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Massachusetts is one of America’s original 13 colonies. The city of Boston is the capital. It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west.


Boston, the capital and largest city in Massachusetts, has a well-known sailing history. It was the location of several key...


Cape Cod

Cape Cod
Steeped in American history, Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a sandy, hook-shaped peninsula extending into the Atlantic Ocean. And, because it...


Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard is an island in the Atlantic just south of Cape Cod. This picturesque New England island has harbor...



Nantucket is an island about 30 miles by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Together...


Every region, from the Berkshires to Cape Cod, offers memorable adventures for both young and old. Plan a getaway to the cultural and historic sites of Boston or enjoy this state's beautiful waterfront.

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4510
Boston, MA 02116
Tel: 800-227-6277
Fax: 617-973-8525

Massachusetts: Places to see

  • Take the Island Queen ferry to Martha's Vineyard. If you have a bike, bring it on board!
  • If you're in Boston, stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This 1.5-mile-long park curves through the heart of Boston. Here, you'll find restaurants as well as trendy food trucks, beautiful gardens, and even a carousel.
  • The USS Constitution, nicknamed "old ironsides." Docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, this ship is in fact the oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the world.
  • For an obscure yet interesting afternoon, visit the Paper House in Rockport. This 80-year-old house is built out of newspapers.

Massachusetts: Things to do

  • Go fishing. Massachusetts has numerous saltwater and freshwater fishing spots.
  • Camp at one of the state's 15 national parks.
  • Bike
  • Cheer on the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park. If it isn't baseball season, you can still take a tour of the grounds.
  • Relax on fabulous beaches. Choose from a variety of beaches, from 15 saltwater ocean beaches to more than 50 inland, fresh-water beaches.

Climate and Weather

Massachusetts has a mainly humid continental climate. The summers are warm. Winters are cold and snowy. Average high temperatures in July are above 80 °F and overnight lows are above 60 °F.

The state is prone to nor'easters and to severe winter storms. Thunderstorms are common in the summer.


Constitution Marina in Boston, Danversport Marina in Danvers, and Newburyport Marina in Newbury.