Boston is known for its history, its seafood and its universities. Millions of people flock there every year to go to a Red Sox game and enjoy everything the city has to offer. Some go there to study and never leave.
Yet, many don’t venture out of the city and explore what the state has to offer. Which is a shame as Massachusetts should be on everybody’s radar when it comes to a unique vacation. Cape Cod and the islands may be over crowded, but there are many places to beat the crowds in other areas like the North Shore and Berkshires.
There is a lot to do and some of the things are really offbeat and unique that you can really only do in Massachusetts.
In this article, I will go over several of the fun and interesting things you can do if you plan a trip to Massachusetts.
1 – Go to a seance
People all over the world know about the Salem Witch Trials. What they may not know is that Salem has become a center for the occult because of this. There are dozens of witch related businesses all over town from haunted houses to witch themed boutiques.
One of the more interesting things you can do there is attend a seance with one of Salem’s many famous witches. Even if you are not a believer in the supernatural, this can be an experience that you will remember for quite some time.
To make it even more interesting, you can go to a dispensary in Salem and get some marijuana since dispensaries in Massachusetts are legal.
2 – Leaf peeping
New England is home to some of the most spectacular colors in the fall when the leaves turn before the winter. Many people only think of Vermont and New Hampshire, but Western Massachusetts is a great place to go and see the turning leaves.
The area still retains a lot of old charm with plenty of covered bridges and rolling hills with quaint villages tucked in the valleys.
3 – Go to a Powwow
Massachusetts still has a large Native American population that maintains their cultural heritage.
A wonderful way to see this heritage on display is to go to a powwow. This is the gathering of the tribes in Massachusetts that features food, games, music and tradition of the tribes of Western New England such as the Mahican and Pequot among others.
The biggest one is located out in the Berkshires near North Adams and is open to everybody.
4 – Visit some wolves
North of Boston in a seaside village called Ipswich there is a wolf sanctuary where you can visit to see some Gray Wolves. Its mission is to preserve the wolf population of Massachusetts that is dwindling fast.
Unfortunately you can’t dance with the wolves as there is a protective barrier. But you will learn a lot about them and get to see some up close.
While you are there, you should hit up some of the clam shacks that serve up the best fried clams and lobster rolls in Massachusetts!