As one of the original colonies, Massachusetts enjoys a rich historic tradition. From the modern urban sprawl of Boston to the quaint towns of Cape Cod, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of environments and activities. Massachusetts is full of historic sites, museums, musical venues, sporting parks and more.
Boston has a rich film history. Each September, the Boston Film Festival kicks off the fall film season with a wide range of documentaries and independent films. Featured films include those produced in the United States and internationally. The film festival lasts five day with appearances from famous film stars.
Each fall, West Springfield plays host to the Big E, a large state fair. There is something for everyone at this two-week event. With carnival rides, a midway, a circus, Mardi Gras Parade, live music, and scores of vendors there is no shortage of things to do.
Begun in 1818, the Topsfield Fair is oldest agricultural fair in the United States. Guests enjoy traditional fair activities including rides and a carnival midway. There are some unusual activities like a parade, animal barnyard, and sand sculptures. Sportsmen will find many exhibits geared towards their interests.
Salem is well known for its history of witch trials in Colonial times. Haunted Happenings is a month long event that leads up to Halloween. This small seaside community hosts a variety of scary events such as seances, candlelit ghost tours, and a masquerade ball.
Boston features an exciting artistic and cultural scene. Running from early afternoon to midnight on New Year's Eve, First Night celebrates Boston's artists and culture with 250 exhibits and performances, featuring local and international artists. First Night is America's largest New Year's celebration.
Take a drive through Forest Park in Springfield, during their Bright Nights to view one of the best winter holiday lights festivals. Pay close attention to the themed lights such as Seuss Land, Toy Land, and Winter Woods. Stop at the Bright Nights' Gift Shop for a photograph with Santa.