Highest-rated things to do in Massachusetts, according to Tripadvisor

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December 26, 2021
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Highest-rated things to do in Massachusetts, according to Tripadvisor

When planning your next holiday, you might feel an instinctual pull toward destinations that would take you across oceans, like Tokyo or Paris, but there are experiences closer to home that will have you thinking twice before booking a trip abroad ever again.

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Indeed, even if you've lived in Massachusetts your whole life, you might be surprised by just how many top-rated things you've yet to cross off your list. From architectural wonders and picturesque views to historical museums and other must-see sights, you'll find your appreciation for Massachusetts reignited just by reading through this list of top-rated things to do.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated things to do in Massachusetts using data from Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor ranks places using a combination of metrics, including overall rating, reviews, and number of page views. As a result, an activity with a 5 out of 5 overall rating might rank lower than one with a 4 out of 5. Data is as of June 3, 2024.

Whether you're a family of five traveling in a recreational vehicle or a duo of friends looking for a quick getaway in Massachusetts, read on for a list of sights you could easily plan a trip around.

#30. Shining Sea Bikeway

- Rating: 5/5 (1,065 reviews)
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#29. New England Holocaust Memorial

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,549 reviews)
- Address: 98 Union St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#28. Race Point Beach

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,539 reviews)
- Address: Race Point Road Provincetown, Massachusetts
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#27. Old North Church & Historic Site

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,117 reviews)
- Address: 193 Salem St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#26. Commercial Street

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,331 reviews)
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#25. Peabody Essex Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,130 reviews)
- Address: 161 Essex St. Yin Yu Tang House Salem, Massachusetts
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#24. Salem Witch Trials Memorial

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,065 reviews)
- Address: 24 Liberty St. Off Charter St. Salem, Massachusetts
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#23. USS Constitution Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,660 reviews)
- Address: Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard Charlestown Boston, Massachusetts
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#22. Plimoth Patuxet Museums

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,650 reviews)
- Address: 137 Warren Ave. Plymouth, Massachusetts
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#21. Quincy Market

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,659 reviews)
- Address: 206 South Market St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#20. Beacon Hill

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,409 reviews)
- Address: Between Beacon St. and Cambridge St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#19. Newbury Street

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,514 reviews)
- Address: Newbury St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#18. Museum of Science

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,370 reviews)
- Address: 1 Science Park Boston, Massachusetts
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#17. USS Constitution

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,465 reviews)
- Address: Bldg. 5, Charlestown Navy Yard Boston, Massachusetts
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#16. Samuel Adams Brewery

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,554 reviews)
- Address: 30 Germania St. Jamaica Plain Boston, Massachusetts
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#15. Harvard University

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,186 reviews)
- Address: 1350 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, Massachusetts
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#14. Lizzie Borden House

- Rating: 5/5 (1,531 reviews)
- Address: 230 2nd St. Fall River, Massachusetts
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#13. Norman Rockwell Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,558 reviews)
- Address: 9 Glendale Road Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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#12. Faneuil Hall Marketplace

- Rating: 4/5 (7,822 reviews)
- Address: 1 Faneuil Hall Sq Quincy Market Boston, Massachusetts
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#11. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,315 reviews)
- Address: 25 Evans Way Boston, Massachusetts
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#10. Boston Common

- Rating: 4.5/5 (6,530 reviews)
- Address: 139 Tremont St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#9. The House of the Seven Gables

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,127 reviews)
- Address: 115 Derby St. Salem, Massachusetts
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#8. John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

- Rating: 4.5/5 (4,033 reviews)
- Address: Columbia Point Boston, Massachusetts
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#7. Boston Public Library

- Rating: 4.5/5 (4,122 reviews)
- Address: 700 Boylston St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#6. North End

- Rating: 4.5/5 (7,250 reviews)
- Address: Boston, Massachusetts
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#5. Boston Public Garden

- Rating: 4.5/5 (9,981 reviews)
- Address: 4 Charles St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#4. Museum of Fine Arts

- Rating: 5/5 (8,330 reviews)
- Address: 465 Huntington Ave. Ave. of the Arts Boston, Massachusetts
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#3. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (6,885 reviews)
- Address: 306 Congress St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#2. Freedom Trail

- Rating: 4.5/5 (17,838 reviews)
- Address: 139 Tremont St. Boston, Massachusetts
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#1. Fenway Park

- Rating: 4.5/5 (17,430 reviews)
- Address: 4 Yawkey Way Boston, Massachusetts
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This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Michelle No, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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