You can see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell, the history throughout Massachusetts. Check out the very rock where the Pilgrims landed, and visit Plimoth Plantation to see what life was like in the 1600’s, before cell phones and reality TV. Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step tells a story of the American Revolution. Hear the famous “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Get goose bumps sitting where giants in the abolitionist movement sat in the brilliantly restored African American Meeting House. Feel the hull of Old Ironsides, otherwise known as the USS Constitution. What did the 1830’s smell like? Apparently awesome, according to the bread they’re baking and the candles they’re dipping over at Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums.

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    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

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    USS Constitution

    Charlestown

  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • Yummy Walks

    Yummy Walks

    Boston

  • King Richard's Faire

    King Richard's Faire

    Carver

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    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

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    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

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    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • Fruitlands Museum

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • Old South Church in Boston

    Old South Church in Boston

    Boston

  • The Old Manse

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

  • Museum of African American History

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Race Point Light

    Race Point Light

    Provincetown

  • Liberty Ride

    Liberty Ride

    Lexington

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