Things To Do in Massachusetts

Wine Tasting, Vineyard and Winery Tour, and Glasses for Two or Four at Jewell Towne Vineyards (Up to 56% Off)

Jewell Towne Vineyards

South Hampton

Guests pair white, red, and ice wines with cheeses in addition to taking a vineyard tour and learning more about the wine-making process

$36 $18

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$30 for One Ticket to the BlueDEF Velocity Tour Rodeo Event at DCU Center on February 7 or 8 ($61.80 Value)

BlueDEF Velocity Tour

DCU Center

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Top up-and-coming riders compete for cash and points while bucking atop 2,000-pound bulls

$61.80 $30

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The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra at Springfield Symphony Hall on Saturday, January 10 (Up to 43% Off)

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Springfield Symphony Hall

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New Zealand–based collective features Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie and others playing ukulele versions of pop tunes and standards

$44 $25

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

Team Flo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-Lowell

South Lowell

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

$50 $25

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Yoga Classes at Majestic Yoga Studio in Cambridge (Up to 63% Off)

Majestic Yoga Studio

Magestic Yoga Studio

Classes for all fitness and experience levels emphasize breath control, gentle movements, and body alignment

$150 $55

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The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra at Zeiterion Theatre on January 11 at 2 p.m. (Up to 45% Off)

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Zeiterion Theatre

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New Zealand-based collective features Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie and others playing ukulele versions of pop tunes and standards

$44 $24

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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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Michelle Oliva- Mixed Breed's Annual Women's Empowerment Lunch for Two or Four on March 29 (Up to 53% Off)

Michelle Oliva- Mixed Breed's Annual Women's Empowerment Lunch

The Shipyard Bar and Grill

Shop at vendor stations and listen to guest speakers during this women’s empowerment event

$52 $25

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Five Karate Classes or One or Three Months of Karate Classes at Neves Karate Academy (Up to 75% Off)

Neves Karate Academy

Multiple Locations

Skilled instructor teaches students Okinawan karate

$75 $19

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$67 for Four Weeks of Boot-Camp and Small-Group Classes at One More Rep Fitness ($229 Value)

One More Rep Fitness

Fall River

Within four weeks, boot-camp and small-group training help clients quickly shed pounds

$229 $67

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

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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10 Dance-Fitness Classes at Just Dance Complex (50% Off)

Just Dance Complex

Lawrence

From the merchant: Just Dance offers numerous adult fitness classes throughout the week.

$100 $50

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$9 for a Factory Tour for Two with Take-Home Chocolate at Taza Chocolate ($17 Value)

Taza Chocolate

Union Square

During 45-minute tours, small groups learn about the chocolate-making process and equipment; participants choose one take-home chocolate

$17 $9

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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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Bridal Tradeshow for Two or Four from New England Bridal Affair (Up to 50% Off)

New England Bridal Affair

Multiple Locations

Attend one of seven 2014 bridal tradeshows featuring wedding specialists, planners, and product vendors

$14 $7

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$29 for Four Dance Sessions and Annual Registration Fee at Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll Academy of Boston (Up to $110 Value)

Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll Academy of Boston

Acrobatic Rock 'N Roll Academy of Boston

Competitive and recreational combo, tumbling, and acrobatic classes geared toward kids

$110 $29

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

IMPACT Boston

Malden

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

$95 $52

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Pub Food for Two or Four at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (Up to 50% Off)

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

Coolidge Corner

25 screens show pro and college teams’ triumphs while guests dine on hearty burgers, inventive wraps, barbecue, and southwestern cuisine

$20 $11

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Firearms-Safety Course for One or Two at Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training (Up to 56% 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

$100 $49

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5 or 10 Visits to the Inflatable Playground at Fore Kicks Taunton (Up to 62% Off)

Fore Kicks Family Fun Center Inflatable Park

Taunton

Inflatable playground sends kids gliding down 30-foot slides, across bouncy obstacles, and into trampoline-like jump houses

$50 $21

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Two Months of Karate Lessons with a Uniform or Five Classes at Villari's Martial Arts Center (Up to 88% Off)

Villari's Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Expert martial artists instill discipline in students of all ages while promoting respect and physical fitness

$249 $29

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One 18-Hole Round of Golf Including Cart Rental at Atlantic Country Club (Up to 49% Off)

