If you love swimming, then Massachusetts has plenty of beaches to choose from. At the very tip of MA, there is Provincetown (P-town for short.) They have lovely beaches, and in this fun-loving town, everyday feels like a party. P-town also offers whale watching, a favorite in New England. If you do not wish to travel very far into the Cape, Plymouth also offers whale watching tours. The pier from which you leave also happens to be within walking distance of historical Plymouth Rock, as well as a number of seafood restaurants and wineries.
If you enjoy long walks, fishing, or both, then a visit to the canal should be on your to do list. Located in Wareham and Bourne, this man made waterway is nearly 7 miles long with paved walk ways the whole length of the canal, on both sides of the Sagamore Bridge. In nearby Onset you can take a ferry ride along the canal. While in Onset, you can also go fishing on the pier, take a deep-sea fishing ferry, or enjoy lovely onset beach with restaurants and shops all along the ocean front.
We also have islands, if you enjoy island life. You can take a short ferry or plane ride over to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard (did you know Jaw’s was filmed there?) On the islands you can enjoy gorgeous beaches, as well as delicious seafood and quaint shops.
If hiking is more your thing, then look no further than the Blue Hills. This large state park is actually located in a number of towns: Dedham, Canton, Braintree, Randolph and Milton. It has 16 different trails to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult, and combine to make up 125 miles of trails. MA also offers skiing. While there are a few ski resorts here in MA, the most popular resort is Wachusett Mountain located in Princeton. So if you are looking for an outdoorsy or winter destination, you might want to look into MA.
Last, but not least, is Boston. With parks, historical sites, restaurants, museums, and of course, Fenway Park, there is something for everybody in this city. If you enjoy historical sight seeing, we have the Bunker Hill monument, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and many other historic landmarks, all of which you can see at your own leisure, or on an organized tour. If you are visiting in spring or summer, you can catch a game at beautiful Fenway Park! With many bars, restaurants, and stores in the area, you can make a day out of it. If you enjoy plays, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company puts on a free Shakespeare play every summer in gorgeous Boston Common.
If you enjoy visiting museums, Boston has 40 to choose from, with the more notable ones being the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, and if you have kids, there’s the Boston Children’s Museum. For a notable museum outside of Boston, there is the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This is a great place to go to learn about Massachusetts’ rich whaling and fishing history. Not too far from the museum is Buttonwood Park/Zoo, which is an inexpensive place to take the family. There is also the Boston Aquarium if you like aquatic wildlife.