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July 2020
Massachusetts Welcomes You!
The Spirit of Massachusetts is stronger than ever! If you are visiting us this summer or fall, please make sure to follow the state's health and safety guidelines to ensure that you and everyone around you has an enjoyable experience. Please check for traveler updates at, and visit for a daily update of health indicators, phased opening schedules and policy guidelines.

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Greater Springfield
Explore Western Mass and Greater Springfield this summer for tons of wide open space, outdoor adventure and the one-of-a-kind attractions you love! We're ready to welcome you back to places like The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the all-new, reimagined Basketball Hall of Fame, Yankee Candle Village, MGM Springfield and also to our zoos, parks, hiking trails, zip-lines and rafting trips. Our hotels are sanitized and waiting for you to check in and our restaurants have added tons of outdoor dining to supplement their indoor space.  For more information about What's Open in Western Mass and for details about what our partners are doing to keep guests safe and happy, click here. See you soon in #WesternMass!

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Hampshire County
Whether you're escaping the ordinary with a day trip or planning your next virtual vacation, Hampshire County welcomes you! Venturing out? Pop on your mask and visit the new outdoor dining spaces dotting our downtowns and don't forget about the open air and trails to keep you breathing easy! Feeling safer at home? Jam out to live music streamed from the historic Academy of Music theatre or tour Emily Dickinson's landscape from the comfort of your couch. Photo caption: Familiars, credit Lynne Graves

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Johnny Appleseed 
Summer is here - and it's a great time to get outdoors to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of Johnny Appleseed Country! Farmstands and farmer's markets - from Petersham to Winchendon to Westminster - are filled with the colors, tastes and music of the region. Locally-brewed craft beers (and ciders) are quenching thirsts as temperatures rise, and "Acoustic Sundays" at Wachusett Brewing add a mellow touch. Revel in Mother Nature's palette played out in area's parks and trail systems. Fresh air, fine music, fabulous flavors...summer is blossoming in Johnny's backyard.  

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Martha's Vineyard 
Credit Peter Simon
Martha's Vineyard's July = beaches and waterways welcoming kayaks, SUPs, boats, swimmers into their impossibly-blue immense beauty; serenely verdant trails and landscapes inspiring with simple majesty; six distinctive summer-dressed towns bid welcomes with stately, whimsical, pastoral and dazzling tableaus; fresh Vineyard seafood ! Enjoy virtual Filmusic Festival with film and musical performances (July 1); MV Playhouse's Virtual Summer Art Show (July 1-15) island artists summerlong; Oak Bluffs Harborfest live music, food, artisans, children's Faerie Festival (July 25)!

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Mohawk Trail Region
Go on an adventurous sightseeing drive along New England's first scenic road! Explore historic towns, nature via the 101-kilometer Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway, open since 1914. Visit inn, cafes, over 100 attractions: Shelburne Falls, the Bridge of Flowers. Go whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River or zip lining above the treetops. Stop to enjoy the outdoor grounds at several museums, including the Clark Art, Mass MoCA, Williams College Museum of Art, Historic Deerfield, and Memorial Hall Museum.

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Now through July 7, check out I Am Not Your Negro, a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. A radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America at  Saturday Sunset Jazz free outdoor concerts begins July 11 at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts amphitheater, and for those who prefer to remain at home the series will be streamed on Facebook Live.

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Nantucket Island

July is made for Nantucket! It beckons lovers of all that touches heart and mind. We're sailing against high winds now, but Nantucket will calm souls. Find refuge in arts and culture throughout Nantucket - and online! Enjoy Farmers (live) & Artisans (virtual) Markets (July 4, 11, 18 and 25); Walking Tours of Main Street (July 2 & 16 at 2 pm) and 'Sconset (July 9 & 23 at 2 pm); Arts & Artisans Show virtual (July 16-26); and at Nantucket Atheneum and Nantucket Historical Association, find your culture!

