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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’s plenty more to do on Boston’s Freedom Trail or on the beaches of Cape Cod (although these destinations are definitely worth a visit).

We get you, not everyone likes to go with the flow. So if, like us, you prefer to discover locations off the beaten track, we’ve put together a list of a few undiscovered attractions that we think you’ll fall in love with. Here are the 7 Incredible Hidden Gems in Massachusetts to Visit in 2024.

Cranberry Swamp

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

If you visit during the harvest season, which is in the fall, your eyes will be dazzled by a feast of vibrant red colors. Take some home and surprise your guests this Thanksgiving. Imagine your family eating cranberry sauce that you made from scratch. Tasty!

These are our favorite cranberry farms that offer on-site tours:

Santarella Gingerbread House, Tyringham

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

The most striking part of the Gingerbread House is the roof. This 80-ton asphalt-covered beauty looks straight out of a storybook. And around it you will find enchanting gardens.

You can spend the night there or spend an afternoon in an idyllic setting. Don’t forget the website for seasonal events. They are nice!

Natural Bridge State Park

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

Although it doesn’t get much attention, it offers well-maintained trails that lead past rushing streams, unique rock formations and waterfalls. If you want to recharge your batteries in the middle of the beauty, there are some picnic tables. Dogs are allowed, so you can bring your furry friend.

Half Moon Beach

If you’re looking for the ultimate beach vacation, this place is for you. Half Moon Beach is set at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. It is hidden among rocks and trees and is often overlooked by larger crowds. Ideal to cool off on a hot summer day or to simply enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.

Do you like good old Barbie? Grilling is allowed in the park, so after you have had enough rest, you can have a picnic. There is a small entrance fee, but compared to other beaches in the state, it is quite cheap.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Whether you’re a museum buff or not, this Venetian-style palace in Boston is sure to impress. It features a private collection of its founder, Isabella Stewart Gardner, full of European, Asian and American art from different periods. In the middle of it all is a beautiful courtyard where you can admire blooming flowers, sculptures and columns.

In addition to the regular exhibition, the museum also offers a range of cultural events, from lectures and workshops to performances. And yes, it feels like you’ve traveled back in time, ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life.

Brant Point Light Beach, Nantucket

No trip to Massachusetts would be complete without seeing at least one of the lighthouses. At Brant Point Light you can kill two birds with one stone: catch a glimpse of a picturesque lighthouse and enjoy beach activities.

Enjoy the tranquility of the coastline, watch the local fishermen and sailboats, or take a short walk. In addition, the beach is wide enough not to feel cramped, the water is calm and therefore suitable for families with small children. If you’re staying in Nantucket, get up early one day and watch the sunrise at the lighthouse. The atmosphere is truly magical.

Mid-century glass octagon chalet in Otis


Do you enjoy holidays in unique hotel rooms and Airbnbs? We have something for you on this list too. Set amidst the breathtaking Berkshires we have a octagonal chalet with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, perfect for a romantic getaway or a weekend in nature.

Cozy up by the modern fireplace and enjoy the great view. At the back you will find a large patio with a grill and outdoor seating, ideal for a summer barbecue. At night you will have the chance to observe the starry sky. The area is known to be quite 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 paddle boarding. On the other hand, Tolland State Forest and Otis State Forest offer many opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.

7 Incredible Hidden Gems in Massachusetts