• Plymouth Rock
  • Arts

    From world-famous paintings to inspiring folk arts and crafts, the Massachusetts art world is a feast for the eyes. With its rich heritage of creativity and vital population of contemporary artists, you could dedicate a weekend or a whole vacation to exploring the arts in Massachusetts.
  • Civil War sites

    Visit Massachusetts this year for the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Although Massachusetts is known for the Freedom Trail and many Revolutionary War sites, it's also rich in Civil War history as well. Here you will find more detailed information about these historic sites.
  • Dance

    Whether you're enjoying classical ballet in Boston or contemporary dance in the Berkshires, Massachusetts can move you.
  • Freedom Trail

    It may be that Boston's reputation as a walking city is partly due to the creation of one of America's first historic walking tours, The Freedom Trail. The Trail takes visitors to 16 historical sites in the course of two or three hours and covers two and a half centuries of America's most significant past. These sites include the Boston Common, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill Monument to name a few.  Learn more about the guided trolley tours available or choose a self-tour, but don't miss it!
  • Historic parks

    From Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth, where Plymouth Rock is located to Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord where Henry David Thoreau lived, the Massachusetts park system is rich with history. Choose a park to visit.
  • Historic ports

    Explore and cruise along the shores of the historic ports of Massachusetts. Whether it's on-shore excursions in Gloucester, the oldest seaport in America; walking in the footsteps of patriots in Boston; or strolling the cobblestone streets of the Nantucket, the whaling capital of the world, it's all here in one of our historic ports of Massachusetts.
  • Historical tours

    Discover the beauty and history of Massachusetts on one of the hundreds of tours offered throughout the state. From historic walking tours led by a period costumed guide to foliage skyrides celebrating our natural heritage to a cruise past the Kennedy compound, there's a tour for everyone.
  • Historical sites, trails, and museums

    Did you know the Industrial Revolution in North America started in Waltham, Massachusetts? Or that New Bedford was once the world's center of whaling? When it comes to the story of America, Massachusetts is a history book come to life.
  • Ethnic market and food production tours

    Put on your walking shoes and step "behind-the-scenes" at a number of Massachusetts ethnic market and food production tours. Whether it's a tour of an Italian, Asian, or Eastern European market, or a taste of chocolate, artisan bread, or potato chips, you’ll be under the expert guidance of tour operators and food producers from across the Bay State. Be sure to contact businesses directly for specific details.
  • Film Festivals

    Massachusetts has become a major center for film production, and our passion for film is demonstrated by an impressive slate of film festivals – some international in scope, some focused on specific genres or subjects.
  • Massachusetts federal historic sites

    The National Park Service's Federal Lands to Parks Program helps communities create new parks and recreation areas by transferring surplus federal land to state and local governments.
  • Monuments and historic sites

    Famous throughout the world, many of New England's spectacular monuments and landmarks date back hundreds of years and are in remarkable condition. Here are some of the top sights to visit.
  • Multicultural Massachusetts

    With a world of choices, there's no end to the possibilities. Travel the globe in Massachusetts with Multicultural Massachusetts. Enjoy ethnic and cultural festivals happening across the state.
  • Music

    Massachusetts features music for all tastes: classical, jazz, early music, even a rich history of rock and roll.
  • Plymouth Rock

    From Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, Mass. where the opening battle of the Revolution took place to Boston National Historical park, which tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong, the Massachusetts park system is rich with history. Choose a park to visit.
  • Theater

    Massachusetts enjoys a rich heritage of outstanding theater, and the tradition continues today. From venues that attract major stars to puppet shows for the little ones, there’s always something on stage to delight you.
  • Interactive State House

    An evolving collection of on-line historical resources and fun facts about Massachusetts.