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Things to do in Massachusetts

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Massachusetts. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Massachusetts attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Massachusetts to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Massachusetts.

  • 28 Degrees

    Blueberry basil, lemongrass, blue cheese, elderflower grapefruit: with drink flavors like these, it’s easy to grasp what 28 Degrees is all about – ... More
  • A Matter of Face

    Although tiny, A Matter of Face is the place to go for cosmetics and skincare in Boston’s North End. The boutique is filled with products for both ... More
  • Acquire

    Mirroring its eclectic North End location, this quirky boutique is owned by interior design guru and former National Geographic TV producer Nikki D... More
  • Albacore Fishing Charters

    Nantucket is angler heaven: striped bass, bluefish, cod, fluke, tuna, and even blue sharks all make their home in the cold, deep waters around the ... More
  • Allston Skirt Gallery

  • Art's Dune Tours

    Art’s Dune Tours, in Provincetown, take travelers off road through the lunar landscape of the dunes outside town; in the distance you can see the s... More
  • Aunt Lydia’s Cove

    Lying between the Chatham mainland and Tern Island, Aunt Lydia’s Cove and its sandbars and island beaches can be viewed from Shore Road and the Cha... More
  • Bar at Galley Beach

    A venerable, family-owned restaurant since 1958, the Galley—where untold numbers of Nantucketers have celebrated their anniversary dinners—got a ch... More
  • Bar at the Cisco Brewers

    This cluster of buildings on the way to Cisco Beach is home base to Nantucket’s local spirits producers. Cisco Brewers (which was the U.S.’s first ... More
  • Beachcomber Boat Tours

    The bright-yellow vessel operated by Beachcomber Boat Tours offers seal-watching tours or drop-offs of passengers at North Beach (and pickups later... More
  • Bear Swamp Orchard

    An ultra-green picking experience can be had at this intimate orchard in western Massachusetts that has offered PYO only since 2008. Orchardists Je... More
  • Beech Forest Trail

    Walk the mile-long Beech Forest Trail, which winds through fragile sand dunes. More
  • Bernard Toale Gallery

  • Bike Cape Cod's Trails

    With its relatively flat terrain and its network of paved bike trails, the Cape is perfect for family cycling outings. The seven-mile path along th... More
  • Bird Watcher’s General Store

    A symphony of chirping welcomes you to this bird-lovers paradise. The staff has tons of personality—if you tell them a joke, they’ll give you a fre... More

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