Massachusetts attractions cover a huge range of activities

Museums, parks, tours on land and on sea are among the Massachusetts attractions that help make vacation fun for adults, children, history buffs, and people who like outdoor sports and outdoor activities.

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CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore Danvers MA

50 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA 01923 Phone: 978-777-2500

A Must Sea!

Just 19 miles north of Boston is the wettest, wackiest, wildest and largest indoor water park in Massachusetts. Here, a tropical paradise where the temperature is always 84 degrees is open year round for every kid of every age. The fun includes tantalizing water slides, a river too lazy to move too quickly, a splash pad and a dip-in-the- theater arcade along with private, cozy cabanas and more. Hold your next birthday party or group swim here or buy out the whole park for a day. Adjacent is the relaxing oasis of the Doubletree Hotel Boston North Shore with guest rooms and suites, an on-site fitness center, pool and spa, recreational game room, high speed internet access. Look for Coco Key Discounts and packages. OK, everybody in the water!
 
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Berkshire East Berkshire East Charlemont MA

66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA 01339 Phone: 413-339-6617

Scenic New England amidst the shrieks of the adventurous

New England’s largest zip line destination has been featured by USA Today as one of the Top 10 zip lines of the country. The Base Tour is your introduction. The Mountain Top Tour includes seven zips, two hikes, and two great ski lift rides. The adrenaline-filled Valley Jump tour includes two half-mile-long zips, a scenic chairlift to the mountaintop, some hiking and it’s all downhill from there at speeds up to 50 mph at an altitude of almost 200 ft. Coming this fall is the wild new Mountain Coaster - an alpine slide that requires no experience but propels you down 3,870’ of track with G-force inducing twists and turns and gravity defying drops that take you through scenic valleys and gorgeous woodlands amidst the shrieks of fellow riders.

Look Memorial Park Look Memorial Park Florence MA

300 North Main Street Florence, MA 01062 Phone: 413-584-5457

Have fun and ensure for the future enjoyment of others

This lovely city owned park was opened in 1930 as a sanctuary for public recreation and relaxation. Mrs. Fannie Burr bequeathed the park to Northampton with land, funds for its development, and a trust fund for its upkeep. The not-for-profit charitable organization uses visitor fees, grants, gifts and other non- tax dollars for general operations and maintenance. The park is an exceptional family place to experience and explore. Kid friendly rides include the Steamer Train, Bumper Boats and Pedal Boat, and an 18-hole Mini-Golf course. Unlimited ride packages allow access to all attractions all day long for one low fee. Plan an outing or special occasion right on the grounds. Not only are you enjoying affordable fun, you’re supporting continuing enjoyment for future generations.

Heritage Museums & Gardens Heritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich MA

67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA 02563 Phone: 508-888-3300

Celebrating American Heritage for over 40 Years

Heritage Museums & Gardens has miles of walking paths and three museums featuring American art. We offer each of our visitors a unique experience ranging from quiet contemplation to active exploration. We’re famous for our Dexter Rhododendrons that bloom from late May into early June. The beautifully landscaped grounds are a naturalized woodland park on the edge of upper Shawme Pond. A Shaker barn houses an Antique Automobile Collection with its stunning display of antique automobiles. An operating hand-carved carousel and many of America's most distinguished artists' works are on exhibit in the Art Museum as well. Come see what we have to offer!

Cape Cod Melody Tent South Shore Music Circus Cohasset MA

21 West Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601 Phone: 508-775-5630

Live performances all summer!

One of only two continuously-operated tent theatres in the round in the United States, the Cape Cod Melody Tent and and it’s sister venue, the South Shore Music Circus are owned and operated by the South Shore Playhouse Associates, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the arts, cultural and educational organizations throughout the communities of the South Shore and Cape Cod. Both venues host touring performers of world-class caliber, including Tony Bennett, Vince Gill, the Moody Blues, Darius Rucker, Melissa Etheridge, Frankie Valli, Chicago, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Emmylou Harris, Scotty McCreery, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Diana Krall, Trace Adkins, The Steve Miller Band and many more.

Please visit our web site for schedules and tickets: www.melodytent.org. Box Office Hours In Season: Noon – 6pm, 7 days/week.

