Things To Do in Massachusetts

One or Two Months of Preschool to Adult or Kindercare Dance Class at Uptown Dance Center (Up to 57% Off)

Uptown Dance Center

Roxbury

Students from ages 3 to adult learn basic rhythm skills, ballet movements, tap techniques, or hip-hop dance

$45 $22

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"Girls Night: The Musical" at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 26 (Up to 36% Off)

"Girls Night: The Musical"

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

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"Girls Night: The Musical" follows five women sharing life stories during a night of karaoke filled with bawdy laughs and classic songs

$56 $36

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Visit for Two or Four (Up to 58% Off)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Forest Park

40,000-sq.-ft. basketball haven houses shrines to more than 300 Hall of Famers, 70+ interactive exhibits, and a full-size court for practice

$42 $19

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$25 for $50 Worth of Services at Team Flo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Team Flo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-Lowell

South Lowell

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$50 $25

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$58 for a Chocolate, Brews & Views Trolley Tour from Boston Super Tours ($78 Value)

Boston Super Tours

CambridgeSide Galleria Mall

Upper Deck Trolley takes passengers to three locations to taste wine, beer, and chocolate

$78 $58

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$42 for a Round-Trip Ferry Ride to Martha's Vineyard from Seastreak ($70 Value)

Seastreak

New Bedford

An hour-long ferry ride takes passengers to Martha's Vineyard

$70 $42

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Fuller Craft Museum Visit for Two, Guided Tour for Four, or Annual Membership for One (Up to 50% Off)

Fuller Craft Museum

Brockton

Rotating, eclectic exhibits of drawing, sculpture, and other art and functional craft forms; membership with workshop discounts

$16 $10

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Firearms-Certification Class with Simulator Session for One or Two at Massachusetts Gun Safety (Up to 53% Off)

Massachusetts Gun Safety

Multiple Locations

Expert instructors delve into gun safety, loading, storage, and transport, and a shooting simulator allows students to practice

$95 $47

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Four Group Salsa-Dancing Classes at Stilo, Dance & More (Up to 50% Off)

Stilo, Dance & More

Lynn

Experienced Latin-dance instructor leads beginners and intermediate dancers through the steps of salsa dancing during one-hour lessons

$50 $25

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$135 for a Two-Month CrossFit Membership with Beginners' On-Ramp Classes ($349 Value)

Heritage CrossFit

Fall River

High-intensity CrossFit workouts led by an experienced trainer help individuals at all levels of fitness improve their physiques

$349 $135

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$69 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga ($195 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Multiple Locations

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses, breathing exercises, and uplifting music energize bodies and minds in stretch-friendly heated rooms

$195 $69

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1-Month Membership or 6-Week Intro Fencing Class at Moe Wen Fencing Club (Up to 62% Off). Five Options Available.

Moe Wen Fencing Club

Winter Hill

Instructors teach students of all ages basic blade work, footwork, and tactical skills with a saber or foil

$130 $65

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One or Three Months of Youth Aikido Classes at Aikido Framingham Aikikai (Up to 65% Off)

Aikido Framingham Aikikai

Multiple Locations

Students learn Aikido basics in classes focused on safety, fun, and character development

$135 $49

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Pass for a Round of Golf at 10 Golf Courses for One or Two from Mass Tour Card (Up to 78% Off)

Mass Tour Card

Multiple Locations

The pass grants golfers one round at 10 area courses, including Maplegate Country Club and The Bay Pointe Club

$450 $99

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Pass for a Round of Golf at 10 Golf Courses for One or Two from Mass Tour Card (Up to 78% Off)

Mass Tour Card

Multiple Locations

The pass grants golfers one round at 10 area courses, including Maplegate Country Club and The Bay Pointe Club

$450 $99

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$52 for $95 Worth of Fitness Classes at IMPACT Boston

IMPACT Boston

Malden

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$95 $52

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Admission for Two to Ghoulie Manor (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Ghoulie Manor

Silver City Galleria Mall

Wander through the haunted manor's creepy rooms, including a bedroom filled with dead-eyed dolls, an abandoned library, and a family crypt

$38 $19

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Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

AMF Chicopee Lanes

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$36 $17

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Fast-Ferry Round Trip for One or Two Adults from Provincetown Fast Ferry (Up to 41% Off)

Provincetown Fast Ferry

Plymouth

Ferry brings travelers across the bay from Plymouth to Provincetown during trips that take just more than an hour

$48 $29

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10 or 15 Cross Training Classes at Strength Discovery (Up to 69% Off)

