Massachusetts Travel Guide

With three distinct performance spaces (including a stunning 1930s movie palace), ArtsEmerson presents a veritable hive of cultural offerings, including French New Wave film series, inventive Shakespeare stagings, and even cabarets.

When it opened in 1895, the main branch of the Boston Public Library was heralded as a veritable cornucopia of decorative and visual arts.

Stretching out three blocks along Harrison Avenue in the South End, the market brings together a dozen or so food trucks, dozens of local artisans, and a farmers market every Sunday from May to through October.

Spread across the Boston Harbor like an elaborate diadem, the Boston Harbor Islands offer up the oldest lighthouse in the United States, a venerable Civil War-era fort, and miles of hiking trails.

Isabelle Stewart Gardner was a devil-may-care soul who paraded lions around on a leash, drank beer (while Boston Brahmins frowned), and held court in this lovely jewel box of a museum next to the Back Bay Fens. Today it is kept (mostly) according to the terms outlined in her will.

Looking out onto Dorchester Bay, the JFK Presidential Museum & Library offers a place for meditation and exploration of the life of President Kennedy.

Boston is a stellar walking town, and the Harborwalk is the perfect way to get close to the water. From the North End to South Boston, travelers can follow this path created by the Boston Harbor Association to see creative public art by Willem de Kooning, Sol LeWitt, and Luis Jimenez.

Opened in 2015, this year-round public market finds chocolatiers, coffee roasters, and sellers of heirloom vegetables in close proximity from Wednesday to Sunday. Amidst thirty vendors you’ll find fine made-to-order eats such as shakshuka from Inna’s Kitchen and pho ga from Noodle Lab.

Housed within a dramatic Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed structure designed that hangs ever so gently over Boston Harbor, the ICA is a stellar place to visit for contemporary installation art, video shows, and events like their First Friday “(Bau)House Party.” Recent shows have included exhibi

Within these neoclassical walls, art-lovers can move through 10 millennia of artistic masterworks, ranging from Etruscan pottery to prints by Roy Lichtenstein.

Standing in the shadow of the Massachusetts General Hospital, this attractive building houses exhibits that explore the “firsts” associated with the institution, which include the first successful public surgery using anesthesia, the first reattachment of severed limbs, and other medical wo

This Federal-era masterpiece by celebrated architect Charles Bulfinch is often overlooked by folks rushing off to other destinations, so slow down, step inside, and take one of their thoroughly engaging tours.

There’s only one place in the world to be surrounded by dozens of elaborate glass panels depicting the political geography of the world as it appeared in 1935.

Fermenting, macerating, and other liquor-making processes come to life with a a tour at Dorchester’s own Grand Ten Distilling. As part of the deal, you’ll get to sample their own Medford rum and a clutch of other drinks as you learn about the ins and outs of their operation.

This complex has it all—over 50 dealers under a single roof selling everything from antique high chairs to Oriental rugs.