The heritage trails in Massachusetts paint vivid pictures of days past. Yet they are also a great way to explore parts of the state you may not otherwise think to visit.

Surprising every step of the way, and perhaps the most famous heritage trail in the state, is the Freedom Trail. Beginning on Boston Common, where hordes of red-clad British troops once trained, the red-brick Freedom Trail connects 16 Boston landmarks. The Black Heritage Trail is also quite popular, as it explores the history of Boston’s 19th-century African-American community. The Salem Heritage Trail is a North Shore favorite: it transports you back to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and the days of sea captains, pirates and noted novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.

  • Freedom Trail, Boston

  • Black Heritage Trail, Boston

  • Salem Heritage Trail

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    Salem Kids Tours


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    Salem Witch Museum


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    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture


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    Yummy Walks


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  • Chelsea Art Walk


    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


    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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  • Fall River Heritage State Park

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  • Fitchburg Historical Society


    Founded by James F.D. Garfield in 1892, the Fitchburg Historical Society is an independent non-profit that was created to collect,... more

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  • Gloucester Maritime Trail


    Four self-guided trails through America's first seaport. Call for map or pick one up at Stage Fort Park Information Center. more

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  • Irish Heritage Trail


    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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    Industrial Revolution Heritage Trail; canal boat rides; and hiking. more

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    The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum was a dream, then a passion of Amelia Peters Bingham, in which she saw the... more

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    The mission of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation is to assist in the preservation of Nantucket's character by permanently conserving, maintaining,... more

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

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  • Rock House Reservation

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    Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings... more

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  • Salem Arts Festival


    For three days each summer, this free festival transforms downtown Salem into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase... more

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