Massachusetts Bucket List: 200+ Places to Visit in Mass

Looking for something fun to do in Massachusetts? Check out this bucket list of over 200 places to visit in Massachusetts.

These list include historical sites, scenic state parks, interesting attractions, memorials, monuments and is sorted by town to make it easier to browse.

The following is a list of the best places to Massachusetts:

Adams:

Visit the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace, the birthplace of women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony.

Amherst:

Visit the Emily Dickinson Museum, a historic house museum that consists of two houses, the Dickinson Homestead, where poet Emily Dickinson was born, and The Evergreens, where her brother and his family lived, during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a museum dedicated to picture books and picture book illustrations.

Visit the Beneski Museum of Natural History, one of New England’s largest natural history museums with over 1,700 specimens on display, including fossils, dinosaur footprints, minerals and meteorites.

Visit the Mead Art Museum, an art museum that features the fine art collection of Amherst College.

Amesbury:

Explore Cider Hill Farm, a family farm where you can pick your own fruit, feed goats and chickens and enjoy a bite to eat from the bakery and a food truck.

Visit Lowell’s Boat Shop and Museum, a living museum and historic boat shop that was built in 1793, making it the oldest operating boat shop in America.

Swim in Lake Gardner, a long narrow lake, formed by a dam on the Powow River, that stretches from Amesbury to New Hampshire.

Visit the Macy-Colby House, a historic house museum and first period home.

Visit the Amesbury Carriage Museum, a museum that houses a collection of 18th and 19th century horse-drawn carriages.

Barnstable:

Visit the Coast Guard Heritage Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of the Coast Guard.

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Beverly:

Visit the John Hale Farm, a historic farm once owned by Reverend John Hale, a minister who played a role in the Salem Witch Trials and who later wrote a book about it titled A Modest Inquiry Into the Nature of Witchcraft.

Visit the John Balch House, a historic house museum and first period home that is considered one of the oldest wood-frame houses in America.

Visit the John Cabot House, a historic house museum that was the town’s first brick mansion.

Berkley:

Explore Dighton Rock State Park, a state park that is home to a small museum that houses Dighton Rock, a glacial erratic covered in mysterious petroglyphs that once sat on the banks of the river.

Brewster:

Visit the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, a small museum focusing on natural history and archeology.

Tour the Crosby Mansion, a three-story, 35-room mansion built in 1887 as a summer home for the Crosby family.

Boston:

Walk the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile-long path in Boston that features 16 historic sites, including Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, the Massachusetts State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, the Old North Church and the USS Constitution.

Paul Revere House in Boston, Mass
Paul Revere House in Boston, Mass

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, an art museum that was established in 1876 and is home to nearly 450,000 works of art.

Explore the Boston Harbor Islands, a series of 34 islands and peninsulas in Boston Harbor. The islands feature a historic lighthouse, two historic forts and many archeological sites.

Visit the New England Aquarium, an aquarium in Boston that features thousands of species of aquatic animals and fish.

Dine at the Union Oyster House, a historic restaurant serving seafood and New England specialties. Established in 1826, the Union Oyster House is America’s oldest restaurant.

Visit the Museum of African American History, the largest museum in New England dedicated to African American history, featuring the historic African American Meeting House, which is the oldest black church building in the country.

Watch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, a historic baseball park and the home of the Boston Red Sox. Built in 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest Major League baseball park in America.

See the Skinny House, a narrow four-story home originally built as a spite house in an alley sometime after the American Civil War, according to local legend.

Explore Fort Independence, a historic fort on Castle Island where an earlier primitive fort was first built in 1634, making it the oldest continuously fortified site in America.

Watch a performance by the Boston Pops or the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Boston Symphony Hall.

Visit the Boston’s Children’s Museum, a museum dedicated to the education of children.

Visit the Museum of Science, a science museum and indoor zoo that features live presentations, a planetarium, a domed Imax theater as well as over 100 animals.

Visit the Boston Tea Party Museum, an interactive history museum dedicated to the Boston Tea Party.

