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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  • East Chop Lighthouse

    Oak Bluffs

    The East Chop Lighthouse marks one end of the entrance to Vineyard Sound. Cared for by the Martha's Vineyard Museum,... more

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  • Edgartown Lighthouse

    Edgartown

    Major renovations completed in 2007, including installation of a staircase to the lantern room, allowed the Martha's Vineyard Museum to open... more

    + 5 saves
  • The Mission House

    Stockbridge

    The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant,... more

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  • Monomoy Point Light

    Chatham

    Est. in 1823. Open to the public for overnight stays ($). more

    + 5 saves
  • Provincetown Whale Watches

    Provincetown

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

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  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

    Lenox

    Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed... more

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  • 1749 Spooner House

    Plymouth

    1749 house occupied by five generations of Spooner family; furnished entirely with family heirlooms. Open Thurs & Fri, 2-6pm; Sat 10... more

    + 4 saves
  • Bakers Island Light

    Salem

    Est. in 1791; site was originally twin lights. No public access. more

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  • Bird Island Light

    Falmouth

    Est. in 1819; best view is from Butler Point Rd. No public access. more

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  • Cape Cod (Highland) Light

    Truro

    Est. in 1797; first Cape Cod lighthouse. Open by appointment only. more

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  • Cleveland Ledge Light

    Falmouth

    Est. in 1943; named after President Grover Cleveland who frequently fished in the area. No public access. more

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  • Gay Head Lighthouse

    Aquinnah

    The Gay Head Lighthouse towers over the famous Gay Head cliffs in Aquinnah. Cared for by the Martha's Vineyard Museum,... more

    + 4 saves
  • Long Point Light

    Provincetown

    Est. in 1827. Grounds open only; no lighthouse entry. Accessible by foot only. more

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  • New England Pirate Museum

    Salem

    Colonial seaport, pirate cave, and 60 life-size pirates including notorious captains Kidd and Blackbeard. more

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  • Nobska Point Lighthouse

    Woods Hole

    A Falmouth must. Rich in history, Nobska Lighthouse offers stunning vistas of Vineyard Sound, the Elizabeth Islands and Martha's Vineyard. more

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  • Salem's 13 Ghosts

    Salem

    3-D Haunted House in October Salem Time Machine- 3-D Journey thru Salem from 1600 to the present Walking Ghost Tours Walking... more

    + 4 saves
  • Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

    Exhibits of glass made in Sandwich from 1825 to 1888; Glassblowing demonstrations, multi-media theater presentation, The First Two Hundred Years in Sandwich.... more

    + 4 saves
  • Sankaty Head Light

    Nantucket

    Est. in 1850. Viewing only; no public access due to severe erosion. more

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  • Scituate Light

    Scituate

    Est. in 1811. Grounds open by appointment only. Oldest lighthouse in US with attached living quarters. more

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  • West Chop Light

    Vineyard Haven

    Est. in 1818. No public access. more

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