Things to do in Beverly, MA

Local Things to do, Activities for the family and fun events to attend in Eastern, Massachusetts:

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Local Things to do North of Boston:
Concord Museum in mass Concord Museum
This museum in historic Concord houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections of Americana in the country. Come visit the gateway to Concord’s remarkable revolutionary and literary history.

Amesbury Playhouse– The only true dinner theater in New England that is open year round. We’ve been providing great plays, shows and events with delicious (large) meals at an affordable price for over 35 years! There is nothing else like it!

Addison Gallery of American Art– One of the most comprehensive collections in the world, including some 16,750 objects spanning the 18th century to the present. In a typical year, the Addison presents approximately twelve shows, including both permanent collection installations and major traveling exhibitions, carefully balanced to represent a wide range of art, across time and media.

The Butterfly Place– An indoor living environment which has been carefully designed for the propagation and development of some of nature’s most colorful living creations.

CoCo Key Water Resort Danvers, MA
Local things to do in Danvers, MA:
CoCo Key Water Resort- Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get away to the tropical islands any time you want without having to leave Massachusetts? Now you can, at CoCo Key Water Resort, Danvers Largest Indoor WaterResort.

Endicott Park – Recreation activities for all ages abound, ranging from hiking, fishing, picnicking and enjoying the playground in the warmer months, to sledding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing in the winter.

Hammond Castle Museum – John Hays Hammond, Jr. built his medieval-style castle between the years 1926 and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a backdrop for his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts.

Monster Mini Golf – Monster Mini Golf is an exciting indoor monster themed glow in the dark 18 hole miniature golf course that offers a host of family-oriented fun activities at every turn. This is not your average putt putt golf course!

Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery – Journey into the history of Horror Cinema. This museum is a tribute to Horror, Sci Fi and Fantasy Films. Actors, Directors and Special Effects artists are all honored here!

New England Pirates Museum – The most fun-filled place in Salem. The unique and little-known history of New England sea-robbers comes alive at the Pirate Museum. Relive the adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, who roamed freely offshore plundering merchant ships.

Salem Willows – Amusement games and children’s rides; ocean views, harbor cruise. Historic 1866 carousel. Modern video arcade. Kiddie rides & classic Skeeball. Prizes and treasures. Vintage pinball machines.


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Schooner Thomas E. Lannon – Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of this beautiful 65-foot schooner as she sails out of Gloucester harbor on a light southwesterly. Go for a two hour sail and get a taste for what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago.

The House of Seven Gables – Discover 330 years of Salem’s history as you experience this museum and collection of historic buildings. Professional guides will warmly greet you for an unforgettable historical experience.

Amesbury Sports Park – Big Thrills, Big Hills! Winter and summer tubing make for year-round excitement! Also features the OGO ball, a large plastic sphere that you can roll down a hill inside of.

Salisbury Beach – There is something fun for everyone at Salisbury Beach. Beautiful beaches, bike and walking trails, as well as other family activities, eateries, and more. Also the site of various concerts, and festivals.

Checkered Flag Indoor Karting – This 30,000 square foot indoor facility is designed for intense racing, family fun. The place to race in Merrimack Valley! Strap on your helmet and drive!

Drawbridge Puppet Theater Lunenburg, MA

Drawbridge Puppet Theater – The Drawbridge Puppets continue to delight children and their families right here in Lunenburg.

Pioneer Village: Salem in 1630 – Step back in time to 17th century New England at Salem’s oldest living history museum. Discover Salem 1630: Pioneer Village. It is a recreation of the English colony established by Roger Conant and his intrepid band of settlers. From these humbling beginnings the seeds of Revolution were planted.

Marblehead Museum & Historical Society – More than 200 privately owned colonial period homes and buildings preserve the unique qualities of this New England fishing port and harbor.

National Heritage Museum – Exhibits ranging from traditional stories on Paul Revere, George Washington and the American Revolution to non-traditional stories such as Route 66, diners, neon signs, or even doing laundry in America. Focusing on the rich diversity of American life across four centuries–how we as a people have worked and played, struggled and achieved.

North Shore Music Theatre – Sit back and enjoy a wonderful evening with one of these musicals. Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually.

Salem Wax Museum – This compelling museum is composed of eerily life-like London made wax figures that depict Salem’s vivid history from its founding in 1626 through the terrifying Hysteria of 1692.

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Salem Witch Museum – Takes you back to Salem 1692. Visitors are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narration – an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692.

Cape Ann Whale Watch – New England whale watching tours. Home of the Hurrican II. The Largest and Fastest Gloucester Whale Watching Vessel North of Boston.

Wenham Museum – A museum of family life, the Wenham Museum invites visitors of all ages to explore how people lived, dressed, worked and played from the 17th century to today. The museum features the Claflin-Richards House, international doll collection, model and toy-train exhibit, toy soldiers and a play and learn room.

Peabody Essex Museum – The place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation. Dozens of exhibits with hundreds of works of art to view and enjoy.

Nashoba Valley Olympia– Public skating sessions offer individuals and families the opportunity for fun, healthful recreation and exercise. Ice skating, figure skating, and hockey.

Local Things to do South of Boston:


Battleship Cove

Battleship Cove – For over thirty years, Battleship Massachusetts has welcomed visitors of all ages. The historic naval ships, military exhibits, and related memorabilia tell the stories of brave sailors and their proud fighting days long ago. Walk where these sailors fought, man the guns they used to defend our freedom, or try on a Navy bunk for size!

Cap’n Barnacles Mini Golf – An 18 hole Championship Mini Golf course, providing fun for the whole family.

Carousel Family Fun Centers – Specializes in providing a clean, safe, really cool, colorful, family friendly environment and offers a full array of fun including roller skating, arcades and so much more.

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Edaville USA – Edaville’s rides generally are designed for parents and children to enjoy together. Family fun on all of the rides, as well as the Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Fuller Craft Museum – A dynamic environment where craft is experienced through exhibitions, education, outreach and collaboration. It explores the materials, techniques and artistic expression that challenge the perception of craft, while honoring the achievements of the past.

Kreative Kidz Theatre – Now there is a performing arts theatre where the only performers are children.

New Bedford Art Museum – Here to help you to understand and appreciate art. Take a stroll through several beautiful galleries and learn from the experienced staff.

Pilgrim Hall Museum – The oldest continuously operating public museum in the nation, a gallery museum that uses the actual 17th century Pilgrim possessions – the cradle of Peregrine White, the bible of William Bradford, the sword of Myles Standish – as well as Native American artifacts to tell the story of the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony.

Plymouth Cruises – All cruises operate aboard Lobster Tales, a comfortable, 45-foot passenger vessel which sails from April – October. Offering unique cruises that are affordable and fun for all ages including Pirate Cruises, Lobster Excursions, Wine Tasting & Sunset Cruises.

