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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  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    330 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore


  • Cape Kayaking +
    143 saves

    Cape Kayaking


  • Maria Mitchell House +
    0 saves

    Maria Mitchell House


  • Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association +
    7 saves

    Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

    Oak Bluffs

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    180 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum


  • Sail When and If +
    5 saves

    Sail When and If


  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
    18 saves

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Barnstable Village Walking Tour


    Free self guided walking tour of historic Barnstable village. more

    + 8 saves
  • The Crosby Mansion


    Standing tall on a rise of land with sweeping views of Cape Cod bay, the three-story mansion is also a... more

    + 3 saves
  • French Cable Station Museum


    This station when it was in operation was the American termination point for a telegraph cable that came directly to... more

    + 0 saves
  • Highland House Mueum

    North Truro


    + 0 saves
  • Highland Lighthouse

    North Truro

    Highland Light Station, also known as Cape Cod Light, is located on Outer Cape Cod within Cape Cod National Seashore... more

    + 0 saves
  • Old Colonial Courthouse


    The Olde Colonial Courthouse was the second courthouse constructed in Barnstable County, MA. This building was used exclusively for court... more

    + 3 saves
  • The Old Grist Mill and Herring Run


    The Gristmill (c. 1873) uses the falling water of Stony Brook to power its waterwheel. Inside, the miller grinds corn on... more

    + 4 saves
  • Old Harbor Life Saving Station


    Established in 1897, Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station was originally situated on Nauset Beach at the Chatham Harbor entrance.... more

    + 1 saves
  • Old Higgins Farm Windmill


    Brewster's Windmill, also known as, Old Higgin's Farm Windmill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 10, 1975 more

    + 1 saves
  • Orleans Historical Society Museum


    A Greek Revival structure that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly used as the Meeting House for... more

    + 0 saves
  • Scargo Tower


    Scargo Tower began as a tourist observatory in 1874. Made of wood, it was destroyed in a gale two years later.... more

    + 2 saves
  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

    + 3 saves
  • Wing Fort House

    East Sandwich

    17th/18th century house with period rooms. more

    + 3 saves

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