EcoTarium, A Museum of Science and Nature EcoTarium, A Museum of Science and Nature Worcester MA

222 Harrington Way Worcester, MA 01604 Phone: 508-929-2700

Worcester’s Museum of Science and Nature

Set in a beautiful, urban oasis on 55 acres, the EcoTarium offers a unique indoor-outdoor experience of exploration and discovery. Take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet an array of live animals, stroll nature trails, “experience” the wild weather of Mount Washington, and get hands-on with lots of family-friendly exhibits. To complete your visit, take a trek through the treetops on New England’s only Tree Canopy Walkway (seasonal), or enjoy a ride on the Explorer Express Train around the grounds. Rain or shine, summer or winter, there is always something new happening at the EcoTarium. It’s fun for the whole family!

Visit the EcoTarium website for exhibit and event schedules, and click here for a special offer.

Fitchburg Art Museum Fitchburg Art Museum Fitchburg MA

25 Merriam Parkway Fitchburg, MA 01420 Phone: 978-345-4207 Fax: 978-345-2319

The Fitchburg Art Museum is a world-class family-friendly museum with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years. The museum was founded in 1925 through the bequest of artist, collector and Fitchburg native Eleanor Norcross (1854-1923). Her extraordinary talents and educational vision highlights her as an important pioneer in American social history.

The museum's four building complex features over 20,000 square feet of gallery and educational workshop space and includes the historic "Cross Barn" built in 1883, and the impressive Simond's building completed in 1989. Visitors can experience masterpieces in 12 beautifully designed galleries that feature American, European, African, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, and Pre-Colombian art.

Summers, also visit the Fitchburg Farmers Market, open Thursday afternoons.

Old Sturbridge Village Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge MA

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Off Rte 20 Sturbridge, MA 01566 Phone: 508-347-3362 Toll-Free: 800-733-1830

Living History in a celebrated New England setting

To learn from people, places and things that used to be is an important part of education. Living history is preserved in this unique and celebrated setting, one of the nation’s largest living history museums. Anyone curious about who we are and how we got here. This is life as it was lived in New England in the 1800’s with 40 antique homes, buildings and water-powered mills. Participate each year in over 30 special weekend events with hands-on craft work offered daily. Ride a stagecoach, get up close to farm animals, talk with costumed historians, and watch a blacksmith, a cooper, a potter, or a farmer do what they do best. There is always something new to explore at one of the nation’s largest living history museums.

Southwick’s Zoo Southwick’s Zoo Mendon MA

2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA 01756 Phone: 800-258-9182 Fax: 508-883-0242

If you could talk to the animals….you can

From hissing cockroaches to white rhino to camels and alligators, New England’s largest zoo is a highly entertaining and enriching family attraction. Enjoy a day’s worth of shows, animal encounters, a petting zoo, parakeet aviary and animal exhibits to take your breath away. Learn about the 115 species of animals on site at the Earth Discovery Center. Travel on foot, ride the Woodlands Express train, or sail high above on the Skyfari Sky Ride to meet elk, native birds, painted turtles and toads. A 35 acre deer forest get’s you up close and personal while playful chimpanzees, stately camels, scary alligators, colorful zebra and ostrich can be enjoyed from above. Catch the big cats, snakes, dragons, and more. Now open for the 2014 season. Free parking and handicap accessible.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Tower Hill Botanic Garden Boylston MA

11 French Drive Boylston, MA 01505 Phone: 508-869-6111 Fax: 508-869-0314

Experience

Located on 132 bucolic acres in Worcester County, less than an hour from Boston, Tower Hill is one of the largest and most comprehensive botanic gardens in the region. It is the home of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, founded in 1842 to "advance the science, and encourage and improve the practice of horticulture." The breathtaking view provides an extraordinary setting for a variety of garden styles, at once stunningly beautiful and highly educational. Stroll through a Lawn Garden, Secret Garden, Cottage Garden, Vegetable Garden, Systematic Garden, and magical woodland paths. In winter, the Orangerie is filled with flowering subtropical plants. Browse the Gift Shop and enjoy lunch at Twigs Café.

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum Boston Tea Party Museum Boston MA

306 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 617-338-1773 Toll-Free: 855-832-1773

Step into a Tea Party that’s not for the faint of heart

Step into December 16, 1773 and join the party at this one-of-a-kind museum and historical site. In just an hour you can walk through a variety of virtual exhibits, climb aboard authentically restored tea ships, dump tea in the harbor and view an inspiring documentary, “Let it Begin Here.” Other interactive and traditional exhibits will help connect the time line for you from the Boston Tea Party to America’s Declaration of Independence and how the events are forever connected. You won’t just be a bystander. You’ll have the opportunity to participate, explore and learn about the people, events and consequences that led up to the American Revolution in the order in which they actually occurred more than 230 years ago.

