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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  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

    More than 900 acres along original segments of April 19, 1775 Battle Road; North Bridge Visitor Center; Minute Man Visitor Center and 'Minuteman'... more

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  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Kennedy NHS preserves the birthplace and boyhood home of the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy spent his formative... more

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  • Boston Public Garden

    Boston

    Formal gardens and rare trees; setting for McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings" book and sculpture. Seasonal Swan Boat... more

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  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    South Wellfleet

    Salt marsh boardwalk; natural history programs for families, children, and adults; 1000 acre wildlife sanctuary, nature center, 5 miles of trails. Guided... more

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  • Longfellow National Historic Site

    Cambridge

    General George Washington's Continental Army headquarters, 1775-1776; home of poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1837-1882; gathering place for prominent... more

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  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem

    From the Orientation Center, National Park Service rangers will take you on tours of Friendship, Salem's own three-masted tall ship;... more

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  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site

    Springfield

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the history of our Nations first armory, established in 1794. Managed together with... more

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  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    Brewster

    80-acre site, abutted by 400 acres of conservation land; nature trails, exhibits, films, guided walks, lectures, and family activities. Special programs... more

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  • HarmonyTrails Horseback Riding

    Dalton

    Trail rides for the whole family. Beautiful trails terrain and views. Family friendly, pony rides for the very young. We... 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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  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Exhibit Center

    Woods Hole

    Discover the world of ocean science. Visitors learn about the Institution's marine research and exploration tools. Featured exhibits include of... more

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  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Saugus

    This is the site of the first successful integrated iron works in North America, which produced both cast iron and... more

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  • Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

    Easthampton

    Seven hundred and twenty-five acres of woods, meadow, and marsh; five miles of trails; observation tower. Look for signs of... more

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  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Salem

    Covering 500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts, Essex Heritage is home to over 200 historical sites, renowned museums, wildlife refuges, working farms... more

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  • Boston African-American National Historic Site

    Boston

    15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. 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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  • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lenox

    Seven miles of well-marked walking trails on 1,300 acres of conservation land. Trails for all abilities. Public programs. more

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  • 3Museums.org

    Boylston

    The collaboration of 3 Great Museums, all within a few miles distance, offering discount admissions incentives to enhance visitation to these... more

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  • Cedar Spring Herb Farm

    Harwich

    Walking trails, an endangered medicinal plant trail, United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary, picnic area, herb identification gardens, production areas and... more

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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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Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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