7 Incredible Hidden Gems In Massachusetts To Visit In 2024

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Massachusetts is an excellent state to visit thanks to its prime location on the East Coast and its rich history, culture, and natural beauty. However, there is much more to the Freedom Trail in Boston or the beaches of Cape Cod (although those destinations are well worth a stop).

We get you, not everybody likes to go with the flow. So if you’re like us and prefer discovering the off-the-beaten-path locations, we have prepared a list of a few undiscovered attractions we think you’ll fall in love with. Here are the 7 incredible hidden gems in Massachusetts to visit in 2024.

Cranberry Bog

You’ve surely picked an apple or two, and maybe even a pumpkin. But did you know cranberry picking was a thing, too? Cranberries are a vital part of Massachusetts’ heritage and many farms offer tours where visitors can learn about the history and production of this iconic fruit. 

If you come during the harvest season, which is in autumn, your eyes will get dazzled with a feast of vibrant red colors. Take some home and have them and surprise your guests during Thanksgiving. Just imagine your family munching on cranberry sauce you made from scratch. Yummy!

Here are our favorite cranberry farms that provide field tours:

Santarella Gingerbread House, Tyringham

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Are you an artist looking for inspiration or do you just want to get a bit more creative at work? How about fulfilling your artistic endeavors at Santarella, also known as the Gingerbread House – a privately-owned property that once served as an art studio to Sir Henry Hudson Kitson?

The most prominent part of the Gingerbread House is the roof. This 80-ton, asphalt-shingled beauty looks exactly like from a fairytale book. And around it, you will find enchanting gardens. 

You can either stay there overnight or drop by for an afternoon in idyllic surroundings. Don’t forget to check the website for seasonal events. They’re fun!

Natural Bridge State Park

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Massachusetts also boasts many natural wonders. And Natural Bridge State Park is one of those hidden gems even locals don’t know about. It’s set in North Adams and its name comes from its main attraction – the natural white marble arch, the only one of its kind in North America.

Even though it doesn’t get much attention, it offers well-maintained trails that pass rushing streams, unique rock formations, and waterfalls. If you want to recharge batteries amidst the beauty, there are some picnic tables. Dogs are allowed, so you can take your furry friend with you.

Half Moon Beach

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If you’re looking for the ultimate beach escape, this place is for you. Half Moon Beach is set at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. It’s tucked away between rocks and trees, and often overseen by larger crowds. It’s perfect to cool down on a hot summer day or to just enjoy a bit of serenity in nature.

Do you like the good old barbie? Grills are allowed in the park, so after you’ve unwinded enough, you can have a little picnic. There is a small entry fee, but compared to other beaches in the state, it’s pretty cheap.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

No matter whether you’re a museum aficionado or not, this Venetian-style palace in Boston will surely impress you. It features a private collection of its founder, Isabella Stewart Gardner, full of European, Asian, and American art from various periods. In the center of it all, there is a beautiful courtyard garden where you can contemplate blooming flowers, sculptures, and columns.

Apart from the regular exhibit, the museum also offers a range of cultural events, from lectures and workshops to performances. And yes, it looks as if you traveled back in time, ideal to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Beach Of Brant Point Light, Nantucket

No trip to Massachusetts would be complete without seeing at least one of its lighthouses. At Brant Point Light, you can get two birds killed with one stone – glimpse a picturesque lighthouse, and enjoy some beach activities.

Savor the tranquility of the coastline, watch local fishermen and sailboats, or take a little walk around. Also, the beach is wide enough to not feel cramped, its waters are calm, and therefore suitable for families with small children. If you’re staying in Nantucket, get up early one day and catch the sunrise by the lighthouse. The atmosphere is truly magical.

Mid-Century Glass Octagon Chalet in Otis

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Do you like to vacation in unique hotel rooms and Airbnbs? We have something for you on this list, too. In the midst of the breathtaking Berkshires, we’ve found an octagon-shaped chalet with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, perfect for a romantic getaway or a weekend in nature.

Cozy up at the modern fireplace and enjoy the amazing views. At the back, you’ll find a large deck with a grill and outdoor seating, ideal for summer BBQ. At night, you will have a chance to observe the star-lit sky. The area is known to be pretty light pollution-free.

The listing also makes a great base for discovering Otis and all it has to offer. Head to Otis Reservoir for boating, fishing, and paddleboarding. On the other hand, Tolland State Forest and Otis State Forest are full of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.