Massachusetts Bucket List ~ Great Boston Region

Today’s Bucket List post is HUGE because it focuses on a major historic American city: Boston! Of course we hit the surrounding suburbs as well!

Boston

  • Boston African-American National Historic Site: Tells the story of African Americans in the 19th century pre-Civil War.
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area: Explore lighthouses, coast line, and other parks in this protected area.
  • Boston Light: First lighthouse to be built in the United States.
  • Boston National Historical Park: Preserves 8 Revolutionary War sites, many of which are connected by the Freedom Trail.
  • Boston Public Garden: Visit America’s first public park.
  • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum: Visit this floating museum for the history of this infamous event.
  • Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate: Brings the role of the US Senate to life.
  • Fenway Park: Famous stadium home to the Boston Red Sox.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art: Visit this modern art museum.
  • International Poster Gallery: Explore vintage posters from around the globe.
  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum: Explore the museum dedicated to the life and work of JFK.
  • Massachusetts State House: Visit the seat of Massachusetts’ state government.
  • Museum of African American History: New England’s largest African American museum.
  • New England Aquarium: One of the top visited attractions in the area, this aquarium has several touch tanks and also offers whale watching tours.
  • Old North Church: Church famous for “one if my land, two if by sea” signal.
  • Old State House: One of the oldest public buildings in the United States.
  • Paul Revere House: Home of the famous patriot.
  • The Swan Boats of Boston: Take a ride in the famous Boston Swan Boats.

Brookline

  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site: Home of the founder of American landscape architecture.
  • JFK National Historic Site: Birthplace and childhood home of John F Kennedy.

Cambridge

  • Longfellow National Historic Site: Home of famed poet and also site of Washington’s headquarters.
  • MIT Museum: Science museum filled with lots of exhibits.
  • World’s Only Curious George Store: Store filled with everything Curious George.

Charleston

  • Battle of Bunker Hill Museum: Details history of the American Revolution in the area.
  • USS Constitution: Explore the legacy of this ship.

Framingham

  • Callahan State Park: Beautiful place to hike outside of Boston.
  • Garden in the Woods: Nice wooded botanic garden outside the city.

Foxborough

  • Gilette Stadium: Home to the New England Patriots football team.

Hudson

  • American Heritage Museum: Museum of American military history.

Natick

  • Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary: Popular place to view birds and otters.

Newton

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum: Served as a station on the Underground Railroad.

Quincy

  • Adams National Historic Site: Preserves the home of John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
  • United States Navel Shipbuilding Museum: Explore battle ships and how they were built.

Waltham

  • Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation: Museum dedicated to the history of the American Industrial Revolution.

Weymouth

  • Abigail Adams Birthplace: Birthplace of the wife of John Adams.

All attractions found on visitma.com

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Boston Bucket List ~North of Boston and Greater Merrimack Valley Region

Our Massachusetts lists begin to get longer today as we begin to explore the areas around Boston.

Beverly

  • Hospital Point Range Light: Historic lighthouse at the end of the avenue.

Concord

  • Louisa May Alcott House: Girlhood home of Louisa May Alcott and setting of her novel: Little Women.
  • Minute Man National Historic Park: Commemorates the opening battle of the Revolutionary War.
  • North Bridge: Visit the site of the “shot heard round the world.”
  • Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau.
  • Walden Pond State Reservation: Hike and swim on the site where Thoreau wrote Walden.

Gloucester

  • Eastern Point Light: Lighthouse located in the oldest seaport in America.

Lincoln

  • DeCordova Sculpture Park: Largest sculpture park in New England.

Lowell

  • Lowell National Historic Park: Explore the water powered textile mills that helped propel the nation into the industrial age.

Marblehead

  • Marblehead Light: Skeletal framed lighthouse; the only one of its kind in New England.

Newburyport

  • Newburyport Harbor Light: Historic lighthouse located in the harbor of Newburyport.
  • Plum Island Beach: Cool off in one of the area’s most popular beaches.