Visit the Commonwealth Museum, a museum and archival center that features exhibits dedicated to the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, an art collection housed in a mansion designed to look like a 15th century Venetian Palace.

Brookline:

Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site, a historic house museum that was home to the founder of American landscape architecture.

Visit the International Paper Museum which features exhibits about historical hand papermaking from all over the world.

Visit the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, the birthplace and childhood home of President John F. Kennedy.

Visit the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, a museum that houses the oldest collection of motorcars in America.

Cambridge:

Take a tour of the campus of Harvard University. Established in 1636, it is the oldest college in America.

Visit the Cooper-Frost-Austin House. Built in 1681, it is the oldest house in Cambridge.

Visit the Harvard Art Museums, which consists of three art museums, Fogg Art Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, run by Harvard University.

Visit the Hart Nautical Museum, a maritime museum run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History, a natural history museum run by Harvard University.

Visit the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, a historic house museum that served as the headquarters for George Washington during the American Revolution and as the home of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the 19th century.

Carver:

Take a train ride at the Edaville Family Theme Park, an amusement park that is home to the Edaville Railroad, one of the oldest heritage railroads in America, on a cranberry plantation.

Take a tour of a cranberry bog at Flax Pond Farms.

Attend King Richard’s Faire, a Renaissance fair held every fall that recreates a 16th century marketplace.

Explore Myles Standish State Forest, a state forest located in the Southeast Massachusetts pine barrens that is home to one of the largest pitch pine and scrub oak forests north of Long Island.

Chatham:

Visit the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of the Marconi station and wireless communication on Cape Cod.

Visit the Chatham Railroad Museum, a museum about the local railroad industry located inside a restored 1887 railroad depot.

Concord:

Explore Minute Man National Park, the site of the opening battle of the Revolutionary War and home to The Wayside, a historic home once owned by Nathaniel Hawthorne as well as Louisa May Alcott and her family.

Explore Walden Pond State Reservation, a state park and swimming hole that features the site of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin.

Tour the Old Manse, a historic house museum that was once the home of Nathaniel Hawthorne as well as Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Visit Author’s Ridge at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, a section of the historic cemetery where authors Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson are buried.

Tour Orchard House, a historic house museum that was once the home of Louisa May Alcott and her family.

Orchard House in Concord, Mass
Orchard House in Concord, Mass

Visit the Concord Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of Concord and features an extensive collection of artifacts related to Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Tour the Ralph Waldo Emerson House, a historic house museum that was once the home of American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Danvers:

Visit the Salem Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial, a memorial dedicated to the 25 accused people who died during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.

Tour the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, a historic first period house that was the home of accused witch Rebecca Nurse during the Salem Witch Trials.

Visit the Salem Village Parsonage, the site of the historic Salem Village parsonage where Reverend Samuel Parris, Betty Parris and Tituba lived during the Salem Witch Trials.

See the Endicott Pear Tree, which was planted by governor John Endicott in 1632 and is believed to be the oldest living cultivated fruit tree in North America.

Tour Glen Magna Farms, a historic house museum that was the home of Salem merchant Joseph Peabody.

Tour the Judge Samuel Holten House, a historic first period house that was home to Sarah Holten who testified against Rebecca Nurse during the Salem Witch Trials.

Dedham:

Tour the Fairbanks House, a historic first period house that was built in 1637, making it the oldest timber frame house in America.

Deerfield:

Visit Historic Deerfield, a museum dedicated to the history of Deerfield and the Connecticut River Valley. It consists of 11 historic houses as well as a modern museum and visitor center.

Visit the Deerfield Massacre Mass Grave, a mass grave of 48 colonists killed in a French and Indian raid during Queen Anne’s War, at the Old Albany Cemetery.

Explore Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, a state park that features two mountains, North Sugarloaf Mountain and South Sugarloaf Mountain, in South Deerfield.

Visit the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, a 8,000 square foot conservatory that is home to thousands of butterflies as well as turtles, fish and various flowers, in South Deerfield

Visit the Indian House Children’s Museum, a replica of the historic 1699 Enisgn John Sheldon House which features historic clothing, toys and games from the 18th century.

