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From the Boston skyline to towering peaks and sandy beaches, Massachusetts promises to amaze any visitor. The state’s rich history tells the tale of America’s fight for independence. There are encyclopedic art collections and other cultural attractions as well as great restaurants and epic shopping. Meanwhile, a litany of outdoor adventures, sporting events and amusement parks promise to get pulses racing.

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US Coachways provides rental bus trips to locations throughout Massachusetts, including Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Plymouth, Lexington, the Berkshires and Cape Cod.

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Entertainment & Amusement Parks

  • TD Garden — Formerly known as FleetCenter, this arena was built between 1993 and 1995 to replace the old Boston Garden and is now a major concert venue in Boston as well as the home arena for the NBA championship-winning Boston Celtics and the NHL’s Boston Bruins. 
    • Location: 100 Legends Way,  Boston
    • Phone: 617-624-1050
    • Costs: Call for information on upcoming games and events.
    • The box office operates daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • BosTix — Looking for discount tickets for theater, music and comedy shows? For more than 34 years, BosTix has been the region's only non-profit resource for ticket deals to the arts year-round. Visit an ArtsBoston Booth in Copley Square or Faneuil Hall Marketplace to purchase half-price day-of-show tickets for performances.
    • Phone: 617-262-8632 x229
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Blue Man Group — The sell-out performances of Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse are not to be missed. Described by critics as innovative, energetic and wildly entertaining, Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy and appeals to people of all ages, languages and cultures.
    • Location: The Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-542-6700; Box office, 1-800-BLUEMAN
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices. Discounts are available for AAA members, students and members of the armed forces.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding upcoming shows.
  • Improve Asylum — Located in the heart of Boston’s North End, Improv Asylum is a comedy theater that features improvisation and sketch comedy. Fans describe the performances as "Whose Line is it Anyway?" meets "Saturday Night Live!"
    • Location: 216 Hanover St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-263-6887
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming shows.
  • Boston Nightlife —Lansdowne Street near Kenmore Square has been the premier nightlife spot in Boston due to its array of clubs and bars. But other neighborhoods also offer plenty to do after dark. In the Theater District, head over to Boylston Street for drinks and dancing. Eight blocks away is the very posh Leather District. Faneuil Hall is home to many bars and clubs that tend to attract tourists. Tremont Street in the South End is full of bars and cafes. If its live bands you want, Allston is a popular spot. Also, Harvard Square is not to be overlooked.

  • DCU Center — This state-of-the-art, 15,000-seat arena located in downtown Worcester hosts concerts, sporting events, family shows, conventions and trade shows. Performances that have graced this stage include Frank Sinatra, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters and The Wiggles.
    •  Location: 50 Foster St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-755-6800
    • Cost: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office operates Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Blackstone Canal District — Running between I-290 to the east and Green Street to the west and from Union Station to the north and Brosnihan Square to the south, the Blackstone Canal District is Worcester’s fastest growing entertainment district. Music lovers can enjoy jazz, punk and everything in between. Foodies can enjoy cuisines that range from pizza and delicatessens to Middle Eastern, Asian and German.
  • The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts —This 2,300-seat, state-of-the-art venue presents Broadway shows straight from New York, world-class concerts, national comedians and popular family shows.
    • Location: 2 Southbridge St., Worcester
    • Phone: 877-571-7469
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket price.
    • Hours: The box office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until curtain on performance days).
  • Six Flags New England — This massive amusement park has more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, including the record-breaking New England SkyScreamer. The park boasts 11 roller coasters and New England's largest Halloween attraction, Fright Fest.
    • Location: 1623 Main St., Agawam
    • Phone: 877-370-7488; 413-786-9300
    • Costs: Various admission packages are available. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Days and hours of operations vary seasonally. Call in advance for more information. 
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor — There is more to Six Flags than roller coasters. Get wet and wild at this giant waterpark that features large pools, multi-passenger rafting adventures and speed slides.
    • Location: 1623 Main St., Agawam
    • Phone: 877-370-7488; 413-786-9300
    • Costs: Various admission packages are available. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Days and hours of operations vary seasonally. Call in advance for more information.
  • Mass Mutual Center — This 8,000-seat arena located in downtown Springfield is a major concert venue with a playbill that has included Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Martina McBride. The arena has also hosted Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and Sesame Street Live.
    • Location: 1277 Main St., Springfield
    • Phone: 413-271-3223
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The box office is closed on Saturday in the summer).
  • Springfield's Club Quarter — Downtown Springfield boasts more than 60 of the city's hottest restaurants and nightclubs.

  • Eastern States Exposition — Located on 175 acres in West Springfield, Eastern States Exposition is home to more than 100 shows and events annually, including "The Big E," the largest fair in the Northeast United States. Founded in 1916, it also includes the Storrowton Village Museum, which is open year-round. 
    • Location: 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield
    • Phone: 413-737-2443
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Lowell Memorial Auditorium — The Lowell Memorial Auditorium plays a big role in the region’s entertainment scene, hosting national acts such as Bill Cosby, The Irish Tenors, Melissa Etheridge and Bruce Springsteen. Grand architecture, a magnificent setting along the Concord River and elaborate renovations have made Lowell Memorial Auditorium the venue of choice in the Merrimack Valley.
    • Location: 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell
    • Phone: 978-454-2299
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: call for information on upcoming events.

Arts & Cultural

  • Museum of Fine Arts — The MFA is one of the world's great art museums with an encyclopedic collection that ranges from Egyptian mummies to Impressionist paintings. Don’t miss the “Art of the Americas” wing with 5,000 works that tell the story of American art from prehistoric to the present day.
    • Location: 465 Huntington Ave., Boston
    • Phone: 617-267-9300
    • Costs: $25 for adults; $23 for seniors and college students; Free for members and children, age 6 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Closed on holidays.
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra — One of the world's great orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs in Symphony Hall.
    • Location: Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
    • Phone: 888-266-1200
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: Free walk-up tours of Symphony Hall are available on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and two Saturdays a month at 2 p.m. Call for information on tours and on upcoming performances.
  • The Boston Pops Orchestra — Add a little pop to your classical music. The famed Boston Pops perform concerts in Symphony Hall as well as free outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade during July. The orchestra is famed for its 4th of July extravaganza and New Year's Eve gala.
    • Location: Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
    • Phone: 617-CONCERT
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Boston Ballet — Since 1963, the Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the United States and operates the largest ballet school in North America, the Boston Ballet School.
    •  Location: 19 Clarendon St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-695-6950
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office is open during non-performance weeks from Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during performance weeks from Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Boston Opera House — After a multi-million dollar restoration, Boston's landmark Opera House is an architectural gem and the region’s most historically significant performing arts venue. The opera house hosts performances by Boston Ballet and top touring Broadway shows.
    • Location: 539 Washington St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-931-2787
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding upcoming shows. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — A Venetian-style palace, the museum boasts an extensive collection of furniture, tapestries and works by Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Degas and Whistler.
    • Location: 280 Fenway, Boston
    • Phone: 617-566-1401
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for college students; Free for members, visitors under 18, military personnel and anyone named “Isabella.”
    • Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday until 9 p.m.) Closed Tuesday.
  • Shubert Theater — This venerable Boston theater, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1910. Along with the Wang and Emerson Colonial Theaters, it makes up the Citi Performing Arts Center, a not-for-profit performing arts institution that hosts theater, dance and musical performances.
    • Location: 265 Tremont St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-482-9393, 800-447-7400
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office for all three theaters is located at the Wang Theater at 270 Tremont St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Worcester Art Museum — Worcester Art Museum's extensive collection of 37,000 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photography, prints (and the newly integrated Higgins Armory collection of arms and armor) spans 5,000 years of history.
    • Location: 55 Salisbury St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-799-4406
    • Costs: Admission rates vary seasonally. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the third Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The museum is closed Monday, Tuesday, New Year's, Easter, Independence, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Worcester Historical Museum — Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history with a collection of artifacts that includes correspondence of abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster, Civil War-era diaries and letters, colonial-era weaponry, paintings and sculptures as well as a significant costume and textile collection.
    • Location: 30 Elm St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-753-8278
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; Free for children, age 18 and younger. Also $3 per person for guided tours.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the fourth Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuckerman Hall — Tuckerman Hall, home to the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, was designed in 1902 by Josephine Wright Chapman -- one of America’s first female architects. This neo-classically designed hall has a capacity of 521 seats for concerts.
    •  Location: 10 Tuckerman St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-754-1234
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Museum of Russian Icons — Founded by Massachusetts industrialist Gordon B. Lanktonwith, this museum located just outside Worcester exhibits more than 500 Russian icons and spans six centuries. It is the largest collection of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia.
    • Location: 203 Union St., Clinton
    • Phone: 978-598-5000
    • Costs: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors $2 for college students and children ,ages 3 to 17; Free for children, age 2 and younger
    • Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Thursday evenings until 7 p.m. Closed on July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
    • Other: Docent-led tours are available.
  • Mechanics Hall — Said to be one of the four finest concert halls in North America, Mechanics Hall in the center of Worcester ranks with Boston's renowned Symphony Hall in stateliness and acoustic excellence. A special feature is the 52-stop, 3,504-pipe Hook Organ, which was installed in 1864 and is the oldest unaltered four-keyboard organ in the Western Hemisphere.
    • Location: 321 Main St., Worcester
    • Phone: Tel: 508-752-5608
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances
  • Springfield Museums — The Springfield Quadrangle, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, boasts four world-class museums. Each is different with focuses ranging from art to science to local history. Below is a brief description of each museum:
  • George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum: One of two Springfield museums dedicated to fine arts, the exhibits represent the personal taste and Victorian aesthetic of the collector whose name the museum bears.

  • The Springfield Science Museum: Founded in the 1850s, the science museum has grown from a small exhibit housed in city hall into a facility that boasts a display of space rocks, a full size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Seymour Planetarium.

  • The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts: Opened in 1934, the museum was built at the bequest of Mr. anc Mrs. James Philip Gray. Today, the museum exhibits works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Winslow Homer.

  • Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History: In 2005, just two months before his death at the age of 102, M. Allen Swift donated $1 million for the purchase of the former Verizon office building adjacent to the Springfield Museums campus to create a new museum that highlights Springfield’s evolution as a prosperous city growing out of the Industrial Revolution.
    • Location: 21 Edwards St., Springfield
    • Phone: 413-263-6800
    • Costs: One ticket gets you into all four museums. $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and college students; $8 for children, ages 3 to 13; Free for children, ages 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Monday.
  • Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden — Clusters of bronze sculpture are grouped throughout the Springfield Quadrangle depicting popular characters from the famed children’s books penned by native son Theodor Seuss Geisel.
    • Location: 21 Edwards St., Springfield
    • Phone: 413-263-6800
    • Costs: Free admission
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • City Stage — A venue for off-Broadway musicals and comedies.
    • Location: One Columbus Center, Springfield
    • Phone: 413-788-7033
    • Hours: The box office operates Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Symphony Hall — The 2,611-seat concert hall is home to Broadway-style theater as well as the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Built in the early 1900s, the historic building underwent an extensive renovation in the fall of 2004.
    • Location: 34 Court St., Springfield
    • Phone: 413-788-7033
    • Hours: The box office operates Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Smith College Museum of Art — Considered one of the finest college art museums in the country, SCMA boasts a distinguished collection of more than 20,000 objects that includes modern paintings and sculpture, decorative arts and emerging collections of African, Asian, and Islamic art.
    • Location: Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton
    • Phone: 413-585-2760
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for students, age 13 and older; $2 for children, age 6 to 12; Free for Smith College students and children, ages 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra — Except for two years during World War II, the orchestra has operated continuously since 1913. From its beginnings as a 30-piece ensemble of dedicated recreational players, it has evolved into a fully professional symphony orchestra of 75 musicians.
    • Location: 11 North St., Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-746-8008
    • Cost: Call for information regarding ticket prices
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Americana Theatre Company — This professional theater company runs in the month of July in downtown Plymouth.
    • Location: Plymouth Center for the Arts, Russell Gallery 11 North St., Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-591-0282
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding upcoming performances.
  • Art Complex Museum — Founded by Carl and Edith Weyerhaeuser, the Art Complex Museum is located a short drive from Plymouth and  offers an intimate setting for viewing contemporary art as well as selections from an extraordinary collection that includes Shaker furniture, Asian art, prints and American paintings.
    • Location: 189 Alden St. Duxbury
    • Phone: 781-934-6634
    • Costs: Free admission
    • Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum — The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and whaling. An extensive collection of art and artifacts includes the world's largest ship model and four complete whale skeletons.
    • Location: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford
    • Phone: 508-997-0046
    • Costs: $14 for adults; $12 for seniors; $9 for students; $6 for children.
    • Hours: Days and hours of operation vary seasonally. Call in advance for more information.
  • Lexington Symphony — Founded in 1995, the symphony brings live music to Lexington under the direction of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Jonathan McPhee, who also serves as music director of the Boston Ballet.
    • Location: Cary Hall, Lexington Center
    • Phone: 781-523-9009
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming concerts.
  • Performing Arts Center — The Performing Arts Center in Concord is a historic venue for music, drama and dance performances. The resident groups are the Concord Players, the Concord Band and the Concord Orchestra.
    • Location: 51 Walden St., Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-4967
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events and performances.
  • National Heritage Museum — The museum showcases exhibitions on American history and popular culture and sponsors many events each year, including the Heritage Music Series.
    • Location: 323 Marrett Road, Lexington
    • Phone: 781-861-6559
    • Costs: Free admission and parking
    • Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Concord Museum — Located in historic Concord, the museum houses one of the oldest collections of Americana in the country.
    • Location: Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road, Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-9763
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and college students; $5 for children; Free for members and children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Days and hours of operation vary seasonally. Call in advance for more information.
  • Lowell’s Arts Districts — Once a booming textile manufacturing center, the mills closed after World War II leaving behind a blighted city. Now revitalized, these mills have been converted into an art district that houses museums, galleries, artist studios and eye-catching public art displays.

  • The Clark — Sterling Clark and his wife amassed a remarkable collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, porcelain, drawings and prints. In 1950, the couple founded the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a permanent home for their collection.
    • Location: 225 South St., Williamstown
    • Phone: 413-458-2303
    • Costs: Admission rates vary seasonally. Call ahead for information.
    • Hours: Open daily July through August, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Friday);  September through June open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tanglewood — Known for its namesake music and jazz festivals as well as being the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood is also a major concert venue that has hosted the likes of James Taylor, Renee Fleming and YoYo Ma.
    • Location: 297 West St., Lenox
    • Phone: 888-266-1200
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • MassMoCA — Open year-round and housed in a restored 19th century factory, MassMoCA is the  country’s largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts.
    • Location: 87 Marshall St., North Adams
    • Phone: 413-662-2111
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $10 for students; $5 for children, age 6 to 16; Free for members and children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Days and hours of operation vary seasonally. Call in advance for more information.
  • Norman Rockwell Museum — Experience Norman Rockwell’s original paintings and discover changing exhibitions of other masters of illustration.
    • Location: 9 Route 183,  Stockbridge
    • Phone: 413-298-4100
    • Costs: $16 for adults; $14.50 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for children, age 6 to 18; Free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Open year-round, though hours vary seasonally. Call for more information.
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival — This award-winning summer theater festival has taken place every year since 1955. During that time, it has gained a reputation for innovative versions of classic stage productions.
    • Location: 1000 Main St., Williamstown
    • Phone: 413-458-3200
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The festival runs for two months during July and August. Call for information on this year’s productions.
  • The Berkshire Museum — From fine art and ancient objects to fossils, the Berkshire Museum houses a unique array of exhibitions and attractions.
    • Location: 39 South St., Route 7, Pittsfield
    • Phone: 413-443-7171
    • Costs: $13 for adults; $6 for children, age 18 and younger; Free for museum members and children, age 3 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Heritage Museums & Gardens —Located on 100 acres in Sandwich, Heritage holds a significant collection of specialty gardens, water features and sculpture as well as three gallery buildings housing antique automobiles, American folk art, historical artifacts and a vintage carousel.
    • Location: 67 Grove St., Sandwich
    • Phone: 508-888-3300
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • The Provincetown Art Association and Museum — Cape Cod’s most widely-attended art museum presents an ever-changing lineup of exhibitions and cultural events that seek to promote and cultivate appreciation for all branches of the fine arts.
    • Location: 460 Commercial St., Provincetown
    • Phone: 508-487-1750
    • Costs: $10 general admission; Free for PAAM members and children, age 12 and younger. Free Friday evenings.
    • Hours: October through May open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Memorial Day through September open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Vineyard Playhouse — The Vineyard Playhouse on Martha's Vineyard is a professional, non-profit working theater. Founded in 1982, it operates year-round, presenting contemporary, classic and original plays and developing new works.
    • Location: 24 Church St., Vineyard Haven
    • Phone: 508-696-6300
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Sandwich Glass Museum — The museum houses 6,000 antique glass objects in 15 galleries focusing on glass made in Sandwich from 1825 to 1888.
    • Location: 129 Main St., Sandwich
    • Phone: 508-888-0251
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $2 for children, age 6 to 14. Call for information about group rates.
    • Hours: Closed January and Monday and Tuesday in February and March. Open daily, April through December, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Cape Playhouse — Open for more than eight decades, the Cape Playhouse is America's oldest professional summer theater. Each season, the Playhouse endeavors to bring the best performers, favorite and familiar plays, comedies, mysteries and musicals to the audiences of Cape Cod.
    • Location: 820 Route 6a, Dennis
    • Phone: 877-385-3911
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.

Restaurants & Shopping

  • SoWa Open Market — Every Sunday from May through November, Boston's South End plays host to the SoWa Open Market. Here visitors will find an extensive arts and crafts section, an award-winning farmer's market and a collection of food trucks. To round out your Sunday, within walking distance there’s a vintage market, artist studios, galleries, shops and many of Boston's best restaurants.
  • Newbury Street — The most famous shopping street in Boston, Newbury Street ranges from high-end to any-end, with stores for sports lovers, fashion lovers and everything in between. When you've had enough, take a few minutes to recover at any number of or restaurants.

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace — Located next to historic Faneuil Hall, the marketplace houses dozens of shops and restaurants along with some of Boston's best street performers.
    • Location: 4 South Market Building, Boston
    • Phone: 617-523-1300
    • Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Charles Street — Located in Boston’s Beacon Hill area, Charles Street is a hidden gem with brick-lined sidewalks, gas lamps and historic buildings. Once famed for antique stores, in the past few years it has attracted unique boutiques and a  variety of interesting restaurants and cafes.
  • Wrentham Village Premium Outlets — Located just minutes from Boston, the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets boasts a collection of 170 outlet stores from the world's leading designers and brand names.
    • Location: One Premium Outlets Blvd., Wrentham
    • Phone: 508-384-0600
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Outlets at Assembly Row — This collection of outlet stores includes top retail brands, dining, art, music and more in a picturesque, pedestrian-friendly waterfront setting right in the middle of an authentic Boston neighborhood.
    • Location: 1 Assembly Square Drive, Somerville
    • Phone: 617-684-1520
    • Hours: Call for information on store hours.
  • Blackstone Canal District — From pizza and fast food to international cuisines, Worcester’s Canal District boasts a wide choice of restaurants to tempt any palate. 
  • Cromptom Collective — The collective features antiques, handmade items, vintage treasures, painted furniture, shabby chic decor and many more unique items.
    • Location: 138 Green St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-753-7303
    • Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Shops at Old Sturbridge Village — This historic site houses an award-winning museum gift shop as well as a New England bookstore and a bake shop. No admission fee is required for the shops or the adjacent herb garden.
    • Location : 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge
    • Phone: 800-733-1830
    • Hours: Days and hours of operation vary seasonally. Call  for more information.
  • Tower Square — For those visiting downtown Springfield, Tower Square offers a mix of shops, entertainment and dining opportunities. After shopping, browse the photo and art galleries or shoot a game of pool before dining at several restaurants. 
    • Location: 1500 Main St., Springfield
    • Phone: 413-733-2171
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Open Saturday during limited hours. Restaurant hours vary. Call for more information.
  • Brimfield Outdoor Antique Shows — Every May, July and September, antique lovers from around the globe converge on the small town of Brimfield to participate in the Brimfield Outdoor Antique Shows, the world's largest outdoor antique exhibit. Items of every size, shape and value are bought and sold at this sprawling event, which takes place along a significant stretch of Route 20.
    • Route 20, Brimfield
    • Phone: Quajoag Valley Chamber of Commerce at 413-283-2418 or the Brimfield Show Promoters' Association at 413-283-6149.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Eastworks — Previously the Stanley Home Products factory, Eastworks is a 500,000-square-foot converted mill that houses artists, restaurants, and entertainment and art events.
    • Location: 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton
    • Phone: 413-527-1000
    • Hours: Days and hours of operation vary seasonally, Call for more information.
  • Cottage Street Studios — Located in an old mill building in Easthampton, Cottage Street is the longest-running artist's collective in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts and features fine artists, painters, woodworkers, textile designers and crafters.
    • Location: One Cottage St., Easthampton
    • Phone: 413-658-8406
    • Hours: Days and hours of operation vary seasonally, Call for more information.
  • Yankee Candle — While it’s a bit of a hike from Springfield to South Deerfield, the candle company’s flagship store is visited by two million people every year. Choose from more than 160 scents in the Sampler Emporium. Guests can make their own jar candles. The most popular exhibit is the Bavarian Village, an old fashioned German-style village where it’s Christmas all year.
    • Location: Routes 5 & 10, South Deerfield
    • Phone: 413-665-2929877-636-7707
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Colony Place — With more than 40 stores and restaurants (from sit down to fast food), Colony Place is the largest outdoor regional shopping center south of Boston.
    • Location: 174 Colony Place, Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-747-3533
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Village Landing Marketplace — Plymouth is a shoppers' haven with a variety of specialty shops scattered throughout town. Village Landing offers cobblestone paths, clapboard buildings, a winery and a unique collection of specialty shops and restaurants, not to mention a spectacular view of Plymouth Harbor.
    • Location: 170 Water St., Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-746-3493
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Portuguese Cuisine in New Bedford — The old whaling town and port city has long boasted a thriving Portuguese community and many restaurants feature the famed cuisine as well as seafood.

  • Concord Center — This shopping district with its cute, one-of-a-kind shops harkens back to a time before malls and chain stores. There's an old-fashioned toy store, a privately-owned bookstore, unique little boutiques and a whole slew of charming eateries.
  • Downtown Lexington — Lexington offers a variety of retailers spread out all over town. At the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Waltham Street, visitors will find a thriving restaurant scene plus a mixture of gift shops, book stores, clothing stores and local services.

  • Dining in Lowell — The old mill town has gone through a renaissance of sorts. Today’s it’s a mecca of dining for every palate and budget with restaurants offering American fare as well as Cambodian, Indian, Mexican and other international cuisines.

  • Pine Cone Hill Outlet — Stores offer big discounts for fabulous quilts, blankets, duvet covers, sheeting, sleepwear, table linens and more.
    • Location: 125 Pecks Road, Pittsfield
    • Phone: 413-629-2314
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Lee Premiums Outlets — This collection of 60 outlet stores boasts legendary brands and designers with everyday savings of up to 65%.
    • Location: 17 Premium Outlets Blvd., Lee
    • Phone: 413-243-8186
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Berkshire Mall — Nearly 70 stores including Macy’s, Best Buy and Target.
    • Location: Route 7 and Berkshire Mall Drive, Lanesboro
    • Phone: 413-445-4400
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mashpee Commons Mashpee Commons on Cape Cod blends the finest national retailers and specialty shops with dining and entertainment set amid the charm and tradition of a New England town center.
    • Location: 38 Nathan Ellis Highway, Mashpee
    • Phone: 508-477-5400
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Nantucket —  Filled with small-island charm, Nantucket is a prime summertime destination for those looking for quaint B&Bs and scenic views. But it is also a shopper's heaven with quaint boutiques and exquisite art galleries.
    • Phone: 508-228-1700
    • Other: The island can be reached by ferry service from Hyannis and Saquatucket Harbor. Call for more information.
  • Harwich Antique Center From antique furniture to jewelry, coins, books and fine china, this large group shop features something for everyone. Prices range from $1 to eyebrow-raising expensive.
    • Location: 10 Route 28, West Harwich
    • Phone: 508-432-4220
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary seasonally. Call for more information.
  • Town of Barnstable The seven villages of Barnstable include Hyannis, Centerville, Osterville, Cotuit, Marstons Mills, West Barnstable and Barnstable Village.  Beyond the historic homes and sandy beaches, there are quaint boutiques and fabulous dining. In 2005, the town created artist shanties at Hyannis Harbor, providing a unique, affordable harbor-front location for local artists to create and sell their work. Today, there is also a grouping of town-owned properties at the corner of Pearl and South Streets in Hyannis, including the Guyer Barn, Gallery Artrio and Bass River Pottery.
  • Chatham Candy Manor — Established in 1955, the Candy Manor is famed as purveyors of hand-made chocolates. The store offers more than 100 different kinds of the confection as well as hand-made creams, caramels, truffles and 15 varieties of homemade fudge.
    • Location: 484 Main St., Chatham
    • Phone: 508-945-0825
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Provincetown Also called "Ptown," Provincetown has plenty of cool boutiques, restaurants and art galleries, giving this town on the tip of Cape Cod a fun and funky feel.

  • Sandwich — Located on the upper Cape,Sandwich is home to many unique stores offering up some of the best Cape Cod shopping between the canal and Provincetown. From unique stationery, one-of-a-kind Sandwich glassworks to hand-carved wood sculptures and exotic foods, it's all here, and it's all local.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

  • Fenway Park — Nestled in the city of Boston, Fenway Park is where legends like Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice played the game. The world famous Green Monster stands 37 feet, 2 inches high overlooking left field. Tour guides provide an interesting, one-hour walking tour.
    • Location: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston
    • Phone: Ticket Office - 877-REDSOX-9; Tours - 617-236- 6666
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information about tour schedules and upcoming games.
  • Gillette Stadium — Gillette Stadium is the home field of the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and University of Massachusetts Amherst Football. The stadium, located in Foxborough, also hosts world-class concerts and is accompanied by Patriot Place, a massive shopping and entertainment center.
    • Location: One Patriot Place, Foxborough
    • Phone: 508-543-8200
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The ticket office operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TD Garden — Formerly known as FleetCenter, this arena was built between 1993 and 1995 to replace the old Boston Garden and is now primarily the home to the NBA championship-winning Boson Celtics and the NHL’s Boston Bruins.  
    • Location: 100 Legends Way,  Boston
    • Phone: 617-624-1050
    • Costs: Call for information on upcoming games and events.
    • The box office operates daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Granite Links Golf Club — Located just seven miles from downtown Boston, Granite is a "Top 100 Best Golf Course in America" as voted by Golf Digest. The 27-hole championship club permits non-member access to enjoy scenic vistas and breathtaking views of Boston's skyline, the Harbor Islands and the densely forested backdrop of the Blue Hills Reservation.
    • Location: 100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy
    • Phone: 617-689-1900
    • Costs: Call for information on green fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park — William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park was established in 1896 and is the second-oldest golf course in the United States. The famed Bobby Jones honed his craft here.
    • Location: 1 Circuit Drive, Boston
    • Phone: 617-265-4084
    • Costs: Call for information on green fees and other costs
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • 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. The racetrack has been in operation ever since.
    • Location: 525 McClellan Highway, East Boston
    • Phone: 617-567-3900
    • Costs: Free admission
    • Hours: Open daily at 11 a.m. Closing times range from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • DCU Center — A state-of-the-art, 15,000-seat arena in downtown Worcester is home ice for the Worcester Sharks, the feeder team for the NHL San Jose Sharks.
    • Location: 50 Foster St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-755-6800
    • Cost: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office operates Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Worcester Tornadoes — The Worcester Tornadoes are a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball. Since the 2005 season to present, the Tornadoes have played their home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, on the College of the Holy Cross campus.
    • Location: 1 College St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-792-2288
    • Call for information on ticket prices
    • Call for information on upcoming games
  • Green Hill Municipal Golf Course — Since it opened in 1929, Green Hill has provided area golfers some of the best golf around with a list of visitors that reads like a Who’s Who in local and national golf.
    • Location: 1929 Skyline Drive, Worcester
    •  Phone: 508-799-1359
    • Costs: Call for information on green fees.
    • Hours: Tee times are available online 24 hours a day, or call for information on schedules.
  • Mass Mutual Center — This 8,000-seat arena is home ice to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. It is also home court to the Springfield Armor of the NBA Developmental League.
    • Location: 1277 Main St., Springfield
    • Phone: 413-271-3223
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The box office is closed on Saturday in the summer).
  • Franconia Golf Course — Designed by Van Kleek and Stiles, the course, located on the outskirts of Springfield’s downtown, was renovated in 2001 and has earned a reputation as one of the best courses in the area.
    • Location: 619 Dwight Road, Springfield
    • Phone: 413-734-9334
    • Costs: Rates vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: The course is open on Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Other: Weekday golf is on a first-come-first-serve basis. The course accepts tee times for weekend play from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. After 1 p.m. customers are served on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Atlantic Country Club — Voted “Best Upscale Public Course South of Boston” by the Boston Globe, Atlantic’s vast layout spreads 18 championship holes over 187 acres.
    • Location: 450 Little Sandy Pond Road, Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-759-6644
    • Costs: Rates vary both seasonally and by day of the week. Call for a price list. Lessons are available for $30 for 30 minutes.
    • Hours: Call to reserve a tee time.
  • Southers Marsh Golf Club — Opened in 2001, this repurposed cranberry bog has become an 18-hole golf course that was rated as the "Number One Value of All Public Golf Courses in Massachusetts" every year from 2008-2013.
    • Location: 30 Southers Marsh Lane, Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-830-3535
    • Costs: Green fees vary seasonally and according to the day of the week. Call for more information.
    • Hours:  Call for information regarding tee times.
  • Pine Meadows Golf Course — Owned by the Town of Lexington, Pine Meadows is a nine hole, 35-par course that provides a challenging layout for all levels of play.
    • Location: 225 Cedar St., Lexington
    • Phone: 781-862-5516
    • Costs: Call for information on green fees.
    • Hours: Tee times are available seven days a week. Call for more information.
  • Stone Meadow Driving Range — This privately owned facility is open to the public and includes a 75-station driving range and a par 3, nine-hole short course.
    • Location: 675 Waltham St., Lexington
    • Phone: 781-863-0445
    • Costs: Call for information on green fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • LeLacheur Park — Located on the banks of the Merrimack River near the UMass-Lowell campus, Edward LeLacheur Park houses the Lowell Spinners, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The park also hosts concerts and other events.
    • Location: 450 Aiken St., Lowell,
    • Phone: Box office – 978-459-1702
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games and events.
  • Donnybrook Country Club — Berkshire’s newest and most unique public golf course, offering spectacular views of the Berkshire Hills on a championship layout.
    • Location: 775 Williamstown Road, Lanesboro
    • Phone: 413-499-7888
    • Costs: Green fees vary by day of the week and time of day, but generally run from $30 to $50. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club — This 18-hole historic par 69 course was named among the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest.
    • Location: 55 Lee Road, Lenox
    • Phone: 413-637-2563
    • Costs: Call for more information regarding green fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Bas Ridge Golf Course — An “affordable” 18-hole course with character, incredible greens and spectacular views.
    • Location: 151 Plunkett Ave., Hinsdale
    • Phone: 413-655-2605
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees.
    • Hours: call for information on tee times.
  • Cape Cod Baseball League —From diehard baseball fans to casual followers of the game, the Cape Cod Baseball League provides the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest collegiate talent in the country. From Wareham to Chatham, games are played daily at 10 venues throughout Cape Cod beginning in June and ending with the playoffs in mid-August.
    • Phone: 508-362-3036
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games.
  • Blue Rock Golf Course — Open to the public all year, Blue Rock is a course for all ages and abilities. Designed in 1962 by Geoffrey Cornish, Blue Rock measures 3,000 yards from the professional tees. Holes range from 103 to 255 yards, with the ninth, at 169 yards over water to a kidney-shaped green, named one of "Cape Cod's 18 Best."
    • Location: 48 Todd Road, South Yarmouth
    • Phone: 508-398-9295
    • Costs: Rates may vary by day and time. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding tee times.
  • Dennis Pines Golf Course — Dennis Pines in South Dennis has been ranked among the best public courses in Massachusetts. Situated on 170 acres on pine forest land, the course has one of the toughest layouts on Cape Cod. Tree-lined corridors place a great premium on accuracy rather than distance. Water comes into play on four holes, and the twelfth hole is recognized as one of the most difficult par 5s anywhere.
    • Location: 50 Golf Course Road, East Dennis
    • Phone: 508-385-8347
    • Costs: Rates may vary by day and time. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding tee times.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

  • The Otis House Museum — In 1796, Harrison Gray Otis, a congressman and real estate entrepreneur, and his wife, Sally, lived and entertained lavishly in his elegantly furnished Beacon Hill home. Tour the house to learn about the Otis family, their servants and the people who lived here after them when the building was a genteel boarding house.
    • Location: 141 Cambridge St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-994-5920
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $4 for students.
    • Hours: Open year-round Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours take place every half hour with the last tour at 4:30 p.m. Closed most major holidays; open July 4.
  • The Massachusetts State House — Built in 1798, the "new" State House is located across from the Boston Common on the top of Beacon Hill. The dome, originally made out of wood shingles, is now sheathed in copper and covered by 23 karat gold.
    • Location: Intersection of Beacon and Park Streets
    • Phone: Call 617-727-3676 to arrange for a tour for groups from one to 50 people.
    • Costs: Free admission
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours must be scheduled in advance.
  • Old South Meeting House — Although it was the largest building in colonial Boston, the Old South Meeting House was the stage for an overflow meeting on December 16, 1773 that adjourned to Griffin’s Wharf for the infamous event that would become known as the Boston Tea Party. Today it is open daily as a museum with rare artifacts such as a vial of tea from the Boston Tea Party and a 3-D historic model of colonial Boston.
    • Location: 310 Washington St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-482-6439
    • Costs: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and college students; $1 for children, age 6 to 18; Free for children, age 5 and younger.
    •  Hours: Open daily Nov. 1 through March 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Open daily April 1 through Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Boston Massacre Site — In front of the Old State House, a circle of cobblestones commemorates the Boston Massacre. On March 5, 1770, tensions between the colonists and British soldiers erupted into violence that led British soldiers to fire into the crowd, killing five colonists. Samuel Adams and other patriots called the event a "massacre."
    • Location: Intersection of Devonshire and State Streets
    • Costs: Free
    • Hours: All day
  • Old North Church — This Episcopal church was built in 1723 and is Boston's oldest church building. Every schoolchild knows the story that made this building famous. On the steeple of this church, Robert Newman signaled with lanterns the approach of the British regulars; "One if by land, and two, if by sea.”
    • Location: 193 Salem St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-523-4848
    • Costs: Admission is free. Behind the scenes guided tours: $5 for adults: $4 for children; $3 for seniors and military.
    • Hours: Open daily March through May, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Open daily June through October, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open daily November and December, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through February open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • USS Constitution — The USS Constitution, located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat. The ship’s greatest glory came during the War of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates, earning the nickname "Old Ironsides." The navy yard itself is rich in history. It was one of the first shipyards built in the United States with 30 acres today preserved as part of the Boston National Historical Park.
    • Location: 1 Constitution Road, Charlestown
    • Phone: 617-426-1812
    • Costs: Admission is free
    • Hours: April 1 through Sept. 30 open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.; in October open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nov. 1 through March 31 open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    •  Other: Guided tours are offered every 30 minutes. The USS Constitution Museum is operated by a different organization. Call 617-426-1812, x186 for information on the museum.  
  • Bunker Hill Battle Monument & Museum — The Battle of Bunker Hill is commemorated by a 221-foot tall granite obelisk. Along with dioramas and murals, artifacts from the battle are on display at the nearby museum, including a masonic apron belonging to revolutionary leader Dr. Joseph Warren, who perished in the fight, and a trowel used by the Marquis de Lafayette in the groundbreaking for the monument.
    • Location: Monument Square, Charlestown (The museum is located across from the monument).
    • Phone: 617-242-5641 (tours 617-242-5689)
    • Costs: Free of charge
    • Hours: Bunker Hill Monument Museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (it closes at 6 p.m. in July and August). The monument is open daily, September through June, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (it closes at 5:30 p.m. in July and August).
  • Paul Revere House — Paul Revere's house is downtown Boston’s oldest building still in existence. Revere was living at this house the night he set forth on April 18, 1775 to make his momentous ride to Lexington later immortalized by Longfellow’s famous poem.
    • Location: 19 North Square, Boston
    • Phone: 617-523-2338
    • Costs: $3.50 for adults, $3 for seniors and college students; $1 for children. Group rates are available.
    • Hours: Open daily April 15 through Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 5 :15 p.m.; Open daily Nov. 1 through April 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Closed on Mondays January through March as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and  New Year’s Day.
  • Faneuil Hall — A Boston landmark since 1742, Faneuil Hall was the site of the fiery protests and speeches by the likes of Sam Adams that earned Boston the nickname Cradle of Liberty.
    • Location: Faneuil Hall Square, Boston
    • Phone: 617-242-5675
    • Cost: Free of charge
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Other: National Park Service rangers present historical talks every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Adams National Historic Park — Just a short drive from Boston in Quincy sits the birthplaces of two U.S. presidents: John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Start at the visitor center to view exhibits and a video presentation, board a trolley for the short journey to the colonial saltbox birthplaces of the father and son duo. From there, you'll travel to "Peacefield," the stately Adams mansion that served as the summer White House to both presidents and home to generations of their descendants.
    • Location: 1250 Hancock St., Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center, Quincy
    • Phone: 617-770-1175
    • Costs: $5 for adults; Free for children, age 16 and younger.
    • Hours: The homes are open for tours April 19 through Nov. 10. During this time the park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Nov. 11 through April 18, the historic homes are closed but the visitor center is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Salisbury Mansion — Owned by the Worcester History Museum, the Salisbury Mansion is Worcester’s only historic house museum. Built in 1772, it served as the home of “gentleman-merchant” Stephen Salisbury and has undergone many changes over the years, from a rooming-house to a gentleman’s club. It is considered one of the best documented historic house museums in New England.
    • Location: 40 Highland St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-753-8278
    • Costs: Costs: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; Free for children, age 18 and younger. Also $3 per person for guided tours.
    • Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Old Sturbridge Village — Journey into the past at this re-created rural 1830s New England town that uses costumed historians to recreate a special time in American history. 
    • Location: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge
    • Phone: 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362
    • Costs: $24 for adults; $22 for seniors; $18 for children, age 3 to 17; Free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Hours vary seasonally. Call for more information.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Vietnam Veterans Memorial — Located in Green Hill Park, this memorial pays tribute to the 1,537 individuals who died in service to their country and all those who served. Encompassing four acres and formed round the perimeter of a small body of water known as Duck Pond, the memorial includes a "Place of Flags," a "Place of Words" and a "Place of Names". 
    • Location: Skyline Drive, Green Hill Park, Worcester
  • Bancroft Castle — RoadsideAmerica.com refers to this attraction as the “2-D castle light.” What is left of this structure stands atop a hill in Salisbury Park. It was built by Stephen Salisbury III, the son of a railroad baron and the richest man in Worcester, in 1900 as a tribute to Worcester native George Bancroft. The city still uses it as a haunted house for Halloween, and during the holiday season Santa sometimes takes up residence next to the fireplace.
    • Location: Bancroft Tower Road, Salisbury Park, Worcester
    • Costs: Free
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site — The national park commemorates the nation’s first armory, established in 1794. Today, the museum houses the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection.
    • Location: One Armory Sq., Springfield
    • Phone: 413-734-8551
    • Costs: Free of charge.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wistariahurst Museum — Located a short drive from Springfield, Wistariahurst was home to two generations of the Skinner Family, manufacturers of nationally renowned silks and satins and prominent residents of Holyoke. The grand estate and gardens have been a focal point in the Holyoke landscape since 1874 and were donated to the city in 1959.
    •  Location: 238 Cabot St., Holyoke
    • Phone: 413-322-5660
    • Costs: $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; Free for children, age 12 and younger.
    • Hours: Admission to the house is by guided tours only. Tours take place Saturday through Monday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Storrowton Village Museum — Located on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Storrowton is a re-constructed 19th century village composed of nine antique buildings around a traditional New England Green. Between 1927 and 1931, each structure was rescued from demolition and moved, piece by piece, to its present location.
    • Location: 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield,
    • Phone: 413-205-5051
    • Costs: Call for information
    • Hours: Tours are available daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Historic Northampton — Located roughly 20 miles from Springfield in downtown Northampton, this area includes three historic homes and a collection of 50,000 objects that range from documents and manuscripts to tools, toys, costumes, fine art and furniture dating as far back as the 17th century.
    • Location: 46 Bridge St., Northampton
    • Phone: 413-584-6011
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Plimoth Plantation — This living history museum overlooking Cape Cod Bay features costumed interpreters and modern day artisans recreating life in the settlement in the 17th century as well as a Wampanoag Homesite and the Mayflower II docked in picturesque Plymouth Harbor.
    • Location: 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-746-1622
    • Costs: $25.95 for adults; $15 for children, age 5 to 12; Free for children, age 4 and younger
    • Hours: The outdoor exhibits close in the winter and generally reopen in March.  Call for information on hours and days of operations.
    • Other: Combination passes for Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill are available. Call for information.
  • Mayflower II — The original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 no longer exists. Plimoth Plantation's full-scale reproduction, Mayflower II, was built in Devon, England and crossed the Atlantic in 1957. The details of the ship have been carefully re-created to illustrate what the original mayflower voyage was like.
    • Location: State Pier across from 74 Water St., Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-746-1622
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $7 for children, age 5 to 12; Free for children, age 4 and younger.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operations.
    • Other: Combination passes for Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill are available. Call for information.
  • Plimoth Grist Mill — The reproduction of the original 1636 mill used by the colonists is an actual working mill that operates twice a week using water power to mill organic corn.
    • Location: 6 Spring Lane, Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-746-1622
    • Costs: $29.95 for adults; $19 for children, age 5 to 12; Free for children, age 4 and younger.
    • Hours: The grist mill closes for part of the year in winter. Call for information on days and hours of operation.
    • Other: Combination passes for Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill are available. Call for information..
  • Plymouth Rock — Every school child knows that the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Well, see the actual rock for yourself, located under a canopy structure in the 11-acre Pilgrim Memorial State Park near where the Mayflower II is anchored today.
    • Location: Water Street, Plymouth
  • National Monument to the Forefathers —The monument features several allegorical figures depicting virtues that the pilgrims, known in Plymouth as the Forefathers, brought with them when they arrived in Massachusetts in 1620.
    • Location: Allerton Street, Plymouth
  • Jenney House Museum — Built in 1749, the Jenney House Museum is a 17th century living history museum located in the heart of Plymouth’s historic district with rotating exhibits that tell the story of history and industry that began here in Plymouth.
    • Location: 48 Summer St., Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-747-4544
    • Costs: $6 for adults; $4 for children, age 5 to 17; Free for children, age 4 and younger. 
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Closed Sundays and Thanksgiving Day. Hours are subject to change.  Call for more information.
    • Other: Tours are available of the surrounding historic district and the national monument to the Forefathers.
  • First Parish Church ­— The First Parish Church in Plymouth is the oldest continuous church in New England, tracing its origins back to group of dissenters from the Church of England who set sail in 1620 on the Mayflower
    • Location: 19 Town Square, Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-747-1606
    • Costs: $5 donation is suggested.
    • Hours: Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours of the church are available in the winter by appointment only. Regular tours begin Memorial Day weekend and continue through the summer. Call for more information.
  • Daniel Webster Estate —Located in Marshfield, about 10 miles north of Plymouth, the Daniel Webster Estate was home to the U.S. senator and former Secretary of State for 20 years.
    • Location: 238 Webster St., Marshfield
    • Phone: 781-834-0548
    • Costs: Tours are free to the public, but donations are accepted.
    • Hours: Guided tours with trained docents run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on each first Sunday May through November (except Labor Day weekend) and every Thursday from July 5 through Sept. 27. 
  • Lizzie Borden House — The Fall River house where Lizzie Borden did very bad things with an axe is now a bed and breakfast. But it is open for tours to those who want to learn more about the story behind the famous poem.
    • Location: 230 Second St., Fall River
    • Phone: 508-675-7333
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $12.50 for seniors and college students; $8 for all children, age 15 and younger.
    • Hours: Tours are offered daily, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., on the hour and last approximately 50 minutes. The last tour begins promptly at 3:00 p.m.
  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum —Built in 1834, this Greek revival mansion is the best example of the "brave houses and flowery gardens" described by Herman Melville in his classic novel "Moby Dick." The period rooms and exhibits chronicle the social, economic and political evolution of New Bedford, through the families who lived and worked at the house.
    • Location: 396 County St., New Bedford
    • 508-997-1401
    • Costs: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and AAA members; $3 for children, age 12 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Minute Man National Park — The park is located 22 miles outside of Boston within the towns of Lexington, Lincoln and Concord. It commemorates the opening battles of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. The site includes Concord’s North Bridge, the Battle Road Trail between Lexington and Concord and the Lexington Battle Green. The park also houses the Wayside, which was home to Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    • Location: Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road, Lincoln; North Bridge and North Bridge Visitor Center,  174 Liberty St., Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-6993
    • Costs: Call for information
    • Hours: The grounds of Minute Man National Historical Park are open sunrise to sunset. Parking lot gates close promptly at sunset.
  • Buckman Tavern — The oldest tavern in Lexington, this is where about 77 Minutemen gathered in the early hours of April 19, 1775, while awaiting the British regulars. The interior today is much the same as it was then. Among the many items on display is the Tavern’s old front door with a bullet hole from the  Battle of Lexington. To the left of the tavern is the Memorial to the Lexington Minutemen of 1775, erected in 1949, and containing the names of the those who died in the first battle of the Revolutionary War.
    • Location: 1 Bedford St., Lexington
    • Phone: 781-862-5598
    • Costs: Call for information on fees.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary seasonally. Call for more information.
  • Hancock-Clarke House — Home of the Hancocks and the Clarkes, this house was the destination of Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775, as he and William Dawes rode from Boston to warn the sleeping Samuel Adams and John Hancock of the coming of British troops. The house contains period furnishings and portraits.
    • Location: 36 Hancock St., Lexington
    • Phone: 781-862-5598
    • Costs: Call for information on fees.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary seasonally. Call for more information.
  • Munroe Tavern — More than 300 years old, this former tavern served as a temporary headquarters and field hospital for British Brigadier General Earl Percy and his 1,000 reinforcements on the afternoon of April 19, 1775. Fourteen years later, President Washington dined at the tavern when he visited the Lexington battlefield in 1789.
    • Location: 1332 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
    • Phone: 781-862-1703
    • Costs: Call for information on fees.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary seasonally. Call for more information.
  • Orchard House — This is the house where Louisa May Alcott wrote the classic novel "Little Women."
    • Location: 399 Lexington Road, Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-4118
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and college students: $5 for children, age 6 to 17; Free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Hours and days of operation vary seasonally. Call for more information.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson House — The famed author purchased the property called “Bush” in 1835, which included the house, a barn and two acres of land. After renovating the house and expanding the property, Emerson lived in the house until his death in 1882.
    • Location: 28 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-2236
    • Costs: Call for fee and scheduling information.
    • Hours: The Ralph Waldo Emerson House is open mid-April through October from Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Old Manse —The first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired nearby and less than a century later, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau spawned a revolution in American philosophy from here. A short network of footpaths connects the Old Manse to the North Bridge and boathouse on the Concord River.
    • Location: 269 Monument St., Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-3909
    • Costs: Free admission to the grounds. House tours are $8 for adults; $7 for college students and seniors; $5 for children, age 6 through 12; Free for members.
    • Hours: The grounds are open year-round daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • Lowell’s National Historic Park — The city is known as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Today, 200 years later, the park is literally woven into the city’s fabric. Visitors can ride historic replica trolleys, cruise the canals aboard tour boats or walk along the Riverwalk or Canalway to one of many museums and historic sites. The park also hosts the Lowell Folk Festival every July.
    • Location: Visitors Center, 246 Market St., Lowell
    • Phone: 978-970-5000
    • Costs: Call for information on various admission prices.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary among various facilities. Call for more information.
  • The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home — The Mount is the only monument to Edith Wharton in the United States, and among just five percent of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women. Designed and built by Wharton in 1902, the property includes Wharton’s gracious main house and expansive terrace, the historic stable, greenhouse and gatehouse all on three acres of formal gardens surrounded by extensive woodlands.
    • Location: 2 Plunkett St., Lenox,
    • Phone: 413-551-5111
    • Costs: $18 for adults; $16 for seniors; $13 for college students; Free for visitors, age 18 and younger
    • Hours: Open daily from May through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead — This National Historic Landmark  was the home of the famed 19th century poet.
    • Location: 207 Bryant Road, Cummington
    • Phone: 413-634-2244
    • Costs: Admission to the grounds are free. Call for information about admission to the house.
    • Hours: The grounds are open every day year-round from sunrise to sunset. Access inside the house varies so visitors should call for more information.
  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum — Ventfort Hall was one of the approximately 75 "cottages" built in Lenox in the 19th century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. Located on spacious grounds in the heart of the village, restoration is a work in progress but the first floor is completely open to the public.
    • Location: 104 Walker St., Lenox
    • Phone: 413-637-3206
    • Costs: $20 for adults; $7 for children, age 5 to 17; Free for members and children, age 4 and younger.
    • Hours: Open year-round Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Hancock Shaker Village — The Hancock community was the third of 19 major Shaker villages established in the United States. The site includes self-guided access to 750 acres of picturesque countryside, 20 historic buildings, a working farm, galleries and exhibits.
    • Location: 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield,
    • Phone: 413-443-0188
    • Costs: $18 for adults; $8 for teens, age 13 to 17; Free for children, age 12 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily April through June, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 30 through Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Historic Deerfield — Historic Deerfield is an authentic 18th-century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley. Tour beautifully restored museum houses, watch demonstrations of colonial-era trades or explore a collection of early American crafts, furniture, textiles and metalwork.
    • Location: 80 Old Main St., Deerfield
    • Phone: 413-775-7214
    • Costs: $14 for adults; $5 for children, age 6 to 17; Free for members, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary seasonally so visitors should call ahead for information.
  • Numkena — With magnificent gardens and panoramic views, Numkena is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age.
    • Location: 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge
    • Phone: 413-298-3239
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $13 for AAA members; Free for children, age 12 and younger. Admission includes a garden audio tour.
    • Hours: Open daily from late May through mid-October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Bidwell House — The house offers a glimpse back at life in colonial days. The grounds include 192 acres of trails and forests perfect for hiking and picnics.
    • Location: 100 Art School Road, Monterey
    • Phone: 413-528-6888
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for students; Free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Memorial Day through October, Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hoxie House — Located in historic Sandwich, Cape Cod's oldest town, this is Cape Cod's oldest saltbox-style home (circa 1670) and overlooks Shawme Pond and reflects life in the 17th century. Narrated tours are available.
    • Location: 18 Water St., Sandwich
    • Phone: 508-888-1173
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Winslow Crocker House  —  In 1936, Mary Thacher had the Winslow Crocker House taken apart and moved six miles down the Old King's Highway to its present location next door to her ancestral home in Yarmouth Port. Today it provides an attractive backdrop for Thacher's collection of antique furniture.
    • Location: 250 Main St., Old King's Highway, Yarmouth Port
    • Phone: 617-994-6661
    • Costs: $4 for adults; $3 for seniors; $2 for students; Free for Historic New England members and Yarmouth residents.
    • Hours: Second and fourth Saturdays, June 1 through Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are conducted on the hour. 
  • Edward Gorey House — The Edward Gorey House preserves the legacy of Gorey's whimsically macabre books and illustrations and highlights his love and care of animals.
    • Location: 8 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port
    • Phone: 508-362-3909
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Thomas Dexter's Grist Mill One of the oldest water mill sites existing in the United States, the Dexter Grist Mill is one of the most photographed sites on Cape Cod.
    • Location: 2 Water St., Sandwich
    • Phone: 508-888-4910
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum — The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum commemorates the first landfall of the Mayflower pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620, where they wrote the Mayflower Compact. Rising 353 feet above sea level, the monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. The museum presents the cultural heritage of this historic town through special exhibitions and permanent displays.
    • Location: One High Pole Hill, Provincetown
    • Phone: 508-487-1310
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum — The museum celebrates Cape Cod's rich maritime history.
    • Location: 135 South St., Hyannis
    • Phone: 508-775-1723
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $4 for students and seniors; Free for children, age 7 and younger.
    • Hours: Mid-March through mid-December, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Highfield Hall & Gardens — The mansion, built in 1878, is an engaging historic property with extensive gardens and neighboring Beebe Woods.
    • Location: 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth
    • Phone: 508-495-1878
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: April 1 through October, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum — This eight-room sea captain's house is fully furnished to provide a glimpse into 19th century life. The parlors are arranged as if he was just returning from his voyage to China, likely a 16- to 18-month absence. Knowledgeable docents guide tours of the museum and relate lively stories of Yarmouth captains’ hair-raising adventures at sea.
    • Location: 1 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port
    • Phone: 508-362-3021
    • Costs: $3 for adults and 50 cents for children.
    • Hours: The house is open on June 1 through October 15, Thursday through Sunday with tours at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

