April 2021

 

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Spring in Massachusetts!

Spring has arrived in Massachusetts, along with Easter, Patriots Day, Earth Day and a new season of possibilities. April is the perfect month to enjoy our museums and history sites, restaurants and farms, and miles of beaches, hiking and biking trails, mountains and byways.

 

Our state initiative, My Local MA, encourages all of us to support local businesses, Main Street retailers, and family-owned shops in Massachusetts. And, please, don’t forget to #MaskupMA!

 

You can find more information at lovemylocalma.com/ or visitma.com/.

 

 

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Southeastern Mass

 

From gorgeous white sandy beaches to the rich cultural heritage of our diverse population, the South Coast of Massachusetts has it all. People who settled here from the Azores, Cabo Verde and the far east, have all added to the richness of our arts, food and cultural scene. You can enjoy one of many festivals throughout the year or try the freshest seafood around from the nation’s largest fishing port. Of course, the ocean around us holds a magical place in our hearts as a source for enriching the soul. Visit Horseneck Beach with a two mile stretch of white sand in Westport. Local wines, breweries and eateries are waiting to give you a taste of the South Coast. Go to visitsemass.com for more information.

 

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The Berkshires

 

Spring has sprung in the Berkshires! Now in its 17th year, Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm kicks off the season at Hancock Shaker Village on April 17–May 9. Bring the whole family to meet and greet the new calves, piglets, chicks, lambs, and baby goats in and around the Round Stone Barn. Take a tour of the historic 20-building village dating back to 1780 or a hike on the Shaker Trail. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. Visit berkshires.org for up to the minute news on events, places to stay and eat, and information about what you need to know before you visit us #intheberkshires!

 

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Greater Merrimack Valley

 

With safety as a paramount goal, Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) will return with two new productions – on film – this spring: Dael Orlandersmith’s "Until the Flood," based on a series of interviews after Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO, and Rebecca Gilman’s "A Woman of the World," an evening with the adventurous woman who introduced Emily Dickinson to America. The productions will include all of the remarkable theatrical effects audiences expect from MRT – top-notch acting, sets, costumes, and lighting, all filmed with multiple cameras before an extensive editing process. Click here for more information!

 

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Central Massachusetts

 

Spring in Central Massachusetts brings a reprieve of fresh-air activity, music, and movement. From walks in Beaver Brook Park to Earth Week at Old Sturbridge Village, nature here knows no bounds. Feel the love at picturesque micro-wedding locales, and the Unicorn Farm Experience fit with lavender lemonade. Thirsty for more? A cappella group Straight No Chaser sings at Hanover Theatre, and Worcester Chamber Music Society celebrates Beethoven’s 250th. Discover more as our events calendar blooms.

 

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Franklin County

 

Franklin County is a treasure trove for bicyclists, but its crown jewel may be the beautiful 3.7-mile-long Canalside Rail Trail, built partially on old railroad beds. It meanders along the Connecticut River and canal and through downtown Turners Falls offering scenic water views, picnic areas, bird watching opportunities and access to the Great Falls Discovery Center and Turners Falls fish viewing facility. Flat, paved and safe from the road for the majority of the length. 

 

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Greater Boston

 

On April 1, two iconic Boston institutions return to action. Boston Duck Tours, the Hub's famous amphibious vehicles, will be back on the streets (and in the Charles River of course) while the Boston Red Sox return to the field in the Fens. Make a day out of in Boston with both the Sox and Boston Duck Tours! Photo credit to Boston Duck Tours.

 

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Cape Cod

 

If you’re looking to add an extra level of depth to your Cape Cod experience, carve out plenty of time to see the Cape Cod National Seashore. This stretch of coastline—made up of windswept beaches, sand dunes, and marshland— extends 40 miles from the “elbow” to the “hook” of the Cape. In all, there’s over 40,000 acres of woods and waterfront views where nature lovers can go hiking, surfing, wildlife spotting, bike riding, canoeing, and so much more. This season, get off the beaten path and explore the wild side of the Cape with these 7 cool things to see and do at the Cape Cod National Seashore!