Visit the Memorial Hall Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of Deerfield. Established in 1870, it is oldest museum association in the country.

Dennis:

Visit the Cape Cod Museum of Art, a museum that features artwork by local Cape Cod artists.

Duxbury:

Visit Duxbury Beach, a six-mile-long barrier beach accessed by the Powder Point Bridge.

Explore Myles Standish Monument State Reservation, a 30-acre state park that features a 116-foot granite tower topped by a statue of Plymouth colonists Captain Myles Standish.

Tour the Alden House Historic Site, a historic site where Mayflower pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins lived in 1627. The site features a historic first period house, built in 1680, by the Alden family.

Tour the Gershom Bradford House, a historic house built in 1807 by Captain Gershom Bradford.

Tour the King Caesar House, a historic Federal mansion built in 1809 for merchant Ezra Weston II, who was known as king Caesar.

Eastham:

See the Eastham Windmill, a windmill built in 1680, making it the oldest windmill in Cape Cod.

Essex:

Tour Cogswell’s Grant, a farm and historic house museum that features a large collection of American folk art.

Visit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, a maritime museum dedicated to the history of the wooden shipbuilding industry in Essex.

Fall River:

Tour the battleships at Battleship Cove, a maritime museum and war memorial that features the world’s largest collection of WWI naval vessels.

Spend the night at the Lizzie Borden House, a historic house that is now a bed and breakfast and was the home where Lizzie Borden’s parents were murdered in the 19th century.

Tour the Lafayette-Durfee House, a historic house museum that was built sometime before 1750 and was moved to its current location in 1872.

Falmouth:

Tour Highfield Hall and Gardens, a historic estate built in 1878 as a summer home for the Beebee family.

Visit the Nimrod Restaurant, a restaurant that was damaged by a British cannonball during the War of 1812. The attack resulted in a jagged hole in the wall of what is now the men’s bathroom.

Fitchburg:

Visit the Fitchburg Art Museum, a regional art museum that features American photography, African art and Ancient Egyptian art.

Freetown:

Visit Profile Rock, a 50-foot high granite rock formation that local Wampanoag indians believe is an image of their Chief Massasoit.

Gloucester:

Explore Dogtown, an abandoned ghost town that was originally settled in the late 17th century before being abandoned and being allegedly overrun by witches and feral dogs. The site is now a public park that features trails, historic cellar holes dug by the early inhabitants and glacial boulders painted with inspiring messages.

Tour Hammond Castle, a castle built in 1929 by American inventor John Hays Hammond that features pieces of historic European castle and his collection of Roman, medieval and Renaissance artifacts.

Visit Good Harbor Beach, a beautiful white sand beach that features a nearby island that can be accessed via a sandbar at low tide.

See the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial, an iconic eight-foot-tall statue dedicated to all the Gloucester fishermen who have died at sea.

Tour the Beauport, the Sleeper-Mcann House, a historic house built in 1907 by American interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper.

Visit the Cape Ann Museum, an museum that features art by artists and artist colonies from Cape Ann as well as exhibits about the history of Gloucester.

Tour the Sargent House Museum, a historic house built in 1782 by feminist writer and philosopher Judith Sargent Murray that features a collection of American decorative arts and furniture.

Groton:

Visit Bancroft’s Castle, a stone tower built by General William Bancroft in 1906 on top of Gibbet Hill.

Hancock:

Tour the Hancock Shaker Village, a former Shaker commune that is now a history museum featuring over 20 historic buildings and over 22,000 artifacts.

Harvard:

Tour the Fruitlands Museum, a former transcendentalist commune that is now a history museum featuring the historic Fruitlands farmhouse, a museum about Shaker life, a museum about Native American history and an art gallery with a collection of 19-century paintings.

Haverhill:

Explore Winnekinni Castle & Park, a 700-acre park that features a castle built by local chemist Dr. James R. Nichols in 1875.

Visit the Buttonwoods Museum, a history museum that features a number of historic buildings, such as the John Ward House, the Duncan House, and the Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop.