New Bedford Whaling Museum – To help make history inviting and meaningful in everyday life, the Museum offers a dynamic and diverse schedule of programs and exhibits.

Buttonwood Park Zoo – The park and zoo encompass 97 acres in the west-central part of the city. The newly renovated zoo houses almost 150 animals of 35 different species including two Asian elephants, Emily and Ruth. The zoo reopened on August 12, 2000 after a major four-year renovation.

Capron Park Zoo 201 County St  Attleboro, MA 02703

Capron Park Zoo – Dedicated to the professional management of animal species, and providing the public with educational programs and recreational activities. The zoo features animals from around the world, Asian rain forest, nocturnal building and more.

Children’s Museum of Easton – A ‘learning playground’ where parents and children explore, imagine, and learn about our everyday world. The museum sparks curiosity, encourages questions and fosters creativity in children and adults through it’s exhibits and programs. The Museum is a friendly place for children to explore.

Edaville USA/Railroad – Recreates the era when traveling was slower and the little things enjoyed a lot more. You’ll enjoy a 30 minute ride on America’s oldest authentic 2 foot, narrow gauge railway. Steam engines and diesel locomotives will pull passenger cars through 5 1/2 miles of beautiful Massachusetts landscape.

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum – The Museum collects and preserves the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, tools, and machinery that relate to the industrial history of the Attleboro.

Hull Lifesaving Museum – The museum of Boston Harbor Heritage, preserves the region’s lifesaving tradition and maritime culture through collections, exhibits, experiential and interpretive education, research and service to others.

Paragon Carousel– The antique Paragon Carousel is the last vestige of Paragon Park and is a lasting reminder of the “Golden Age” of Hull, when the town was teeming with thousands of visitors each day in the summer for decades.

Plimoth Plantation– A living history museum founded in 1947. The museum has grown from one small re-created house on the Plymouth waterfront to include three major open-air exhibits-the 1627 Pilgrim village, Hobbamock’s Wampanoag Indian Homesite, Mayflower II and other facilities, exhibits and programs.

Ryan Family Amusement Center– Offers a clean, fun environment. This family entertainment center features bowling and a huge games room with the hottest, newest arcade games.

508) 746-2643 Capt. John Boats Cape Cod 10 Town Wharf  Plymouth, MA 02360

Whale Watching– Discover the great whales of the North Atlantic during a 4-hour Capt. John Boats Cape Cod whale watch adventure. Among the whale and marine mammal sightings are the Humpback Whale, Finback Whale, Minke Whale, Right Whale and Pilot whale, as well as dolphins, porpoises and seals. 10 Town Wharf  Plymouth, MA 02360 • (508) 746-2643

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Local Things to do in Boston:

RevolutionaryBoston at The Old State House – Explore the Old State House and travel back in time to 1770 in Boston on the verge of the Revolutionary War. See historic rooms, exhibits, art and enjoy guided tours.

Museum of Science Boston MA

Museum of Science – A museum dedicated to is to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society. 11 Science Park  Boston, MA 02114 • (617) 723-2500

Skywalk Observatory – On the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower, enables visitors to discover all of Boston, from its founding to the present. It uses the panoramic views of the city as prompts to highlight people and sites, which make the city special. Twenty nine different exhibits present approximately 300 pieces of information that show what is behind the 360 degree view.

Colonial Theatre – The oldest continuously operating theatre in New England. Today the Colonial continues to present the best Broadway shows and world premieres using 21st Century technology surrounded by 19th Century elegance.

Suffolk Downs – When the Commonwealth of Massachusetts created the State Racing Commission in 1934 and legalized pari-mutuel wagering, the Eastern Racing Association wasted no time in constructing the state’s first Thoroughbred racetrack, which it named Suffolk Downs.

Stone Zoo 149 Pond St  Stoneham, MA 02180 (781) 438-5100

Stone Zoo – Features South American grasslands, North American plains an indoor aviary focused on conservation of wildlife and lots more. 149 Pond St  Stoneham, MA 02180 • (781) 438-5100

Josia Quincy House – Built as a country estate in 1770, the Quincy House was originally surrounded by fields and pasture overlooking Quincy Bay. Its elegant architectural details, including a Chinese fretwork balustrade and classical portico.

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre – As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals.

Harvard Art Museums – While teaching and learning through direct contact with original works of art is central to the museums’ mission, the importance of the wider reach offered by technology cannot be overestimated.

Fenway Park – Visit the park where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled and today’s stars still thrill Red Sox Nation. Though generations have come and gone, Fenway Park remains, much like it did the day it opened on April 20, 1912.

Boston Tours – See all the important sites and attractions that make Boston such a great city. Experience the many highlights of Boston, Charlestown and Cambridge.

United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum – Home to the USS Salem, the world’s only preserved Heavy Cruiser. Come see this and other incredible vessels.

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Marino Lookout Farm – The oldest continuously working farm in the country; it was first deeded in the late 1600’s. The farm is a popular, family-oriented apple-picking working farm, with animal attractions, train rides, stagecoach rides and more. 89 Pleasant St S  Natick, MA 01760 • (508) 651-1539

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum – Dedicated to the memory of our nation’s thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.

Boston Harbor Cruises – Since 1926, Boston Harbor Cruises has been the city’s premiere ticket to ride on Boston’s extraordinary harbor. Cruises include whale watching, exclusive harbor island ferries, sightseeing cruises, private charters, special events and more.

Beacon Hill – The famous Boston neighborhood of red brick sidewalks, cobblestoned streets, elegant townhomes, and gas street lamps. Take a walking tour and admire this historic neighborhood.

Boston Common – The oldest public park in the country and the starting point of the Freedom Trail. A great place to sit and relax or enjoy a picnic.

Boston Movie Tours – Boston is home to nearly 400 movies and tv shows. This tour enables guests to visit sites around Boston where these shows were filmed.

Boston Symphony Orchestra & Boston Pops – World renowned orchestra, presents more than 250 concerts annually at Symphony Hall. Specializing in classical music as well as popular show tunes and other classics.

Bunker Hill Monument – This monument stands 221 feet tall on Breed’s Hill, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution on June 17, 1775.

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Cheers – Located on Beacon Hill, this pub inspired the setting of the hit tv show “Cheers”. (617) 227-0150 • 1 S Market St  Boston, MA 02109

Coit Observatory – Coit Observatory Located at Boston University, this observatory offers free stargazing each Wednesday after 8:30 pm throughout the spring and summer.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market – Located in the heart of Boston, adjacent to the historic Faneuil Hall and close to many other historic attractions. You will find many places to shop and eat, as well as places for entertainment. One unique thing you will find here are street performers.

Frog Pond – Located at America’s oldest public park, the Frog Pond is a place to enjoy outdoor ice skating during the winter months. In the spring and fall, the pond becomes a reflecting pool. In July and August, the Frog Pond becomes a wading pool for youngsters.

