Massachusetts Bucket Lists ~ South of Boston

Heading south in Massachusetts today for our bucket list series!

Cohasset

  • 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.

Hingham

  • 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.

Hull

  • 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.

Mattapoisett

  • 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.

Plymouth

  • 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

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

All attractions found on visitma.com

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

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.