A maze of megalithic chambers and hallways made by man more than 4,000 years ago nestles into the snow- or moss-covered woods at America’s Stonehenge. Guests meander along a trail, marveling at one of the oldest constructions in the United States, complete with inscriptions, eating areas, and evidence of prehistoric art classes. Explorers delve into Stonehenge's history, learning about its use as an accurately aligned astronomical calendar, its role in the Underground Railroad, and the theories about who actually built it. Nearby, eight fuzz balls graze in the alpaca habitat, offering up skeins of yarn spun from their fluffy locks. Winter months coat the site's 105 sprawling acres with crunchy layers of snow, perfect for adventurous snowshoe outings or piggybacking on a snowman.
Anheuser-Busch's beermaster tour regales guests with an edifying excursion behind the scenes of the brewer's charming, picturesque facilities. View secretive master sudsmiths as they frolic in their natural brewhouse habitat, and savor the hearty bouquet of the hop room, which brims with the scents of the powerful flowers. The fermentation cellar and packaging facility reveal the early stages of a magical lifecycle, similar to watching a nest of panda eggs hatch.
The MASS MoCA ushers visitors through its doors for the museum's first-ever bluegrass festival, unleashing the toe-tapping rhythms of established musicians as well as rising talent. Saturday's shows commence at 6 p.m. with an acoustic set by Dave Mayfield of The David Mayfield Parade. His performance takes place during the museum's reception for its newest outdoor expansion, The Speed Way, which contains three new works of art, a 1.5-acre asphalt meadow, and Van Gogh's long-lost collection of elbow macaroni. Saturday evening's recitals end with the thigh-slapping pluck of The Infamous Stringdusters at 9:30 p.m. in the Hunter Center. Sunday kicks off the day's festivities at 11 a.m. with Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still before attendees retreat to the galleries to hear the ramshackle concoctions of the Ramblin Jug Stompers. Guests migrate back to Courtyard C at 5 p.m. for the festival's final performance by the established tunesmiths of the Yonder Mountain String Band. All festival passes include admission to the museum's galleries, allowing patrons to peruse the exhibits and determine which painting would look best on their home refrigerator.
Housed within the antiquated Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum, the Andover Historical Society preserves artifacts and archival records from Andover’s storied 350-year history. Within the more-than-100-year-old building, visitors can experience what it was like to live as a middle-class family in the early 19th century or peruse the vast library archives. The society also hosts events within the community, including the seasonal Tree Time display and lectures on the town’s history.
Named Best Family Destination (Indoor) by Northshore magazine in 2010, Imajine That diverts the minds of children with a 12,000-square-foot interactive, educational playspace. Pint-size imaginations roam free in 12 Imajination stations, where miniature post offices, grocery stores, and mortgage brokers let little ones mirror their grown-up wranglers. Kids can leap and bound through the dragon bouncy house and giant Jurassic climbing structure, or color canvases at the arts and crafts station. Membership includes monthly passes for one child and two adults (a $20 value) or two children and two adults (a $30 value), which allow unlimited play throughout the month, and kids can be brought in by babysitters, family members, and other childproof adults.