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Things To Do in Massachusetts

downtown-bostonMassachusetts offers a wealth of history, beauty, and culture. With the arrival of the first Pilgrims in the Mayflower in 1620, Plymouth Rock is where modern-day U.S. history as we know it all began. Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in the country. Home to well over a half a million residents, Boston is the New England’s mecca of culture, history, education, economic activity, and technology. Students come from all over the world to attend some the country's top-rated colleges such as Harvard, MIT, and Tufts University. Those seeking the best medical care available are attracted to Mass General, Brigham and Women’s, and the Children’s Hospital. If it's history you want, Boston has lots of that. Visit the Boston Aquarium, the Museum of Science, or the Museum of Fine Arts. To really get an insight into early American history take a walk on the Freedom Trail where you'll see landmarks of which include the Boston Common, one of the country's oldest public parks, the Granary Burying Ground, the Old North Church, and the USS Constitution. “Old Ironsides.” And of course, Boston is home to Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox . Enjoy a Fenway frank and some popcorn the country's  smallest and oldest ballparks. Finding a place to stay won’t be a problem as there are many hotels throughout the city. Take a cab or ride the T, America’s first subway, to experience some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment Boston has to offer.
Thirty miles west of Boston on the North Shore is Cape Ann. Tourists are attracted to this area for its rich history, pristine seaside beauty, and artsy feel. Gloucester, one of the oldest working seaports in the U.S. today, is one of the busiest seaports on the east coast. Travelers take in the beauty of its harbor, the taste of a fresh catch, and daily whale watch excursions. South of Cape Ann is Salem, best known for wild imaginations and the tragic outcome of the Salem Witch Trials. This is a truly unique maritime village to visit rich with history, small shops and galleries, as well as some amazing architecture. And then, located in the most eastern section of Massachusetts, there’s Cape Cod. The Cape is a peninsula surrounded by almost 560 miles of Atlantic shoreline. Several lighthouses dot the coast along with 115 beaches, including the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Cape is comprised of 15 small towns that attract visitors for the quaint, New England charm they project. In a nutshell, visitors come to the Cape to RELAX, to take in the salt air and indulge in good food. Music and nightlife are abundant throughout the Cape and visitors can be seen at any time strolling along streets lined with unique shops, galleries, and antiques enjoying ice cream cones. For a more rural experience, nestled approximately 2-1/2 hours from Boston or New York City, the Berkshires offer a plethora of culture and natural beauty. Whether it’s the performing arts, outdoor adventure, or a weekend getaway at a historic bed and breakfast or inn (my favorite is The Red Lion Inn), the Berkshires have something to offer for just about everyone. Berkshires are home to the music venues of Tanglewood and The Colonial, the performing arts and theatre at Jacob’s Pillow, The Barrington Stage Company, or Shakespeare & Company, and visual art at Massmoca, the Clark Institute, or the Norman Rockwell museums. If it’s outdoor activities you're looking for, the Berkshires offers golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, whitewater rafting…you name it… cross country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing and much more. Enjoy outdoor adventures, get in touch with nature and enjoy spectacular views. Butternut, Jiminy Peak, the Deerfield and Millers Rivers, the Pittsfield State Forest, the Mohawk Trail, and Mt Greylock are just a few of the many places to entertain in the Berkshires. This is just a small taste of what Massachusetts has to offer. For more information please visit our directory.


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