Gillette Stadium – From November to January, you can catch an NFL New England Patriots game. This stadium also features the New England Revolution, the region’s major league soccer team.

Mary Baker Eddy Library – Explore the life of Mary Baker Eddy, who defied nineteenth-century thinking to become an influential religious leader, publisher, teacher and businesswoman. This museum also houses the famous Mapparium, a three-story, painted-glass globe.

New England Holocaust Memorial – This memorial was built to foster memory of one of the great tragedies of our time. The memorial features six luminous glass towers, each 54 feet high. The towers are lit at night. Located on the Freedom Trail.

Nichols House Museum – This four story town home was constructed in 1804 and is one of the earliest structures on Beacon Hill. This museum is open to the public and reflects the domestic life of a typical family of Beacon Hill at the turn of the last century.

Old Town Trolley Tours 380 (617) 269-7150Dorchester Ave  Boston, MA 02127

Old Town Trolley Tours – Enjoy seeing the sites of Boston while riding in a trolley. You have the freedom to get on and off the trolley as often as you’d like; there’s always another trolley coming along soon. Also offers a Ghost and Gravestones tour.

Public Garden – Home of the oldest botanical garden in the United States. This park is also home to the famous Swan Boats.

TD Banknorth Garden – Catch a Boston Celtics basketball game at this stadium. The NHL Bruins also play here, as well as the New England professional indoor lacrosse team, the Boston Blazers.

The Freedom Trail – A 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that will lead you to 16 nationally significant historic sites. A place to learn about the rich history of the American Revolution.

The Old North Church – This church is most known for the night Robert Newman climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns, which signaled Paul Revere to take his famous ride. This even sparked the American Revolution. This church is also the oldest standing church building in Boston.

Swan Boats Boston MA 4 Charles St  Boston, MA 02116 • (617) 522-1966

Swan Boats – Gracing the waters of the Public Garden, these swan boats have been a part of Boston for 130 years. Enjoy a ride in the boats, open April thru September, weather permitting. 4 Charles St  Boston, MA 02116 • (617) 522-1966

Mapparium – This world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Walk through the inside of this unique globe.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – Displays an art collection of world importance, including works that rank among the most significant of their type. The collection comprised of more than 2,500 objects.


Harvard Museum of Natural History
– Presenting the incomparable collections of these parent museums and the research of scientists across the University, it has a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery in people of all ages.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – One of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses over 400,000 works of art. More than one million visitors each year experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
New England Aquarium – The Aquarium’s extensive collection includes the exotic and the familiar. More than 70 exhibits feature aquatic animals from as far away as India, the Amazon Rain Forest and Hawaii and as near as the Maine coast. And marine mammals make a big splash in daily presentations aboard Discovery, a unique floating pavilion.

New England Wild Flower Society – Explore and study the fascinating world of native plants. Whether you are interested in conservation and restoration of natural areas, or in creating beautiful and diverse habitats for your home garden.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology – Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology and houses one of the most comprehensive records of human cultural history in the Western Hemisphere.

Museum of African American History – Dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.

617) 522-6547 15 Newton St  Brookline, MA 02445 Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Larz Anderson Auto Museum – Home to “Americas oldest car collection”. For over 75 years, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the collector car community through a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and lectures. 15 Newton St  Brookline, MA 02445 • (617) 522-6547

MIT Museum – Showcases the fascinating world of MIT, and inspires people of all ages about the possibilities and opportunities offered by science and technology.

Boston Children’s Theater – For 75 years, the corporation now known as Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT) has provided public services to the Boston Community. For the last 50 years, those activities have been devoted to children’s theatre- ‘Live Theatre for Children by Children .’ BCT is one of the oldest children’s theatrical organizations in the country.

Duck Tours – Land and water tour aboard a huge World War II Duck (amphibious vehicle) tours last about 80 minutes.

Museum of World War II – 10,000 square feet of display area, is described by London’s Imperial War Museum as “a…private collection containing the most comprehensive display of original World War II artifacts on exhibit anywhere in the world”.

Museum of Bad Art – The pieces in the MOBA collection range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush.

Carriage House Paper Museum – The first floor of the Carriage House is an active papermaking studio. Its main focus is on the technology of hand papermaking, emphasizing the making of paper for specific purposes, including paper as the basis of art forms.

U.S.S. Constitution Museum – Located in Charlestown, the U.S.S. Constitution was launched in 1797 and served in the Navy of the fledgling United States. Today, the Constitution remains the world’s oldest fully commissioned warship afloat.

Franklin Park Zoo – Children and adults alike can experience hundreds of exotic animal species from around the world right in the middle of Boston! Explore the wonders of a tropical rainforest, the Australian outback, or the African Savannah in one of these exhibit areas.

Arnold Arboretum – Located at Harvard University, this arboretum has 265 acres of grounds filled with over 4000 types of trees. Open free to the public every day from sunrise to sunset.

Boston Ballet 539 Washington St Boston

Boston Ballet – One of the major ballet companies in North America and among the top companies in the world. Enjoy one of their performances, October thru May.
539 Washington St • Boston • (617) 695-6955

Boston Fire Museum – The museum preserves and displays fire fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area. Located in the old firehouse on Congress Street since 1983. Dedicated to informing vistors about the history of fire fighting.

Boston Opera House – Located in the heart of the theatre district, this opera house first opened in 1928. It is New England’s premier spot for live entertainment.

Boston Public Library – Free tours of the nation’s first public library. Tours highlight the architecture and works of famed sculptors and painters.

Castle Island – This 22-acre park is connected to the mainland by pedestrian and vehicular causeways. The dominating feature of the island is Fort Independence, a granite fort built between 1834 and 1851.

Chinatown – The only historically Chinese area in New England. Centered on Beach Street, this neighborhood borders Boston Common, Downtown Crossing, and the South End. Enjoy many markets and restaurants.

Copley Place – Located in the historic Back Bay, a fabulous shopping destination with 75 stores. This upscale center includes two levels of shopping, restaurants, office space, parking spaces and two hotels.

French Cultural Center – Devoted to promoting the language and culture of France. Hosts events for children and adults.

Gibson House Museum – A historic house museum of the Back Bay. Filled with original possessions and furniture. Visitors get a glimpse of the lives of a well-to-do Boston family.

Harvard Square – Owned by Harvard University, the nation’s oldest institution, this square is a main part of campus. It offers dining, shopping, bookstores and historic sites.

Massachusetts State House Tours – Explore the oldest building on Beacon Hill. Free tours are offered Monday through Friday by reservation.

Newbury Street – Shop in some of Boston’s most chic and fashionable stores. Eight blocks filled with dining, boutiques, and salons.

