Land of Paul Revere, the Salem witch trials, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Harvard University and much more, Massachusetts has it all.
Boston is the capital and you could spend your entire vacation in this one amazing city. The Freedom Trail, which is a historic walking trail following the steps of the American Revolution, is an excellent place to begin. There is also Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the historic cradle of liberty changed into one of the most famous marketplaces of today. Fenway Park is the oldest major league baseball park in the nation today and home to the Boston Red Sox. Boston Common, the oldest city park in America, is 52 acres at the city center. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library and the historic Old North Church are a few of the many sites to see in this city.
Across the Charles River is Cambridge, a university town teeming with such excitement from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, the oldest in the country. The Harvard Art Museums, The Longfellow National Historic Site, home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and the reservation area on both banks of the Charles River providing hiking and biking trails are all well worth doing and seeing.
Off the coast are the beautiful playgrounds of Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket. Charming sea villages with old architecture, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are islands accessible by ferry. Shops, lighthouses, beautiful beaches, antique shops and fine dining characterize these unique islands. Cape Cod is known as the Cape to locals and offers loads of family fun and beaches for all, as well as unique architecture, shops and lodging.
Famous for its witch trials, Salem boasts the Salem Witch Memorial, the Witch House, the only building with direct ties to the trials, and the famous House of Seven Gables which inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his novel of that name. Concord is dripping with history. Minutemen National Historic Park, commemorating the battle of Lexington and Concord, The Old Manse near where the first shot of the Revolutionary war was fired, and the North Bridge where the shot heard round the world was fired to begin the war all await you.
There are many things to see and do in Massachusetts, but especially if you have children along perhaps a trip to Plymouth shouldn’t be missed. Here you can get a glimpse of the now protected Plymouth Rock, see a replica of the Mayflower and visit Plimouth Plantation, a living history museum of life in the 17th century.
Whether you choose history, baseball or beaches, you’ll find a wealth of it all in Massachusetts.