Massachusetts

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

In the city with the highest concentration of bookstores on Cape Cod, this tiny shop stands out for its wide selection and long history, which dates back to 1932.

The Brewster Store was converted from a church into a general store in 1866 and still has the requisite porch, coal stove, penny-candy display, and ice cream parlor. You can buy just about anything here—donuts, puzzles, pitchers, and even lighting supplies.

Hearty platters of falafel and hummus gave this Central Square club its name, but it’s the wide variety of live music that’s made its reputation.

During World War II, a Red Cross volunteer gave David Hostetler something to draw with while he was recovering from a wound. From that beginning came a sculpting career that continues into the artist’s 80's.

Experience the Deerfield River on a white-water rafting or kayaking trip. The outfitter has launch locations a 30-minute drive from South Deerfield.

Set in an old Victoria home, the stationary shop has a vast and well-edited selection of cards and journals.

Chatham Pottery sells heavy ceramic pieces emblazoned with mermaids, shells, and other maritime motifs.

Try the bakery's buttery, cinnamony, muffin-shaped Dirt Bomb donuts. (Faithful followers have sleuthed out the recipe and make them back at home.)

Whether you’re short, tall, curvy or skinny, in-jean-ius has the right denim to fit your body. The North End boutique stocks more than 30 brands of designer jeans, including Joe’s Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, Rock & Republic, Chip & Pepper, and Sacred Blue.

The best way to beach-hop during the days in on the 26 miles of bike paths that trace Nantucket's shores. Young's Bicycle Shop is the time-honored spot for renting cruisers and Bianchis; it offers discounts if you book online.

Every Friday and Saturday night, the second story of Om Restaurant in Harvard Square transforms into RhumBar, a weekend-only event featuring 23 varieties of rum and nonstop dancing.

Parking is nearly impossible at this picture-perfect cliffside beach.