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North of Boston
This July spend a day enjoying the outdoors! Take a day trip or stay overnight and enjoy Salisbury Beach's 3.8 miles of beautiful coastline. Enjoy your time swimming, boating, kayaking, or canoeing. In the mood for some of the best local seafood stop by Woodman's of Essex and enjoy amazing food, sunshine, and beautiful views. Picnic tables are available for a great outdoor dining experience. For more summer activities, places to stay and the latest health & safety precautions being taken at area establishments, visit North of Boston.

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Plymouth County

Journey back 400 years!  Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth offers more than 30 acres to stroll, outdoor exhibits, gardens, and rare breeds animals. Staff meets all physical distancing requirements while providing engaging programs, presentations and conversations. You are strongly encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance  but we will happily do our best to accommodate you on your arrival depending on that day's availability. Open 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week; last entry is at 4 pm.

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Southeastern Mass

A hike through the 32-acre Parsons Reserve, part of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT), makes for a perfect summer day! Destruction Brook meanders through the property on its way to Slocum's River. A fecund vernal pool provides habitat for a variety of common and rare species.  Salamanders, wood frogs and rare plants call the place home, and deer wander the paths. On the northern end of the property, a wooded glade fills with hundreds of daffodils every spring. And the Reserve's southern trail to Horseneck Road is dotted with mature rhododendrons!
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The Berkshires

As the weather warms and we all venture outside, the Berkshires beckons. When visiting we suggest you check out these 3 spots where you can safely social distance. The Trustees of Reservations properties (some of the most popular are Naumkeag, Notchview,
Monument Mountain, Field
Farm, and Tyringham Cobble); all the trails offered by Berkshire Natural Resources Council; and TurnPark
Art Space, where you can stroll their grounds and enjoy outdoor sculpture at the same time.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

The Merrimack Valley is filled with hidden gems if you're looking to get out and get some fresh air this summer! The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which spans across 8 communities is a 25 mile route that is open to non-motorized uses such as cycling, jogging, walking, and rollerblading. With various access points throughout 8 communities, its scenic path is open year round with a number of public parking options available.     

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Central Massachusetts

Summer is here in Central Mass and there is no better time to enjoy the fresh produce of the region! Visit the Country Store at Douglas Orchard and Farm for local no-spray produce and pasture raised meats. Stop on in at the Timberland Brewery and enjoy a house-made beer while browsing the farmers market and artisans on their back patio. Make time to check out the Beaver Brook Farmers Market, the oldest market in Worcester!

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Franklin County
Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield is dreaming and planning " 6 Feet Apart, All Together Spectacle 2020" from Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, August 9. This summer spectacle in the time of COVID-19 is inspired by and draws from the rich history of Double Edge's past performances, as well as a look toward a future that includes an ode to nature and our living culture. Audience members will limited to less than ten in each area, and the entire Double Edge Farm will be available for a reflective and invigorating walk through scenes in the air, in the labyrinth, by the stream.

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Greater Boston
As the birthplace of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, Quincy has long been recognized for the pivotal role her native sons and daughters played in the fight for American independence. It was John Adams, the "Atlas of Independence" who championed the dream of a new nation on American soil, a country built upon the principles of freedom, justice and a passionate spirit of independence. Just minutes south of Boston, Quincy offers outdoor adventures and plenty of history. Visit!

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Cape Cod
Hydrangeas are the signature flower of Cape Cod, and the annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest will celebrate these beautiful blue, pink and white blooms at their peak! Tour some of Cape Cod's most spectacular private gardens during the 10-day garden celebration, happening July 10-19. Highlights include private garden tours benefiting local nonprofits (with social distance guidelines in place) and virtual workshops. Find the full line-up of fun at! Up next, the 29th Woods Hole Film Festival Virtual Edition will be presented July 25-August 1. This year, the festival will screen 42 narrative & documentary feature films and 144 short films. Buy tickets here!

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