  • Boston Common — This 50-acre site is the oldest park in the country and the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of nine parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and connected by parkways and waterways that wind through many of Boston's neighborhoods. The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history including public hangings, a campground for British troops prior to the Revolution and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II. Winter ice-skating is available on Frog Pond
    • Location: Bound By Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park & Boylston Streets
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open year round, 24/7.
    • Others: Self-guided tours are provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area — Boston Harbor has 34 accessible islands that make up an actual national park where visitors can camp, kayak, picnic, swim, bird watch and explore historic trails and forts. Most people arrive via a brief ferry ride from Long Wharf-North in Boston.
    • Location: One Long Wharf, Boston
    • Phone: 617-223-8666
    • Costs: Call for information on park fees. Ferry tickets cost $15 for adults; $11 for seniors and college students; $9 for children, age 4 to 11. Special rates are available for families and groups. Call Boston Harbor Cruises at 617-227-4321 for more information on ferry service.
    • Hours: Call for information on park hours and ferry schedules.
  • Freedom Trail Walk into History Tour —This 2.5-mile, brick-lined route leads visitors to 16 historically significant sites from museums and meeting houses to churches and burying grounds.
    • Location: Freedom Trail Foundation, 99 Chauncy St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-357-8300
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: The Freedom Trail Foundation offers 12 public tours daily between April and November and a reduced schedule December through March. Tour times are subject to change, so call that day for a time and start destination. Private, corporate and group tours can be schedule for a preferred time. Call for more information.
  • Boston Public Garden — Frederick Law Olmsted-designed this park, famous for its swan boats.
    • Location: 69 Beacon St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-723-8144
    • Cost: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Arnold Arboretum — Part of Olmsted's famous Emerald Necklace, America's oldest public arboretum has 265 beautiful acres of trees, shrubs and vines.
    • Location: 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, Boston,
    • Phone: 617-524-1717
    • Costs: Free of charge
    • Hours: Open sunset to sundown every day of the year.
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden — The garden is a year-round display of blooming plants, featuring two conservatories and distinctive gardens showcasing more than 350 varieties of trees and shrubs in the Lawn Garden alone as well as evergreens and fruiting plants, woodland trails, meadows, a gift shop, library and café.
    • Location: 11 French Drive, Boylston
    • Phone: 508-869-6111
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $9 for seniors; $7 for children; Free to members and children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Monday.
  • Elm Park — The City of Worcester maintains more than 1,215 acres of parkland, encompassing 53 parks and playgrounds, and five city beaches. Among these parks, the 60-acre Elm Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and sits on the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Location: Highland Street to Park Avenue, Worcester
    • Phone: 508-799-1190
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Broad Brook Meadow Conservation Area — Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England with more than 400 acres that offers well-marked trails through woods, fields, streams, and marsh.
    • Location: 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester
    • Phone: 508-753-6087
    • Costs: $4 for adults; $3 for seniors and children, age 2 to 12.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Worcester Common — Worcester Common dates back more than two centuries but The Oval , the ice rink in the middle of the park, is decidedly newer and  offers public ice skating on winter weekends.
    • Location: 455 Main St., Worcester
    • Phone: 508-929-0777
    • Costs: While park admission is free, visitors pay $2 to skate The Oval. Skate rentals are extra. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Forest Park — With 736 acres of open space and a variety of recreation options for the whole family, Forest Park is the crown jewel of Springfield’s park system that includes 19 parks, 13 pools, two swimming ponds and two public golf courses.
    • Location: The park entrance is located on Sumner Avenue or Trafton Road, Springfield
    • Phone: 413-787-6461
    • Costs: Call for information on park fees and season passes.
  • Connecticut River Walk — The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway stretches 3.7 miles along the Springfield riverfront, passing through Riverfront Park and offering direct access to the Basketball Hall of Fame via a pedestrian bridge.

  • Robinson State Park — Donated to the state in 1934 by John C. Robinson, the 800-acre park is a major attraction in the Springfield area. There’s more than five miles of frontage on the Westfield River and roughly 20 miles of trails in the park for walkers, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. 
    • Location: 428 North St., Feeding Hills
    • Phone: 413-786-2877
    • Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Myles Standish State Forest — Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. MSSF offers five camping areas,tucked into the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds.
    • Location: Lower College Pond Road, Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-866-2526
    • Costs: Call for information on park fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on operating hours.
  • Plymouth Beach — Enjoy sun, surf and sandcastles on this stretch of beach located less than three miles from Plymouth Center.
    • Location: 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth.
    • Phone: 508-747-1620 ext 201
    • Costs: Parking fees, Memorial Day-Labor Day, $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends.
    • Hours: Call for information
    • Other: There are signs posted regarding the area dogs are allowed in. No lifeguards on duty after Labor Day.
  • Whale Watching in Plymouth — Ever been up close and personal with a 50-foot, 40-ton whale? Several vendors in Plymouth specialize in harbor tours and whale watching cruises, including Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours and Plymouth Whale Watching, which also operates the Pilgrim Belle, an authentic Mississippi-style paddle-wheeler that gives tours of Plymouth harbor.