Visit the John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead, the birthplace of American Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier.

Hingham:

Visit the Old Ship Church, a historic church built in 1681, which makes it the only remaining Puritan meetinghouse in America.

Holyoke:

Explore the Dinosaur Footprints Reservation, an 8-acre wilderness reservation where dinosaur footprints where discovered in 1836 in the local sandstone outcrops.

Visit the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, a sports hall of fame dedicated to the players and coaches of volleyball, which was invented in Holyoke in 1895.

Visit the Children’s Museum at Holyoke, a museum dedicated to educating children through the arts and sciences.

Hyannis:

Visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, a historical museum about Massachusetts native John F. Kennedy.

Take a ride on the Cape Cod Central Railroad, a two-hour narrated tour of the Cape Cod seaside while enjoying an award-winning elegant dinner, Sunday brunch, gourmet luncheon or family supper.

Ipswich:

Tour the Whipple House, a historic first period house built by Captain John Whipple in 1677.

Visit Wolf Hollow, a wolf sanctuary where you can watch North American gray wolves interact with their pack-mates in their native environment.

Visit Crane Beach, a beautiful white sand beach surrounded by a maritime pitch pine forest.

Tour Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, a sprawling estate that features a 59-room Stuart-style mansion built by Richard T. Crane in 1928.

Visit Heard House Museum, a historic house built by merchant John Heard in 1795.

Explore the Sandy Point State Reservation, a 134-acre state park that features a white sand beach.

Lawrence:

Explore Lawrence Heritage Park, a historic state park that features a visitor center housed in a restored boarding house from 1840, a 5-acre park named Pemberton Park and the Lawrence Riverfront State Park which features walking trails, basketball courts and tennis courts.

Lenox:

Tour the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio, the home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen.

Watch a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at their summertime home the Tanglewood music venue.

Tour The Mount, a historic house that was the home of author Edith Wharton.

Tour the Ventford Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, a Jacobean-style mansion built in 1893.

Leominster:

Visit the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed on Johnny Appleseed Lane, which features a stone marker and a log cabin diorama depicting his birthplace.

See the Frances H and Jonathan Drake House, a historic house that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad and features a trap door where abolitionists Frances and Jonathan Drake used to hide escaped slaves.

Lexington:

Explore Minute Man National Historical Park, a park that features the sites of the first battles of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Lexington and the Battle of Concord, as well as the historic home, The Wayside, and the Minute Man statue.

Visit the Lexington Battle Green, the town common where the historic Battle of Lexington took place in 1775.

Tour the Buckman Tavern, a historic tavern where several dozen minutemen gathered to await the arrival of British troops before the Battle of Lexington in 1775.

Tour the Hancock-Clarke House, a historic home 18th century home where John Hancock and Samuel Adams where staying when the Battle of Lexington took place in 1775.

Tour the Munroe Tavern, a historic 18-the century tavern that served as the headquarters of the British forces and a makeshift field hospital during the Battle of Lexington in 1775.

Lowell:

Explore Lowell National Historic Park, a park that features a number of historic buildings such as the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, the Pawtucket Dam and Gatehouse, Suffolk Mill Turbine and Powerhouse, the Suffolk Mill Turbine and Powerhouse, the Lowell canal system, the Worthen House and much more.

Visit the Whistler House Museum of Art, an art museum located in a historic house where artist James McNeill Whistler was born.

See the Bette Davis House, a 19th century Victorian house where actress Bette Davis was born in 1908 (Note: it is now a private residence but there is a plaque outside marking its historical importance).

Visit the American Textile History Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of the textile industry in America.

Visit the National Streetcar Museum, a streetcar museum and heritage railroad owned by the New England Electric Railway Historical Society.

Lynn:

Visit Dungeon Rock, a rock formation in the Lynn Woods Reservation that features a cave dug by a spiritualist who said he was directed by the ghost of a pirate to find his buried treasure.

Explore the High Rock Tower Reservation, a 4.5-acre city park that features a 85-foot tall stone tower built in 1905.

