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Exploring Massachusetts

Massachusetts offers its residents and workforce unsurpassed options for enriching their quality of life. Exploring Massachusetts is not a weekend activity but a cascade of cultural and recreational experiences that evolve along with the residents.

There is always something happening in Massachusetts – from the bustling cities to the rural landscapes, from the Berkshires to the Cape, and from the historic to the modern, Massachusetts has it all here. World-famous paintings, inspiring theatre performances, beautiful symphonies, and outstanding restaurants satisfy all the senses.

Each region holds an adventure for the art or theatre lover

  • Learn about art at the Worcester Art Museum, America’s leading small art museum.
  • Catch a performance—theater, Broadway shows, musicals, ballet and film—at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston.
  • See the very best in contemporary crafts at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton.
  • Plan a trip west to the Berkshires, America’s Premier Cultural Capital, where the Williamstown Theater Festival is a summer-long celebration of theater attracting an impressive array of artists.

History is a part of the Massachusetts cultural fabric and a big part of what makes living here a unique experience. Skyscraping industry headquarters share a block with architectural landmarks. Paul Revere’s ride is retraced by morning commuters while Plimouth Plantation is resettled by travelers remembering what they are thankful for.

Massachusetts residents also unite in the moment when a favorite sports team battles out a game’s last seconds. The state’s sporting arenas, including Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, and the TD Garden, fill up with the prideful Massachusetts spirit. Massachusetts also represents internationally in athletic competitions with its Head of the Charles Crew Race and world-famous Boston Marathon.

Massachusetts is located in a unique part of the country and comprised of closely knit diverse regions, opening doors to a range of activities. The sunrise begins the day with endless possibilities, such as golfing, skiing, biking, whale watching, or relaxing at one of the many beaches along the 1,980 miles of Massachusetts coastline. Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket provide the opportunity of an island getaway without leaving the state. No matter the region, or the season, Massachusetts has countless activities waiting to be explored.

For more information or to start planning your trip please visit the Massachusetts It’s All Here website.

Culture, Arts, and Recreation Resources

  • Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

    This site features statewide destinations, outdoor adventures, events, trip planning, cultural events, and lodging and reservations. Here you can find a listing of museums, music and dance and theater events being held in Massachusetts. Search for destinations, outdoor adventures, events, trip planning & links, and lodging and reservations by regions of Massachusetts.

  • Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    This site offers visitors links to accommodations, dining, museums & attractions, arts/entertainment, relocation services, sightseeing, sports and recreation, and visitor information centers for the Greater Boston area.

  • Southeastern Massachusetts Convention & Visitors Bureau

    This site features recreational attractions, accommodations, dining, museums and other features of the South Shore, Plymouth County, Bristol County, and Southeastern Massachusetts.

  • Central Massachusetts Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Visitors can find information on accommodations, attractions, campgrounds, conventions, education, entertainment, restaurants, services, shopping, transportation, calendar of events and current weather for the 5 unique regions of Central Massachusetts.

  • The North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

    This site offers popular destinations north of Boston including Salem, Gloucester, Rockport, Newburyport, and Salisbury. This region reaches north to New Hampshire and extends to the Greater Merrimack Valley.

  • Western Massachusetts Visitor Information

    Find information on history, arts and entertainment, lodging, and dining in the Greater Springfield Area, Northampton Area, Franklin County, Mohawk Trail, or The Berkshires.

  • Berkshires Visitors Bureau

    Berkshires information, including what to do, lodging and dining ideas, suggested day trips, a comprehensive calendar of events and free visitor information, from where to get products and services you need to find the best deals.

  • Cape Cod and the Islands

    Visit the villages and towns along the coastline of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket with guides on dining, accommodations, shopping, and history.