Atlantic Country Club

Plymouth

Bent-grass fairways and greens spread across tree-lined terrain make for challenging rounds of golf at acclaimed course

$76 $39

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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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$27 for One Month of Kids' Music Lessons at Kindermusik with Laura ($54 Value)

Kindermusik with Laura

Barnstable

Veteran music educator leads classes that lets kids and their parents play, dance, and sing while developing a love for music

$54 $27

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5, 10, or 15 Classes at Drive Health & Fitness (Up to 61% 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 $31

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$28 for $50 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons — Sebring Stables

Sebring Stables

Pittsfield

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

$50 $28

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5 or 10 Women's Boxing and Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Striking Beauties (Up to 75% Off)

Striking Beauties

North Attleborough

Boxing gym for women hosts its signature boxing classes alongside boot camps and barre sessions

$75 $19

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Painting Class for One, Two, or Four at Artlounge Arlington (Up to 51% Off)

Artlounge Arlington

Arlington

Under the guidance of a teacher, groups practice their skills by spending an evening painting anything from farms to Frankenstein’s monster

$35 $19

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Four Ballroom or Latin-Dance Classes or One Month of Unlimited Dance Classes at Champion's Dance Studio (72% 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 $17

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Custom Walking Tour of Salem for Two or Four from Witch City Walking Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Witch City Walking Tours

Salem

A licensed and certified historian leads groups on foot through historic Salem, the site of witchcraft hysteria in 1692

$30 $15

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$50 for a Western Mass Season Golf Pass with Two Golf Expo Tickets and Two Free Rounds ($88.95 Value)

Western Mass Golf Season Pass

Western Mass

Free rounds, discounted lessons, and discounted greens fees at dozens of courses and country clubs; golf expo with dozens of vendors

$88.95 $50

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21 Days or 6 Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 85% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp

Westminster

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

$185 $39

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$30 for $55 Worth of Horseback Riding — Unity Equestrian

Unity Equestrian

Townsend

From the merchant: Quality Instructors guide you through a riding lesson on our safe and talented school horses.

$55 $30

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Punchcard for 10 CrossFit Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Billerica (Up to 73% Off)

CrossFit Billerica

Billerica

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

$120 $32

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Billiards and Soft Drinks for Two or Four at Ivory Billiards Lounge (50% Off)

Ivory Billiards Lounge

Holyoke

Billiard hall and home to the APA and NAPA pool leagues hosts play on 20 pristine tables

$16 $8

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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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Ice Skating with Rentals for Two or Four at Patriot Place (50% Off)

Patriot Place

Foxborough

Winter Skate at Patriot Place hosts public ice skating sessions and serves up hot chocolate

$24 $12

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5- or 10-Visit Pass for Open Play at Chikki Plaza Indoor Playhouse (Up to 55% Off)

Chikki Plaza Indoor Playhouse

Woburn

Young kids ages 1–5 expand their developmental and bilingual language skills while playing with imaginative toys and exploring playhouses

$55 $27

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Jewelry-Making Class or Welding Workshop for One or Two at Stonybrook Fine Arts (Up to 54% Off)

Stonybrook Fine Arts

Jamaica Plain

Students create silver rings and pendants or learn the basics of welding

$150 $75

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Five Yoga Classes at Chelsea Yoga (50% Off)

Chelsea Yoga

Chelsea

Introductory-level yoga classes help beginners and new students start their practice

$50 $25

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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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One Month of Unlimited Karate Classes for One or Two at MASSDOJO (Up to 72% Off)

MASSDOJO

Shrewsbury

Five-time national champ, Eric Rossini, Sensei, leads encouraging classes that teach kids and adults self-discipline and defense

$180 $59

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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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$129 for a New-Member Season Pass for Canoe, Kayak, and Paddleboard Rentals from Boating in Boston ($199 Value)

Boating in Boston

Multiple Locations

Spend a season exploring local waterways with free kayak & paddleboard lessons; unlimited rentals of canoes, kayaks, & standup paddleboards

$199 $129

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Family Season Pass or 10 or 20 Ice-Rink Visits at Randolph Recreation (Up to 91% Off)

Randolph Recreation

Randolph

Passes grant individuals or families access to Zapustus Ice Arena during open-ice time