Old South Meeting House – In 1773 this meeting house held the mass protest meetings that led to the Boston Tea Party. It has served as an active gathering place for discussion and a sanctuary for free speech.

Paul Revere House – Paul Revere’s home is still standing and is Boston’s oldest building. Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800. It is from this home in 1775 that Paul Revere left to set out on his journey that would make him a legend.

Sports Museum of New England 100 Legends Way  Boston, MA 02114 • (617) 624-1234

Sports Museum of New England – This museum showcases the history of sports in New England. 100 Legends Way  Boston, MA 02114 • (617) 624-1234

Commonwealth Museum – The state museum of Massachusetts’ history and people. Cases display the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, “John Adams” Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, and unique royal charters. Another featured piece is the copper plate Paul Revere used to engrave his image of the Boston Massacre. Free Admission

Institute of Contemporary Art – Located on Boston’s waterfront, presents exhibitions and images of our time. Has shown works from Picasso, O’Keefe and Warhol. For the past 65 years, this museum has been the first to show many of the most inspired artists from around the world.

The Prudential Center – Features over 75 shops and restaurants. You can also find trolley tours and this shopping center.

Institute of Contemporary Art– The Institute strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

Old State House Museum– Within these walls, Samuel Adams, James Otis, John Hancock, and John Adams debated the future of the British colonies. The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed from the balcony.

Boston Children's Museum 308 Congress St  Boston, MA 02210 (617) 426-6500

Boston Children’s Museum– Exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. The Museum is the second oldest in the nation. The museum features a variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits that are great for children ages 10 and under. Some of the most popular are Climbing the Walls, Arthur’s World, Bubbles, and PlaySpace. 308 Congress St  Boston, MA 02210 • (617) 426-6500

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99 FUN things to do South of Boston – Plymouth, MA:

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5 Water Street, Fall River, MA 02721 Phone: 508-678-1100

Toll-Free: 800-533-3194 Fax: 508-674-5597

Visiting Battleship Cove is like walking onto a huge soundstage, where the stories of real people play out against the backdrop of historic naval vessels.This living history museum shows seasonally The Pearl Harbor Experience, the only outdoor multimedia reenactment anywhere, and honors civilian and military women who helped defend our country’s freedom in the Women Protecting US exhibit.National treasures are the WWII battleship, the USS Massachusetts and the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., named for the oldest son of the fabled Kennedy family. Two PT Boats similar to the one commanded by the future President Kennedy, the submarine Lionfish, and the Russian-built missile corvette Hiddensee all make their home here. Memorials pay tribute to veterans from WWII through the Persian Gulf Wars.

Book Browsing With No End in Sight

The clamor of daily life in this former turn-of-the-century mill is replaced by shuffling feet and sibilant page-turning at the Shire Book Shop at 305 Union Street in Franklin. An inventory of more than one hundred thousand used books includes collectibles, first editions, and just about anything else you can name. Enjoy quiet browsing and reading in comfortable seating in a setting that inspires dreams of grand topics, with a complimentary cup of tea on the side. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Phone: 508-528-5665.

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New Bedford was the mid-19th century’s preeminent whaling port and for a time the richest city in the world. At the New Bedford Whaling Park and Museum on 33 William Street – which part of the U.S. Park Service – visitors can explore that fascinating era by strolling cobblestone streets and by touring the world’s largest whaling museum, a merchant’s home, a whalemen’s chapel, and a 19th-century schooner. The park is actually a neighborhood consisting of several buildings: visitor centers for the park and the waterfront, a whaling museum, a church, and a historic house with gardens. Most facilities open year-round, with some seasonal variations in hours. Phone: 508-996-4095

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The Hall at Patriot Place in Foxboro is open to all football fans. Try your skill at kicking or converting a field goal. See how high can you jump compared to Devin McCourty. Is your reaction time as quick as that of NFL players? How hard is it to make an official’s call on the field? Listen to Coach Belichick explain the strategies behind each play. Learn if you have what it takes to score a touchdown. Finish with a special visit to see the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophies and World Championship rings from 2001, 2003 and 2004. The Hall is open daily, but it closes occasionally for private functions. It is typically closed before and during a Patriots home game, but it re-opens after 1 p.m. home games. Hours vary seasonally. Phone: 508-6989-4800.

Old Country Store Brings Back
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Step back in time with a visit to the Old Country Store & Emporium on Otis Street in Mansfield. Many of the household goods that our grandparents knew are here in the rambling wooden buildings. The West Mansfield Fire Barn next door now houses the Firehouse Candle Shop. The Emporium houses a restored soda fountain and apothecary shop. The sound of the three restored nickelodeons brings back memories of an earlier time. The Barn contains stuffed bears, pictures, linens, braided rugs, jelly cupboards and occasional furniture, hutches and lighting fixtures and gifts galore. Open daily. Phone: 508-339-8128.

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For a romantic walk in a leafy woods, visit World’s End in Hingham, a nature preserve tucked into the end of a curve of shoreline that sweeps southeast from Boston. Rolling hills and rocky shorelines offer views of the Boston skyline, while tree-lined carriage paths make delightful walking trails. The 251-acre landscape includes rocky shores, broad hillsides, and open fields bracketed by woodlands. The property is ideal for walking, picnicking, jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or simply enjoying the outdoors. It is managed by the admirable Trustees of the Reservations, and open to the public for walking year-round.

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Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary at 37 Eddy Street in Norton is a nonprofit stay-for-life animal reserve established to care for abused and abandoned farm and exotic animals. Visitors can take a tour the farm, meet the animals who live there, and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the season. Winslow Farm also offers a nature trail, full playground, birthday parties, perennial garden, and many activities throughout the year, like the October Festival, Sheep Shearing, Easter Egg Hunt, Green Sprouts, Renaissance Faire, Yuletide Festival, and Arts and Craft Faire. Open daily except Tuesdays, year-round. Phone: 508-285-6451.

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For lively, dynamic, creative entertainment of all stripes, stay tuned to the Zeiterion Theatre on Purchase Street in New Bedford. This historic performing arts center is located in a restored 1923 vaudeville house, and its programs include summer musicals, comedy, great American music, dance, special events, and family fun. The 2013 season includes David Sedaris, “Rockapella,” Mavis Staples, and much more. Check the theater’s website for schedules. Phone: 508-997-5664.
99 FUN things to do South of Boston -Cape Cod, MA:

Brewery Hums With Hospitality Year-RoundBrewery Hums With Hospitality Year-Round  MA

The ancient art of beer making is on display for the curious during brewery tours every Tuesday and Friday at Cape Cod Beer, 1336 Phinney’s Lane in Hyannis. The tour is free, and children are welcome if they are supervised (must be 21 or older to sample). The business opened a new, 15 barrel brewhouse this year, and the staff is going to be proud to show it off. While you are there, taste the company’s signature Beach Blonde ale. For fans of the suds, it’s a great overture to a visit to Cape Cod. Tours are 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, throughout the entire year. Phone: 508-790-4200.

