5 places to visit during winter break

Posted 23 December 2016
places to visit during winter break

There are many cities and towns around Merrimack with historical legacy due to the fact that the first settlers arrived to Plymouth and the original colonies were located in Massachusetts. Here’s a short list of just five places you could visit in Massachusetts during your winter recess.

1. Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and is known as the Cradle of Liberty. There are many attractions that hold historical significance, including a 2.5-mile (4 km) walking route that tells the story of the nation’s founding. Boston is also well-known for its universities and colleges, such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and many others. Fun fact: Boston was originally called “Trimountaine” because it was built on three mountains, now completely eroded.

2. Concord

The town of Concord was founded in 1635 and is famous for the first battle in the American Revolutionary War of 1775-1783. Concord has a rich literary history with many writers and philosophers who were born or lived there, such as essayist Waldo Emerson, poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, and novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. Concord is also the place where the now-ubiquitous Concord grape was first grown.

3. Salem

Salem is probably most famous for its witchcraft trials in 17th century – thus the name The Witch City – but ironically the settlement’s name is derived from the Hebrew word that means “peace”. Nowadays it is a popular tourist destination, especially during Halloween week. Some of the places that you should visit include the House of Seven Gables, Maritime National Historic Site and the Phillips House.

4. Wellesley

Wellesley, like many towns in Massachusetts, is famous for its educational institutions, high schools and universities alike. Wellesley was founded in 1660s and has a pretty historic district with most houses built in 1860s and protected by the town’s historic commission. Wellesley is home to Massachusetts Horticultural Society founded in 1829 and open for public visits.

5. Lynn

Founded in 1629, Lynn is located only about 10 miles away from Boston. It is sometimes referred to as the “City of Sin” (which rhymes with Lynn) because of its historic reputation of crime which began around the start of industrialization. Nowadays however it is famous for its historic architecture, public parks and large international population.

These are just a few towns in Massachusetts that are worth the visit but there are so many more that you could visit during your winter recess. Have a wonderful break and enjoy the holiday time!