Discover Quincy Discover Quincy Quincy MA

Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center - 1250 Hancock Street Quincy, MA 02169 Phone: 617-770-1175

Walk in the Footsteps of John Adams

Travel back in time at the Adams National Historical Park, where you’ll visit the birthplaces of two U.S. Presidents: John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Your journey begins at the park’s Visitors Center in Quincy Center. After viewing the center’s exhibits and video presentation, board a trolley for the short journey to the birthplaces of the Presidents. Also visit the Old House at Peace field, the stately Adams Mansion that served as summer White House to both Adams presidents and home to generations of their descendants.

Trolley tours leave the park’s Visitors Center every quarter past and quarter to the hour. The last tour departs at 3:15. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 16 are free. Open April 19-November 10, seven days a week.

Franklin Park Zoo Franklin Park Zoo Boston MA

One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA 02121 Phone: 617-541-5466 Fax: 617-989-2025

A great park and a great Zoo for a truly great time

Boston’s largest park, and the last gem in city’s famed Emerald necklace, invites you to explore the seventy-two acre zoo, located just four miles from downtown. Opened in 1912 this is a wonderland for kids of all ages. Featured are wildlife from around the world including African lion, Masai giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gorillas, and bevy of colorful birds flying free overhead in the interactive Aussie Aviary. You’ll find dozens of day, overnight, and season-long activities for children and the zoo is available for birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events with unique indoor and outdoor facilities and catering services to make your event memorable. There’s a gift shop and food service for all your wild fun things, some of the edible kind. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Boston MA

Information Centers on Boston Common and Prudential Towers (Center Court) Boston, MA 02116 Phone: 888-733-2678

We’re spilling the beans about Boston

Boston is one of the world’s great cities with attractions for singles, couples, families, tour groups, students, and travelers alike. Start with our fine art and contemporary art museums, the African American Art Museum, the Museum of Science with more than 600 exhibits, Old Ironsides, and the Boston Tea Party Museum. Then there’s the Children’s Museum and Harvard’s Museum of Natural History with 21 million specimens. That’s 21 million!

We’ve got lots of ships and ship museums, and the museums and libraries and homes of three American presidents – John F. Kennedy, John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. And churches and cemeteries, the final resting place of some of history’s most celebrated people. You’ll discover that we also have 3,000 glass flowers, a Chocolate Factory and LegoLand.

There are zoos and the New England Aquarium and more historic sites and artifacts than you can count. Wonderful spacious parks and the homes of world championship sports teams. And if you’d like to see Boston all at once, you can from our 360 degree Skywalk Observatory.

Mary Baker Eddy Library™ Mary Baker Eddy Library™ Boston MA

200 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115 Phone: 617-450-7000

Her ideas changed the world

Mary Baker Eddy founded Christian Science at a time when women could not vote and were generally barred from pulpits, seminaries, and the medical profession. Yet, inspired by experience, reflection, intensive scriptural study, healing activity, and teaching she became a highly influential religious leader, author, teacher and founder of the Christian Science Monitor. She taught women and men who established successful practices of their own here and abroad. In 1879, Eddy started her own church and became leader of the Christian Science movement. The library features some of the most thought-provoking and fun exhibits in the city, exploring Eddy’s life and achievements and houses the world-famous Mapparium®, an achievement in art and architecture from 1935 giving visitors a unique look at how ideas have the power to change the world.

Spirit of Boston Spirit of Boston Boston MA

World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd. Ste 75 Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 866-429-9283

See the city while you explore the harbor

Step aboard our beautifully redesigned ship in the Seaport District and come alive with the most entertaining lunch and dinner experience in Boston. You'll enjoy a fabulous all-you-can-eat buffet, dancing, live entertainment with star-quality performers, and dazzling views on the largest outdoor deck in Boston, all for one price. Elegant but never stuffy, the Spirit is perfect for parties of two all the way up to 600. We offer year-round lunch and dinner cruises as well as seasonal Lobster Lunches and Sunset Cruises. Looking for a private setting? Then try a customized yacht charter aboard Spirit's sister ship, the Seaport Elite.

CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore Danvers MA

50 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA 01923 Phone: 978-777-2500

A Must Sea!

Just 19 miles north of Boston is the wettest, wackiest, wildest and largest indoor water park in Massachusetts. Here, a tropical paradise where the temperature is always 84 degrees is open year round for every kid of every age. The fun includes tantalizing water slides, a river too lazy to move too quickly, a splash pad and a dip-in-the- theater arcade along with private, cozy cabanas and more. Hold your next birthday party or group swim here or buy out the whole park for a day. Adjacent is the relaxing oasis of the Doubletree Hotel Boston North Shore with guest rooms and suites, an on-site fitness center, pool and spa, recreational game room, high speed internet access. Look for Coco Key Discounts and packages. OK, everybody in the water!

Stone Zoo Stone Zoo Stoneham MA

149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA 02180 Phone: 617-541-5466 Fax: 781-438-9517

Get Close.

Stone Zoo features a wildly popular black bear exhibit and greater Boston’s only white-cheeked gibbon exhibit. The Zoo is also home to colobus monkeys, Canada lynxes, snow leopards, Mexican gray wolves, river otters, spider monkeys, capybara and many other interesting and fascinating animals from around the world. The Treasures of the Sierra Madre exhibit features jaguars, cougars, coyotes, and Gila monsters. At Windows to the Wild, view hyacinth macaws, flamingos, emperor tamarins, and African-crested porcupines. Open year round - except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stone Zoo is located off of Exit 34 on 93 North and Exit 35 off 93 South.

The House of the Seven Gables The House of the Seven Gables Salem MA

115 Derby Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-744-0991 Fax: 978-741-4350

The manse that inspired the novelist and all of America

The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, immortalized as “The House of the Seven Gables” is Salem’s premier historic site showcasing 359 years of architecture, maritime history, and the literary legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Built in 1688 and occupied by three generations of the Turner family, it was sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll in 1782. Upon his death, the property was left to his daughter Susanna, a cousin of Hawthorne’s, whose visits to her home inspired the setting and title of his 1851 novel. Philanthropist Caroline Emmerton, founder of the museum, purchased the mansion in 1908 and had the structure transformed into the Colonial Revival reflection of the tale in Hawthorne’s novel, The House of the Seven Gables’ campus now constitutes its own historic district on The National Register of Historic Places.

Back Roads of the South Shore Back Roads of the South Shore Plymouth Kingston Duxbury Marshfield Hull Cohasset Hingham Hanover Weymouth MA

Nine Towns along the South Shore, MA

Travel the back roads and find historic treasures

Discover the intriguing hidden history from Boston to Plymouth in 21 important historic sites in nine towns along Massachusetts’s South Shore. This unique collaboration of 16 organizations was established to create awareness of the area’s historic gems and celebrate the spirit of the region. Enter picturesque early American houses where founding families like the Aldens and Adamses, Winslows and Bradfords, Stetsons and Westons, Howlands and Harlows made their homes and built the settlements of the “Old Colony” of Plymouth. A rich and rewarding journey of discovery awaits along the road less taken with stone walls, fields and meadows, salt air and a leisurely pace to enthrall you and your family. Take the “Here Lies Buried” bus tour of several south shore cemeteries this fall.

Battleship Cove Battleship Cove Fall River MA

5 Water Street Fall River, MA 02721 Phone: 508-678-1100 Toll-Free: 800-533-3194 Fax: 508-674-5597

America’s naval history comes alive and inspires

This magnificent living history museum is a must-see for every child and family to understand the magnitude of America’s wartime naval history. The world's largest collection of US naval ships is here including the USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr, PT Boats used in the South Pacific theater and others. A comprehensive women’s exhibit illustrates the contributions made by women during World War II and the role they have played in all of America’s wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War. The state-of-the-art special effects Pearl Harbor Experience is the only outdoor multimedia reenactment anywhere. Scouts and youth groups can participate in a year round maritime camping program, girl scout overnights, and the whole family will enjoy family nautical nights with affordable camping on site.

Colony Place Colony Place Plymouth MA

174 Colony Place Plymouth, MA 02360 Phone: 508-746-7663

The largest outdoor shopping and entertainment center in the region

An exceptionally designed lifestyle destination for the entire family, Colony Place has more of what you want. And all in one place. With special events, specialty retail, restaurants, home furnishings, services, electronics and even groceries. Colony Place is located ½ way between Boston and Cape Cod just off Route 3. Check our web site for upcoming events.

Destination Plymouth Destination Plymouth Plymouth MA

Visitor Center - 134 Court Street Plymouth, MA 02360 Phone: 508-747-7533 Toll-Free: 800-872-1620

History is just the beginning!

In Plymouth, MA we’re well known for our role in American history, but history is just the beginning of what you’ll find when you visit! Plymouth is the perfect blend of fun family attractions, and educational historic sites. In fair weather you’ll find all the expected maritime activities such as whale watching, harbor cruises, lobster excursions and pirate adventures. The Waterfront is also home to Jet Ski and kayak rentals as well as the Mayflower II, the full-scale reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims from England back in 1620. In fall and winter enjoy the foliage or stay warm with a visit to an historic home or museum, ride the train through miles of cranberry bogs at Edaville USA, or cozy up to the fireside at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum depicting life in Plymouth in 1627. With so many fun and educational things to do you’ll have to remind yourself to take advantage of all the fabulous dining available in Plymouth too! Please call 1.800.USA.1620, or visit our website to learn more about these activities and others to prepare for your trip to Plymouth.

Independence Mall Independence Mall Kingston MA

101 Independence Mall Way Kingston, MA 02364 Phone: 781-582-2445

Make your shopping experience a truly exceptional one!

Our Mall is home to an impressive selection of traditional retail and entertainment experiences which include Macy’s, Target, Sears and Regal Cinemas. National brands within specialty boutiques include Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Charlotte Russe, Hollister, American Eagle, Aeropostale and Yankee Candle Company. Independence Mall is strategically located just off Route 3, on Exit 8 in Kingston MA. Visit www.Independencemall.com and follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for a complete directory of stores, ongoing specials, promotions and a calendar of events.

Pilgrim Hall Museum Pilgrim Hall Museum

75 Court Street Plymouth, MA 02360 Phone: 508-746-1620

The possessions and artifacts of the Pilgrims tell the story of brave and determined men and women.

PILGRIM HALL, built in 1824, is a gallery museum in the center of historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. The nation’s oldest continuously–operating public museum, Pilgrim Hall houses an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions. Among its irreplaceable treasures are William Bradford’s Bible, Myles Standish’s sword, the only portrait of a Pilgrim (Edward Winslow) painted from life, the cradle of New England’s first–born, Peregrine White, the great chair of William Brewster, and the earliest sampler made in America, embroidered by the teenage daughter of Myles Standish.

Plimoth Plantation Plimoth Plantation Plymouth MA

137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA 02360 Phone: 508-746-1622

You are there – and will come back often

This extraordinary living history museum on Cape Cod Bay will launch you on a one-of-a-kind, bi-cultural, 17th-century journey. Costumed interpreters, modern day artisans and award-winning exhibits provide a hands-on and entertaining brand of education that has delivered powerful personal experiences to guests of all ages from all over the world. Come aboard the Mayflower II and learn about its voyage in 1620, the perils of maritime travel, and the tools of 17th-century navigation. Surrounded by soft furs, flickering firelight, and artfully woven bulrush mats, learn about traditional Wampanoag family life from an indigenous point of view. Then step into the year 1627, surrounded by modest timber-framed houses, fragrant raised-bed gardens, well-tended livestock and the fascinating townspeople of Plymouth Colony, the first permanent English settlement in New England.

South Shore Music Circus South Shore Music Circus Cohasset MA

130 Sohier Street Cohasset, MA 02025 Phone: 781-383-9850 Fax: 781-383-9804

Live performances all summer!

One of only two continuously-operated tent theatres in the round in the United States, the South Shore Music Circus and its sister venue, the Cape Cod Melody Tent are owned and operated by the South Shore Playhouse Associates, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the arts, cultural and educational organizations throughout the communities of the South Shore and Cape Cod. These unique and intimate venues host touring performers of world-class caliber, including Tony Bennett, Vince Gill, the Moody Blues, Darius Rucker, Melissa Etheridge, Frankie Valli, Chicago, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Emmylou Harris, Scotty McCreery, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Diana Krall, Trace Adkins, The Steve Miller Band and many more.

Please visit our web site for schedules and tickets: www.themusiccircus.org. Box Office Hours In-Season: Mon-Sat Noon-6pm & Wed Noon-8pm, Closed on Sundays.
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Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Greenfield MA

5 Main Street Greenfield, MA 01301 Phone: 413-773-5463

Downshift off Interstate 91 and travel one of the country's original highways - through the surprisingly unspoiled time warp that is Franklin County. Its countryside is beautiful, its history rich and its culture eclectic. Franklin County is the most rural county in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and it shows! Farms, Farms, and valleys form our historic villages and bustling towns. There is so much to do here - in our fine museums, educational institutions, and cultural centers - but most of all, in our great outdoors! If you like New England, you'll love Franklin County!

