You can see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell, the history throughout Massachusetts. Check out the very rock where the Pilgrims landed, and visit Plimoth Plantation to see what life was like in the 1600’s, before cell phones and reality TV. Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step tells a story of the American Revolution. Hear the famous “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Get goose bumps sitting where giants in the abolitionist movement sat in the brilliantly restored African American Meeting House. Feel the hull of Old Ironsides, otherwise known as the USS Constitution. What did the 1830’s smell like? Apparently awesome, according to the bread they’re baking and the candles they’re dipping over at Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums.

  • Freedom Trail, Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Patriot's Day, Minute Man National Park

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  • Hancock Shaker Village

    Pittsfield

    Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum. Our mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve... more

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  • Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

    The famous Plymouth Rock is located on the waterfront in downtown Plymouth, near where Mayflower II is anchored today. However,... more

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  • Go Boston Card

    Boston

    The Go Boston Card gets you into over 70 top Boston attractions and saves you up to 55% off the cost of... more

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  • Ye Olde Tavern Tours

    Boston

    Ye Olde Tavern Tours offers historic tavern tours in Boston. You'll walk along the Freedom Trail and see historic sites... more

    + 11 saves
  • Brant Point Light

    Nantucket

    Est. in 1746; America's second oldest lighthouse. Grounds open, (no lighthouse entry). Great views from harbor. more

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  • Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

    Concord

    Where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set the beloved classic, Little Women, in 1868. Tours, education programs, special events offered. Concord... more

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  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

    More than 900 acres along original segments of April 19, 1775 Battle Road; North Bridge Visitor Center; Minute Man Visitor Center and 'Minuteman'... more

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  • Plymouth Whale Watching

    Plymouth

    Plymouth Whale Watching is an adventure you will talk about for the rest of your life! Each trip is narrated... more

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  • Boston Pizza Tours

    Boston

    Boston Pizza Tours offers unique walking tours, exploring Boston's most historic neighborhoods. Along the way enjoy slices from THREE different... more

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  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Kennedy NHS preserves the birthplace and boyhood home of the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy spent his formative... more

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  • Longfellow National Historic Site

    Cambridge

    General George Washington's Continental Army headquarters, 1775-1776; home of poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1837-1882; gathering place for prominent... more

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  • Witch Dungeon Museum

    Salem

    Reenactment of witch trial; dungeon tour. more

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  • Trinity Church in the City of Boston

    Boston

    Trinity Church is a masterpiece of American architecture. Dedicated in 1877, Trinity presented a bold, fresh new face and feeling for... more

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  • Cape Ann Light Station at Thacher Island

    Rockport

    Only operating twin lighthouses in the nation dates to 1771. Access to towers for guests.Wednesday and Saturday morning trips free... more

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  • Race Point Light

    Provincetown

    Est. in 1816. Open to the public for overnight stays ($). more

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  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site

    Springfield

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the history of our Nations first armory, established in 1794. Managed together with... more

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  • Burial Hill

    Plymouth

    New England's oldest colonial cemetery containing 17th- through 19th-century graves of Pilgrims, their descendants and those immigrants who followed in... more

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  • Irish Heritage Trail

    Boston

    Self-guided, three mile walking tour through Boston's downtown, North End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay; 20 public landmarks honor famous Irish... more

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  • Pilgrim Belle Cruises

    Plymouth

    Cruise Plymouth Harbor in comfort aboard the Pilgrim Belle, an authentic Mississippi-style paddle wheeler! Enjoy the luxury of the Pilgrim... more

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  • Chatham Light

    Chatham

    Est. in 1808; original site had twin towers then one was moved to Nauset Beach. more

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