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Massachusetts Staycation: 7 Fun Things to Do While Staying Close to Home

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By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 11:32 PM

Massachusetts is a wonderful area for family vacation or staycation. Beautiful beaches, scenic towns and historic sites provide lots of fun and entertainment.

Families looking for a staycation will find plenty of activities at these seven great places in Massachusetts:

1. The beaches at Cape Cod provide fun for swimmers, surfers and boaters during the warmer months, but the walking trails, lighthouses and great exhibits offer entertainment all year round. Driving and walking around the towns in the seaside community allows visitors to enjoy galleries, boutique shops, novelty stores and wonderful restaurants. Hyannis and Provincetown are among the popular Cape Cod destinations.

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2. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are two getaway islands accessible by ferry and air. The towns on Martha's Vineyard are picturesque with a variety of shopping and dining possibilities. The cottages and streets remind visitors of a Victorian atmosphere. Nantucket also offers plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, as well as leisurely walks through New England-style neighborhoods and views of lighthouses and scenic beaches.

3. The City of Boston has plenty of parks, museums, historic sites and sporting events enjoyed by tourists and local residents. The Freedom Trail is a three-mile walk that takes you on a trip through American Revolutionary history with markers and structures that made Boston a center of the Revolution. Enjoy the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common for a variety of activities and walks along the park areas. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art are among the cultural activities in Boston.

4. Lexington was the site of the start of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775, and "the shot heard round the world." The Lexington Battle Green is now the site of the Lexington Minuteman statue. Families on vacation or staycation will enjoy the National Heritage Museum with history exhibits. Many buildings from the Revolutionary days are remarkably well preserved.

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5. Concord is where Americans realized their first victory in battle against the British following Lexington. Visitors can relive that history along the Old North Bridge and enjoy the colonial homes, tree-shaded streets and flower gardens. Explore the homes of literary greats, including Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. Nearby is Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau lived.

6. Harvard Square in Cambridge has been an educational and cultural center that includes Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But a simple stroll through the area offers visitors music, entertainment, museums, street performers and shopping at bookstores. Enjoy the restaurants or take in some Cambridge history.

7. Haunting history awaits visitors to Salem, even for a family vacation or staycation. The Salem Witch Museum and the House of Seven Gables provide a look back at the witchcraft panic in 1692. The Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours add to the exciting and spooky history. Salem also offers Pioneer Village, a reproduction of the early Puritan settlers and dozens of art galleries.

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