Things to do in Massachusetts
There are plenty of things to do in Massachusetts, but most activities and attractions will depend on the season you choose to visit. Warm, sunny days are best spent along the coast as the Cape Cod area is known for its miles of sandy beaches. Or skip the beach and hop on a ferry to nearby Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island to explore historic seaports and lighthouses by bike. If you’d like to work off last evening’s sumptuous dinner, you can rent all types of water sports equipment in most coastal towns. If you’re a history buff, chances are you’ll know what to do in Massachusetts —head for Boston, of course! Known as “The Cradle of Liberty,” Boston has dozens of historical sites and tours.
If you can’t decide what to do first, just jump on a tour trolley and get your bearings while someone else does the driving. You can hop on and off at numerous sites around the city as often as you please. Should the weather be disagreeable, there are still many things to do in Boston like take in a show in the lively theater district or visit the world renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. If you’re wondering what to do in Massachusetts during the colder months, the answer can be found in the Berkshires. In autumn, nature puts on a magnificent display of colorful foliage, and in colder months, the mountains come alive to accommodate winter sports enthusiasts, making Massachusetts a great vacation destination for all seasons.
This complex has it all—over 50 dealers under a single roof selling everything from antique high chairs to Oriental rugs.
This 37-member consortium of Berkshire-area dealers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York is a go-to source for fine American furniture, Delft earthenware, French finials.
This fishermen's hangout is a mecca for townies. If you’re an exhibitionist you can sit in the window and be seen by passersby.
The bright-yellow vessel operated by Beachcomber Boat Tours offers seal-watching tours or drop-offs of passengers at North Beach (and pickups later).
Walk these 600 acres of windswept dunes, hiking trails, and unspoiled coastline.
The gallery features local artists including Linda Post.
One of the secret springs left over from the Ice Age, hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky.
Shop for delicate straw summer hats; each style is named after one of the island’s romantic spots.
The campus museum boasts 10 galleries dedicated to Asian, Renaissance, and contemporary art.
The museum is a village in miniature spread over 13 acres, with 26 buildings dedicated to art, music, dance, film, and theater. The institution can showcase exhibits of immense proportions and is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country.
Anyone fascinated by Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (or, more recently, Nathan Philbrick’s National Book Award-winning In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex) will find plenty to enjoy in this small downtown museum.
Whether you want furniture painted by Peter Hunt or vintage firearms, this comprehensive shop has it all.
A phonetic translation of the French phrase “coup de coeur,” which loosely means “a strike to the heart,” Koo de Kir is a modern home furnishings and accessories boutique in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.