$375 $32

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Inner Strength Studios (Up to 61% Off)

Inner Strength Studios

Multiple Locations

Clients meditate, breathe, and stretch during 60- to 90-minute vinyasa yoga classes, most of which are heated

$85 $49

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$23 for a Three-Hour BYOB Painting Class at Pinot's Palette ($45 Value)

Pinot's Palette - Boston

Lexington Center

Enjoy a night out with BYOB drinks while painting a picture that may feature trees, a city scene, or Van Gogh’s Starry Night

$45 $23

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Dance Class Packages at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (Up to 79% Off). Two Options Available.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Franklin

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

$132 $29

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at kjfitness (57% Off)

kjfitness

Tewksbury

Certified group fitness instructor leads fitness Boot Camps, Cardio Interval Training, Barre, Yoga, Zumba, and Muscle Conditioning Classes

$100 $43

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5 Group or Private Boxing or Circuit Training Classes at Vo2max Fitness (Up to 83% Off)

Vo2max Fitness

Needham

Boxing and fitness studio blends classic fighter workouts and training techniques to fine tune boxing ability and craft effective exercises

$125 $29

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$67 for $150 Worth of Services at ATA Martial Arts Of Dracut

Ata Martial Arts Of Dracut

Dracut

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

$150 $67

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$29 for One Adult Ticket to Any Whale-Watching Cruise from Cape Ann Whale Watch (Up to $48Value)

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

View humpback and fin whales as they feed and play within close range of the 115 ft. boat, Hurricane II; valid for all trips.

$48 $29

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$105 for a Scenic Horseback Trail Ride for Two at Equine Blvd ($200 Value)

Equine Blvd.

Agawam Town

Experienced equestrians guide pairs on trail rides along wooded paths that lead into the surrounding state forest; a great holiday gift

$200 $105

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Four or Eight Rounds of Miniature Golf at Monster Mini Golf (Half Off)

Monster Mini Golf

Norwood

Balls ricochet around 18 black-lit indoor holes decorated with eerie, luminous murals, large monsters, animated props, and music

$36 $18

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$99 for Flight-Lesson with Ground, Simulator, and Plane Instruction at Northampton Airport ($198 Value)

Northampton Airport

Northampton Airport

A flight lesson utilizes ground-school and flight-simulator time, then takes off on a 30-minute instructional flight

$198 $99

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$29 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Power Yoga Evolution ($140 Value)

Power Yoga Evolution

North Andover

90-minute, hot power Vinyasa classes help yogis of all fitness levels hone strong bodies & minds in 95 degree studio

$140 $29

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Three Rounds of Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf (Up to 55%Off)

Glowgolf

Wellesley

Glowing golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illuminate players negotiating a tricky, tropical-themed course

$20 $10

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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

$85 $35

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at bodyco (Up to 82% Off)

bodyco

Middleton

Group fitness classes such as boot camp, Box Fit, and cycling are tailored to suit students of all ages and experience levels

$175 $38

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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 (50% 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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Two, Four, or Six 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at The Music Connection (Up to 62% Off)

The Music Connection

Danvers

Family owned music school in business for nearly two decades teaches students how to play the drums, piano, guitar, bass, sax, and more

$60 $29

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Parasailing Package for One or Two or Jet-Ski Rental for Two at Dennis Parasail and Jet Ski (Up to 49% Off)

Dennis Parasail and Jet Ski

East Dennis

Boats manned by USCG-licensed captains help riders soar up to 1,200 feet above Cape Cod Bay; one hour of jet-skiing

$195 $99

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Bowling, Shoe Rentals, Arcade Games, and Laser Tag at Pinz Entertainment (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pinz Entertainment

Milford

Open bowling takes place throughout the day on 20 lanes; more than 30 arcade games; Atomic Warehouse laser tag with black lights and fog

$40 $19.99

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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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Adult Kickboxing, One-Month Gym Membership, or Kids' Karate at Elite Fitness Center (Up to 85% Off)

Elite Fitness Center

Multiple Locations

Membership includes supervised training, while classes teach adults and kids self-defense and discipline through kickboxing and karate

$99 $19

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$36 for $65 Worth of Dance Lessons — Primal Fusion World Dance