Brewster Serves Up Unique ShoppingBrewster Serves Up Unique Shopping  MA

The cheery Lemon Tree Village Shops at 1069 Route 6A inBrewster is a cheery, year-round shopping venue filled with many unusual stores. You can find garden statuary, top-of-the-line cooking implements, locally made arts and crafts, pottery, birding supplies, clothing, gifts, jewelry, and toys. The Village has 13 shops and a café, flower garden, flowing water fountains, and a relaxing atmosphere. The shopping experience here has been described as a “unique representation of artists from all over the United States, Europe, the Far East” and, of course, Cape Cod.

Camelot on Cape CodCamelot on Cape Cod  MA

Perhaps nowhere in the world is the presence of the Kennedy mystique felt more palpably than in Hyannis, summer White House during the JFK era. Places to recall the Kennedy period include the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum at 397 Main Street in Hyannis, the inspiring Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street, and St. Francis Xavier Church on South Street, often known as the Kennedy church. Open year-round except the month of January; check for seasonal hours. Phone: 508-790-3077

Driving Our Dreams at Heritage

The 2013 season special exhibit at the wonderful Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich is “ Driving Our Dreams: Imagination in Motion .” The exhibit celebrates the car concepts and designers who push the boundaries of automobile design and technology. The exhibit will show 15 of the most legendary concept cars of the past 60 years, including the Firebird II and the Terrafugia flying car. A special Family Discovery Room has a place for you and your family to design your own concept cars using an assortment of wooden parts, and then test them on a giant ramp. Exhibit open April 13-October 27, 2013. Phone: 508-888-3300.

Dune and Beach Walks Near ProvincetownDune and Beach Walks Near Provincetown  MA

Never dismiss the Outer Cape as a romantic winter destination. Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet all have a core group of restaurants and bars dishing up warmth and sustenance. You will be looking for both after a vigorous walk onto the Province Lands, north of Provincetown. On a bright winter day, the views are glorious. Start at the Province Lands Visitor Center on Race Point Road, off Route 6. Walking routes can be adjusted for shorter and longer distances, with wonderful views of the Province Lands, Race Point Lighthouse, the Coast Guard Station, and more.

Incomparable Mosaic ArtIncomparable Mosaic Art  MA

Church of the Transfiguration at 5 Bay View Drive in Orleans is home to the Community of Jesus, a monastic Order that follows the Rule of St. Benedict. The Community welcomes all people to visit every day except Wednesdays. The church, built in 2000, is a modern structure whose centerpiece is a floor and apse lined with magnificent mosaics crafted in Italy. Frescos, stone carvings, glass art, and statuary throughout the church represent biblical images and the story of Christ. Liturgy of the Hours, including Vespers at 5:30 p.m. daily, is sung in Gregorian chant. In the tower are 10 bells rung after Vespers and Sunday services by bell ringers pulling ropes in sequence. The church has a gift shop with books, music, food, and handmade crafts. Guided tours of the church are offered daily except Wednesday at 3 p.m. Phone: 508-255-1094.

It’s a Zoo; It’s an Aquarium = ZooquariumIt’s a Zoo; It’s an Aquarium = Zooquarium  MA

Since 1969, Zooquarium, at 674 Route 28 in West Yarmouth, has provided a fun-filled family adventure to explore and discover the marvelous creatures that live on Cape Cod, with special programs featuring sea birds of Cape Cod. Exhibits include a petting zoo with farm animals, llamas, goats, and deer; an aquarium where visitors can learn about the environment that surrounds Cape Cod; a tide touch pool with crabs, mussels, sea stars, urchins, clams, and more; an outdoor theater and a Children’s Discovery Center. Hours are seasonal: weekends in winter; daily in summer; daily except Tuesdays in spring and fall. Call for scheduling details. Phone: 508-775-8883.

No Telling What Nautical Oddities You May FindNo Telling What Nautical Oddities You May Find

One of the town’s oldest shops, Marine Specialties at 235 Commercial Street in Provincetown occupies a 1940s trap-fishing shed on the harbor. This nontraditional shop sells army-navy surplus, ship’s salvage, nautical décor, wooden buoys, lobster pots, fishnet, glass bottles, reproduction toys, vintage license plates, sea sponges, and seashells, bulk items for artists’ collages, and 600 different knives. And shoppers can outfit themselves in leather jackets and pants, outrageous hats, vintage prom dresses, feather boas, and other oddities beneath a ceiling hung with old lanterns and a deep sea diving suit. Open year-round but times vary by season. Phone: 508-487-1730.

Old-Time General Store is a Cape Cod FavoriteOld-Time General Store is a Cape Cod Favorite

The Brewster Store on Route 6A in Brewster was built as a church in 1852 and converted to a general store in 1866. It has served residents and visitors to Cape Cod for more than 140 years. The Brewster Store features a broad assortment of merchandise: coffee, pastries and morning newspapers, penny candy, t-shirts and sweatshirts, toys, lamp parts, kitchen gadgets, original Coke in glass bottles, books, greeting cards and many unusual gifts. Put a quarter in the old nickelodeon to hear an old time tune, enjoy the roasted peanuts, or just sit on the benches and watch the world go by. Phone: 508-896-3744.

Relax By Rail to Cape Cod

After a break of several years, travelers can now get to Cape Cod by rail during the summer with the launch at Memorial Day 2013 of the Cape Flyer, the Boston-to-Cape Cod passenger train. The Cape Flyer will offer passengers an easy, comfortable, no-traffic-delay ride between Boston and Hyannis for about $30 round trip. For its inaugural year, CapeFlyer will operate on a limited schedule, weekends only, through Labor Day. The tentative schedule is to have five trips each weekend. Gosh, even if you could drive to the Cape, jump on the train instead. What a restful way to start and end a beautiful weekend.

Sea Gifts, From Scrimshaw to Decoys, and MoreSea Gifts, From Scrimshaw to Decoys, and More

Collector’s World at 4100 Route 6 in Eastham is just the place to find semi-silly vacation memorabilia and gifts to take home from a trip to Cape Cod. Among the wonderful stuff at this vast shop of goodies are marine items, lighthouse and ship models, decoys, pewter and brass gifts, steins, toys, scrimshaw, weathervanes, thimbles, animal statuary, Christmas decorations, and much more. Fun, fun, fun for browsing, and gift shopping here won’t break the bank. Open: Summer, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; off-season, call ahead for hours. Phone: 508-255-3616.