Visit the Grand Army of the Republic Museum, a military museum that features memorabilia from the Revolutionary War up to the Korean War.

Explore Lynn Heritage State Park, a park that features a visitor center with exhibits the city’s industrial past.

Marblehead:

Visit Abbot Hall, a town hall and museum that features the original painting The Spirit of 76 by Archibald MacNeal Willard as well as important historical documents.

Spend the night at Herreshoff Castle, a bed and breakfast located in a castle that was built to resemble Erik the Red’s castle in Greenland.

Visit the Marblehead Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of Marblehead.

Explore Old Burial Hill, a historic cemetery that features many historic Puritan gravestones and was featured in a scene in the 1993 film Hocus Pocus.

Explore Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary that is home to Black-crowned Night-Herons, painted turtles and migrating songbirds as well as various trails and walking paths.

Tour Fort Sewall, a historic fort originally built in 1644 and rebuilt in 1742 during King George’s War and then rebuilt again in 1775 during the Revolutionary War.

Visit the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, a historic colonial Georgian mansion built by craftsman Jeremiah Lee in 1768.

Martha’s Vineyard:

See the Martha’s Vineyard Gingerbread Houses, a total of 318 colorful Victorian cottages in Oak’s Bluff that were part of a Methodist camp in the 19th century.

Gingerbread Cottages on Martha's Vineyard
Gingerbread Cottages on Martha’s Vineyard

Visit the Cottage Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of Gingerbread Cottages.

Visit the Aquinnah Cliffs in Aquinnah, beautiful clay cliffs carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age.

Mashpee:

See the Old Indian Meetinghouse, a historic Native-American meeting house built in 1684, making it oldest Native-American church in America.

Explore the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, a 341-acre wildlife refuge that features cranberry bogs, swamps, marshes that are home to migratory waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, red foxes and white-tailed deer.

Visit the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, an interactive museum with play-&-learn exhibits designed for 6-month-olds to 8-year-olds.

Visit the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

Milton:

Explore Blue Hills Reservation, a 6,000-acre park that features the Great Blue Hill, which is an ancient volcano, as well as marshes, swamps and forests that are home to endangered timber rattlesnakes and copperhead snakes

Tour the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory & Science Center, a historic weather observatory tower built in 1884 that is open to the public on the weekends.

Visit the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, a natural history museum run by the Blue Hills Reservation.

Tour the Eustis Estate, a historic mansion built by W.E.C. Eustis in 1878.

Visit the Forbes House Museum, a historic mansion built by Captain Robert Bennet Forbes in 1833.

Visit the Milton Art Museum, an art museum that features a collection of fine art, limited prints, sculpture, photography, and Asian art.

Monson:

Tour the Keep Homestead Museum, a historic farmhouse that features the Keep family collection of buttons, local and family artifacts and documents and antique furniture.

Nantucket:

Visit the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of Nantucket lifesaving, famous shipwrecks and rescues, life-saving equipment and the lifesaving station and the United States Coast Guard.

Tour the Hose Cart House, a historic fire house built in 1886.

Tour the Mitchell House, a historic house built in 1790 that later became the birthplace of Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in America, in 1818.

Tour the African American Meetinghouse, a former meeting house built in 1827 for African Americans in Nantucket.

Tour the Hadwen House, a Greek-rivial mansion built in 1846 for whaling merchant and silver retailer William Hadwen.

New Bedford:

Visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum, a maritime museum dedicated to the history of the whaling industry in Massachusetts.

Explore the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, a 34-acre park that features a number of museums, whaling artifacts, guided tours and educational programs.

Walk the Seaport Art Walk, a trail of 10 to 20 themed art sculptures in the New Bedford Seaport Cultural District.

Visit the New Bedford Art Museum, an art museum that features a collection of local, contemporary art.

Visit the Fort Taber / Fort Rodman Military Museum, a military museum that features a collection of photographs and artifacts from various wars in American history.

Newbury:

Tour the Coffin House, a historic first period house built in 1678 by colonist Tristram Coffin, Jr.

