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Summer 2017 Travel Inspiration for a Visit to the Bay State

Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released 5 Things: Summer in Massachusetts, a seasonal collection of excursions, attractions, and happenings for visitors to make the most of the warm weather months in the Bay State.

Summer is the feel good season and it’s time to embrace a “choose your own adventure” philosophy when it comes to travel planning, with a number of musts to pick from. MOTT suggestions include easy day trip ideas, a wide range of family friendly activities, and an assortment of beloved ice cream shops to indulge in.

From spectacular shorelines to mighty mountaintops, visitors are encouraged to mix up their summertime getaway with day trips. For lovers of the sun and the sea, a leisurely drive along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, punctuated with stops for a picnic, sunbathing, and fishing is a winner. For seekers of greenery and chirping birds, a hike through picturesque Douglas State Forest, followed by a refreshing dip in the lake, offers a pleasant contrast to the coast. With eight, unique itineraries in the lineup, weekend jaunts are a cinch!

Similarly, when it comes to making decisions on what to do with the family, fun-for-all options are in full supply: bring fantastical characters to life with an afternoon at the newly-opened Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield; give sea-kayaking a try on the Cape, keeping a lookout for wildlife along the way; seek out the “best” seafood in the Commonwealth, starting with the original fried clam at Woodman’s of Essex; or climb aboard historic U.S. naval vessels in Fall River’s Battleship Cove.

Then there’s ice cream; the unofficial food group of summer. For generations, ice cream in all its forms (and frozen non-dairy counterparts) has held a special place in the hearts and bellies of Bay State visitors. This year is no exception! Discovering flavors is a cherished pastime at local creameries – along with world-renowned brands like Hood, Friendly’s and Brighams that got their start in Massachusetts – and the perfect way to end a day in the sun.

Special happenings this summer include fan-favorites Boston Harbor Fest (6/30 – 7/4) and the Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular (7/3 and 7/4), Henry David Thoreau’s Bicentennial Gathering (7/11 – 7/16), Green River Festival (7/14 – 7/16), 26th Woods Hole Film Festival (7/29 – 8/5), Salem Maritime Festival (8/4 – 8/6), Provincetown Carnival (8/12 – 8/18), The Big E  (9/15 – 10/1), and many more.

For more ideas and inspiration on making it a summer to remember in Massachusetts, visit

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