Strength Discovery

Revere

Small group training classes at a studio focus on devising personal workout plans based around each individual's unique physical needs

$150 $69

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$29 for One Month of Unlimited Kenpo Karate Classes with Uniform at D&A Fitness and Martial Arts Studio (64% Off)

D&A Fitness and Martial Arts Studio

South Peabody

Donning uniforms, students gather around a second-degree black belt to learn Kenpo karate, a discipline that emphasizes quick movements

$80 $29

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5, 10, or 15 Classes at Drive Health & Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

Drive Health & Fitness

Methuen

Spin, Cardio Core, heated Vinyasa, and more at a fitness facility with a sauna, a juice bar, and experienced instructors

$75 $35

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"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus LIVE!" at The Colonial Theatre on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus LIVE!"

The Colonial Theatre

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story's live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

$59 $29

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$20 for $40 Toward Mini Golf, Batting Cages, and Buckets of Driving-Range Balls at Stix Fun Center

Stix Fun Center

North Attleborough

Newly renovated facility, owned by a former PGA pro, features batting cages, a driving range, and a mini golf course

$10 $5

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Mosaic Taster Class for One, two, or Four at Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply (Up to 51% Off)

Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply

Arlington Heights

In the "taster" class, students learn techniques, styles, and tips for creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaics

$40 $20

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Four Ballroom or Latin-Dance Classes or One Month of Unlimited Dance Classes at Champion's Dance Studio (68% Off)

Champion's Dance Studio

Downtown Everett

Expert instructors pass on their skills to both children and adults during classes in Ballroom and Latin dance

$60 $19

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Scary Stories Walking Tour for Two or Four at Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours (Up to 50% Off)

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

Downtown Salem

The PG-13 Scary Stories of Salem walking tour terrifies participants with ghostly tales of evil spirits and otherworldly creatures

$60 $36

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10 or 15 Zumba Classes at All-Stars Dance Center (Up to 59% Off)

All-Stars Dance Center

Westfield

Heart rates rise to match pulsating rhythms of Latin music during one-hour Zumba classes in this spacious studio with hardwood floors.

$70 $35

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Yoga and Aerial Yoga Classes at Vitality Spa and Yoga (53% Off). Three Options Available.

Vitality Spa and Yoga

City Place

Instructors lead groups through restorative yoga sessions and aerial yoga workouts on soft fabric hammocks

$50 $25

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18 Holes of Golf, Cart, and Range Balls for One, Two, or Four at Townsend Ridge Country Club (Up to 50% Off)

Townsend Ridge Country Club

Townsend

Course designed by Ted Manning and US Women’s Open champ Mary Mills nestles among pines, hemlocks, and white birches

$70 $39

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Punchcard for 10 CrossFit Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Billerica (Up to 68% Off)

CrossFit Billerica

Billerica

After learning the CrossFit method in OnRamp classes, students participate in daily workouts and intense classes

$120 $39

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10 or 15 Fitness Classes with a Lifestyle Evaluation at Studio 13 Pilates & Core Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

Studio 13 Pilates & Core Fitness

Beverly

Certified instructors teach classes ranging from Pilates, barre, and P90X to bootcamp

$175 $55

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Admission for Two or Four to The Original Wedding Expo (Up to 50% Off). Four Dates Available.

The Original Wedding Expo

Multiple Locations

Wedding expo unites future newlyweds with 65+ bridal merchants presenting gowns, photographers, florists, and bakers

$24 $12

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at Tokyo Joe's Studios of Self-Defense (Up to 63% Off)

Tokyo Joe's Studios of Self-Defense

Downtown Woburn

Karate is about more than kicks and punches. Their programs develop focus, discipline and they help build a students self confidence.

$129 $49

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Make Your Own Seasonal Fruit Preserves with a Master Foodie

Seasonal Fruit-Preserve Class

Jamaica Plain

Leah Waldo immerses you in the basics of jams, jellies, and preserves from cooking to canning

$40 $40

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Dance Classes or Pole-Dancing Party at SuperShag Dance Studios (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

SuperShag Dance Studios

Multiple Locations

Private and group dance lessons help students perfect their moves in a variety of styles; pole dancing is a exciting theme for a party

$132 $69

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$18 for $35 Groupon — Revolution Dance Academy

Revolution Dance Academy

Chelmsford

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$35 $18

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Private or Group Lessons from Jim Fenner Golf Professional (Up to 58% Off). Four Options Available. 

Jim Fenner Golf Professional

Multiple Locations

Seasoned golf ace Jim Fenner harnesses video swing analysis to address client-specific needs in lessons

$100 $49

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$35 for $70 Groupon — Any Length Fitness and Wellness

Any Length Fitness

North Braintree

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$70 $35

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Five Medium or Large Buckets of Range Balls at Natick Golf Learning Center (Up to 53% Off)

Natick Golf Learning Center

Natick

Launch range balls from 75 artificial and natural grass hitting stations and polish chips and putts at the short game practice area

$50 $25

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10 or 20 Classes with Initiation and Uniform at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Randolph

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

$210 $20

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$275 for $500 Worth of Art Camp at Creative Globe Trotter

Globe Trotter

Watertown

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$500 $275

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5 or 10 Yoga or Barre Classes at Lexington Power Yoga (Up to 57% Off)

Lexington Power Yoga

Lexington Town Center

Instructors lead Vinyasa Flow classes in heated or unheated studios along with prenatal yoga, kids yoga, and barre

$85 $49

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$38 for One 18-Hole Round of Golf Including Cart Rental at Maplegate Country Club (Up to $59 Value)

Maplegate Country Club

Bellingham

Water comes into play on 10 holes of gently undulating course that stretches 6,815 yards from the tips

$59 $38

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Mini Golf and Ice Cream for Two or Four at Merrimack Valley Pavilion (Up to 53% Off)

Merrimack Valley Pavilion

Tewksbury

Sink putts in a mini-golf course amid palm trees, bamboo huts, and a cave waterfall; includes ice cream

$21.50 $11

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Firearms-Safety Course for One or Two at Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training (50% Off)

Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training

Multiple Locations

Students learn about marksmanship and firearms safety at a four-hour, state-approved class taught by military and law enforcement veterans

$90 $45

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10 Personal-Training Sessions from Cleveland Health and Fitness (55% Off)

Xfitness

Dracut

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$220 $99

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Three-Hour Introductory Woodcarving Class for One or Two at Calvo Studio (Up to 57% Off) 

Calvo Studio

Gloucester

Introductory seminar teaches basic woodcarving techniques and skills with hands-on personal project

$175 $79

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Paintball Outing with Paintballs and Equipment Rental for Four or Six at Xtreme Paintball (Up to 59% Off)

Agawam Xtreme Paintball

Agawam

Paint-slinging soldiers equipped with protective equipment speckle enemies on five playing fields scattered with manmade obstacles

$160 $79

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One or Three Months of Karate Classes with Uniform at Personal Best Karate (Up to 75% Off)

Personal Best Karate

Multiple Locations

Students boost their physical and mental strength, discipline, endurance, flexibility, and coordination in karate classes

$169 $49

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18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Northampton Country Club (Up to 56% Off)

Northampton Country Club

Northampton

Course built in 1898 comprises nine holes with wide fairways, small greens, and four sets of tees for various skill levels

$78 $39

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10 or 20 Hot Power Yoga Classes at Power Yoga Evolution (Up to 71% Off)

Power Yoga Evolution

North Andover

Hot power yoga sessions tone and stretch yogis of all skill levels on the hardwood floor of rooms that can be heated to 95 degrees

$130 $49

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Five Dance Classes for One or Two at Dance Republic (Up to 63% Off)

Dance Republic

Wellesley

Learn social dances such as the salsa, tango, cha-cha, or fox trot, or build core strength and endurance in a Salsa-Thon dance-fitness class

$100 $45

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10 or 20 Group Fitness or Yoga Classes from Maria Pereira McCullah at X-Scape Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

X-Scape Fitness

West Springfield

Fun Zumba classes feature dance moves set to Latin-style beats, Piloxing blends Pilates and boxing, and yoga boosts flexibility and calm

$170 $59

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Two or Four Tickets to Pumpkin Fest 2014 on Saturday, October 18 (Up to 51% Off)

Boy Scouts of America Pumpkin Fest 2014

Milton

Celebrate autumn with a day of hayrides, pumpkin bowling, rock climbing, and more

$50 $25

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Four-Week or Eight-Week Martial Arts Membership at North Shore Martial Arts Center (Up to 88% Off)

North Shore Martial Arts Center

Melrose

Students study kenpo and jiu-jitsu as they learn discipline and self-defense, with cost of uniforms included

$234 $29

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One or Two Months of Martial Arts Classes at Maxx Training Center (Half Off)

Maxx Training Center

Stoughton

Experts lead students through intense workouts and self-defense programs of jiu-jitsu, boxing, and kickboxing

$125 $62.50

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$54 for $99 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Tiger Institute Tae Kwon Do

Tiger Institute Tae Kwon Do

Saugus

From the merchant: Start a lifelong journey in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Includes registration, orientation, first month of classes.

$99 $54

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Night or Day Outing for Four at Marini Farm Corn Maze (50% Off)

Marini Farm Corn Maze

Ipswich

This year, the 10-acre working-cornfield theme is Spookley the Square Pumpkin; come during daytime or bring flashlights for evening visits

$43.80 $22

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Admission for Two or Family Membership to Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (Up to 55% Off)

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

Provincetown

Visitors can explore a monument that's the tallest US structure made of granite, as well as exhibits celebrating the area's important past

$24 $15

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Choe's Quality Martial Arts (Up to 63% Off)

Choe's Quality Martial Arts

Milford

Boot-camp classes incorporate strength training, calisthenics, agility drills, and an obstacle course for a full-body workout

$79 $39

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$99 for $220 Groupon — Synergy Dance Studio

Synergy Dance Studio

Wakefield

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$220 $99

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10 CrossFit Classes or 1 Month of Unlimited Classes at Tokyo Joe's Studios/Dragon's Eye CrossFit (Up to 74% Off)

Tokyo Joe's Studios/Dragon's Eye CrossFit

Waverley Square

Work up a sweat with intense CrossFit routines that incorporate functional moves to increase agility and strength

$150 $39

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Bowling, Shoe Rental, Skee-Ball, Shuffleboard, & Roller Ball at Kings Dedham (Up to 50% Off). 2 Options Available

Kings

Dedham

Retro wall art and vibrant high-def screens surround bowling alleys, shuffleboard tables, and skee-ball games

$40 $19.99

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$61 for $110 Worth of Dance Lessons — Salsa @ New England Movement Arts

New England Movement Arts - Romeo Rodriguez

Burlington

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$110 $61

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10 or 20 Classes at Easton Yoga Center (Up to 62% Off)

Easton Yoga Center

Easton

Yoga instructors provide students with individual attention during classes for all skill levels

$120 $49

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Oktoberfest Visit for Two or Four on October 24 Through November 2 (Half Off). Six Dates Available.

Oktoberfest

Marshfield Fair Grounds

Traditional Oktoberfest features German brews, Oompah bands, Bavarian fare and entertainment, and carnival rides

$10 $5

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One Month of Unlimited Classes or 10 Classes at CrossFit Ares (Up to 76% Off)

CrossFit Ares

Wilmington

Trainers challenge students through the guided application of olympic lifts, gymnastic elements & weight training associated with CrossFit

$199 $49

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Winemaking and Beer-Making Classes at DIY Brewing Supply (Up to 62% Off). Two Options Available.

DIY Brewing Supply

Ludlow

Beginners learn the fundamentals of making wine or beer; five-session class covers malts and hops, yeast and fermentation, and off flavors

$60 $23

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One-Month Unlimited Access Membership with Spa Access at Elements Wareham (Up to 79% Off)

Elements Wareham

Multiple Locations

Yoga, Zumba, spin, and more classes at women-only gym with hydrotherapy massage bed and infrared sauna

$69 $20

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Haunted Hayride and Halloween Scream Park for Two or Four at Witch’s Woods (Up to 41% Off)

Witch’s Woods

Westford

Halloween carnival with a spooky hayride, three haunted houses, rides, games, and galleries of jack-o’-lanterns and horror-movie characters

$66 $39

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10 or 20 Yoga, Pilates, Step, Muscle, or Aerobics Classes at Winchester Aerobics (Up to 60% Off)

Winchester Aerobics

Multiple Locations

Exercisers can get in shape with choice of group fitness classes, such as yoga, Pilates, or aerobics

$100 $50

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Swing Lessons, Playing Lesson, or Club Evaluation at Rod's Golf Improvement Center (Up to 60% Off). Five Options.

Rod's Golf Improvement Center

Rod's Golf Improvement Center

Whittle strokes off your average round with swing or on-course lessons; club evaluation ensures equipment matches swing and physique

$50 $25

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$89 for 18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Four at Gardner Municipal Golf Course (Up to $204 Value)

Gardner Municipal Golf Course

Gardner

18-hole, par 71 course takes golfers circling the north end of Crystal Lake while aiming shots between tree lines and over water hazards

$204 $89

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$59 for 10 Group Dance Lessons at ClubWest Dance Studio ($130 Value)

ClubWest Dance Studio

Norton

Instructors teach styles such as swing, salsa, and waltz for beginner to advanced dancers

$130 $59

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Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Edge Hill Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

Edge Hill Golf Course

Ashfield

Nine scenic holes built on the site of a former dairy safe, with nine more holes set to open in June