Sea Life in the Mudflats Offers a Close-Up AdventureSea Life in the Mudflats Offers a Close-Up Adventure  MA

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History at 869 Main Street inBrewster is a delightful museum for adults and children, but not overwhelming in size. Many exhibits explain the fascinating geology, flora, and animal life of the Cape, and the Salt Marsh Room offers a wonderful vista of the adjoining salt marsh. Downstairs is a small but satisfying aquarium. Just outside the back door is a self-guided walking trail of the marsh. Also, in the summer, naturalists offer guided treks of the marsh known a Mudflat Mania. A great way to see the fecund life of the salt marsh up close. Open year-round; seasonal hours. Phone: 508-896-3867

Try Truro — the Vineyard, That Is

Truro Vineyard at 11 Shore Road in North Truro is a lovely, relaxing place where tours and tastings are held daily from May through Thanksgiving. The main house is located behind a wide expanse of law dotted with shade trees and picnic tables. Behind the house, tastings are conducted on a flower-decked patio. Inside, a gift shop offers all manner of fun gifts and books related to Cape Cod wines and the drinking and collecting of wine. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Phone: 508-487-6200
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99 FUN things to do North of Boston – Merrimack Valley, MA:

Ahoy, WhalesAhoy, Whales

Experts at the Whale Center of New England on Harbor Loop inGloucester study whales who live in the waters off the Massachusetts coast, especially Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge, and conduct field research their vessel Mysticete. The center also has a Visitors Center where whale lovers can learn about these marine mammals through extensive exhibits. Visitors will come away with a new appreciation for marine mammals and the threats that they face in the world today. The Visitors Center is open year-round, but days and hours vary through the seasons. Phone: 978-281-6351.

Ancient Inn Still Welcomes Guests

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, a historic landmark and still a functioning inn and restaurant, has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years, starting in 1707 as a stagecoach stop and inn. Today’s visitors to the Inn, at 72 Swayside Inn Road in Sudbury, can explore the inn’s period-style museum rooms with artifacts of Colonial times and also stop at the Grist Mill and the old Redstone School, a classic one-room school dating from 1798. Nearby is the 45-acre Garden in the Woods run by the New England Wild Flower Society. Various parts of the inn property and its buildings are open year-round or seasonally; call ahead for hours of operation or tours. A visit here is like stepping into Colonial times. Phone: 978-443-1776.

Biking the Beautiful North Shore

Great Freedom Adventures and its experienced guides offer narrated biking trips — usually involving overnight stays — in places of great natural beauty and history, including the North Shore of Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, and central Vermont. These three-to-six-day tours are carefully planned and supported, with sightseeing, meals, and lodging. The company’s “Boston North Shore Bike, Hike, and Kayak Adventure Trip” starts in Ispwich and covers territory that includes Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Crane Estate, Salem, Rockport and a bit of kayaking in the Essex River basin. Wonderful workouts and heavenly scenery are built in to this great escape. Phone: 508-545-1864.

Crane Property Is Luxurious, Indoors and OutCrane Property Is Luxurious, Indoors and Out  MA

The Crane Estate , at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich, offers fun for both indoor and outdoor people in your travel group. The Great House at Castle Hill is a Stuart style mansion built in 1927 by Chicago industrialist Richard Crane. Stroll through the Italian gardens, capture views of Crane Beach. Summer events include outdoor concerts, an Independence Day celebration, and monthly activities. You can picnic on the Grand Allee overlooking the ocean. Nearby Crane Beach is one of the most scenic beaches in all of New England, with four miles of white sand beach. Lifeguards, refreshments, restrooms, changing facility and ample parking. Phone: 978-356-4351

Daily Objects Reveal Their Secrets
at Textile History MuseumDaily Objects Reveal Their Secrets <br>at Textile History Museum

From spinning wheels to airplanes and power looms to baseballs, history really comes alive at the American Textile History Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, at 491 Dutton Street in Lowell. In the main exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, visitors can spin, weave, design, and recycle through an interactive experience that explores how textiles affect our lives. Watch how baseballs are made from wool, weave on a hand loom, and try on a glove designed for the NASA space program. Rotating special exhibitions exploring fascinating topics through textiles, from the glamour and grace of 1930s fashion to the stories of Vietnam vets. Open year-round, Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on holidays. Phone: 978-441-0400.

Get Ghostly in SalemGet Ghostly in Salem

Salem Historical Tours, based at 191 Essex Street in Salem, is host of the nightly Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour and other tours that entertain and inform visitors to this historic town. A variety of tours appeal to interests of all kinds of visitors. They include the new Spirits of Salem Pub Crawl, which visits several of Salem’s most spirited taverns; Cemetery 101, which explores an early burying ground; Salem Witchcraft Walk, describing the infamous Salem Witch Trials; Supernatural Salem, a new ghost tour; and Secrets of Salem, which explores the macabre history of the Witch City. Great storytellers, historical integrity, and an unrivaled reputation make the Salem Historic Tours a great companion to explore Salem. Phone: 978-745-0666.

Lyman Brings the Outdoors IndoorsLyman Brings the Outdoors Indoors

Lyman Estate Greenhouses on Lyman Street in Walthamprovide a flowery paradise year-round. The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are among the oldest surviving greenhouses in the United States. The complex consists of an 1804 grape house, 1820 camellia house, 1840 orchid house, and a 1930 sales greenhouse. At any time of year a visit to these picturesque greenhouses is a treat. Rare orchids covered with exotic flowers bloom throughout the year. The horticultural staff offers advice and assistance. The greenhouse specializes in orchids, exotic house plants, citrus fruits, camellias, and herbs. The gift shop sells historical gardening books, brass sundials, sachets, orchid accessories, pottery, rustic twig furniture, and more. Open year-round, but days vary by season. Guided tours on first Wednesdays. Consult greenhouses’s website. Phone: 781-891-1985.
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99 FUN things to do SouthEast of Boston – Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, MA:

Accessories for the HomeAccessories for the Home  MA

Quaint pillows, breath taking photographs and many other home décor items fill this warm and welcoming Nantucketshop. Leslie Linsley and her husband specialize in beautifully decorated decoupage plates. At Leslie Linsley Nantucket located at the corner of Zero India Street and North Union Street, the plates are hand crafted featuring original cut outs of vegetables, flowers, and other one of a kind designs. Every year this Nantucket couple releases a limited edition Christmas plate. Each item is signed and dated. If you are looking for more than decoupage plates, the store features unique home decorating books authored by Linsley and artwork from other local Nantucket artists and artisans. Open year round. Phone: 508-325-4900

Enjoy Polly’s Gardens

Polly Hill Arboretum at 809 State Road in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard is a dreamy, tranquil place to enjoy cultivated gardens and native woodlands. Trees and shrubs are set among stone walls, meadows, and fields. Visitor favorites are the dogwood alley, perennial border, monkey puzzle tree, and the Julian Hill magnolia. Families love the Family Explorer Backpacks. Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is open daily and self-guided tours are available at the parking lot kiosk. Phone: 508-693-9426.

