You know you shouldn’t call Boston “Beantown”. Your little one can make a better Southie accent than most Hollywood actors. One of your most reliable units of measure is the distance between two Dunkin ‘Donuts (can we really call it Dunkin’?).
You are a proud Bay Stater. But have you really EXPERIENCED all of the things Massachusetts?
We’ve put together this bucket list to see if your Massachusetts credentials measure up. How many experiences can you cross out? Does your tally sound like someone who’s never left the state or someone planning their free time using a Frommer’s travel guide?
Of course, some tourist-friendly things were on the list. Locals love them too or have at least reluctantly tried them once as part of a family tradition or a school trip.
Which of your favorites did we forget from our bucket list? Don’t hesitate to send your anger to [email protected].
Adventures in the outdoor to-do list that Massachusetts natives love
- Walk through the rainbow colored clay of the Aquinna Cliffs during Golden Hour on Martha’s Vineyard: mvy.com/aquinnah
Cultural attractions for your list of things to do in Massachusetts
Restaurants belonging to BIPOC:Banh mi, jerk chicken and gnocchi: a tour of BIPOC-owned restaurants in New England
- Watch a movie at the Loring Hall cinema at Hingham, a historic single-screen movie theater in a meeting room from 1852: patriotcinemas.com
- Enjoy a ride on the Paragon carousel in shell, a 93-year-old institution in Nantasket Beach and the only remaining attraction in the long-closed Paragon Park: paragoncarousel.com
- Try the fried clams in one of Massachusetts’ famous clams, like Woodman’s of Essex: woodmans.com/
- Explore cultures and artistic mediums at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams: massmoca.org
- Taste Boston‘s North End on one of its biggest weekends of the year, St. Anthony’s Day, which takes place in August: stanthonysfeast.com/schedule.html
- Enjoy a classic caper or a new Hollywood outing at Wellfleet Cine-park of cinemas: wellfleetcinemas.com/drive-in-theatre/
- Indulge yourself and reconnect with the flavors and festivities of The Big E in Springfield West, the only multi-state salon in the world: thebige.com
- Marvel at the acoustics of historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester during a live show: Mechanicalhall.org
- Catch Bay State institutions such as the Boston Pops and nationally touring artists in the famous Lenox Tanglewood performance hall: tanglewood.org
- Equip yourself with a deeper understanding of ancient weaponry at Worcester The Art Museum’s John Woodman Higgins Weapons Collection, the second largest collection of weapons and armor in the country: worcesterart.org/collection/higgins-collection
- Cheer on the challengers in the infamous Greasy Pole Competition, a contest to see who can tear a flag off the end of a 40-foot greased pole, during GloucesterAnnual feast of Saint-Pierre in June: discovergloucester.com
- Put on your medieval attire and watch lively jousting at the King Richard Fair in Sculptor: kingrichardsfaire.net
Historic Sites for Your Massachusetts Bucket List
- Book a room and a weird encounter at the famous Lizzie Borden House in Autumn river: lizzie-borden.com
- Once on land and again by sea, duck excursions offer you unique views of Boston even if they are a bit touristy: bostonducktours.com
- Take a spiritual pilgrimage on a ghost tour to Plymouth: plymouthghosttours.com
- Learn the true story and little-known facts of the Salem Witch Trials at Salem Witches Museum: salemwitchmuseum.com
- Stroll through Harvard Yard Historic Park at Cambridge. They say you should rub the foot of the John Harvard statue for luck, but some also say students relieve themselves at night, so maybe have the hand sanitizer ready. seas.harvard.edu/tour/cambridge/1/harvard-yard
- Learn about the region’s indigenous cultures and history at the Plimoth Patuxet Museums in Plymouth: plimoth.org
- Reflect on the unsolved 1855 murder of the Kneeland sisters, killed with a chair leg, at the Gardner Museum in Gardner, the City Presidency: gardnermuseuminc.com
Family leisure activities for your list of things to do in Massachusetts
- Stroll through Boston‘s Public Garden to understand why it has long been a favorite haunt for picnickers, Hollywood filmmakers, and city-dwellers who love nature: boston.gov/parks/public-garden
- Learn more about rare farm breeds at Dalby Farm at Perform: dalbyfarm.com
- Let your camera shutter float freely at Butterfly Place at Westford, an interior garden filled with brightly colored winged insects: Butterflyplace-ma.com
- Immerse yourself in the natural history of Shelburne Falls” glacial potholes and walk on the Pont des Fleurs: shelburnefalls.com/information-visiteur