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Things to do in Massachusetts

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The top 162 attractions in Massachusetts

Streets in Boston
Beacon Hill
The Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston can be seen in this photo, found in what I think is the most beautiful city. While the city's buildings are generally red brick, the ambient atmosphere of the old English neighborhood is welcoming and reassuring. At night, there are even gas lamps!
Gardens in Boston
Boston Common
Common Park is the oldest park in the city of Boston, established in 1634, and is a perfect place to relax, play sports or sunbath, as you can see in the picture. It is in the heart of town, bordering on its east side Boston Charles. There is a shipping and fishing tradition in the river, there are many who practice sailing in their waters.
Universities in Cambridge
Harvard University
Most university teachers from around the world know that Harvard is the oldest and most prestigious university in the United States. It was founded in 1636 in order to train ministers and with the passing of time has acquired its current features and prestige. It was named after John Harvard, an English priest whose bronze statue stands in the park to this day. Walking through, although only on a quick tour, allowed us to see the main building's characteristics, such as its bricks of different shades. Although we had seen photographs of green trees, leafy bushes and splendid Chinese roses, the prevailing cold that April had mostly stripped away this beauty but it could still be glimpsed in some corners and lawn spaces that are kept green. The solid bridge over the Charles River in Cambridge has inspired writers and famous names from literature such as Damaso Alonso and his famous poem To Charles River, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Markets in Boston
Quincy Market
Quincy Market is now the quintessential tourist spot and one of the most visited places by tourists and even the Bostonians .... It's a totally "bright and vibrant" place, full of colourful street performers, places to eat what you dare, to walk around or to sit .... Full-art business clothes are "advanced" .... Especially for young people. Traveling the QUINCY MARKET and sniffing at each corner, is a refreshing and very interesting experience that you are sure never to forget.
Harbors in Boston
Port of Boston
I'll tell you a secret to getting the most beautiful views of Boston Harbor without paying for a trip on a boat. You have to cross an old iron bridge to the restaurant "Barking Crab" (perfect place to eat lobster), take a walk to the left and there you will see the views.
Of Cultural Interest in Boston
Freedom Trail
Great, well laid out trip around Boston. Awesome sights and facts about early America.
Viewpoints in Boston
Legal Sea Foods
What we liked about this towering building (the second highest in Boston) is that from the 52nd floor you can have a stunning view of the city's 365 degrees while they explain the touristic points.
Squares in Cambridge
Harvard Square
Harvard Square is the main square in Cambridge, Harvard University's neighbourhood. This square hosts everything from concerts and demonstrations to markets. There's a huge bookstore there called The Coop and there are many other shops, restaurants, cafes and theatres. It's the ideal place for a stroll or to sit on a terrace and enjoy the views.
Football Fields in Boston
Fenway Park
You don't have to like baseball to enjoy a game, what makes it special is visiting Fenway Park especially if you have seen the movie Fever Pitch that was filmed there. Fenway Park is an institution in Boston, it was opened in 1912 and is still the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. It is such an amazing feeling experiencing the atmosphere of all the die hard Red Sox supporters at a game. If you're in Boston during baseball season be sure to book a ticket for a home game well in advance. It's indeed an experience of a lifetime even if you're not a sports fan.
Bays in Provincetown
This is a wonderful place to walk along the shore and disconnect or explore one of the many walking and biking paths. However, the water is a bid too cold for swimming unless you're visiting in July and August. The seafood is great, Provincetown has some interesting things to see, and the whole cape is full of hundreds of cute little hotels. The whole place feels like it's out of a movie. Perfect for a day trip from Boston or New York.
Gardens in Boston
Public Garden
Next to Boston Common is the Public Garden, which is a park with a pond that divides it into two. During the summer months you can rent a boat shaped like a swan and paddle through the water. In the park, there is a striking equestrian statue of George Washington in bronze placed on a large granite base. It is certainly one of the most famous in Boston.
Historical Monuments in Boston
Paul Revere House
Paul Revere is one of the most historical figures of the United States. He was a silversmith who was also hired by the city of Boston as a messenger and, on April 18 1775, he was riding from home to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British were coming to arrest them. It is said that he was screaming, "The British are coming!" to alert people. His house has been preserved as a museum.
Churches in Boston
The Old North Church
This church played an important role in the American Revolution, it was here that Robert Newman climbed up the bell tower and hung two lanterns to warn the population that the English army were coming by sea on April 18, 1775. The church was built in 1723 and is very simple inside and out. Behind is a beautiful courtyard with several monuments and statues.
Of Cultural Interest in Boston
New England Aquarium
While not the best aquarium I've visited (it is light years behind the Lisbon Oceanarium, for example), the New England Aquarium is one of the most visited places in Boston. There are long lines, and costs about 15 dollars and it has strange species. If you're in Boston it is a must.
Of Touristic Interest in Boston
Boston at Night
Boston is very clean and tidy, the homes are beautiful, there is lots of green and everything is taken care of. Even at night you'll be surprised by the quality of its buildings. I did not have as much time to visit the city at night as I would have liked to. We only had a short time and spent the day sightseeing so we were quite tired at the end of the day.
Rivers in Boston
Walk along the Charles River
The Tour of the Charles River is really relaxing. The buildings around it are fantastic. Green spaces abound everywhere and everything is so neat and tidy. The river itself is wide and quiet, with still water and is very heavenly. It really is a worthwhile walk.
Streets in Boston
Charles Street
Charles Street is one of the main streets in the heart of Boston. The houses and buildings are beautiful and when one thinks of Boston this his it. Charles Street is also where the Cheers bar can be found and the Capitol of Massachusetts. The Boston Common is on the edge of Charles Street and there are many quaint restaurants and shops for visitors to go to.
Of Cultural Interest in Boston
Public Library
Boston Public Library, built in 1887, is the largest public library in the entire United States of America with a total of 15 million volumes. It was also the first public-access library to offer a book lending service. I took a stroll through the library and sat down to read my travel brochures. I went away because I was embarrassed to be seen with "what to see, what to do in Boston". The man with the hat in the photo is the librarian. He was a very friendly and happy to tell stories about his job at the library.