Things to do in Massachusetts
Boston - explore the African Meeting House
Built in the early 1880’s the African Meeting House in Boston is a testament to the craftsmanship of black workers at that time. The house is home to a display of life for blacks in the early days of the Untied States. The displays and exhits include a replica classroom, which is what the house once was, along with being a church. Of special interest to many visitors is the display of African American from slavery to the abolitionist movement.
Boston - spend a day exploring Copley Square
Copley Square in Boston is a great place to start your tour of the city, as there are so many interesting places around the square. You can easily spend a couple of days walking artound here. The original buildings include the main part of MIT as well as Trinity Church, have unique, 3 different forms of architecture – medieval, traditional and modern.
Boston - walk through the historic Massachusetts State House
Completed and built in 1798 the Massachusetts State House is home to the state’s legislature. It is one of the oldest in the country, and is a remarkable example of building style from that era. The exterior is topped by a guilded dome, with an acorn on top. The interior contains a selection of paintings and wall murals, some of which depict war scenes, plus there is the “sacred cod” given to the legislature in 1784.
Braintree - bargain shopping at the South Shore Plaza
With over 200 different shops and 4 large department stores including Macys and Sears, the impressive, large South Shore Plaza in Braintree offers shoppers a wonderful opportunity to indulge in their passion in finding a bargain. There are also over 12 different restaurants to choose from as well as a local brewery, making the centre a destination for shopping, dining or drinking.
Braintree - see the Abigail Adams Cairn
As the battle of Bunker Hill was taking place Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States and mother of John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States took her son to the top of Penn’s Hill to see what was happening. A cairn now stands on the site since its erection in 1896 to commemorate the historic events at the start of the American War of Independence.
Burlington - relax and stroll through Mary Cummings Park
Located in the center of Boston, the Mary Cummings Park offers residents and visitors to the city a place to relax and go and enjoy the natural beauty that was once what the whole area was like. The land was donated by its namesake back in 1930 and today includes fields of wild flowers as well as areas of wetlands and deciduous forest, allowing plenty of room for outdoor activities such as hiking and cross country skiing.
Cambridge - experience the Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall in Cambridge is part of the Harvard Complex. It is a beautifully designed building that was built by a committee of 50 Alumni, after the Civil War. Building work started in 1870 and the main building was completed in 1874, although the famous tower was not completed until 1877. The hall is filled with beautiful stained glass windows, depicting famous people throughout history. Not all sections of the Memorial Hall are open to the public, but certain sections of it are available for viewing during most weekedays.
Cambridge - view the beautiful architecture of the Massachusetts City Hall
The Massachusetts City Hall in Cambridge was completed in 1889 and is a beautiful example of late 19th century architecture. Built from Milford Granite the City Hall is home to all of the usual city and municipal departments, including the mayors office . The City Hall is famous for being the location for the first legal applications for marriage licences for same sex marriages in the Untied States on May 17th 2004 and at 9.15 hours on the same day, performed the first same sex marriage in the United States.
Hyannis - tour around the Cape Cod potato chips factory
Potato chips are nearly everyone’s favourite snack. One of the most popular and more unusual are Cape Cod Potato Chips. A tour around their factory in Hyannis, offers visitors the opportunity to see how these tasty snacks are prepared. At the end of the tour, enjoy sampling them as well as purchasing, if you wish, the snacks that you enjoyed the most sampling, at the factory shop.
Newton - visit the First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church in Newton, is well worth a visit. It was completed in 1888 and is a beautiful example of American architecture and stained glass windows. The church posses an amazing organ that is over 100 years old, which is made up of 1,544 pipes in 27 rows. There is also an amazing bell tower, that is dedicated to Reverend Samuel F Smith, who was minister at the church from 1842 to 1854 and is better known as the author of “America”.
Introduction to Massachusetts
Massachusetts is a historian's dream. Visitors can visit Plymouth, where the Pilgrim Fathers first arrived, then move on to Boston, where colonial architecture can be seen along with several important museums. Those visitors looking for a beach will be interested in visiting Cape Cod. Wherever visitors choose to start their trip; a wide range of hotels in Massachusetts is on offer. The establishments cater for all budgets, from luxury five-star lodgings to cheap budget. For families, many accommodations have family rooms at discount rates. It has a population of over six million, most of who live in the Greater Boston area. Therefore, business travellers will also have good reasons to use the properties. Besides tourism, the region thriving economy is comprised of industries such as finance, agriculture and high technology. Both business travellers and tourists will find the district easy to get around, the state is well-connected by interstate highways and public transport.