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.

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  • Black Heritage Trail, Boston

  • Salem Heritage Trail

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    Royalston Falls

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    Salem Day Tours

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    Salem Kids Tours

    Salem

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    The Salem Night Tour

    Salem

  • Salem Witch Museum +
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    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
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    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

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    White's Landing

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    Yummy Walks

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  • (Bridges Program dba) Discover Roxbury

    Roxbury

    Discover Roxbury promotes the social, cultural and economic development of Roxbury through guided walking, trolley and bike tours of the... more

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  • Blackstone National Heritage Corridor

    Uxbridge

    The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's... more

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  • Boston National Historical Park

    Boston

    Explore historic Boston on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walking trail stretching from the Boston Common to Bunker Hill in... 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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  • Essex Heritage Area

    Salem

    500 square miles of historic, cultural, and natural sites... unique and irreplaceable treasures that tell our history. more

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  • Fall River Heritage State Park

    Fall River

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  • Fitchburg Historical Society

    Fitchburg

    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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  • Forbes Library

    Northampton

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  • Freedom's Way National Heritage Area

    Devens

    The Freedom's Way Heritage Area, comprising 36 communities in Massachusetts and 6 New Hampshire communities, is a region with a series of... more

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  • Gloucester Maritime Trail

    Gloucester

    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

    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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