5 based on 541 reviews
Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery's natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Over 100 public programs are offered annually by the Friends to educate, enrich, and inspire the community. The Friends seeks financial support for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records.
Went during the Spring during the warbler migration and had some luck spotting various warblers, orioles, hawks and other birds! The variety of plantings around the differently landscaped grave areas give the feel of different environmental “rooms.” So beautiful!
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Considered to be the "most photographed" lighthouse, this 41-foot conical tower sits on the summit of Cape Neddick Bubble, a small offshore rocky islet, looking proudly over the Atlantic.
Ok. I admit that I love lighthouses and this is one of my favorites. Built in 1879, it is on a little island off the coast and is an American icon. The Voyager spacecraft carries a photo of this lighthouse as one of Earth's most prominent icons along with the Great Wall. It is picturesque and I painted it when I was very young and came here. Located in the middle of a housing neighborhood, there is a little restaurant off the parking lot. To me, it is classic Maine.
5 based on 138 reviews
We took our grandson on this whale watch in the hopes of seeing humpback whales and dolphins. We were only able to see one humpback which was not very cooperative as it did not stay up long before taking deep dives. Nevertheless, we did get to see it and my grandson loved it. The crew was friendly and very helpful and they did everything they could to manuever the boat so we would see the whale when it surfaced. While we were disappointed to see only one whale, that is the way of whale watches. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't. We did see a young seal in the water near the boat and, the highlight of the trip, was an Ocean Sunfish laying flat on the surface of the ocean absorbing the sun's rays. It seemed enormous and the captain manuevered the boat so everyone could get a chance to see it. We were able to see its huge mouth and an eye, observing it for quite awhile. At the end of the trip, we were given 3 complimentary tickets for another whale watch because they felt that one whale was not very exciting. The complimentary tickets are good for two years which was a pleasant surprise. Despite the lack of whales, it was an enjoyable outing on the ocean and we will be using our free tickets to try again next year!
5 based on 186 reviews
Also called the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House, this fantasy mansion of more than 40 rooms is perched on the rocks overlooking Gloucester Harbor.
This is the most unique house tour guided by very well informed guides. They're knowledgable, engaging and share very interesting backgroung stories and facts that take you back to 1907 when construction started on this masterpiece. This place ranks in the top 2 or 3...MoreThanks for the lovely review of Beauport. The house has been preserved with most of Henry Sleeper's interiors intact, so guides really enjoy sharing the history and beauty of it with visitors.
5 based on 87 reviews
This family farm is a good place for homemade ice cream and we often take the grand-kids there when they visit. Inside the store vegetables in season are very expensive. There are cows available for the children to look at while eating their ice cream.
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Scramble across ledges scarred by the granite industry and examine tide pools teeming with marine life.
This state park has a lot to offer. It's a flat, easy walk to a huge old quarry that is truly awesome to see. Continue on to a scenic overlook of Ipswich Bay all the way to the Isles of Shoals off the NH coast and Maine beyond. The trail also goes down to the edge of the rocky shoreline for more scenic views. Continue along the shore then loop back through open fields and scrub pines to the old lighthouse. This is a gem of a place. Worth the small parking fee.
5 based on 147 reviews
Best local place to go cross country running. With just enough trails to get 5m in and enough variety to keep you from getting bored, Bensons is a winner! Lots of different terrain, from woods to field, to marshland, it's a fantastic place to walk,
Picnic, fish or just explore.
4.5 based on 570 reviews
The "shot heard round the world," which signaled the start of the Revolutionary War, was fired from this spot.
loved visiting it. know history before you visit. was great to see. must se if you are in the area. neat area to walk around.
4.5 based on 528 reviews
From the sweet little farm at the foot of Penn's Hill to the gentleman's country estate at Peace field, Adams National Historical Park is the story of "heroes, statesman, philosophers ... and learned women" whose ideas and actions helped to transform thirteen disparate colonies into one united nation. Please note: Adams National Historical Park is open for tours from April 19 through November 10 every year. The first tour leaves the Visitor Center at 9:15 a.m. and the final tour leaves the Visitor Center at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.
We wanted some real history with facts and narratives and you get it here. We learned about the 4 generations of Adams'. Toured their homes and saw how they lived. Really learned about their love of our country. I don't think I've ever been through a tour that touched on that so much before. It was truly refreshing and inspirational. Quincy is a little bit of a drive outside Boston. I think it's worth it. The town is quite nice as well. A good trip. I have 2 teens. The first part of the tour was kind of "blah" for them, but the second half made up for it. Trick here: ASK QUESTIONS! If you see something, don't assume they will tell you about it. Ask! The guides know so much about this house and to make a tour that fits everyone can make it bland. So please ask questions. They are happy to share what they know. They have little gems about the house too.
4.5 based on 217 reviews
Experience the grandeur of a seaside estate and its marvelously landscaped grounds, notable for a broad, undulating lawn running down to the shore.
The same parking fee for Crane Beach allows you in to the Crane Estate. There are tours of the house and lovely grounds and gardens to wander. There are vistas down to the ocean in the distance. And statues and metal sculpted griffons (by the same artist who did the Prometheus in Rockefeller Plaza). There is a trick moving rock on one of the paths. Mr Chase had a sense of humor. For an added fee, the house offers a # of different tours. We took the Guests of the Chase Family tour and enjoyed it! If you have time, spend part of the day at the beach. It is beautiful.
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