 

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Western Mass

 

Spring has officially sprung in Western Mass, bringing days filled with sunshine and chirping birds - and also those necessary rain showers. No matter what the weather throws at us in April, Western Mass has a variety of options for getting out of the house! For more information on our best ideas, including The Basketball Hall of Fame, Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, MGM Springfield and so much more, click here!

 

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Hampshire County

 

It’s a sweet time to visit Hampshire County! The maple syrup is fresh from sugaring season, our nature trails are open, and cultural happenings are popping up like daffodils. Visit the reopened Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and experience their exhibit Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books, or take a walking tour with Pioneer Valley Food Tours to get to know Northampton’s local food scene just in time for asparagus season. Photo: On view now at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art – Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books

 

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North Central Mass

 

As museums re-open this spring, take a walk down Memory Lane at the Fort Devens Museum’s “Our War Too” exhibition. WWII is known as a time of liberation for women, and on the heels of the 100th anniversary of the culmination of the Suffrage Movement, this is a perfect time to remember both the struggles and victories that women faced after 1919. Or view textiles from the southern border region of the Sahara at the Fitchburg Art Museum or Russian lacquerware boxes at the Museum of Russian Icons.

 

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Martha's Vineyard

 

Martha’s Vineyard’s April — ‘last call’ to enjoy beaches, hiking and cycling trails alone! Watch the season of renewal unfurl safely at your lodging, then dine out, shop, fish, golf, cycle, kayak, take selfies at the Cliffs (then shop and eat there, too), lighthouses, visit farms, gallery-hop or visit cultural districts, museums, island tours, get hitched, explore 6 towns! After a year at home, time to book ferry and lodging for a Vineyard getaway now!

 

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Mohawk Trail Region

 

Explore the Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail June 12 & 13 from 10 am to 5 pm! The Pottery Trail is a self-guided driving tour of clay studios in western Massachusetts. This year they will have an online sale as well as the in-person outdoor events, there will be guests’ artists in addition to all the potters that will welcome visitors to their studios. Bring along a friend and visit the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this June. Check the website for a list of studios and a map!

 

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MetroWest

 

Hopkinton Center for the Arts is hosting April Vacation Week Programs! For ages 5 to 8, 1-day theater workshops: Moana, Aladdin, and Jungle Book. Ages 9 to 13, Comedy Improv, Calligraphy and Handwriting, Cartooning, and an Intro to Hyper Real Painting. Special 4-day Magic Boot Camp with magician Chris Herrick for ages 8 to 13. Limited class sizes and safety guidelines are in place. Registration is open at hopartscenter.org. Please call (508) 435-9222 with any questions.

 

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Nantucket

 

Nantucket’s April = daffodils, so visitors can enjoy personal Daffy Days, Weekends, Weeks right here on Nantucket! Help Blooming ACK Business this year, too, with shop-and-dine initiatives—check here in the coming weeks for details!). On-island, enjoy superb island cuisine, serene lodging, distanced beach walks, conservation trail hikes, play golf or cycle 32 miles of bike trails! ‘Sconset Bluff Walk, museums, lighthouse visits, much more to soothe senses. Plan Nantucket visits with convenient Nantucket Visit Widget!

 

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North of Boston

 

The Wenham Museum’s Train Time tradition continues with this year’s installation, Calling All Engines! On display now through May 1st. The exhibition celebrates three, different iconic model trains and highlight their connections to places on the North Shore and Cape Ann. The annual Newburyport Literary Festival: A Celebration of Literature, Readers and Writers will take place virtually April 23rd – 25th. Register today for a variety of events including poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

 

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Plymouth County

 

Join the Plymouth Antiquarian Society for the virtual gathering "Lunchtime Conversation: Voices from the Past" on April 14 at 12:30 pm. Read letters from the Antiquarian Society’s Spooner Collection and explore everyday life in 19th-century Plymouth. This online exhibit was created by Sofie Koonce, a junior at Smith College, during her internship with Executive Director Anne Mason. Free and open to all! Julie Burrey, Reference Associate and History Room Archivist, will provide an overview of the local history collection in the Plymouth Public Library’s History Room. Click here to register!

 

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