Massachusetts Travel Guide
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.
Play in the gentle surf, perfect for children (with both lifeguards and nearby restrooms). You won’t witness a better sunset than here, a two-minute walk from the fishing village of the same name. Pack a picnic and a blanket—it gets cold at dusk.
Explore all 30 miles including the breathtaking views and uncrowded beaches of the coast along route 1A; stop in the fishing town of Gloucester (made famous in The Perfect Storm); and pursue the galleries and hike the rocky shoreline at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport.
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.
The only drive-in theatre still operating on Cape Cod, this nostalgic landmark first opened on Route Six in 1957. Every night from late May until Labor Day weekend, the theatre shows first-run double features on a 100-by-44-foot outdoor screen.
Home to the region’s largest selection of braided rugs, this Harwich company has a history dating back to 1910, when factory worker Romeo Paulus changed a shoelace machine into a braided-rug machine and started his own company.
Located in the SOWA (south of Washington) area of the South End, Michelle Willey's boutique sells modern home accessories and furnishings. The scientist-turned-entrepreneur chooses high-quality items that are unique but practical enough for everyday use.
This venue is closed.
Set in a former 1844 schoolhouse, the galery focuses on photography-but also exhibits prints and paintings by area artists, as well as modern furniture, jewelry, and mobiles in the adjacent design store.
A venerable, family-owned restaurant since 1958, the Galley—where untold numbers of Nantucketers have celebrated their anniversary dinners—got a chic new facelift for its own 50th anniversary this summer.
To say the decor in the Oak Bar is elaborate is an understatement. Dark wood paneling and a marble bar are complimented by an ornate ceiling, and the sleek furniture is an inviting place to relax with friends or close a business deal.
This onetime general store and gas station now sells local edibles—including croissants, pies, and a changing slate of house-made gelatos like coconut almond and wild black cherry.
North Beach is the topic of Henry Beston’s Outermost House and Tim Wood’s Breakthrough: The Story of Chatham’s North Beach.