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Top Ten Destination Spots in Massachusetts

Updated on October 25, 2015

#10 Lexington

Lexington, Massachusetts is full of history. As a matter of fact; it is known to be the place where the first shot of the revolution was fired and is famous for the saying, "shot heard round' the world."

Settled in 1642, Lexington was originally known as Cambridge Farms Lexington and houses the grounds where the Battle of Green was fought.

This is also the location where the famous story of The Paul Revere and Williams Dawes Midnight Ride. Lexington is the home of the Lexington Bridge and houses buildings that date back to colonial times as well as revolutionary times.

The oldest war memorial still standing in the United States is located in Lexington and is the resting spot of those who lost in the Battle Green. This is the Revolutionary Monument.

The Lexington Battle Green Monument

Lexington Battle Green Monument
Lexington Battle Green Monument | Source

#9 Cape Cod

Cape Cod was one of the first places settled by the English in North America and many famous people have summer homes there.

The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (also known as pilgrim tower) is a structure that reaches over 200 feet and is made of granite. This monument overlooks the area and is dedicated to "First Landing" when the Mayflower pilgrims first arrived in 1620.

A very popular attraction are always the lighthouses in the area. Lighthouses in this beautiful cape started being built in 1857 making lighthouses an attraction for tourists.

Whale watches, sandy beaches, coastlines, water sports and fishing are all available as well in Cape Cod. There are also islands offshore that have become a popular attraction.

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Pilgrim Tower

Pilgrim Tower
Pilgrim Tower | Source

#8 Universities

Harvard and MIT are just two of the wonderful schools that are located in Massachusetts.

Take a tour. Hahvahd Tour takes you around the campus showing you the history, culture and famous alumni of Harvard University.

They will also take you to Harvard Yard, to see historical buildings and the John Harvard statue.

Weeks Footbridge is a gorgeous bridge exclusively for pedestrians and goes over the Charles River.

MIT is another prestigious college which has been rank within the top ten universities.

It houses libraries and a museum which houses many collections from the history of MIT.

Harvard Yard

Harvard Yard
Harvard Yard | Source

Some University Landmarks

The Stata Center at MIT
The Stata Center at MIT | Source
Week Footbridge
Week Footbridge | Source

#7 U.S.S. Constitution

Also known as Old Ironside, the USS Constitution is and old Navy Ship was launched in 1797 and used in the war of 1812. It is known that a cannon ball bounced off of the side of Old Ironside.

The U.S.S Constitution was built in Boston and launched on October 10th, 1979. This historical navy ship was named by George Washington and defeated five navel ships during the war of 1812.

In 1843 the USS Constitution was used as a receiving ship and had been to many other countries because of this.

Today, Old Ironside is open to the public and provides free tours. The crewman are active duty from the navy and is housed in the former Charlestown Navy Yard at Pier 1.

The USS Constitution

Old Ironside
Old Ironside | Source

#6 Fenway Park

Fenway Park is home to the Boston Redsox and is the oldest major league baseball field still used to day.

A unique feature this stadium has to offer are the hand turned scoreboards.

Opened in 1912, Fenway Park has hosted two World Series.

Located outside, stands the popular statue of Ted Williams. Located near Fenway park is also Kenmore Square.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park
Fenway Park | Source

#5 Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall is full of international eateries with a huge variety of ethnic foods to choose from, along with street entertainment and all kinds of shopping boutiques.

In the same area is Haymarket Square that provides fresh fruits and vegetables.

There are sculptures of fruits and vegetables embedded in the pavement around Haymarket Square and the produce is fresh and known for being inexpensive.

Faneuil Hall houses a meeting hall where Samuel Adams spoke several times. There is a statue of Samuel Adams outside the building.

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall | Source

#4 Boston Harbor

Boston harbor offers many things to do.

Codzilla is a large jet ski capable of holding 100 people and reaches high speeds while doing tricks.

The Duck Tours is a popular attraction involving a truck that can move on land or water with the tour involving both.

As most of us know, the Boston Harbor is the spot of the Boston Tea Party. Take a tour through the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum.

Boston Harbor also has many islands along with lighthouses.

Swimming and fishing are allowed under the right conditions.

Take a ride on Codzilla

By Richard Schneider from Los Angeles (Baston Harbor  Uploaded by FAEP) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Richard Schneider from Los Angeles (Baston Harbor Uploaded by FAEP) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

#3 Salem

Salem Massachusetts is probably best known for the 1692 witch trials and was also just signed by Barack Obama, ordering Salem Massachusetts as the birthplace of the National Guard.

The Witch House is directly connected to the witch trials and is the only standing building in Salem with a direct connection. The Witch House is a historical landmark.

Salem Willows is a popular spot that includes a carousel from 1866, arcades, rides for kids, a beach, entertainment and food. The white willows are 200 years old and this is also the home to the first ice cream cone in America.

Salem Harbor is part of Salem and offers ferry rides. There is a lot of history in Salem and because of this; I feel it definitely deserves to be in the top of my list.

The Witch House and Salem Willows

The Witch House in Salem, Massachusetts
The Witch House in Salem, Massachusetts | Source
Salem Willows
Salem Willows | Source

#2 Cape Ann

Settled by an English colony in 1623, Cape Ann has breathtaking views, which makes it a hot spot for artists.

Located in cape Ann is Gloucester, Ma. This is the oldest fishing community in the United States and hosts the popular St. Peters Fiesta held once a year.

It offers 3 days of fun and events. Cape Ann also has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Annisquam River.

The Ten Pound Island Lighthouse in Gloucester

Ten Pound Island Lighthouse
Ten Pound Island Lighthouse | Source

#1 Boston

Boston is full of so much history. That is why I chose it to be my number one destination spot in Massachusetts.

Bunker Hill Monument is located in Boston and is a tribute to The Battle of Bunker Hill. You will also see the Zackon and Longfellow bridges as well as the Hancock and the Prudential buildings.

A location that is must see is the Esplanad which houses the Hatch Shell which is famous for a main spot to see the spectacular fireworks display on Independence Day. Part of the reason is because the Boston Pops along with others are there to entertain.Along the Esplanad is the Charles River.

I recommend Boston to anyone who is in Massachusetts. I can guarantee that there is something for everyone to do.

The Hatch Shell

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Boston

Boston
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A road map to help you get around Massachusetts

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A markerLexington -
Lexington, MA, USA
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B markerCape Cod -
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
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C markerHarvard -
Harvard, MA, USA
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D markerUSS Constitution -
USS Constitution Museum, Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy Yard Building 22, Boston,
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E markerFenway Park -
Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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F markerFaneuil Hall -
Faneuil Hall, Boston National Historical Park, 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109, USA
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G markerBoston Harbor -
Boston Harbor, Boston, MA, USA
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H markerSalem -
Salem, MA, USA
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I markerGloucester -
Gloucester, MA, USA
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J markerBoston -
Boston, MA, USA
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      travelholidays 3 years ago from India

      Got new information about 'Duck Tours' in Boston Harbor. Enjoyed reading all the places. Voted up and thanks for sharing this :)

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      April Dawn Meyer 3 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

      Awesome. I'm glad you liked it. My guy is from Massachusetts and we plan to visit soon. Duck Tours is definitely on our list of things to do while we are visiting. Thanks for stopping by :)

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