Tour the Dole-Little House, a historic colonial Saltbox house built by cattle farmer Richard Dole in 1715.

Newburyport:

Explore the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife refuge that features trails, beaches and wildlife observatories where you can view the many migratory birds that visit the refuge.

Explore Maudslay State Park, a 483-acre state park that was once the sprawling estate of wealthy businessman Frederick Strong Moseley and features trails, elaborate gardens, meadows, Native-American ceremonial mounds and the foundations of the various mansions, houses and other buildings that once existed there.

Visit the Custom House Maritime Museum, a maritime museum located in 19th century Classical Revival-style building that served as the city’s Custom house.

Visit the Cushing House Museum and Garden, a historic Federal-style mansion built by U.S. diplomat Caleb Cushing in 1808.

Newton:

Tour the Jackson Homestead and Museum, a historic Federal-style mansion that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad during the 19th century,

North Oxford:

Visit the Clara Barton Birthplace Museum, a historic house where the founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, was born in 1821.

North Adams:

Visit the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the U.S.

Norton:

Visit the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, a museum dedicated to the tradition of golf in Massachusetts.

Orleans:

Visit the French Cable Station Museum, a museum located in a historic station built in 1891 by the French Cable Company that features a collection of original Atlantic undersea telegraphic cables, instruments, maps, and assorted memorabilia.

Peabody:

Visit the Elizabeth Cassidy Folk Art Museum, a museum dedicated to local folk art.

Tour the General Gideon Foster House, a historic Federal-style house, built by Revolution War hero General Gideon Foster in 1810, that features a collection of antique furniture and clothing belonging to various families who lived there over the centuries.

Tour the George Peabody House Museum, a historic house where entrepreneur George Peabody was born in 1795.

Tour the Nathaniel Felton Houses, a pair of historic colonial houses built in the 17th century by colonist Nathaniel Felton and his son Nathaniel Felton Jr. Nathaniel and his son were the signers of a petition in support of their neighbor, John Proctor, during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.

Pittsfield:

Tour Arrowhead, a historic house where Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, lived from 1850 to 1863.

Visit the Berkshire Museum, a museum of natural history, ancient civilizations and art.

Plymouth:

Tour Plimouth Plantation, a living history museum that features a replica of Plymouth colony and a replica Wampanoag village.

Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass
Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass

See Plymouth Rock, a historic rock believed to mark the spot where the pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower in 1620.

See the National Monument to the Forefathers, a 81-foot-tall granite statue built in 1889 in honor of the Mayflower pilgrims.

Visit the Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest public museum in America which features artifacts, art, a library and archives dedicated the Mayflower pilgrims.

Visit the 1749 Courthouse and Museum, a historic courthouse that is believed to be the oldest wooden frame court house in America and is built on the site of pilgrim Edward Winslow’s first house in Plymouth.

Tour the Harlow Old Fort House, a historic first period house built by Sergeant William Harlow in 1677 using timber from the pilgrim’s original fort on Burial Hill in 1621.

Tour the 1809 Hedge House Museum, a historic Federal period house that features a collection of 19th century furniture, paintings, textiles, toys and etc.

Tour the Jabez Howland House, a historic wood-frame house built by Mayflower descendant Jacob Mitchell in 1667 and later purchased by fellow Mayflower descendant Jabez Howland.

Visit the Plimoth Grist Mill, a replica of the original Jenney Grist Mill built by colonists Sarah and John Jenney in 1636.

Visit the Mayflower House Museum, a historic mansion built in 1750 by Edward Winslow, the great-grandson of Governor Edward Winslow.

Tour the Richard Sparrow House, a historic first period house built in 1640 by Plymouth colonist Richard Sparrow.

Tour the 1749 Spooner House, a historic house built in 1749 by Hannah Jackson that was later occupied by the Spooner family who owned it for over 200 years.

Provincetown:

Climb the Pilgrim Monument, a historic tower built in 1910 to commemorate the landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620.

Visit the Provincetown Museum at the Pilgrim Monument, a museum dedicated to the history of the Mayflower pilgrims, the local maritime history and the construction of the Pilgrim Monument.