Salem

  • Bakers Island Light: Historic stone lighthouse.
  • Derby Wharf Light: Square tower light.
  • New England Pirate Museum: Explore the history of pirates in a hands on way.
  • Salem Witch Museum: Explore the history of the Salem Witch Trials.
  • Winter Island Light: Old lighthouse located near Old Fort Pickering.

Saugus

  • Saugus Iron Works National Historical Site: Site of the first integrated ironworks in North America.

West Townsend

  • Pearl Hill State Park: Hike in this wooded area north of the city.

All attractions found on visitma.com

Massachusetts Bucket List ~ Central Region

Moving further into the state of Massachusetts, today we explore the Central region before taking a long weekend holiday from blog posting to enjoy 4th of July travels!

North Oxford

  • Clara Barton Homestead: Birthplace of Clara Barton; celebrates the life and activities of this Red Cross founder.

Princeton

  • Wachusett Mountain State Reservation: Enjoy breathtaking views from the summit of this mountain.

Royalston

  • Doane’s Falls: Enjoy this tumbling cascade located near a stone bridge.
  • Royalston Falls: Waterfall located in granite gorge.

Sturbridge

  • Wells State Park: Rugged rock terrain located among the wetlands.

All attractions found on visitma.com

Massachusetts Bucket List ~ Western Region

Today we begin a new state! It may be a smaller state, but it is rich with history and there’s plenty to do and explore! We begin in the Western portion of the state!

Adams

  • Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum: Birthplace of the woman who help give other women the vote!

Amherst

  • Emily Dickinson Museum: Birthplace and home of famed poet, Emily Dickinson.
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: Museum devoted to the art of the picture book.
  • Mount Holyoke Range State Park: Explore this 7 miles stretch of mountain range.

Clarksburg

  • Clarksburg State Park: Hike through this hardwood forest that offers mountain views.

Glendale

  • Chesterwood: Home of the famed sculpture who created icons such as the seated Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.

Great Barrington

  • Monument Mountain: Hike the short trail to the summit of this mountain.

Lanesborough

  • Mount Greylock State Reservation: Preserves the highest point in the state.

Lenox

  • Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: Explore 7 miles of hiking trails along the pond and woods area.

Mount Washington

  • Bash Bish Falls state Park: Explore the waterfall within the park.

South Deerfield

  • Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation: Take in stunning views from this mountain.

Springfield

  • The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum: Museum dedicated to all things Dr. Seuss, a Springfield native.
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Explore the history of the sport of basketball and all the great players who have made it memorable.

Stockbridge

  • Norman Rockwell Museum: Museum dedicated to the artwork of Norman Rockwell.

All attractions found at visitma.com

New Hampshire Bucket List~ Monadnock Region

Final portion of the New Hampshire Bucket List series coming your way today! Tomorrow we move on into Massachusetts.

Fitzwilliam

  • Rhododendron State Park: Hike beautiful nature trails in this mountain park.

Gilsum

  • Bears Den Natural Area: Fun short trail to hike along rock formations.

Greenfield

  • Greenfield State Park: This park features trails through the forest, bog, and along the pond.

Hillsborough

  • Franklin Pierce Homestead: Visit the home of the 14th President of the United States.

Jaffrey

  • Monadnock State Park: Hike trails along Mount Monadnock.

Peterborough

  • Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center: Explore artifacts from around the world in a “hands-on” way.
  • Miller State Park: Explore the oldest state park in New Hampshire.

Washington

  • Pillsbury State Park: Primitive park that is home to the headwaters of the Ashuelot River.

Winchester

  • Pisgah State Park: Visit the wetlands of this area at this large state park.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Travel Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Merrimack Valley Region

Today is a slightly shorter list for New Hampshire despite that fact that this region contains the capital city.

Allenstown

  • Bear Brook State Park: Gorgeous wooded area with several hiking trails.

Concord

  • New Hampshire State House: Tour the main government building of the state.

Derry

  • Robert Frost Farm: Home of this famous poet for a decade.

