Sightseeing in Massachusetts includes churches, lighthouses, parks, historic houses

Stand in a spot and turn yourself 360 degrees and discover the scenic majesty of Massachusetts. The founding home of our republic is a place of profound political and literary history, cozy B&B’s , natural wonders, mountains and shorelines. This is a sightseeing and photographer’s paradise. Pick a starting point, check out these tourism hubs for suggestions and tours, then visit its bountiful cities, quaint towns and villages, stunning valleys and waterways, and the bucolic countryside of this beloved state. Stay local in a boutique hotel.

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Tails of the Sea - Captain John Boats - Sailing from Plymouth and Provincetown, MA
Captain John Boats

10 Town Wharf Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-2643

You’ll have trouble deciding which of these great sightseeing options to choose

Captain John Boats have so many ways to sight-see, you might have trouble deciding on your nautical adventure. You can go whale-watching out of Plymouth and Provincetown, straight out to Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, prime feeding grounds for humpbacks, right whales, minkes and pilot whales. Or, you can take a 75-minute cruise and see the sights in historic Plymouth Harbor, including the Mayflower, from the deck of the Pilgrim Belle, a classic paddlewheel boat. (Ask about their sunset cruise or private charters for special occasions.) Or, you can admire the Atlantic from the fast ferry to Provincetown, a 90-minute trip that gets you to and from this seaside town with its fun assortment of shops and waterfront restaurants. Galley service is available.

Fast Ferry to Provincetown available from June thru September
Children Waving - Island Queen - Falmouth, MA
Island Queen

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

Plenty to see and do on the Cape, the Vineyard – and the decks of this ferry

There’s so much to see on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard, and what better way to enjoy both locations than a trip aboard the Island Queen passenger ferry. The 35 minute sailing to the island starts in Falmouth, where parking is only 200 yards from the dock. Check out this quintessential Cape village’s shops, restaurants, museums, beaches and bike trails. Hop on the ferry (bring your bike or paddle board) and enjoy the breathtaking views of Vineyard Sound. When you dock in Oak Bluffs, check out the town’s “Flying Horses” carousel and gingerbread-house Campground, or head to the red-clay cliffs of Aquinnah or the myriad shops and restaurants in walkable Edgartown. Or, buy a sightseeing-tour ticket that includes a narrated tour of the island.
Freedom Trail Foundation
Freedom Trail Foundation

99 Chauncy Street Boston, MA, 02111 Phone: 617-357-8300

Boston's Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile walk connecting 16 of the country's most significant historic sites linked to the American Revolution. Great for all ages and for groups. Specialty tours of Pirates and Patriots, African American Patriots, Historic Pub Crawl, and the Historic Holiday Stroll are offered throughout the year and seasonally.
Freedom Trail visitor information centers are located at Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and the Charlestown Navy Yard. - Directions and Parking
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USS Constitution Museum and Warship USS Constitution

Building 22 in the Charlestown Navy Yard Charlestown, MA Phone: 617-426-1812

The USS Constitution – “Old Ironsides” – the oldest active ship in the U.S. Navy and the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat, resides at the Charlestown Navy Yard, next to the property of the USS Constitution Museum. The museum presents a fascinating history of the ship and many interesting exhibits about life in the U.S. Navy, from Colonial times to the present. The museum hosts many special events, and it is designed to be fun and welcoming to children. Tours of the ship itself are hosted by Navy personnel on a regular schedule. The tours include the spar deck, gun deck and berth deck.
Hours: Museum: spring and Summer, daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; fall and winter, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ship: spring and summer, daily except Mondays, 10a.m.-6 p.m.; fall and winter, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Museum: suggested admission of $10-$15 for adults; $5-$10 for children; $25-$45 for families. Admission to ship is free.
Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours