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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  • 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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  • 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

    + 6 saves
  • Butler Flats Light

    New Bedford

    Est. in 1898; best views are from the seawall off Ricketson St. No public access. more

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  • Buzzards Bay Entrance Light

    Falmouth

    Est. in 1961. No public access. more

    + 3 saves
  • Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

    Harvard to life through entertaining and educationaIt is the mission of Cambridge Historical Tours to bring the history of Cambridge... 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

    + 7 saves
  • Cape Cod (Highland) Light

    Truro

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

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  • Cape Poge Light

    Edgartown

    Est in 1801. Open to the public; island accessible by boat, lighthouse accessible by four-wheel drive or 2.5 mile walk on island. more

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  • Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

    Yarmouth Port

    Sea captain's house 8 rooms fully furnished provide a glimpse into 19th century life. more

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  • Captain Edward Penniman House

    Eastham

    1868 home of a wealthy whaling captain and his family more

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  • Captain Gershom Bradford House

    Duxbury

    Built in 1808 by shipmaster Gershom Bradford, the house belonged to four generations of seafaring Bradfords before the last generation gave... more

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  • Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

    Waltham

    Located on the scenic banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, CRMII is on... 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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  • Chatham Railroad Museum

    Chatham

    Restored depot houses,1910 caboose, and 10,000 models, photographs, and relics. more

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  • Chelsea Art Walk

    Chelsea

    This years Art Walk is June 14th and 15th from 12:00 - 6:00 pm in Chelsea, MA. The Chelsea Art Walk is... more

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  • Christmas in Salem

    Salem

    Join us for the oldest holiday house tour in the country, each year, in the first weekend of December. Historic... 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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  • Cogswell's Grant

    Essex

    Extensive collection of American folk art including primitive paintings, Shaker boxes, painted furniture, and redware. more

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  • Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

    Nantucket

    Comprising a pair of long, fingery peninsulas, Coskata Coatue ("co-skate-uh coat-oo") Wildlife Refuge is both a popular summer... more

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  • The Custom House Maritime Museum

    Newburyport

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