From Beer to Wine to Spirits
Cisco Brewers Covers the MapFrom Beer to Wine to Spirits<br> Cisco Brewers Covers the Map

A day trip through the lovely country side of Nantucket can get a spirited boost with a stop at the family -operated Cisco Brewers, Nantucket Vineyard, and Triple Eight Distillery . In addition to its flagship product, Triple Eight Vodka, the distillery produces Triple Eight Orange Vodka, Hurricane Rum, Gale Force Gin and Notch (“not scotch”) single malt whiskey. Combining old world techniques with state of the art technology, the vineyard’s wine selections include delicious vintages that you won’t find anywhere else. The owners encourage visitors to their operation, at 5 and 7 Bartlett Farm Road. Open daily, with tours by appointment. Phone: 508-325-5929.

Glass as ArtGlass as Art

Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks at 683 State Road in West Tisbury was founded in 1992 as a studio where glassblowers could develop their skills, create glasswork, and build a life around glassblowing. Now, it is also a retail store and gallery, where visitors can watch the process of glass blowing and purchase unique glass artwork to keep. Open daily April to December and weekends January to April. If you want to watch glass blowing be sure to call ahead before visiting. Glass blowing is inactive at least one day a week during a routine glass cooking day. Phone: 508-693-6026.

Let Us Go on a QuestLet Us Go on a Quest

The Trustees of the Reservations, which maintains and operates many wonderful historic properties in Massachusetts, is helping parents to get the kids outdoors on cool explorations through its new Quest Detective game. Start by finding the Quest maps at each of the properties or download and print them yourself. At the end of each Quest, you’ll find a hidden box with a stamp for your Quest Detective booklet. Quest Detective booklets are available at the 12 sites. Check out these awesome quests around Massachusetts:
Griffin’s Perch Quest on the Crane Estate in Ipswich; Pinnacle Quest at Appleton Farms inHamilton; Hermit’s Haven Quest and Sweetbay Swamp Quest at Ravenswood Park inGloucester; Over the Bridge & Through the Years at Bird Park in Walpole; Eleanor’s Quest at the Bradley Estate in Canton; East Over Quest at the East Over Reservation inRochester; Menemsha Hills Quest on Martha’s Vineyard; Downtown Holyoke Quest atHolyoke; Bart’s Cobble Quest in Sheffield; and Mission House Mohican Quest inStockbridge.

Mission: To Surprise and DelightMission: To Surprise and Delight

Nantucket Bookworks at 25 Broad Street in Nantucket, declares that its mission is “surprise and delight visitors.” This is a full-service, general interest bookstore selling new books, with a small selection of out-of-print Nantucket titles. There is an extensive children’s room, card room, young adult section, and Nantucket Book section. Also, you never know what kind of eclectic sidelines might wind up in the store. The store sells and accepts ABA gift cards, good for use at more than 200 participating independent bookstores across the country. Open daily, year-round. Hours vary seasonally. Phone: 508-228-4000

Shipwreck!!!

In the 19th century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day. Unpredictable storms, dense fog, and strong currents could catch the most experienced sailors off guard. Treacherous shoals and inclement weather led to over 700 shipwrecks near Nantucket, causing the area to be dubbed “a graveyard of the Atlantic.” The Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum at 158 Polpis Road, Nantucket, preserves the memory of Islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked mariners. The museum takes visitors inside maritime history, featuring over 5,000 objects from famous shipwrecks and lifesaving equipment used to save seafarers in trouble. Open daily, late May 24 through Columbus Day.
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30 Fun Things to Do in Boston, MA – Cambridge, MA:

All the Action of the Original Tea PartyAll the Action of the <I>Original</i> Tea Party  MA

We’ve all been hearing a lot about tea parties in recent years. Now, you can get close to the original, when the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum open ed in 2012, at Congress Street Bridge in Boston. Come relive that historic night in the Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773, when American Colonists took matters into their own hands to oppose British rule. The museum will feature extensive interactive exhibits, two reenactment rooms with actors dressed in period clothing, a Tea Party Ship shop, and a Tea & Tavern Room. Other highlights include the Robinson Half Chest, one of only two known tea chests still in existence from the Boston Tea Party in 1773. There will be two ship replicas, the Eleanor & the Beaver, with the Dartmouth to follow in 2013. A new Visitor Information Center is a few feet away on the Boston HarborWalk. Phone: 617-592-0422.

All the World Loves the Irish … Especially in BostonAll the World Loves the Irish … Especially in Boston Boston MA

Boston, MA

The Irish Heritage Trail is a series of landmarks of Irish-American artists and heroes from the 1700s to the present in Massachusetts. It is a great walking lesson in history, for descendants of the Emerald Isle and anyone else interested in the formation of our country. The trail is divided into three sections: 20 sites in downtown Boston and Back Bay covering over three miles and 51 other landmarks in Boston neighborhoods, cities, and towns throughout the state. Greater Boston sites on the trail include the Rose Kennedy Garden, Boston City Hall, Boston Irish Famine Memorial, Old Granary Burying Grounds, Massachusetts State House, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial, Boston Massacre Memorial, Boston Public Library, Fenway Park, USS Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument and Museum, Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery, Deer Island Irish Graveyard, Castle Island, JFK Presidential Library & Museum, Holy Cross Cathedral, Hibernian Hall, and many more. Phone: 617-696-9880

An Atlas, From the InsideAn Atlas, From the Inside

The Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library at 200 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston is a stunning achievement in art and architecture. Walk through this 3-story stained-glass globe, for a unique look at how ideas have the power to inspire individuals and change the world. Since 1935, more than 10 million people have traversed the thirty-foot glass bridge that spans the Mapparium, taking visitors to a unique spot: the middle of the world. The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights. Open daily except Monday. Mapparium is accessible only by guided tour. Phone: 617-450-7000.

Artful Cinema at the CoolidgeArtful Cinema at the Coolidge

People who love movies: do yourselves a favor and get out of those multiplexes that look and feel like a walk through the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. New England has a healthy scattering of proudly small, independent movie theaters that show new releases along with independent films, shorts, and other cinematic art that doesn’t necessarily include exploding helicopter scenes. The Coolidge Corner Theatre at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline was redesigned as an Art Deco movie palace in 1933 and has never closed its doors to the public since then. One of the top 10 American art houses, the Coolidge presents the finest international, documentary, animated, and independent film selections and series. Phone: 617-734-2500.