$70 $35

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Round of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Hickory Ridge Golf Club (Up to 43% Off)

Hickory Ridge Golf Club

South Amherst

Densely forested areas line fairways & greens on 18-hole course with intersecting stream that comes into play on roughly nine holes

$78 $45

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Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

28 Arlington St
Boston,
MA
US

For Annissa Essaibi George, sewing has not just been a lifelong passion, but also a means of getting what she wants. At age 6, her mother taught her to sew so that she could make her Barbie a new outfit. In college, she and her roommate stitched together scrunchies, selling them to fund take-out and nights out. She even designed her own wedding dress. Today, sewing is the fuel behind her business, through which she furnishes sewers and knitters with the supplies to craft their projects and the skills they need to clothe every statue in the park. Annissa's pink-walled shop houses patterns, fabrics, knitting kits, and cubbies overflowing with polychromatic spools of yarn. Classes run on a five-day schedule and cover such stitching styles as knitting, crocheting, and pattern sewing for crafters of all levels.

846 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester,
MA
US

On a recent birthday, Shawn Shaw reflected on her life. There had been lessons learned about love, happiness, and the inherent beauty of life that is present even amid disappointment. For Shawn, a dedicated practice of yoga and meditation was the wellspring for many of the lessons learned. The teenage Shawn kept fit as a distance runner, first picking up yoga as a supplementary form of exercise and stretching. It wasn't until a few years later, amid a storm of personal struggles, that she discovered the healing properties of daily practice. Today she credits yoga with transforming her physical and emotional health and cultivating a peaceful attitude. Moreover, her newfound clarity and mental presence become something Shawn had to share. She opened her own studio, Metrowest Yoga, in 2005. Now with two locations in Westborough and Worcester, the curriculum includes Shawn's own invention, Myoga Hot Hatha, which is grounded in stillness and allows students to hold poses longer than usual as they make peace between breath and body.

Metrowest Yoga's studio focuses on building a strong healthy body and cultivating a calm, peaceful mind. The styles offered are mostly vigorous in a heated room but some gentle restorative classes are offered too. Regularly scheduled classes include Vinyasa or Flow, Hatha and Ashtanga styles. Beginner?s classes or a 6 week Brand New Beginner?s course are also offered.


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32 Millbrook St
Worcester,
MA
US

Celebrating more than 100 years of basketball history, the halls and exhibits of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honor the players, coaches, referees, and others who helped the game grow to an internationally beloved sport. There are shrines dedicated to more than 300 Hall of Famers, and the 40,000-square-foot basketball megaplex also houses more than 70 interactive exhibits with audio and video components, limited-run tributes to standout teams and players, and special events. The Hall of Fame provides an outlet for freshly inspired visitors to emulate the giants of the sport: a full-size center court, where they can practice alley-oops and half-court slam dunks or attend clinics taught by players and coaches. On the way back to the car, many guests pause for a photograph next to the towering silver sphere that punctuates the buildings' exterior.

Named for James A. Naismith, the inventor of the sport, the Hall of Fame stands just "a midrange jump shot" from the site of the original game. Played on December 21, 1891, the first contest tallied a final score of one basket to zero, prompting Dr. Naismith to remove the bee's nests from the backboards.

1000 Hall of Fame Ave.
Springfield,
MA
US

Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.

50 East Merrimack Street
Lowell,
MA
US

Between launching city-centric websites like Cambridge Uncommon and Salem Uncommon and teaching journalism classes at Cambridge Community TV, freelance journalist Sam Baltrusis wrote his book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub. In its pages he reveals 300 years of city history and ghost stories. He details unexplained sounds and hovering objects seen inside the Hub?s dorm rooms, apparitions witnessed on the Boston Common, and a colonial British solider glimpsed on the tracks at the Boylston station. His deft pen has also led him to become a regional stringer for The New York Times and his second book, Ghosts of Cambridge: Haunts of Harvard Square and Beyond hit shelves in September 2013.

Not content with relegating his words to the page, Sam also brings them to life through seasonal walking tours. Guides lit by handheld lanterns lead guests through the shadowy streets of downtown Boston. They divulge stories of murder and recall Cambridge's ominous history. They also answer questions such as which Harvard hall is the most haunted, which area church is home to the ghost of a British redcoat soldier, and which famously mustachioed ghosts are just wearing fake mustaches. The founder's literary background shows through on the tours, too, which are peppered with the lore of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allen Poe. When he's not guiding in-person guests, Sam doubles as a paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's, "Haunted Encounters" and on Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio.

18 Brattle St
Cambridge,
MA
US

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