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Things to do in Northeast Massachusetts

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Northeast Massachusetts. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Northeast Massachusetts attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Northeast Massachusetts to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Northeast Massachusetts.

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  • Crane Beach

    A 5.5-mile span of pristine, dune-backed stretches of white sand. To get there, make a right onto Northgate Road from Rte. 133 in Ipswich (about ei... More
  • Halibut Point State Park

    Explore all 30 miles including the breathtaking views and uncrowded beaches of the coast along route 1A; stop in the fishing town of Gloucester (ma... More
  • Peabody Essex Museum

    This Qing Dynasty merchant’s house from around 1800 was moved, stone by board, from China and re-erected. More
  • Richardson’s Ice Cream

    Things have changed a bit since the original stand opened north of Boston in 1952, but customers are still served old-fashioned frappes (Yankee for... More
  • Rocky Neck Art Colony

  • Russell Orchards

  • Salem Witch Museum

    This institution retells the awful tale of the famous trials with life-size figures, while across Salem Common, a Qing Dynasty merchant’s house fro... More

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