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Lovers of land and sea can wander the quiet galleries of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and gain unlimited access to historical documents, impressive models and incredible art. Travelers say the intimate space, which warmly welcomes visitors from across the globe, has a charming vibe and friendly, knowledgeable staff, too. The unique boathouse showcases some of the best of wooden boats and a boatbuilding workshop in the museum’s basement offers travelers a behind the scenes look at how these beautiful old-school vessels are made. Guides and craftsmen will share stories about the old-world art and explain how the Cape Cod Maritime Museum helps local schools apply math and science concepts from the classroom in the real world. It’s the perfect way to spend a few afternoon hours before heading to the nearby harbor for a boat cruise or a meal.
A quaint waterfront area of Salem, Pickering Wharf is home to a variety of small shops, restaurants, and boutiques lining the harbor. Salem was one of America’s primary seaports, and the marina full of docked boats continues the tradition. Well-marked signs share some of the neighborhood’s history, while the shops feature unique arts and crafts, botanicals, antiques, and souvenirs — many with a boutique feel. Area restaurants feature fresh seafood from the local waters, some with views of the sea from their dining tables.
You can take a relaxing seaside stroll down to the local lighthouse, or see some of the historic ships docked in Salem Bay. The historic schooner ‘Friendship of Salem’ is often open for exploration. Or, as the locals do and pick up a fishing pole and perhaps catch your own dinner! Seasonal special events as well as a First Friday shopping night occur frequently.
Designed to connect Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay, the Cape Cod Canal is a 7-mile-long (11-kilometer) artificial waterway built in 1914. Visitors and locals use it for both commercial and recreational boating and fishing, as well as walking and cycling along scenic paths on both sides.
Long, wooden tables and bright overhead lights of the Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall beckon those interested in tasting local Boston brews. Harpoon makes some of the area’s most beloved beers, and the brewery offers the chance to learn about how it’s made and to taste a variety of their beverages. Visitors can sip on pints from the source in large open seating — they’re served with a pretzel and an outstanding view of downtown Boston.
Brewery tours bring you behind-the-scenes for a closer look at how the beer is made on site. Harpoon was one of the first breweries opened in Massachusetts in over 25 years, and is credited with contributing to the rise of microbreweries in America. Catwalks run throughout, making it easy to see production.
There are more than twenty different beers served at Harpoon, including seasonal offerings and the India Pale Ale they’re best known for. Tours give the information and history of the brewery, as well as several tastings and insight into Boston’s brewpub scene.
Enjoy IMAX films about the natural world on New England’s largest screen, with 12,000 watts of digital sound, at Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium. Put yourself in the heart of the action, and come face to face with creatures and habitats that are too small, too large, or too endangered to view in an aquarium.
Get up close and strike a pose with celebrities, sports stars, politicians, and others at Dreamland Wax Museum. Located near Boston’s City Hall Plaza, the museum features more than 100 life-size wax figures of famous people from around the world, including every US president.
The Boston Cruise Port—also known as the Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal or the Flynn Cruiseport Boston—serves as the gateway to Massachusetts and wider New England. Most passengers arriving at this terminal spend their time exploring nearby historic Boston and its many attractions, including the Freedom Trail.
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