You could practically spend your entire Massachusetts vacation outdoors. In the spring, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, and cheering on the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park. In the summer, soaking up the sun on gorgeous beaches, white water rafting, whale watching, putt sinking, ice cream eating, and still cheering on the Sox. In the fall, leaf peeping at the brilliant foliage; losing your voice at a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium; petting goats, picking apples and sipping cider at any number of picture perfect small farms; and yep, still cheering on the Sox. Think there are no outdoor activities in the winter? Think again. There’s skiing, riding and tubing at one of 12 fantastic ski areas; dog sledding; and ice fishing; all while heatedly discussing the spring prospects for the Sox, of course.

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  • Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens

    South Deerfield

    Open year 'round, 7 days a week. Indoor conservatory filled with live butterflies from all over the world. Educational programs, exhibits... more

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  • Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises & Events

    Salem

    Cruise with us daily from Salem's historic Pickering Wharf into the beautiful protected waters of Salem Sound for a memorable... more

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  • The Maria Mitchell Association's Loines Observatory

    Nantucket

    This facility houses a new 24 in. research telescope as well as a recently refurbished antique Clark telescope. The public is... more

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  • Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

    Princeton

    Twelve miles of trails traverse vast meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. Hike, snowshoe, x-country ski, rent a canoe. Nature programs and... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

    The Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the state's Blue Hills Reservation and is managed by Mass... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

    Worcester

    Largest urban sanctuary in New England; 400 acres of woods, fields, streams, marsh, and 78 different species of butterflies; 5 miles of marked... more

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  • Mass Audubon's South Shore Sanctuaries

    Marshfield

    There are three wildlife sanctuaries managed by Mass Audubon on the South Shore. The North River and Daniel Webster Wildlife... more

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  • Maudslay State Park

    Newburyport

    Nineteenth-century gardens & plantings; ornamental trees; walking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking; cultural events. more

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  • Menemsha Hills

    Chilmark

    The second-highest point on the island, Menemsha Hills contains a variety of habitats - and range of activities - to... more

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  • Middlesex Fells Reservation

    Stoneham

    Two thousand, five hundred and seventy five acres just north of Boston span the cities and towns of Malden, Medford,... more

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  • Misery Island Tours

    Ipswich

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  • Mohawk Trail State Forest

    Charlemont

    Many of the original native American hiking trails including the Mahican-Mohawk Trail. Flush toilets and showers; no hookups. more

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  • Mount Everett State Reservation

    Mount Washington

    Eight miles of the Appalachian Trail; scenic views of the southern Berkshires. more

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  • Mytoi

    Martha's Vineyard

    Japanese-style garden featuring small pond, island and bridge; set within an open pine forest; mixed native and exotic trees and... more

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  • Nantasket Beach Bikes - Rentals

    Hull

    Rent a bike on the shores of Nantasket beach--by the hour, day or week. Explore the Hull peninsula's 29 miles of... more

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  • Nantasket Kayaks

    Hull

    Nantasket Kayaks now in our 10th season renting kayaks on the beautiful Weir River Estuary. We cater to beginners and... more

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  • National Marine Life Center

    Buzzards Bay

    Featured exhibits, hands-on activities, and educational programs about marine animals, wildlife rehabilitation, and ocean conservation. Open Memorial Day to Labor... more

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  • Norris Reservation

    Norwell

    The Norris Reservation has a varied natural environment, which features a mill pond, stands of white pine and oak, salt... more

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  • Northern Illusion

    Warwick

    Dog sledding tours; see website for more info. more

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  • Norton Kayak Company

    Norton

    Guided Kayaking Tours of Scenic Norton Reservoir, Birdwatchers, fishermen and nature lovers will enjoy this flatwater paddling trip, perfect for... more

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