Nottingham

  • Pawtuckaway State Park: Quiet park located along a lake and mountains.

Weare

  • Clough State Park: Popular park located along Lake Everett.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Seacoast Region

Today we explore the tiny part of New Hampshire that sits on the Atlantic coastline.

Barrington

  • Stonehouse Pond: Beautiful loop trail around this small lake.

Durham

  • Adams Point: Popular wildlife refuge area with a loop trail.

Hampton

  • Hampton Beach State Park: Park is located where the Hampton River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

New Castle

  • Fort Constitution: British fort that guarded Portsmouth Harbor.
  • Fort Stark: Remained active through the end of the Second World War and guarded the Portsmouth Harbor and naval yard.

North Hampton

  • North Hampton State Beach: Great swimming area on a one mile stretch of coastline.

Portsmouth

  • Strawberry Banke: Outdoor museum that preserves the oldest neighborhood in Portsmouth.
  • Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion: Historic 18th century home and farm built by the governor of New Hampshire.

Rye

  • Odiorne Point State Park: Beautiful unique coastline area that contains the remains of an old WWII fortress, Fort Dearborn.
  • Rye Harbor State Park: Offers scenic views of the ocean.
  • White Island State Historic Site: Protects 5 acres of island and the Isle of Shoals Light.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Lakes Region

Another day, another region. Today we move into an area filled with lakes!

Gilford

  • Ellacoya State Park: Very popular park for swimming!

Laconia

  • Ahern State Park: Located along a lakeshore, this park offers some great hiking trails.
  • Endicott Rock: Historic site with a large rock with inscriptions that date back to the formation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Meredith

  • Spindle Point Lighthouse: Unique lighthouse along the lake.

Moultonborough

  • Castle in the Clouds: Unique mountain top estate that features some trails and waterfalls on the grounds.
  • The Loon Center: This wildlife sanctuary works hard to preserve natural habitats for loons.

Northwood

  • Northwood Meadows State Park: Hike along the marshlands.

Rumney

  • Polar Caves Park: Explore these caves formed during the last glacial movement.

Most attractions found in New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region

Today we head into an area filled with lots of state parks! So much to enjoy here.

Boscawen

  • Hannah Duston Memorial: Honors the woman who was captured during King William’s War, and killed her captors to escape.

Bristol

  • Wellington State Park: Features the largest freshwater swimming beach in the state.

Cornish

  • Cornish Windsor Bridge: Longest wooden covered bridge in the United States.
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site: Home of one of America’s famous sculptors.

Franklin

  • Daniel Webster Birthplace: Historic home of Daniel Webster.

Hebron

  • Sculptured Rocks Natural Area: Hike along these rock formations and explore the little swimming hole.

Orange

  • Cardigan Mountain State Park: Hike trails along this mountain or summit to the top.

Sunapee

  • Lake Sunapee: Enjoy this lake and the three lighthouses along it.

Warner

  • Rollins State Park: Park located along the southern slope of Mount Kearsarge.

Wentworth

  • Plummers Ledge Natural Area: Features glacial potholes.

Wilmot

  • Winslow State Park: Located on the northwest side of Mount Kearsarge, this park has a short trail that leads to the summit!

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ White Mountains Region

Exploring more of New Hampshire’s mountain areas today as we move further south in the state.

Chesterfield

  • Chesterfield Gorge: Beautiful rocky gorge with waterfalls.

Conway

  • Champney Falls: Small series of cascades.

Hart’s Landing

  • Crawford Notch State Park: Sits where there is a major pass through the White Mountains and offers several hikes to waterfalls.

Lancaster

  • Weeks State Park: Preserves a historic estate on top of Prospect Mountain.

Lincoln

  • Franconia Notch State Park: The park within a large mountain pass offers waterfalls and the stunning Flume Gorge.

North Conway

  • Echo Lake State Park: Offers scenic views from two rock ledges within the park.

Sargent’s Purchase

  • Mount Washington State Park: This park sits at the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeast United States. Be sure to check out the historic Tip Top House hotel while visiting.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.