Massachusetts

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.

After one taste of this little market’s enormous bocadillos (traditional Spanish sandwiches), patrons are likely to be grabbing ingredients off the store’s shelves in order to recreate the dish at home.

While Alison Barnard’s original boutique, in-jean-ius, is all about casual chic, her second store, Twilight, amps up the glam with a selection of stunning dresses.

This unvisited secret spring was left over from the Ice Age and is hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky.

The institution is known as a compact bastion of American treasures - Robert Henri's Salome (1909) is housed here. The museum has recently acquired a collection of Russian art, mostly the fits of one collector, Thomas P. Whitney, class of 1937.

Four-wheeling out on Nantucket’s remote, northeastern sand spits (which together form the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge) lets you experience the island’s most pristine land- and seascapes.

Foodies love this gourmet shop for its huge selection of French jams, Tuscan honeys, and Asian teas—but cheeses are the main draw.

This downtown institution, which partly occupies an early-1900’s Pullman train coach, is actually a full-scale restaurant.

Located in the back section of Michelle Willey's exclusive design boutique in the South End, Vessels Gallery specializes in ceramic arts.

A family-operated business, Nantucket Wine & Spirits specializes in helping customers find just the right spirit for whatever the occasion. The owners, the Walsh family—take great pride in their customer service—helping patrons make just the right food and wine pairings.

Formerly a traditional Irish pub, Dbar is now a restaurant and nightclub offering a combination of New American cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and late night dance parties.

Overseas Adventure Travel was founded in 1978 by former schoolteacher Judi Wineland, who was inspired to enter the industry after a trip to Africa.

The only Le Corbusier-built structure in the United States, the Carpenter Center stands in stark contrast to its more staid neighbors on Harvard Yard in Cambridge.