Quincy:

Explore the Adams National Historical Park, a state park that features 11 historic buildings associated with President John Adams, President John Quincy Adams, U.S. Ambassador Charles Francis Adams and writers and historians Henry Adams and Brooks Adams.

Explore the Sea Glass beaches on Spectacle Island, an island that was once a landfill and is now home to beaches covered in sea glass created by glass from the old landfill.

Visit the Granite Railway Incline, the ruins of the first railroad in America.

Revere:

Explore Revere Beach Reservation, a state park that features a three-mile-long crescent shaped beach which was the first public beach in America after it was acquired by the state in 1895.

Rockport:

Tour the Paper House, a small house constructed in 1922 out of varnished newspaper.

Visit Thacher Island, a small island off Cape Ann that features the Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge and two 124-foot-tall lighthouses.

Visit Motif 1 pier, a picturesque and iconic pier that features a red fishing shack that has appeared in many movies, advertisements, magazine covers and even on a postage stamp.

Explore Halibut Point State Park, a 67-acre park that features trails, tide pools and expansive ocean views.

Tour Old Castle, a historic first period house on Castle Lane built by Jethro Wheeler around 1712.

Salem:

Visit the Salem Witch Museum, a museum about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

Explore the Salem Heritage Trail, a trail in Salem that features historic sites like the Salem Witch House, the House of Seven Gables and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.

Visit the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, a memorial dedicated to the 20 people who died during the Salem Witch Trials.

Visit the Proctor’s Ledge Memorial, a memorial at the newly discovered site of the Salem Witch Trials hangings that is dedicated to the 19 people hanged there.

Tour the Salem Witch House, a historic colonial house where Salem Witch Judge Jonathan Corwin lived during the Salem Witch Trials.

Salem Witch House in Salem, Mass
Salem Witch House in Salem, Mass

Tour the House of Seven Gables, a historic mansion built by Captain John Turner in 1668 that served as the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The House of Seven Gables.

Visit the Peabody Essex Museum, a museum that is considered the oldest continuously operating museum in America and features more than 840,000 works of historical and cultural art.

Visit Pioneer Village, a living history museum that features a replica village of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.

Visit the New England Pirate Museum, a museum dedicated to the pirates that frequented New England during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Shop at the Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, which is considered to be the oldest candy shop in America and is known for its old-fashioned candies like Gibraltars (soft paste mint candy) and Black Jacks (molasses stick candy.)

Visit Salem Willows Park, a historic ocean front arcade and park that features games, children’s rides and concession stand food.

Tour the Crowninshield-Bentley House, a historic colonial Georgian-style house built by captain John Crowninshield in 1727.

Tour the Gardner-Pingree House, a historic Federal-style mansion built for John Gardner in 1804 and was the site of the murder of Captain Joseph White in 1830 which inspired Edgar Allen Poe to write The Tell-Tale Heart and inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write The Scarlet Letter.

Tour the Gedney House, a historic first period house built circa 1665.

Tour the John Ward House, a historic first period house built circa 1684.

Tour the Ropes Mansion, a historic Georgian colonial mansion originally built by merchant Samuel Barnard in the 1720s and was featured in the 1993 film Hocus Pocus.

Explore the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, a historical site that features 12 historic structures and a replica tall ship.

Salisbury:

Explore the Salisbury Beach State Reservation, a 355-acre state public recreation area at the mouth of the Merrimack River that features a campground, a playground, a beach and wetlands where you can observe wildlife such as snowy owls, bald eagles hunt and seals as well as prime fishing spots.

Play some arcade games at Joe’s Playland, a 100-year-old arcade near the beach that features games like ski-ball, pinball, classic arcade cabinets as well as modern video games.

See a concert at the Blue Ocean Music Hall, an oceanfront music venue with frequent concerts and events.

Sandwich:

Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum, a glass museum featuring a collection of rare glass.

Visit the Heritage Museums and Gardens, a public garden known for its significant collection of rhododendrons.