  • Brewster Gardens — Created in the early 1920s, the park covers the original garden plot that was granted to Elser William Brewster in 1620. Located in the park are a bronze statue, The Pilgrim Maiden by Henry Hudson Kitson, and The Immigrant Memorial by artist Barney Zeitz, a stainless steel sculpture honoring Plymouth’s immigrant settlers from 1700 to 2000.
    • Location: Located across from Plymouth Rock, at 75 Water St., Plymouth
    • Phone: 508-747-0100
    • Hours: Open 24/7
  • Nelson Memorial Park — The newly renovated Nelson Memorial Park is a popular destination for many Plymouth residents and visitors. Families with children enjoy the playground and picnic area. There is also a new "splash pad" area where kids can cool off on hot summer days. Other features include a new small boat ramp and a bike path that follows the harbor to Hedge Road in North Plymouth.
    • Location: Nelson Street, Plymouth 
    • Phone: 508-747-0100
    • Costs: Free
    • Hours: Hours: Open daily, dawn until dusk
  • Copicut Woods — This 516-acre property is a prime destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts with more than five miles of trails suited for hiking and mountain bikes.
    • Location: Indian Town Road, Fall River
    • Phone: 508-636-4693
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • Minute Man National Park — The park is located 22 miles outside Boston within the towns of Lexington, Lincoln and Concord. It commemorates the opening battles of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775 by protecting, preserving and interpreting the significant historic sites, structures, landscapes and events.
    • Location: Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road, Lincoln; North Bridge and North Bridge Visitor Center,  174 Liberty St., Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-6993
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: The grounds of Minute Man National Historical Park are open sunrise to sunset. Parking lot gates close promptly at sunset.
  • Walden Pond — Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book Walden, which is credited with helping to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment. Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The reservation includes the 102-foot deep glacial kettle-hole pond and Walden Woods. Visitors are welcome to swim, picnic, hike, use canoes and rowboats, fish, cross-country ski and snowshoe.
    • Location: 915 Walden St., Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-3254
    • Hours: Call for information.
    • Costs: $5 for parking. Visitors are encouraged to call the park in advance and check on parking availability.
    • Other: To protect the natural resources of the area and ensure that Walden Pond remains a pleasant place for people in the future, the number of visitors is limited to no more than 1,000 people at a time. Dogs, bicycles, flotation devices and grills are prohibited.
  • The Minuteman Bikeway — Nearly 11 miles long, the Minuteman Bikeway begins at Alewife Station in Cambridge, passes through Arlington and Lexington, and ends one mile into Bedford. With level 12-feet wide asphalt pavement, the bikeway is great for bicycling, walking, jogging, roller-skating and cross-country skiing.

  • Battle Road Trail — Within the Minute Man National Historical Park, this five-mile-long trail connects historic sites from Meriam's Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary of the park in Lexington. This scenic trail is suitable for walking, jogging and biking with beautifully restored historic landscapes and buildings to enjoy along the way.
    • Location: Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road, Lincoln; North Bridge and North Bridge Visitor Center,  174 Liberty St., Concord
    • Phone: 978-369-6993
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: The grounds of Minute Man National Historical Park are open sunrise to sunset. Parking lot gates close promptly at sunset.
  • The Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro State Forest — Ready to break out your hiking boots? The Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro State Forest offers 1,140 acres and miles of trails ponds, swamps and wetlands that stretch across three towns.
    • Location: Trotting Park Road, Lowell
    • Phone: 978-369-6312
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • The Appalachian Trail — This legendary hiking trail winds its way through not only Massachusetts, but the entire East Coast, from Maine to Georgia. Ninety miles of this long-distance trail are located in Massachusetts, running along the ridges and traversing the valleys of Berkshire County.
    • Phone: 413-442-8928
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Open year round.
  • Mount Greylock State Reservation — Acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, the first state park in Massachusetts also contains the state’s highest peak at 3,419 feet and the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower.
    • Location: 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesboro
    • Phone: 413-499-4262
    • Costs: Free for all.
    • Hours: Open daily year round.
  • Jiminy Peak — The largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England with 45 trails.
    • Location: 7 Corey Road, Hancock
    • Phone: 413-738-5500
    • Cost: Call for information on lift tickets and season passes.
    • Hours: Open seven days a week during ski season. Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden — One of America’s oldest botanical gardens featuring 23 seasonal display gardens, classes and special exhibits.
    • Location: 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge
    • Phone: 413-298-3926
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students; Free for members and children, age 11 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily year-round.
  • Petticoat Hill Reservation — Petticoat Hill is one in a grouping of three hills that rises more than 1,000 feet above South Williamsburg. Explore a forest that boasts a rich variety of hardwood species as well as stone walls and cellar holes that reveal the hill's agricultural past.
    • Location: Petticoat Hill Road, Williamsburg
    • Phone: 413-532-1631
    • Costs: Free to all.
    • Hours: Open daily year-round, sunrise to sunset.
  • Mohawk Trail State Forest — More than 6,000 scenic acres offer outdoor enthusiasts lodging in 62 campsites and overnight log cabins plus a variety of activities including trout-fishing and hiking.
    • Location: Route 2, Charlemont
    • Phone: 413-339-5504
    • Costs: Call for information about fees.
    • Hours: Open year round. Call for more information.
  • Monument Mountain — The memorable views of the southern Berkshires and the broad Housatonic River Valley await you from the summit. For two centuries, this imposing natural feature has attracted artists and writers, hikers and nature lovers. Each year, more than 20,000 visitors explore Squaw Peak, descending with memories they can share for a lifetime.
    • Location: Rt. 7, Great Barrington
    • Phone: 413-298-3239
    • Costs: Free for all.
    • Hours: Daily year-round, sunrise to sunset.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore —Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds and uplands support diverse species, stretching from Chatham to Provincetown. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.
    • Location: Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham; Province Lands Visitor Center, 171 Race Point Road, Provincetown.
    • Phone: 508-771-2144; Salt Pond Visitor Center, 508-255-3421; Province Lands Visitor Center, 508-487-1256.
    • Costs: Beach entrance fees are collected from late June through early September when lifeguards are on duty, and on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to the end of September. Daily vehicle, $15; Motorcycles, $5; Pedestrians and bicyclists, $3.
    • Hours: Parking lots are open 6 a.m. to midnight, daily year-round. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is open year-round daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), with extended hours during the summer months. The Province Lands Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 31. The park's six swimming beaches are lifeguarded from late June through the last week of August.
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail — The Cape Cod Rail Trail follows a former railroad right-of-way for 22 miles through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. Its paved surface, few hill, and well-marked automobile crossings make it ideal for cyclists.
    • Location: Rte. 134, South Dennis
    • Phone: 508-896-3491
    • Costs: Parking is free for trail users.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Fishing Charters — If water sports are your passion, you’ll find no shortage of things to do. From Bussards Bay to Provincetown, sport fishing charters are available for those with a hankering for tuna, bass, cod and even shark.

  • Sailing — Sailing is huge on the Cape. And there’s ample opportunity to indulge in the pastime with marinas, sailing schools and yacht clubs stretching from Buzzard's Bay to Provincetown.

