15 Unspoken Rules About Massachusetts That All The Locals Know

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Massachusetts locals: vote up the rules that all tourists should know before they visit.

Massachusetts is more than just Boston or a trip to Harvard University. The state has wonderful things to offer. No idea what to do in Massachusetts? How about what to do in Salem? Luckily, locals have supplied plenty of Massachusetts tourist tips for those looking to visit. Check out these tips and feel at home next time you are there!


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    33 VOTES

    Take A Ghost Tour In Salem

    From Redditor u/zombie2473:

    I was born, raised, and still live in Salem. Here are some suggestions:

    Take a night ghost tour. I recommend Spellbound tours. You can buy tickets online.

    Visit: the witch museum, the witch house, the nightmare gallery, the toy museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, ye old pepper company, The Salem willows (particularly Hobbes ice cream, and Salem Lowe Chinese. Get a popcorn bar at Hobbes and get a chop suey sandwich at Salem Lowe).

    Avoid: Salem wax museum (and everything on their ticket), O'Neills pub, Rockefellers, Gulu Gulu (unless it's not too busy and you really need a high-quality craft beer. The food and drink is good but the service is bad and it's frequently very busy), witch mansion, remember Salem (and any Of their walking tours).

    Eat at: the lobster shanty, the ugly mug, the tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel, drink a warf rat at Vic's boathouse, get a coffee at Jaho.

    33 votes
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    9 VOTES

    Check Out The Oysters In October

    From Redditor u/IdleOsprey:

    If you make it to Cape Cod, check out the Wellfleet Oyster Festival in October. Amazing fun and great oysters!

    9 votes
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    18 VOTES

    Avoid Tourist Traps In Boston

    From Redditor u/hadababyitzaboy:

    If you're in Boston, take the commuter rail in. There are a lot of totally bullsh*t tourist traps that cost a lot of money. I lived in Salem for years, and if you're a resident they're free so it was fun seeing them and laughing at the fact that people paid 15+ dollars for it. Get a map and walk the trail to the free historic sites. Some cool stuff here and if you like reading the plaques and stuff there's a lot to learn. The witch museum has been the same exact thing since I was a child, so imagine an old rendition of the history of Salem with technology from 1975. the Peabody Essex Museum is one of the best museums in MA and totally worth checking out. Then, I highly suggest checking out the commotion and weird shops around Essex St.

    18 votes
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    15 VOTES

    Take A Commuter Ferry For The Views

    From Redditor u/b-e-m:

    Take one of the MBTA commuter ferries from Boston to Hingham... with beautiful views of Boston and the harbor islands.

    Duck Boat tours are fun.

    Some key sites in Boston history: Old State House, Paul Revere's House, Bunker Hill, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market.

    Mike's Pastries in the North End is the place to go for the cannolis.

    You can get a tour of the Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport District.

    15 votes
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    13 VOTES

    Take A Duck Boat Tour

    From Redditor u/Eugene_V_Chomsky:

    In downtown Boston, visit the New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science, and be sure to take a Duck Boat tour. In the Greater Boston area, you can also visit Plimoth Plantation, the Lowell mills, and the [historical] sites in Concord and Lexington.

    13 votes
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    21 VOTES

    Where To Start

    From Redditor u/newestJourney:

    Freedom Trail in Boston tour might be a good start. Could also do a harbor cruise. Can't really go wrong with food options in Boston. The touristy area has Quincy Market with a ton of food stalls, but there are plenty of great restaurants as well. A local favorite for food would also be the quaint Italian neighborhood of the North End.

    Take in some world-class museums while you're at it. The aquarium and Museum of Science are pretty cool.

    After Boston, a few choices in the eastern part of the state:

    Lexington and Concord are good for seeing the locations of the first battles of the Revolution. In particular the Minuteman Battleroad as part of the Minuteman National Park. Should probably also go see the Old North Bridge.

    Salem on the North Shore is great for its witch history, and it, as well as its neighbor Marblehead, are great seaside towns - Salem feeling more like a bit of a city than Marblehead.

    Plymouth on the South Shore is pretty neat, and could make a stop to the Plimouth Plantation to see how the pilgrims and natives lived.

    21 votes