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Top 25 Attractions in Massachusetts

Popular Massachusetts landmarks and tourist spots
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    A front view of the building of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
    For people who love museums, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most memorable museums in America, and it's one of the largest, containing over 450,000 pieces of artwork. It's worth spending a good bit of time visiting. The museum was actually built in the 1870s and has been in residence at its current location for over 100 years. Generally, over a million visitors come to explore the incredible paintings and sculptures housed in this magnificent building each year ...

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  • One of the great vacation areas off the coast of Massachusetts is Martha's Vineyard, just off the coast of Cape Cod, and is one island that makes the Outer Lands area of the state. The island is less than 90 square miles in size, but it's still one of the most popular islands to visit in this area. Tourists can only access this island by boat and it's one of the most beautiful places to visit in the summer months, with comfortable warm temperatures, great beaches, and many activities ...

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  • One of the most popular tourists' destinations is Nantucket Island just off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and an incredible place to visit in the summer months. The island measures around 47 square miles and because of the prevalence of fog, was often referred to as the "Grey Lady", and it was settled in 1641, although it's believe the Vikings first arrived sometime in the 11th century. Before the Europeans settled the island, the Wampanoag tribe inhabited the island ...

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  • Think back over 200 years to colonial Boston and the fight for Independence, and the Freedom Trail is one of the first places that comes to mind because there are over 16 famous and extremely noteworthy historic sites that were important during the American revolution. This trail is a red brick walk winding through the downtown area; basically a two and a half mile walk between Bunker Hill and the Boston Commons. It was originally envisioned by William Schofield in 1951 when he began to notice the quantity of important landmarks in this area ...

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  • One of the most historic districts in America is Quincy Market in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, near Faneuil Hall; construction was completed in 1826, as something of the original indoor "malls" because it had numerous shops and vendor's stalls. The designer was Alexander Parris, and was the brainchild of Mayor Quincy, who actually had the entire structure built without additional taxes or debt to the city. This wonderful building covers over 27,000 square feet of space and is two stories high, and made from the beautiful New England granite and red brick ...

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  • Another stop on the Freedom Trail is the Boston Public Garden, the largest garden in the city, and located in downtown Boston. This is a beautiful garden that has been around since 1837 when Horace Gray appealed to the city leaders to set the land aside for public use as a botanical garden, and it finally became recognized in 1856. This park is 24 acres of beautiful grounds, flowering gardens, statuary, a great place to stroll or have a picnic ...

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    Along the southeastern side of Massachusetts lies the stunning island called Cape Cod, which includes a group of several smaller islands; along with the peninsula that juts out into to Atlantic Ocean. It is considered to be a barrier island which helps to shield Boston and the southern parts of Massachusetts from the storms of the North Atlantic. Pine Hill is the highest elevation, at 306 feet, on the island, and Cape Cod Bay on the leeward side has some great beaches and places to visit ...

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  • "Take me out to the ball game" is a famous song that everyone will hear around Fenway Park when they go see the famous Boston's Red Sox play baseball. It's the oldest baseball stadium in America, and opened in 1912, and at nearly 100 years old, it's one of the most historic ball parks in the country. There's just nothing like going to a baseball game at this incredible stadium. Get the tickets for the game far in advance, because every game since 2003 has sold out!

    However, it's not just baseball that people come to this great landmark for, take a look at some of the other activities that are held at this location, such as:

    • Numerous other sporting events are held in this park that have been played by various teams including the Boston Redskins, Boston Braves, the New England Patriots, plus many field hockey, and soccer games ...

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  • The Boston Harbor Islands are actually a group of approximately 35 islands that are identified as a National Recreation Area near Boston, Massachusetts, and these include some great places to see in addition to some fantastic activities. Some of the most interesting places to see are islands named Raccoon, Hangman, Little Calf, Grape, Bumpkin, and many more with interesting names and unusual histories. Thirteen of these islands actually form the Boston Harbor Island State Park that was developed in the 1970s ...

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  • One of the most popular aquariums in America is the New England Aquarium that resides in Boston, Massachusetts. This museum is along the harbor's waterfront, and was actually built just over 40 years ago. It is most know for setting the standard in providing more natural settings for the fish and marine species that call this wonderful aquarium home. It's famous for the research and educational programs that are available ...

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  • One of the most notable landmarks in Boston is the incredibly fascinating Museum of Science that is located near downtown along the Charles River. This amazing museum has more than 500 exhibits that are interactive and very interesting to visitors of all ages. This museum was originally built in 1830 and was called the "Boston Society of Natural History" museum that was started simply by a group of people who wanted to share their fascination with science, and it was a place that exotic hunters could display the skins and taxidermy animals they captured in Africa or elsewhere around the world ...

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  • The Sam Adams Brewery, in Boston, is one of the most famous breweries in American and produces the Samuel Adams beer. Samuel Adams was one of the most famous American Patriots, but he was not the one who started this brewery, it was simply named after him for his role in the American Revolution and certainly his role in the Boston Tea Party. He did brew his own beer, as did many people during this time ...

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  • Cheers was a sitcom that was extremely popular television show that was based on the Cheers Boston Pub was the downtown Boston bar on which the show was based that ran from the early 80s to the early 90s. The cast of characters included Sam Malone, Diane Chambers, Rebecca Howe, Coach, and Carla Tortelli, and the comedy revolved around the situations and fiascos that revolved around and their lives. The original pub was located on Beacon Street and another one has been added at Faneuil Hall at the Quincy Market ...

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