Zoos & Aquariums

  • The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium — Located in Manhattan Beach, the Aquarium features exhibits designed to showcase the marine life in the area such as starfish, Garibaldi, shrimp, crabs, eels and, of course, sharks.
    • Location: Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
    • Phone: 310-379-8117
    • Costs: Admission is free, but a suggested donation is $2 per person and $5 per family.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to sunset; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to sunset.
  • Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens — Located in Griffith Park, the zoo has been lauded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall for its chimp enclosure.
    • Location: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles
    • Phone: 323-644-4200
    • Costs: $18 for adults; $15 for seniors; $13 for children, age 2 to 12; Free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Aquarium of the Pacific — This public aquarium is located on a five-acre site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach and houses 11,000 ocean animals that represent nearly 500 species and features a shark lagoon and a penguin habitat.
    • Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
    • Phone: 562- 590-3100
    • Costs: Admission rates vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day and during the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
  • Oakland Zoo — Tucked in the rolling hills of Knowland Park, the Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals including elephants, giraffes and elands. Check out the zoo’s FedEx Condor Cam, the first live footage tracking these rare birds in the wild.
    • Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
    • Phone: 510-632-9525
    • Costs: $15.75 for adults; $11.75 for seniors and children, age 2 to 14; $13.75 for military personnel; $9.75 for the children military personnel; Free for children, age 2 and younger and adults, age 80 and older.
    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and select holidays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • San Francisco Zoo — This diverse and entertaining zoo is located near Ocean Beach. Visitors can watch rescued grizzly sisters Kachina and Kiona, be entertained by a baby Western lowland gorilla and see the largest colony of Magellanic penguins outside the wild.
    • Location: Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway
    • Phone: 415-753-7080
    • Costs: Admission prices vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo — Considered one of the Central Valley’s finest zoos, Fresno Chaffee sports a Rain Forest exhibit, Stingray Bay where visitors can touch the stingrays and the newly opened Sea Lion Cove with its 35 foot long underwater viewing window. 
    • Location: 894 W. Belmont Ave., Fresno
    • Phone: 559-498-5910
    • Costs: Admission prices vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium — Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants.
    • Location: 886 Cannery Row , Monterey
    • Phone: 831-648-4800
    • Cost: $39.95 for adults; $24.95 for children, age 3 to 12; $34.95 for students and seniors; Free for children under the age of 3.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens — See Arabian wildcats, golden eagles and desert iguanas at this expansive 120-acre park that showcases desert species from around the world. Kids will especially enjoy visiting the recreated African-style Village WaTuTu and getting close to critters in the Petting Kraal.
    • Location: 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert
    • Phone: 760-346-5694
    • Costs: $17.25 for general admission; $15.75 for AAA members, military personnel and seniors; $8.75 for children, age 3 to 12; Free for children under the age of 3. Call for information on tour packages.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary seasonally. Please call for more information.
  • Sacramento Zoo — Open since 1927, the zoo is home to almost 400 species of wildlife.
    • Location: 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento
    • Phone: 916-808-5166
    • Costs: $11.25 for general admission, $10.50 for seniors; $7.25 for children, age 2 to 11; Free for children under the age of 2.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Folsom Zoo Sanctuary — Since 1963, this small but heart-grabbing facility has offered sanctuary to wild animals that have been orphaned, injured or rejected as pets. Creatures on display include the traditional tigers, bears and birds, but what makes this facility unusual is its focus on half-wild animals, such as feral pigs, horses, sheep and deer.
    • Location: 403 Stafford St., Folsom
    • Phone: 916-351-3527
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • San Diego Zoo — Located in Balboa Park, San Diego’s famed zoo ishome to more than 4,500 animals, including polar bears, lions, tigers, gorillas, zebras, pandas and the ever-popular koalas. Take a guided bus tour or get above it all and ride the Skyfari aerial tram.
    • Location: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego
    • Phone: 619-231-1515
    • Costs: Various admission packages are available; a one day pass costs $46 for adults and $36 for children. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open every day of the year. Hours of operation may vary seasonally. Call for more information.
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps — Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 3,000 fish in 60 habitats plus a museum on ocean and earth science.
    • Location: 2300 Expedition Way Drive, La Jolla
    • Phone: 858-534-3474
    • Costs: $17 for adults. $14 for teens, age 13 to 17; $12.50 for children, age 3 to 12; $12 for college students; $11 for UCSD students; Free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Santa Barbara Zoo — The beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo is the city’s top visitor attraction, boasting ocean views, 30 acres of gardens and more than 400 animals including African lions, Baringo giraffes, Humboldt penguins and Western Lowland gorillas.
    • Location: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara
    • Phone: 805-962-5339
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $10 for children, age 2 to 12; $12 for seniors; Free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas day.
  • Ty Warner Sea Center  — Located on Stearns Wharf, the Sea Center features interactive exhibits focused on the ocean life in the Santa Barbara region. Touch sharks in the shark pool and sea urchins in the touch tank. Help volunteers collect samples of ocean water and examine it for tiny and strange looking plankton. Crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank to see ocean life from a different perspective.
    • Location: 211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara
    • Phone: 805-962-2526
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors and children, age 13 to 17; $5 for children, age 2 to 12; Free for children age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for holidays and special events.

Other Points of Interest

  • The Boston Children’s Museum — The museum offers innovative, meaningful and hands-on fun exhibits designed for children and families. Focused on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness and the arts, Boston Children's Museum has something for kids big and small.
    • Location: 308 Congress St., Boston
    • Phone: 617-426-6500
    • Costs: $14 for adults and children, age 2 -15; Free for members and children, age 1 and younger.
    • Hours: Saturday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Museum of Science — Spend a couple of hours or the whole day at this hands-on museum that has something exciting for everyone. Touch a lizard, watch chickens hatching, see lightning being created and enjoy hundreds of other exhibits, where you can't help but learn something new about science and technology. Hold onto the edge of your seat at the IMAX movie theater, which costs extra.
    • Location: 1 Science Park, Boston
    • Phone: 617-723-2500
    • Costs: $23 for adults; $21 for seniors; $20 for children, age 3 to 11. There are additional charges for the Mugar Omni Theater and the Charles Hayden Planetarium. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary seasonally. Call for more information
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library — Relive Camelot in this dynamic combination museum and library. Your visit starts with a short film and then leaves you to explore a series of exhibits, including the Kennedy-Nixon debate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space program, 1960s campaign paraphernalia and displays about Jacqueline and other Kennedy family members. The striking, I.M. Pei-designed building overlooks the water and the Boston skyline.
    • Location: Columbia Point, Boston
    • Phone: 617-514-1600
    • Costs: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students, $10 for children, age 13 to 17; Free for members and children, age 12 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Samuel Adams Brewery Tours — When you visit the Samuel Adams Brewery, established in 1984, you’ll experience the entire brewing process from start to finish. Visitors get to taste the special malts used to brew Sam Adams beer and smell the Hallertau hops and enjoy some of the great styles of Samuel Adams beers.
    • Location: 30 Germania St., Jamaica Plain, Boston
    • Phone: 617-368-5080
    • Cost: A $2 donation per person is suggested.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours depart approximately every 45 minutes and last about one hour.
  • EcoTarium — The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum. Visitors can walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, ride a narrow gauge railroad, and get hands-on with family-friendly exhibits.
    • Location: 222 Harrington Way, Worcester
    • Phone: 508-929-2700
    • Costs: $14 for adults; $10 for seniors and college students; $8 for children, age 2 to 18; Free for members and children, age 1 and younger. Active military personnel and military spouses receive two-for-one admission.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame — Baseball has Cooperstown, and basketball has Springfield. Named for the man who invented the game more than a century ago, The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors nearly 300 inductees and is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits
    • Location: 1000 Hall Of Fame Ave., Springfield
    • Phone: 877-4Hoopla
    • Costs: $21 for adults; $17 for seniors; $15 for children, age 5 to 15; Free for children, age 4 and younger. Discounts are available for AAA members and active and retired military personnel.
    • Hours: The museum’s hours of operation are subject to change. Call for more information.
  • Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum — This library and museum located in Northamptom contains portraits and memorabilia detailing the public and private life of the former president. The Coolidge Collection was established in 1920, when Calvin Coolidge gave documents and memorabilia to the Forbes Library. Coolidge continued giving materials to the library throughout the remainder of his life.
    • Location: Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton
    • Phone: 413-587-1014
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Hours and days of operations vary. Call for information.
  • Smith & Wesson Museum Tour — The Smith & Wesson factory museum unveils the company’s rich history in the firearm industry.
    • Location: 2100 Roosevelt Ave., Springfield
    • Phone: 800-331-0852
    • Costs: Call for information on admission.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • King Richard's Faire — From August through October, the King Richard's Faire enchants visitors with hundreds of talented entertainers performing non-stop throughout the day at this event spread over 80 acres. Watch knights battle on horseback. Eat spit-roasted giant turkey legs. Discover more than 1090 artisans who come from all over the country to hawk their wares.
    • Location: 235 Main St., Carver
    • Phone: 508-866-5391
    • Cost: $29 for adults; $16 for children.
    • Hours: Open weekends Aug. 30 through Oct. 19 plus Labor Day Monday and Columbus Day Monday. The gates open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
  • Battleship Cove — Battleship Cove is a nonprofit maritime heritage museum, comprising five National Historic Landmarks and the world's largest and most diverse collection of historic naval ships. The kids will love scampering around the mighty USS Massachusetts and the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
    • Location: 5 Water St., Fall River
    • Phone: 800-533-3194
    • Cost: $17 for adults; $15 for seniors, veterans and AAA members; $10.50 for children, age 6 to 12; $8.50 for active military personnel; Free for children, age five and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours of operation vary seasonally. Call for more information
  • Marine Museum at Fall River — This nautical museum exhibits memorabilia, artifacts and ship models of the Fall River Line and RMS Titanic.
    • Location: 70 Water St., Fall River
    • Phone: 508-674-3533
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • The Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum — Located directly opposite the entrance to the Battleship Massachusetts, this unique railroad museum is located in four authentic railroad cars next to an active railroad yard with displays on railroad history from 1847 until the present. Visitors can enjoy sitting in a rare diesel rail car and climb aboard a vintage caboose. The museum also features a display of model trains.
    • Location: 2 Water St., Fall River
    • Phone: 508-674-9340
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: The museum closes in the winter. Call for information on days and hours of operation.
  • The Islands —The region includes Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Each island has a distinctly different flavor. Nantucket, only three miles by nine miles, is about as quaint a New England seaside town as you will find. The downtown area includes fine shops, galleries and the famous Nantucket Whaling Museum. The cobblestone streets are busy with tourists in almost every season. The Christmas Stroll is a favorite winter attraction. Martha's Vineyard, a favorite vacation spot of the Clintons, is well known for great beaches, ocean vistas and the seaside villages of Oaks Bluff, Chilmark, Edgartown and Tisbury.

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum —The museum showcases a selection of pirate artifacts and treasure from the world's only fully-authenticated pirate shipwreck, discovered off the coast of  Cape Cod.
    • Location: 16 Macmillan Wharf, Provincetown
    • Phone: 508-487-8899
    • Costs: Call for information on admission.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Woods Hole If science is your thing, don't miss a trip to Woods Hole, home of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The scientists at WHOI conduct important research around the world and may be best know for their work with Alvin, the deep submergence vehicle used to survey the resting place of the RMS Titanic. This harbor-side research laboratory with aquarium features outdoor seals and sea life touch tanks. Seal feedings take place most days at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Location: 86 Water St., Woods Hole
    • Phone: 508-548-1400
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail — The Kennedy Legacy Trail, located in the heart of the HyArts Cultural District, celebrates the significant role the Kennedys played in shaping the history of Hyannis and Cape Cod. The 1.6-mile trail consists of 10 informational signs that are placed at key locations from Main Street to the harbor, finishing up at the JFK Memorial at Veteran's Beach. Each stop provides a brief history of the site and its significance to the Kennedys and their life on Cape Cod.
    • Location: Main Street to Hyannis Harbor, Hyannis
    • Phone: 508-862-4678
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
    • Other: Brochures and maps will be available at the JFK Museum on Main Street, Hyannis.

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