There is no shortage of things to do and see in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has something for virtually everyone. History buffs, sportsman, outdoorsmen, diners, shoppers, and beachcombers can all find a treasure trove of activities in Massachusetts. As one of the original thirteen colonies, Massachusetts is steeped in history. While it may be considered a Mecca for historians, it is also home to electronics, technology, and communication industries. It is famous as the home of several institutions of higher learning. The most notable of these colleges are Harvard, Cambridge, Boston College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tourism, particularly in the Cape Cod area, is very popular. Here are but a few of the many area attractions that should not be missed.
For the history buff, the Boston area has to top the list. From the steeple of the Old North Church, sextant Robert Newman hanged two lanterns that became the signal that triggered American’s war for independence from British rule. It was here that Paul Revere saw the dual lanterns that warned of the British approach by sea. Officially known as Christ Church in the City of Boston, the Old North Church was built in 1723. It holds the distinction of being the oldest standing church building in Boston.
While in Boston, baseball fans must spend some time at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox. The Sox have called Fenway Park “home” since 1912. It is the oldest operating Major League Baseball park in the country. The Red Sox were founded in 1901 and won their first World Series in 1903. Boston Red Sox fans are true die-hards. Since May, 2003 every home game has sold out! Fenway Park may be one of the smaller professional baseball parks, but fans will argue that they are the most ardent.
Although unimpressive in size, Plymouth Rock is heralded as the piece of land first touched by the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. Visitors may be surprised at just how unimposing this rock actually is, but is definitely a must-see for anyone with an interest in American History.
A trip to Martha’s Vineyard should be included in every trip to Massachusetts. Lighthouse enthusiasts will revel in the diverse group of five lighthouses on the north side of the island. While in Martha’s Vineyard, visitors should make it a point to view the beautiful clay cliffs known as Gay Head Cliffs.
No trip to Massachusetts would be complete without a visit to Harvard, arguably the nation’s most prestigious university. Dating back to 1636, Harvard is America’s oldest institute of higher learning. Graduates of Harvard include philosopher Henry David Thoreau, writer Gertrude Stein, and seven United States presidents.
There is only one problem with visiting Massachusetts. Many visitors find it so appealing that they never want to leave! The lovely, compelling sights of Massachusetts have caused many visitors to seriously contemplate relocating here. The first colony is still calling visitors today.