting zoo with pygmy goats, a Deer Forest where you can feed fallow deer, pony and camel rides, a train that takes you through the North American exhibit so you can get a close look at elk and trumpeter swans, and a Rainforest Adventure Maze with animal statues.
Paintings - Worcester Art Museum - Worcester MA
Worcester Art Museum

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

Get whisked away to other times, places, cultures at this engaging art museum

Prepare to be swept away when you enter the Worcester Art Museum, where selections from the museum’s 38,000 objects will take you away to other times and other cultures. See how the natural world inspired the work of Susan Swinand, marvel at exquisite 18th century Japanese folding screens – or go back to medieval times in the expanded collection of chivalric arms and armor. The museum’s stunning paintings from the 16th through 18th centuries have been reinstalled, with interactive elements. Families will feel at home here, with opportunities for play, drawing and relaxation. Ask about public tours, including 20-minute “zip tours” of one artist or work of art. Check the website for current and future exhibits, timed-admission information and safety protocols.
Kids Cooking - 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

Experience a true New England getaway at historic village that takes you back to the 1830s

Nothing gives you that true sense of New England quite like Old Sturbridge Village, where stories of the past come to life in 40 historic buildings; in exhibitions of the history of parades to early lighting to sewing, weaving, and textiles; and in demonstrations including cooking over an open hearth, making cloth on a loom and cutting the lumber used in the re-created 1830s village. Walk over the Vermont Covered Bridge or into the many buildings such as the school, cider mill, printing office, law office, pottery shop, and blacksmith shop. Outdoors there are gorgeous gardens with hundreds of heirloom plants, heritage-breed animals at the Freeman Farm and three nature trails. Come to Old Sturbridge Village and experience more than a just a museum.
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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

1000 Hall of Fame Avenue Springfield, MA Phone: 877-446-6752

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than 300 inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. Basketball fans will find exhibits, interactive kiosks, memorabilia, and hands-on activities. Children and adults can spend the day in the 80,000-square-foot facility shooting baskets on a regulation court, measuring their skills against sports legends in an interactive game. Kids are invited to coaches’ clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours vary by season
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area - Boston, MA
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

191w Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA, 02109 Phone: 617-223-8666

Islands in Boston Harbor, and easy ferry ride from downtown. Swimming, hiking, picnicking. A fun day trip

Let yourself slip back in time with guided lighthouse tours (June-October) and ranger-narrated Discovery and Sunset Cruises (summer). There are also frequent special events and activities held on some islands for people of all ages. Sail the waters that conceal old shipwrecks and histories of war, pirates, and spooks! Click the ticket link below this listing for ferry tickets & schedule information.
Rockport Chamber of Commerce

22 Broadway Rockport, MA, 01966 Phone: 978-546-6575 Toll-Free: 888-726-3922

Fall in love with Rockport

Rockport, Massachusetts is a charming seaside village on Cape Ann; an hour North of Boston by car or train. This historic Art Colony is home to a number of internationally acclaimed artists and photographers along with their galleries. Rockport also offers numerous unique shops, restaurants, and accommodations, and boasts a magnificent rocky coastline. It is known for fresh seafood and world-renowned "Motif #1". Rockport further delights with its seven beaches, a state park, coastal walks, bird and whale watching, kayaking, scenic day and evening sailing tours, golf, diving and a number of historical attractions. Rockport harbor is listed as one of the top 10 most scenic places in the country by Walt Disney Productions. Come visit scenic Rockport, you'll be glad you did!
Springfield Museums & Dr. Seuss Nat'l Memorial Sculpture Garden - Springfield, MA
Springfield Museums & Dr Seuss Nat’l Memorial Sculpture Garden

21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA, 01103 Phone: 413-263-6800

The Springfield Museums consists of five institutions at one location: the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the Museum of Springfield History. In addition, the property includes the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, with life-size statues of Springfield native Dr. Seuss and his favorite characters including Horton, the Grinch and the Lorax.
IN the five art, science and historical museums, guests can find Samurai armor and weaponry; an internationally-acclaimed collection of Oriental bronze, jade and porcelain; intricate Middle Eastern rugs; fine American and European paintings and sculpture; a savannah of animals in the R.E. Phelon African Hall; Dinosaur Hall with its towering Tyrannosaurus Rex; Astronomy Hall complete with a planetarium; and exhibits about Connecticut River Valley history. Curriculum-based tours and programs are available.
Herring Cove Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore - Provincetown, MA - Photo Credit MOTT & William DeSouza-Mauk
Cape Cod National Seashore

Various Locations Chatham to Provincetown, MA Phone: 508-255-3421

This national park offers a full summer’s worth of fun for people of all ages. Six ocean beaches (lifeguarded) offer play in the surf; there are many walking and biking paths through inlands dunes, woodlands, and around cranberry bogs and small freshwater “kettle” ponds. Explore the first lighthouses in the country (commissioned by President George Washington). Historic sites, like the place where the first trans-Atlantic telegraph was sent.
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Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

At Harvard University - 11 Divinity Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02138 Phone: 617-496-1027

Explore the enduring importance of rivers and canoes in Penobscot tribal life. See the archaeology of Harvard Yard, how students lived at colonial Harvard, and the role of the 17th-century Indian College in Harvard’s early years. Trace the birth of American anthropology through the China trade, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, the Javanese Village at the Fair, expeditions to the Arctic and the American Southwest, and more in the museum’s 150th anniversary exhibition. Visit the website for special exhibitions. Admission to the connected Harvard Museum of Natural History and its famed Glass Flowers is included. Open daily 9:00 AM–5:00 PM.
Earthquake Table - LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston - Somerville, MA
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

598 Assembly Row Somerville, MA, 02145 Phone: 617-702-5593 Toll-Free: 866-228-6439

Designed for families with a spacious family restroom, full baby changing facilities, plus wheelchair and stroller accessibility throughout, the Discovery Center is a great place to spend a day and help your child learn new building skills in a most magical atmosphere. With 2 rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones and workshops by the Master Model Builder, you’ll have plenty to enjoy and bring home with you. Plan a LEGO themed birthday party, a one-of-a-kind school trip, and get group pricing on tickets. Relax in the coffee shop and purchase all your favorite LEGO products in the amazing retail shop.

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