Massachusetts Bucket List ~ Cape Cod and The Islands Region

Finally we are reaching the end of the Massachusetts Bucket List series. Now that we’ve been traveling again, I’ve been mixing in travel journal logs with our bucket list options, so it takes me a bit longer to get these all up and written! Later this week, we will begin to explore our next bucket list state: Rhode Island.


  • Gay Head Lighthouse: Iconic lighthouse located on Martha’s Vineyard.


  • Nickerson State Park: Fun area with wooded trails around ponds.


  • Chatham Light: Coast guard lighthouse.
  • Monomoy Lighthouse: Take a ferry to visit this lighthouse.
  • Stage Harbor Light: Cape Cod’s youngest lighthouse.


  • Mayflower Beach: Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod.


  • Cape Cod National Seashore: Encompasses woods, lake, and beachfront along the Atlantic.
  • Coast Guard Beach: Beautiful beach area along the national seashore.
  • Nauset Light: Restored lighthouse along the seashore.
  • Three Sisters Lights: Trio of lighthouses along the National Seashore.


  • Cape Poge Light: Located on the northeast tip of an island that is part of Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Edgartown Lighthouse: Located on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard.
  • South Beach State Park: Dog friendly beach on the cape.


  • Bird Island Light: Historic lighthouse at the entrance of the bay.
  • Buzzard’s Bay Entrance Light: Light located in open water to mark the entrance of the bay.
  • Katherine Lee Bates Birthplace Museum: Homestead of the author of “America the Beautiful.”
  • Wings Neck Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse along the Cape Cod Canal.


  • John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum: Journey through the life of JFK and his family.


  • Mashpee Wampanoag Museum: Historic Museum on the grounds of the Wampanoag Tribe.
  • Old Indian Meeting House: Oldest Native American church on the east coast.


  • Brant Point Lighthouse: Stunning lighthouse on Nantucket Island.
  • Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum: Museum dedicated to the shipwrecks that occurred off Nantucket Sound.
  • Nantucket Whaling Museum: Explore the history of whaling in the area.
  • Sankaty Head Light: Still operational light, was one of the first in the nation to receive a Fresnel lens.

North Truro

  • Highland Lighthouse: Oldest and tallest lighthouse on Cape Cod.

Oak Bluffs

  • East Chop Lighthouse: Overlooks Vineyard Sound.


  • Long Point Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse at the northeast tip of Long Point.
  • Pilgrim Monument: Commemorates the first landfall of the Pilgrims.
  • Race Point Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse on Cape Cod.
  • Wood End Light: Active lighthouse located along the dunes.

South Yarmouth

  • Point Gammon Lighthouse: This old lighthouse was converted into a bird watching tower in the 19th century.

Vineyard Haven

  • West Chop Lighthouse: Full light station located along the harbor of Vineyard Haven.


  • Marconi Beach: This beach is part of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Woods Hole

  • NOAA Fisheries Science Aquarium: This small science aquarium features several touch tanks to explore animals native to the Atlantic seashore.
  • Nobska Lighthouse: Restored lighthouse on the southwest tip of Cape Cod.

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Massachusetts Bucket Lists ~ South of Boston

Heading south in Massachusetts today for our bucket list series!


  • Minots Ledge Light: Offshore lighthouse located near two towns.

East Taunton

  • Massasoit State Park: Features trails through woods and along cranberry bogs.

Fair Haven

  • Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation: Old Revolutionary era fort located along the water.

Fall River

  • Borden Flats Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse located in the river.
  • Fall River Heritage State Park: Historic area of town that preserves a WWII battleship.


  • Boston Harbor Island State Park: Located south of Boston within Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.
  • Wompatuck State Park: Beautiful area to hike and camp away from the busy cities.
  • World’s End: Hike along this peninsula that serves as a conservation area.


  • Fort Revere: Historic site contains remains of two different fortifications.
  • Hull Lifesaving Museum: This historic museum shows how this service eventually joined with the Coast Guard.


  • Ned’s Point Light: Historic lighthouse named after a local farmer.

New Bedford

  • Butler Flats Light: Sparkplug lighthouse located in the outer harbor.
  • Fort Tabor: Old Civil War era fort.
  • Moby Dick Statue: Sculpture dedicated to that famous literary white whale.
  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center: Learn the history of commercialized fishing in the area.
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum: Focuses on the history and culture of whaling in the area.
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park: Commemorates the whaling industry of the area in the 19th century.
  • Palmer’s Island Lighthouse: Lighthouse built of stone rubble.

North Dartmouth

  • Demarest Lloyd State Park: Park contains an ocean beach and marshlands.

North Easton

  • Borderland State Park: Park contains the famous Ames Mansion.


  • Brewster Gardens: Park has a path that runs along the brook.
  • Ellisville Harbor State Park: Explore the coastal beauty of the western shore of Cape Cod.
  • Mayflower Society House: Take a tour of this historic house and learn more about those who arrived on the Mayflower.
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum: Learn the history of the Pilgrims in the oldest public museum in the nation.
  • Pilgrim Memorial State Park: Waterfront park that is home to Plymouth Rock.
  • Plymouth Light: Historic light accessible from the town of Duxbury.


  • Scituate Light: Gorgeous historic lighthouse located along the shore.

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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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • American Heritage Museum: Museum of American military history.


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


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


  • 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.


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


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

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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.


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


  • 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.


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


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


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


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


  • 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.


  • 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 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.

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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.


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


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


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

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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!


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


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


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

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