Things to do in Massachusetts
Institute of Contemporary Art
Make time to explore ICA’s collection of modern masterpieces, which includes works by Paul Chan, Nan Goldin, and Boris Mikhailov. At the very least, stroll down to the seaport to see the dramatic Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed building.
For a rainy day diversion visit the massive Mass MoCA, a 13-acre contemporary
art mecca that includes 27 former factory buildings which play host to a
crossbreed of visual and performing arts. The museum has made itself a
destination for novice art lovers and serious critics alike.
Head to the Berkshires to hike the highest peak in Massachusetts – 3,491-foot Mount Greylock. Those who make it to the summit enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. (Due to ongoing renovations, roads are closed to public access until 2009.)
Known as a mecca for alternative lifestyles, Northampton is a small town with big-city appeal. Eclectic cafes, vintage clothing boutiques, kitschy shops, art galleries, and diverse restaurants line Main Street. Poetry readings and concerts are commonplace.
Old Sturbridge Village
Experience 19th-century life at the Northeast’s largest outdoor history museum. Forty restored, original buildings, including homes, a country store, and a meetinghouse, contribute to the 200-acre village, which is brought to life by costumed actors.
The Freedom Trail
Get acquainted with Boston and American Revolutionary history at the same time on the 2.5-mile-long Freedom Trail. The red-brick lined path winds past 16 historical sites, including the Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution warship.
The Mohawk Trail
Originally a Native American trail, this scenic automobile route is the best place to catch the fiery spectacle of the fall leaves. Stop en route at Whitcomb Summit – at 2,272 feet, it affords awesome views of the surrounding forest.
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary turns a brilliant vermilion, creating the
perfect backdrop for slurping bivalves.
Dedicate an afternoon to seeking out these majestic, marine animals off the coast of Gloucester and Cape Ann. Seven Seas runs guided boat tours that take you to their feeding hotspots and provide educational narrative along the way.
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