25 Best Things to Do in Massachusetts

As one of the original 13 colonies, it is not hard to figure out why the state of Massachusetts has so much history to offer visitors. Important battles and political rallies have taken place in the state during its history and evidence of these remains today in National Historic Parks and monuments.

The state is not stuck in the past however and Boston is a pioneering city with trendy and modern shopping, gastronomy and art on offer. The great outdoors is also a reason to visit the state with varied terrain of beaches, farmland and forests to explore. Here are the best things to do in Massachusetts:

1. The Freedom Trail

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

This winding three-mile trail in Boston is home to some of the most important historical sights in the United States.

Traversing the old colonial streets, the trail takes in 16 iconic monuments along the way including graveyards and the well-known Faneuil Hall, also known as “The Cradle of Liberty”, which was where abolitionists and revolutionaries gathered in the past.

The trail is easy to stick and is marked by red bricks and large medallions in the ground leading all the way from Boston Common to the Navy Yard in Charlestown.

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25 Best Things to Do in Massachusetts:

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Diego Grandi / shutterstock
  • Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Tono Balaguer / shutterstock
  • Minute Man National Historic Park: Emma Whitmore / shutterstock
  • Battle Green, Lexington: James Morgan / shutterstock
  • Historic House, Salem: Nature Lovin' Geek / shutterstock
  • Plimoth Plantation: Rolf_52 / shutterstock
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Tupungato / shutterstock
  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Ceri Breeze / shutterstock
  • Old Sturbridge Village: Jeff Schultes / shutterstock
  • Tanglewood, Lenox: T photography / shutterstock
  • Martha’s Vineyard: Mark Martins / shutterstock
  • The Norman Rockwell Museum: jejim / shutterstock
  • Deerfield, Massachusetts: Jeffrey M. Frank / shutterstock
  • Boston Common: RomanSlavik.com / shutterstock
  • Beacon Hill: Albert Pego / shutterstock
  • Harvard Yard, Harvard University: Jannis Tobias Werner / shutterstock
  • Copley Square: CO Leong / shutterstock
  • Fenway Park: Joseph Sohm / shutterstock
  • Boston Museum Of Fine Arts: Felix Lipov / shutterstock
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: ttttaiiii / shutterstock
  • Boston Harbor: f11photo / shutterstock
  • New England Aquarium: CL-Medien / shutterstock
  • Boston Museum Of Science: Roman Babakin / shutterstock
  • John F Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva / shutterstock
  • Boston Children’s Museum: f11photo / shutterstock