Contact: Lisa Simmons, MOTT
Ron D'Amico, Connelly Partners
For Immediate Release
MASSACHUSETTS SUMMER: FROM THE BERKSHIRES TO BOSTON; NANTUCKET TO NEWBURYPORT – IT’S ALL HERE.
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Launches Navigator Site to Help Visitors and Locals Discover Summer Activities Across MA
Boston, June 22, 2011
BOSTON, June 22, 2011. Massachusetts in the summer is the only place where travelers can walk along the freedom trail, tour the home of Paul Revere and experience where America’s independence began. The hills are alive with culture and countryside in the Berkshires and Greater Springfield. Enjoy the waterfront from Boston to the seaside towns of the Cape and Islands where whale watching is available and seafood is abundant. Go back in time at Old Sturbridge Village in Central Massachusetts or Plymouth Plantation south of Boston. From the green spaces of the Merrimack Valley to the eclectic towns to the surrounding Boston; visit Massachusetts - It’s All Here.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) invites residents and out of state travelers to discover statewide summer events and attractions depending on travel interests and style of leisure. The site, www.massvacation.com/fun
, allows users to customize their search results by sliding the digital navigation bar depending if they are looking for relaxing, adventurous, family-oriented or romantic activities. Users are able to share certain events with family and friends through Facebook: www.facebook.com/visitmassachusetts
and Twitter: www.twitter.com/visitma
. The site is intuitive, engaging, simple and, best of all, fun. Play around and navigate your 2011 Massachusetts summer.
“The summer navigator site helps visitors find exactly what they are looking for in Massachusetts, “ said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.” "It simplifies the process of finding something fun to do."
The following is just a sampling of upcoming summer events across the state. Visit www.massvacation.com
, or our Facebook and Twitter pages for a multitude of other listings:
South of Boston
• Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Celebrate America’s birthday on July 3rd & 4th with this annual tradition. www.july4th.org
• New England Aquarium Whale Watch – Come aboard the Voyager III for Boston’s best whale watch! Enjoy the view as out high-speed catamaran whisks you to the whale feeding grounds just 30 miles east of Boston. www.neaq.org/visit_planning/whale_watch/index.php
North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley
• Plymouth Winery – This winery’s award-winning wines are hand-crafted from grapes and fruits, ranging from cranberry to cabernet to chardonnay. www.plymouthwinery.com
• Jellystone at Maple Park – This camping resort features 400 campsites on 600 acres of beautiful woodlands, many overlook swimming and fishing ponds or cranberry bogs. www.plymouthwinery.com
• North Andover Historical Society – Come see exhibits covering life from the 17th century onward. Features hands-on and period rooms, cottages and workshops. www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org
• Concord Bike Tours – See the scenic and historic sites of Concord on a guided bike tour. Bikes, helmets and snacks are all included. www.concordbiketours.com
• Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides – This family-oriented park includes 3 300ft waterslides, picnic grounds, swimming in Whins Reservoir and an arcade. www.breezysummer.com
• Old Sturbridge Village – This ‘must-see’ destination allows visitors to experience New England life from 1790 to 1840 and is one of the country’s largest living history museums. www.osv.org
Cape Cod, Nantucket Island, Martha’s Vineyard
• Mass MoCA – Housed on a restored 19th century factory campus, this is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the U.S. www.massmoca.org
• Balloon School of Massachusetts – This school offers scenic hot-air balloon flights and instruction. www.brimfield.org/ball.html
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination in order to stimulate the Massachusetts economy by generating state and local tax revenues, creating jobs, and supporting the growth of travel-related businesses. MOTT serves as a leader in the tourism industry, bringing together the public and private sectors to promote Massachusetts as a leisure travel destination. Tourism is an integral part of the state’s economy, generating more than $944 million in state and local taxes and $15.1 billion in travel related expenditures. The industry supports 127,800 in-state jobs. Web site: www.massvacation.com
• Island Alpaca Farm of Martha’s Vineyard – Get up close with these gentle, lovable, friendly and fun creatures. Features a walking tour, farm store, knitting and spinning classes and an alpaca video presentation. www.islandalpaca.com
• Cape Cod Beer – This is the Island’s only distributing craft brewery with beer on tap and in package stores from Plymouth to Provincetown. Brewery tours are given on Tuesdays at 11am and Saturday s at 1pm. www.capecodbeer.com
• Nantucket Whaling Museum – This museum features exceptional art, artifacts and special displays. Exhibits are always changing in this restored 1847 candle factory. Visitors can enjoy the stunning view from the rooftop deck. www.nha.org