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Springfield, MA 01105 Phone: 413-781-6500

Basketball fans will find exhibits, interactive kiosks, memorabilia, and hands-on activities. Children and adults can spend the day in the 80,000-square-foot facility shooting baskets on a regulation court, measuring their skills against sports legends in an interactive game. Kids are invited to coaches’ clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check for seasonal changes in operating hours.

Springfield Museums & Dr Seuss Nat’l Memorial Sculpture Garden

21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA 01103 Phone: 413-263-6800

The Springfield Museums consists of five institutions at one location: the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the Museum of Springfield History. In addition, the property includes the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, with life-size statues of Springfield native Dr. Seuss and his favorite characters including Horton, the Grinch and the Lorax.
IN the five art, science and historical museums, guests can find Samurai armor and weaponry; an internationally-acclaimed collection of Oriental bronze, jade and porcelain; intricate Middle Eastern rugs; fine American and European paintings and sculpture; a savannah of animals in the R.E. Phelon African Hall; Dinosaur Hall with its towering Tyrannosaurus Rex; Astronomy Hall complete with a planetarium; and exhibits about Connecticut River Valley history. Curriculum-based tours and programs are available.

Cape Cod National Seashore Cape Cod National Seashore Eastham MA

Salt Pond Visitor Center at Nauset Road and Route 6 Eastham, MA 02642 Phone: 508-255-3421

Magnificent national park encompasses all shoreline and interior features of Cape Cod

This national park offers a full summer’s worth of fun for people of all ages. Six ocean beaches (lifeguarded) offer play in the surf; there are many walking and biking paths through inlands dunes, woodlands, and around cranberry bogs and small freshwater “kettle” ponds. Explore the first lighthouses in the country (commissioned by President George Washington). Historic sites, like the place where the first trans-Atlantic telegraph was sent.
See full description for Cape Cod National Seashore.

Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area Boston MA

Boston, MA Phone: 617-223-8666

Islands in Boston Harbor, and easy ferry ride from downtown. Swimming, hiking, picnicking. A fun day trip

Let yourself slip back in time with guided lighthouse tours (June-October) and ranger-narrated Discovery and Sunset Cruises (summer). There are also frequent special events and activities held on some islands for people of all ages. Sail the waters that conceal old shipwrecks and histories of war, pirates, and spooks!
See Boston Harbor Islands for full description of this park.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston MA

4 South Market Bldg. Boston, MA 02109 Phone: 617-523-1300 Fax: 617-523-1779

There’s a magical place in the center of Boston like no other. It’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It’s always a festival with free entertainment and incredible shopping, 18 fine restaurants and outdoor cafes as well as over 40 eateries in the historic Quincy Market Building. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Boston’s hottest new spot for dining and entertainment. For information call 617-523-1300.

Rockport Chamber of Commerce Rockport Chamber of Commerce Rockport MA

22 Broadway Rockport, MA 01966 Phone: 978-546-6575 Toll-Free: 888-726-3922

Fall in love with Rockport

Rockport, Massachusetts is a charming seaside village on Cape Ann; an hour North of Boston by car or train. This historic Art Colony is home to a number of internationally acclaimed artists and photographers along with their galleries. Rockport also offers numerous unique shops, restaurants, and accommodations, and boasts a magnificent rocky coastline. It is known for fresh seafood and world-renowned "Motif #1". Rockport further delights with its seven beaches, a state park, coastal walks, bird and whale watching, kayaking, scenic day and evening sailing tours, golf, diving and a number of historical attractions. Rockport harbor is listed as one of the top 10 most scenic places in the country by Walt Disney Productions. Come visit scenic Rockport, you'll be glad you did!

Rockport, Massachusetts Rockport, Massachusetts

The flavor of old New England

Located on the tip of Northeastern Massachusetts, eight miles out in the ocean with over 13 miles of natural Atlantic coastline is Rockport. Settled in 1639, incorporated in 1840, Rockport is known for its winding streets, fine old houses, stone wharfs, sandy beaches, art galleries, museums, shops, fine restaurants and distinctive inns. Enjoy the sight of the sailboats sailing in the breeze; explore Halibut Point State Park, or a walk along Atlantic Coastline, stroll historic Bearskin Neck or listen to wonderful musical concerts. With the flavor of old New England, Rockport is a place of unpretentious, informal and relaxing living. Come visit "a crown jewel of the Massachusetts coastline", only 45 minutes north of Boston.