Whether you are a visitor of Massachusetts, or a local looking for something new and exciting, we've found the best online resources when to comes to places to see and things to do in Massachusetts!
Planning a Vacation to MA
One of the best sites to look at if you are planning a Massachusetts getaway is http://www.massvacation.com/ . Not only does it list great vacation spots in the Bay State, but it also features daily deals all over Massachusetts and a listing of 50 things to do in MA under $50. They are also currently offering site visitors the chance to enter to win a prize package to Plymouth county which includes a two night stay and multiple gift cards to local restaurants and museums! This site is the ultimate guide to planning a vacation or even a day trip to Massachusetts and we highly recommend you check it out!
Getting Around MA
If you're not familiar with the area, navigating the roads in Massachusetts can be an intimidating task, especially if you are visiting popular tourist destinations like Boston. The Mass Gov website has a large selection of different maps for different cities and towns, Mass. State Highway Maps, and even maps for people who will be commuting via MBTA. This site also has a great feature called "SmartTraveler" which has detailed info on local weather, traffic conditions, alerts, and location-specific traveler warnings. For those of you that want a taste of the outdoors, this site also has maps of ponds and national parks available.
Local Events in MA
If you have an idea of what you want to do in Massachusetts but aren't sure where to start, there are two great websites that have great info on local events. For those of you that are looking for family friendly events, Boston Central has hundreds of listings that are broken down by date and categories such as arts and crafts, animals, food fun, and music. This makes it a lot easier to break down your search process if you have an idea of what you want to do. If you're looking to get out with friends or for a romantic getaway, Visit-Massachusetts is a better site to search. You are also able to search by date and category on this site, and although there is an option to search for children's events it is definitely geared more towards adults. Event categories on this site include food, wine and beer, historic events, parties, dances, balls, visual arts, and antiques.
National Parks and Landmarks
Massachusetts certainly has the best of both worlds when it comes to cities and the countryside. Boston is a hub of activity, tourism and excitement but there are also beautiful mountains and landscapes across the state. These rural landscapes also have a lot of history associated with them. Whether you want to visit Lowell and check out the National Park and Boot Cotton Mills where the industrial revolution began, or take a hike and go for a swim at Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau was inspired to write his famous book "Walden", the National Park Service has listings of parks in every area of the state as well as listing of other historic landmarks. According to their website, there are 15 National Parks in Massachusetts, 11 National Natural Landmarks, and 185 National Historic Landmarks along with over 4,000 National Register of Historic Places Listings. This website is a great resource that focuses on the natural beauty of Massachusetts as well as the history.
For the most up to date news in Massachusetts, Boston.com is definitely the website to visit. Not only do they feature breaking news stories, they also have stories from the Boston Globe and daily updates on local, national, world, business, health, and many other categories of news. You can browse by town or category and their site also has great stories on sports, things to do, and have info on cars and real estate for sale. This website features hundreds of stories each day but also has information on events and information that is helpful to know in Massachusetts, especially if you are traveling through.
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Whatever information you are looking for when it comes to Massachusetts, these websites are a great starting point, and of course if you think of a helpful resource that we should add, leave a comment and let us know!
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