Massachusetts Vacation Ideas

Massachusetts Vacation Ideas #1: The Berkshires is America's Premier Cultural Resort. Taking up the westernmost third of Massachusetts, the Berkshires offer a full rich diversity of more than 60 cultural attractions. And they are all set in the spectacular rolling Berkshire hills.

Just a few examples are the Jacob's Pillow Dance festival, the Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, the Berkshire Jewish Film festival, historic Hancock Shaker Village, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Choral Festival and the Williamstown Jazz Festival.


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#2: Main Street on Nantucket Island is one of New England's most beautiful streets.

These are just a few of the sights. 1800 House; Hadwen House, birthplace of Benjamin Franklin's mother; Jethro Coffin House, Nantucket's oldest house; Museum of Nantucket history; Old Fire Hose Cart House, historical firefighting equipment; Old Windmill, built of wood from shipwrecks; and the Whaling Museum.


#3: Walden Pond - Visit the birthplace of the conservation movement, Walden Pond. Now called Walden Pond State Reservation, the place that inspired Henry David Thoreau to write Walden is a National Historic Landmark.

There are many outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, and boating along with Interpretive Programs and other educational programs. In the 304 acre park is a replica of Thoreau's cabin and a trail leading to a cairn that marks the site of the original cabin.


#4: EcoTarium, in Worcester, is a center for nature study. The museum has three floors of interactive exhibits, a planetarium, the Discovery Room dedicated to play for preschoolers and adults, and more. Out on the grounds you can find various wildlife, interpretive nature trails, a tree canopy walkway, and observatory with one of the region's most powerful telescopes.
Massachusetts Vacation Ideas #5: The Salem Witch Museum and the Witch Dungeon Museum, both in Salem, are fun places to visit. The hysteria of the 1692 witch hunts is captured in multimedia presentations. The witch trial of Sarah Good is reenacted and you can see accused witches waiting their own trials in a recreated dungeon.

Mayflower II Replica
Mayflower II Replica Plymouth MA

Massachusetts Vacation Ideas #6: Plymouth Rock Visit Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims first set foot on what was to become the United States. It is the nation's oldest historical tourist attraction.

Although it is clearly not the actual landing spot of the first settlers, it has become a powerful symbol of the beginning of our nation. Nearby is a replica of the Mayflower II and Wax Museum.


#7: Basketball Hall of Fame - In Springfield you will find the Basketball Hall of Fame. Many historical basketball related items are on display. There are free movies and video highlights of famous games. An extremely popular attraction is one that allows visitors to attempt scoring a basket while on a moving sidewalk.

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Old North Church
#8: Freedom Trail, in Boston is a walking tour that takes you to 16 historical sites. Costumed historic characters guide you along the two-and-a-half mile long trail marked by red bricks and painted lines.

Educate yourself about the people, the places, and events of the American Revolution. Celebrate both Boston's and our country's history.


#9: Gloucester Whale Watching - The whale watching is great out of Gloucester, the whale watch capital of the world. 7 Seas Whale Watch is a popular tour operator that can provide breathtaking views of these magnificent sea creatures.

Guaranteed sightings make it well worth the time. Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, and Minke Whales are the most common with dolphins, porpoise and other varieties of sea life mixed into the fun.


Massachusetts Vacation Ideas #10: Battleship Cove in Fall River, Mass is home to five historic naval ships. This is a world-class maritime heritage museum. There is a WWII submarine and battleship that are open to visitors and house the World War II and Gulf War Memorial along with a full scale model of a Patriot cruise missile. Available to view from walkways are two PT Boats that saw combat in Korea and Vietnam and a landing craft.

For youth groups they have a maritime camping program where you sleep in authentic sailor bunks, learn from veterans about life on a naval vessel. There are special Family Nautical Nights where families can join in and share the experience with a youth group.


Lighthouse at Cape Cod National Seashore

Massachusetts Vacation Ideas #11: Cape Cod National Seashore is located along the Atlantic shore of the Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. The 43,000 acres that make up this wonderful vacation destination provide beautiful scenery and lots to do. There are some 40 miles of ocean beaches with six beaches that are great for family swimming.

You will find plenty of places to picnic and relax while you enjoy the scenic overlooks, freshwater ponds and pleasant nature trails. Bring the bicycles because there are some really excellent cycling trails.

Cape Cod National Seashore is a popular spot for bird watching and other wildlife viewing. Lighthouses and other historic buildings can be toured.


#12: Ipswich, Massachusetts - Contributed by Johanne Cassia of Rogers & Brown House B&B - Ipswich, Massachusetts is a hidden gem of a town. We have spectacular a beach, bird sanctuaries, Rivers,saltmarshes, clams and we are the birthplace of American History. The Mayflower colonists built Ipswich. Ipswich has more first period homes than any town in America. We have:
  • Fifty eight first period homes
  • Appleton Farm - Oldest working farm in America
  • Chaote Bridge - Oldest double arched stone bridge.
  • Our residents initiated the Boston Tea Party.
  • The fried clams you love are harvested here in Ipswich
  • Earliest dairy room at Greenwood Farm

We have Crane Beach - A magnificent four mile beach of white sand and scurrying shore birds. We have many acres of salt marsh and protected bird and animal sanctuaries. We have sails and trails along the Essex Heritage trail. Many also come here to bike, canoe, kayak and golf our three golf courses.

We refurbished a 300 year old home in Ipswich 12 years ago. It is a multicultural community that we have grown to love. We were asked to be on Historic House Tour 4 years ago. The visitors asked us to open our doors so we are now the "Rogers & Brown House B&B".

I decorated the walls of our home and shop in Early American decorative style. I have developed into self-taught American Folk artist. We open our home and my studio to people who visit us. I think we have a very special place to offer tourists.

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