Tour the Hoxie House, a historic first period house built in 1675, which makes it one of the oldest houses on Cape Cod.

Sheffield:

Tour the Colonel John Ashley House, a historic house built in 1735 by Colonel John Ashley and where a slave named Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freedom was enslaved and successfully sued for her freedom in 1781 which sparked the end of slavery in Massachusetts.

Shrewsbury:

Visit the General Artemas Ward House, a historic house built in 1727 that later became home to Revolutionary War General Artemas Ward.

Somerville:

Visit the Museum of Bad Art, a museum that features a collection of art considered “too bad to be ignored.”

South Hadley:

Visit the Nash Dinosaur Track Site and Rock Shop, a site where thousands of dinosaur tracks have been discovered, many of which are on display in the museum.

Springfield:

Visit the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a museum and hall of fame dedicated to basketball, which was invented in Springfield.

Visit the Doctor Seuss Museum, a museum featuring original and reproduced artwork from Doctor Seuss.

Visit the Springfield Armory National Historical Site, the country’s first armory which features the world’s largest collection of U.S. military small arms.

Visit the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, which features the collections of George Walter Vincent Smith and Belle Townsley Smith in an Italian palazzo-style building built in 1896.

Visit the Titanic Museum, a museum that houses the collection of the Titanic Historical Society.

Sturbridge:

Visit Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum that recreates life in rural New England in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Stockbridge:

Tour the Chesterwood Estate & Museum, a historic house where American sculptor Daniel Chester French lived and worked.

Tour the Merwin House, a historic Federal-style house built in 1825 that features a collection of furnishing and antiques from the 19th century.

Tour the Mission House, a historic Colonial-era house built in 1742 that was the home of the first missionary to the Mohican Indians, Reverend John Sergeant.

Tour Naumkeag, a historic 44-room house built in 1886/7 by New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate.

Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, an art museum that is home to the world’s largest collection of Norman Rockwell art.

Waltham:

Visit the Charles River Museum of Industry, a museum about the Industrial Revolution that is housed in the historic Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, which was America’s first factory.

Vist the Girl Scout Museum, a museum located at the Girl Scouts Headquarters that features more than 60,000 photos, 7,000 publications and 650 uniforms dating back to 1918.

Tour the Gore Place, a historic country house built by Massachusetts lawyer and politician Christopher Gore in 1806.

Watertown:

Tour the Edmund Fowle House and Museum, a historic house built in 1772, making it the second oldest house in Watertown, that served as the meeting place for the Massachusetts Provincial Congress in the first year of the American Revolutionary War.

Wenham

Visit the Wenham Museum, a history museum that includes the historic Claflin-Richards House, a first period house built in 1690.

Weymouth:

Tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace, a historic house built in 1685 where first lady Abigail Adams was born in 1744.

Tour the Jason Holbrook Homestead, a historic house built in 1763 that houses Weymouth Historical Society’s Genealogical Library.

Worcester:

Visit the Worcester Art Museum, an art museum that features a collection of over 38,000 works of art and also includes the Higgins Armory Museum and its collection of arms and armor.

See Bancroft Tower, a stone and granite tower that resembles a feudal castle and was built by Worcester politician George Bancroft in 1900.

Visit the EcoTarium, a science and nature museum that features a planetarium, a variety of wildlife and various exhibits.

Yarmouth:

Tour the Edward Gorey House, which was the home of illustrator Edward Gorey and features his many collections of found objects as well as interactive exhibits and archives.

For more information on Massachusetts, check out our Massachusetts travel guide.

Sources:
“200 Things to Do Throughout Massachusetts.” Boston.com, Aug 10. 2017, www.boston.com/travel/travel/2017/08/10/200-things-to-do-in-massachusetts
“The Ultimate Massachusetts Bucket List: 25 Things to Do Before You Die.” Masslive, www.masslive.com/entertainment/2018/05/massachusetts_bucket_list.html
Frommer, Pauline. “The Top 10 Things to Do in the Berkshires.” Frommer’s, www.frommers.com/slideshows/848199-the-top-10-things-to-do-in-the-berkshires