Astonishing Nature LessonsAstonishing Nature Lessons  MA

There is always something interesting to see and learn at theHarvard Museum of Natural History on Oxford Street inCambridge. Classes and lectures for kids and adults on many fascinating subjects – from the source for our food to nature drawing — are ongoing. Permanent exhibits include the Great Mammal Hall, Evolution, Arthropods: Creatures that Rule, The Glass Flowers, The Zoological Galleries, the Mineralogical and Geological Gallery. Phone: 617-495-3045

Blue Discoveries Family Days

The New England Aquarium, at 1 Central Wharf, in Boston offers a low-cost and really fun activity for parents and kids on selected Saturdays or Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blue Discoveries Family Day are a chance to learn more about Earth through art, science, and storytelling. Programs highlight aquarium favorites, and indoor activities are included. With support from the Lowell Institute, Family Days with an asterisk listed blow are free!
Family Days in 2013 are March 10 (Octopus); April 21* (Earth Day Celebration); May18* (Whales); June 2* (World Oceans Day Celebration); July 13* (Harbor Exploration); August 11* (Sensational and Sustainable Seafood); September 21* (Sharks); October 12 (Seals); November 17 (Sea Turtles); and December 14 (Aqua Vets). Phone: 617-973-5200.

Blue, and Way Cool

The international sensation Blue Man Group is home-based inBoston, yes siree. That means you gotta see it here. Good luck describing it to the uninitiated. It is whacky performance art by three men encased in blue paint and costume. Lots of mime but no speech, and lots of drumming, acrobatics, throwing of paint, and inspired stage lunacy. Some social commentary above technology, belonging (or not) and other topics are wedged into the fun, they say. Puts a smile on the man of every adult and child. Appears at the Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street.

Charles River Is a Natural Host
for Your Visit to CambridgeCharles River Is a Natural Host <BR>for Your Visit to Cambridge  MA

Here’s a twist on one way to tour the beautiful and historic city ofCambridge: on a riverboat trolling the Charles River, the physical center and soul of the city itself. The Charles Riverboat Companyoffers a variety of sightseeing tours and sunset cruises on the Charles River and Boston Harbor. Take a thrilling tour of Boston and Cambridge by way of the Charles River, or kick back on a relaxing sunset cruise. Cruises depart daily from the CambridgeSide Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place, conveniently accessible to public transportation out of Lechmere and Kendall stations. Phone: 617-621-3001.

Chocolate With a Long HeritageChocolate With a Long Heritage

Taza Chocolate at 561 Windsor Street in Somerville was founded in 2006 out of a desire to combine the Mesoamerican tradition of chocolate with a modern, high-quality product manufactured in a socially responsible way. Now, this bean-to-bar chocolate factory near Union Square hosts tours of the factory. During your tour you will be able to sample chocolate, learn about cocoa beans and see the amazing machinery used to make traditional stone ground chocolate in this artisan operation. Tours are approximately 45 minutes with a limit of 18 people per tour. Interesting, fun, tasty, inspiring. Tours are Wednesdays at 4 p.m.; Thursdays at 2 and 4 p.m.; Fridays at noon, 2, and 4 p.m.; weekends are 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Phone: 617-623-0804.

Chuckle, Chuckle, Guffaw

If you are looking for entertainment in the form of joke-telling, findDick’s Beantown Comedy Vault (even the name sounds ridiculous) at 124 Boylston Street in Boston The club is in an old bank and it uses the 12-foot-tall vault as a backdrop for comedians of all stripes to throw down at the audience. Boston humor is world-famous (“You like apples?”) and this is the very heart of the beast. Dick’s has been called the city’s Most Fun Comedy Club for nearly 25 years. Open nightly. Usual curtain times are 8 p.m. week nights and later on weekends, with two shows on Saturday nights. Phone: 800-401-2221

Come Aboard Old IronsideCome Aboard Old Ironside  MA

Visit Old Ironside for a free guided tour by active Navy sailors. This 30 minute tour of the USS Constitution includes a detailed history, stories of the original crew and other tales of this national icon in Charlestown . Tours of the “Ship of the State” include the spar deck, gun deck and berth deck. Want to learn more about the Old Ironside visit the separately owned museum only a few yards away from the ship at Building 5, Navy Yard. USS Constitution gives tours Tuesday through Sunday. Phone: 617-242-2543. USS Constitution Museum is open year round. Phone: 617-426-1812

Discover QuincyDiscover Quincy Quincy MA

Quincy Chamber of Commerce
1400 Hancock Street, Suite 1A

Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-471-1700

Birthplace of the American Dream

A visit to Quincy takes you on a voyage through time to the era of the Adams, Quincy, and Hancock families. Board a trolley and walk in the footsteps of John Adams at the Adams National Historical Park, where you’ll visit the birthplaces and family estate of two U.S. Presidents.Quincy offers 27 miles of coastline that offer swimming, lifeguards, free parking, a bathhouse and more. Enjoy dining at one of Quincy’s delectable restaurants. Or go on an outdoor adventure, be it by land or sea. The City of Presidents has three golf courses, including a 27-hole championship golf course that was voted a top ten in its class. Come be our guest for the day, a night or a week!

History of InnovationHistory of Innovation

Located on the banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation at 154 Moody Street inWaltham is America’s first factory. Hands-on exhibits feature American innovation and invention from 1812 to modern day. Exhibits feature the Boston Manufacturing Company, The Orient Bicycle and Metz Automobile, the Waltham Watch Factory and more. Museum topics include textile history, watches and clocks, steam power, and marvelous machines. A favorite exhibit is Steampunk Form & Function, showing works of artists spanning all areas of the retro-futuristic movement. Open year-round, Thursdays through Sundays. Phone: 781-893-5410.

More Light for Art LoversMore Light for Art Lovers  MA

The wonderful and already-revered Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 280 The Fenway in Boston has a dramatic, new light-filled wing! The addition, by architect Renzo Piano, includes a three-story gallery for contemporary art exhibitions, an intimate performance hall, and a visitor orientation area. For the first time, visitors can walk through the museum’s greenhouses to see plants that are being prepared for the famous courtyard displays in the original 1902 building. The museum’s collections reflect Isabella Stewart Gardner’s extensive European travels: paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts, including works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Degas, and Manet. Phone: 617-566-1401 or 617-278-5156.

Toad JumpsToad Jumps  MA

Toad is a small but super-friendly music club right across the street from Porter Square on the red line in Cambridge. Live music wails almost every night, and there is no cover charge. Bands mostly play Americana and roots rock, bluegrass and rock fusion, funky blues and jazz, and straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. People dance to the music and the band members love it. Don’t go at night and expect to carry on a conversation; the music can get loud. Beer varieties are wide and exotic or at least out-of-the mainstream beers can show up at any time.
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Top 10
Attractions in Boston

  1. New England Aquarium
  2. Beantown Trolley Tour
  3. Museum of Science
  4. Fenway Park Tour
  5. Paul Revere House
  6. Old State House Museum
  7. USS Constitution Cruise by Boston Harbor Cruises
  8. Museum of Fine Arts
  9. MIT Museum
  10. Boston Children’s Museum

Boston has 53 great attractions!