Primal Fusion World Dance

Oakdale

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

$65 $36

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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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Two-Week On-Ramp Course & Two Weeks of CrossFit or a Month of CrossFit at Gold Medal Crossfit (Up to 67% Off)

Gold Medal Crossfit

Burlington

Trainers guide clients of all levels through on-ramp course designed to impart basics of CrossFit methodology and fundamental movements

$390 $129

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Two-Hour BYOB Painting Class for One or Two at Masterpiece Mixers - Boston (Up to 50% Off)

Masterpiece Mixers - Boston

Easton

Teachers provide brushes and art supplies while students may bring their own drinks and snacks during two-hour painting sessions

$35 $18

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One or Three Months of Membership at NRG Lab (Up to 83% Off)

NRG Lab

Mansfield

Membership at a gym with name-brand equipment as well as towel service, a juice bar, a steam room, and childcare

$284 $49

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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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Three-Hour Indian Cooking Class for One or Two from Mala's Indian Cooking Classes in Wilbraham (Up to 50% Off)

Mala's Indian Cooking Classes

Wilbraham

Nutritionist and chef guides hands-on classes with participants of all skill levels how to cook with popular Indian spices to create a meal

$139 $69

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CrossFit On-Ramp Program with Optional One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit HomeBase (74% Off)

CrossFit HomeBase

Canton

CrossFit instructors help beginners build muscles and burn calories through intense, rep-based workouts

$99 $26

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Two Personal Training Sessions at Body by Design (45% Off)

Body By Design

Westford

Experience a new dimension in training that torches body fat and builds muscle with our signature training method

$80 $44

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12 or 18 Martial Arts Classes for Kids Aged 4–14 with a Uniform at Body Mind Systems (Up to 61% Off)

Body Mind Systems

Multiple Locations

Instructors use martial arts as a tool for personal growth and development, boosting strength, coordination, will power, and confidence

$204 $99

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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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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 and a battle with cancer, 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.

32 Millbrook St
Worcester,
MA
US

Springfield Museums showcases a sculpture garden honoring Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), who was raised in Springfield. All four buildings are centrally located around the scenic view of a quadrangle.

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

  • Most nostalgic images: the Currier & Ives prints at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the only museum with a permanent gallery dedicated to their lithographs
  • Artists featured in the French Impressionist exhibit: Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Gauguin
  • The setting: The museum is housed in an Art Deco?style estate and opened in 1934

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

  • Best way to try on armor without traveling back in time: the Asian-themed Art Discovery Center for kids
  • Why even the windows are masterpieces: Not all the museum's art is framed or behind velvet ropes; some of it is incorporated right into the building's design. The Tiffany Glass Company specially designed intricate windows for the museum, and they're the only museum-specific Tiffany windows to survive today.
  • Most unusual feature: The ashes of George Smith and his wife are interred on the second floor.

Springfield Science Museum

  • Two big scientific events of 1859: Springfield Museums received its first exhibit donations and Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species
  • Kids will love: the full-size T-rex replica in the dinosaur exhibit
  • The next best thing to being an astronaut: touching the outer-space rocks in Astronomy Hall

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

  • Founded: 2009?it's the newest of all the museums
  • What you'll see: items from Springfield in the 19th and 20th centuries, including a Rolls-Royces and Indian motorcycles manufactured in Springfield.
  • What you won't see: proof that this is the Springfield in The Simpsons
  • Museum within a museum: The exhibits of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum have been moved here.
21 Edwards St.
Springfield,
MA
US

Founded to commemorate local US veterans, Lowell Memorial Auditorium's imposing, neoclassical exterior is ringed with inscriptions immortalizing famous generals and pivotal battles throughout the years, including Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and San Juan Hill. The venue's history hasn't been all serious, however?in its early years, shortly after Word War I, its most popular event was the weekly Bingo game, which often attracted up to 3,000 participants and prompted Life to call Lowell a "natural Bingopolis." The decades following saw everything from conventions and civic affairs to performances by Benny Goodman and the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. By 1979 the building was so worn down from floods, hurricanes, and economic depression that it necessitated a major renovation to bring it into the modern era. Today, its stage is fit for Broadway-scale shows, the behind-the-stage balcony is gone, and air conditioning protects against summer heat and litigious snowmen.

50 E Merrimack St.
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.

1450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge,
MA
US

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