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.
This Harvard Square bookstore has sparked countless travel dreams and plans. Now located in a bright, spacious store, the Globe's vast selection of guidebooks and maps covers far-flung regions throughout the world.
Located beneath the Boston Center for the Arts, the Beehive is an award-winning restaurant and music lounge hosting live performances every night of the week.
Cherry almond biscotti, pistachio butter cookies, raspberry macaroons, German chocolate gelato: with such a menu, it’s easy to understand why Mike’s Pastry is one of the most popular places to indulge in Boston’s North End.
On a mission to make a better, more flavorful American beer, Jim Koch created Samuel Adams Boston Lager in the mid-80's using his great-great grandfather’s recipe. Today, the small craft brewery makes more than 30 different beer styles.
At the entrance satnad Eyes (2001), massive gray marble slabs with round, watchful eyes perched on top, by phenomenal Paris-born sculptor Louise Bourgeois.
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 island.
For picnic supplies, check out the Brown Jug, a gourmet grocery in Sandwich. They’ll also put together a basket for you, complete with cloth napkins and a corkscrew.
Head west along the Mass Pike toward Hancock Shaker Village, the Shaker Museum & Library in Old Chatham, and what is left of the buildings that once made up Mount Lebanon.
There’s no better way to explore the coast than by water, and Jack’s will outfit you with kayaks, canoes, and Sunfish sailboats. They’ll even arrange for a temporary license if you want to fish a nearby pond.
The tiny cottage is crammed with every kind of antique lamp imaginable.
Built on an old railway bed, the 26-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail starts at Route 134 in Dennis and winds through Chatham, continuing north to Wellfleet. There are cyclist-friendly cafés along the way.
Map sells clothes and gifts, and has guest DJ’s like the writer Michael Cunningham.
Sisters Ann Hill and Margaret Hill combined their backgrounds in design and fashion to create this eclectic boutique, which sources from abroad (Scandinavian furniture, Turkish earrings) and close to home (totes made in Maine from old sails).