Sightseeing in North Reading

Up to 53% Off at Griffin Photography Museum

Griffin Museum of Photography

Winchester Center

$28 $14

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Three galleries showcase up-and-coming photographers, in addition to well-known contemporary artists and celebrity photographers.

46% Off from Eagle East Aviation Tours

Eagle East Aviation Tours

North Andover

$420 $225

Enjoy a scenic tour from the air as a pilot flies you and up to three guests around; includes a flash drive and first flight certificate

Salem Wax Museum – Up to 54% Off

Salem Wax Museum

Downtown Salem

$64 $39

Visitors can view eerily life-like wax figures and practicing witches or visit Frankenstein at Salem Wax Museum's Haunted Neighborhood

Up to 41% Off 90-Minute Tour of Salem Sound from Sea Shuttle

Sea Shuttle

Salem

$50 $30

Tourists can choose to depart at Great Misery Island for hiking or stay onboard the catamaran for a 90-minute tour of the Salem Sound

Charles Riverboat Company - 36% Off Architecture Boat Tour

Charles Riverboat Company

East Cambridge

$25 $16

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During a 90-minute cruise, see the architectural sights from throughout Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin

Up to 58% Off Walking Ghost Tour

Harvard Square Ghost Tour

Harvard Square

$30 $15

Guides lead 90-minute walking tours by lantern through historic streets of Harvard Square, sharing stories and reported ghost sightings

Boston Super Tours – 26% Off Chocolate, Brews & Views Tour

Boston Super Tours

CambridgeSide Galleria Mall

$78 $58

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

50% Off Cambridge Historical Tours

Cambridge Historical Tours

Cambridge

$30 $15

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Guides dressed in period clothing lead guests around famous locations, sharing more than 400 years of history

Up to 43% Off Harvard Walking Tour

The Hahvahd Tour

Cambridge

$21.90 $13

Harvard students steer groups to notable landmarks such as the John Harvard statue and Harvard Yard while imparting college factoids

Up to 53% Off Harvard Walking Tour for 2, 4, or 6

Trademark Tours

Harvard Square

$40 $19

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Current Harvard undergraduates divulge university history, stories from current students, and facts about famous alumni on 70-minute tours

Up to 53% Off Reptile Tour from Zoo Creatures

Zoo Creatures

Plaistow

$16 $8

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Get cozy with a pink and purple python or alligator during this reptile tour

Up to 65% Off BYOB Island Picnic to Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor Shuttle

Boston

$120 $59

Three-hour excursion ferries passengers to a verdant island in Boston Harbor for picnicking, hiking, and more

Up to 56% Off Boat Cruises of Boston Harbor

Karma Crew Yacht Charters

Boston

$1,800 $989

Take in views of Boston Harbor aboard a private chartered yacht for your social or corporate events

Up to 58% Off Haunted Ghost Walking Tour

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

Downtown

$36 $18

90-minute walking tours explore Central Burial Ground, Boston Commons & Boston Athenaeum & include info about ghosts & Boston history

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Bell-in-Hand Tavern

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 50% Off Sunset Harbor Cruise

Boston Green Cruises

Boston

$56 $28

A low-emission covered boat glides quietly past famed Boston landmarks during one-hour cruises

49% Off TV- and Movie-Site Tour

On Location Tours

Boston Common

$41 $21

Explore Boston's neighborhoods on tours that point out filming locations of famous films and TV shows such as Ted and American Hustle

The Old State House - America's Revolutionary Museum – 70% Off

RevolutionaryBoston at the Old State House

Downtown

$20 $12

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Experience the American Revolution through Revolutionary-era artifacts & live performances, then tour the Boston Massacre site out front

Up to 55% Off Trolley Tour and Harbor Cruise

Cityview Trolley Tours

Boston

$38 $20

Historical sites headline a trolley tour and a 45-minute harbor cruise affords sweeping views of the city

Up to 57% Off Boston Ghost & Legends Lantern Tour

Colonial Lantern Tours

Boston

$50 $25

Uncover the secret macabre history of Boston during a 90-minute guided nighttime tour

50% Off New York Tour from Go Go U.S. Tour

Go Go U.S. Tour

Boston

$70 $35

All-day tour takes groups around some of NYC's most famous sites including Times Square and Rockefeller Center

Up to 58% Off Freedom Trail Tour

Tour of The Freedom Trail: The Path to Independence

Downtown

$29.90 $14.95

Costume-clad tour guides lead visitors along the Freedom Trail passing by historic landmarks and imparting facts about revolutionary figures

Up to 56% Off Tour of Bully Boy Distillers

Bully Boy Distillery

Boston

$40 $20

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Tours travel past mash tanks & copper stills to see how the distillery produces rum, vodka & whiskey

Up to 60% Off Cupcake & Dessert Tour of Boston

Great Food Tours

Boston

$50 $25

Sample 5 designer cupcakes & desserts while walking around historic Back Bay; cupcakeries include Georgetown Cupcake, Sweet, & Robin's Candy

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

CitySolve Urban Race

The North Star

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

The Times Irish Pub & Restaurant

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Up to 58% Off from Boston Civil War Tours

Boston Civil War Tours

Boston Common Visitor Center

$12 $6

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Tour highlights locations where abolitionists spoke, demanded fugitive slaves be freed, and united to save the Union

Up to 58% Off President Kennedy Walking Tour

The Kennedy Tour

Boston Common Visitor Center

$12 $6

On Saturdays, guides lead visitors on a 90-minute walking tour along a one-mile route, past historic landmarks tied to JFK and his family

Up to 56% Off Two- or Three-Night Stay at Rock On Rentals

Rock On Rentals

Boston Bay Marina

$989 $499

Guests spend nights in luxurious houseboats, and explore the city via unlimited complimentary water-taxi rides to the heart of downtown

40% Off Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two

A&A Balloon Rides, LLC

Salem

$450 $269

As balloons drift up to 2,000 feet high, passengers get 360-degree views of the landscape; post-flight, they enjoy champagne and cheeses.

Up to 40% Off Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two

Infinity & Beyond

Salem

$400 $240

In the care of an FAA-certified pilot, couples take to the skies for sunrise or sunset hot air balloon rides followed by a champagne picnic

Up to 61% Bike Tour of Newburyport

Plum Island Fitness

Newburyport

$96 $39

Explore downtown Newburyport’s historic sites as well as Plum island during informative bike tours

Up to 67% Off Lunch in Lighthouse for Up to Four

The Lighthouse Preservation Society

Newburyport, MA

$900 $299

Prix fixe lunch at a private table with harbor views from the top of a historic lighthouse

Up to 43% Off Newburyport Whale Watch Tour

Newburyport Whale Watch

Newburyport

$48 $29

Passengers head out to sea aboard a custom whale-watching craft to enjoy the majestic mammals, aided by an onboard naturalist

Up to 43% Off a Boat Cruise

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching

Hampton Harbor

$33 $19

Individuals or pairs enjoy a whale-watching or island cruise

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch – Up to 49% Off Excursions

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch

Gloucester

$48 $28

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A family of experts shares tips on spotting humpback and minke whales—as well as dolphins and seals—during three- to four-hour outings

Up to 40% Off a Cape Ann Whale Watch Cruise

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

$48 $29

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

50% Off Tour at Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center

Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center

Milton

$16 $8

Tour the weather observatory, the home of the oldest climate record in the country, and see historical weather instruments still used today

Up to 50% Off Private Helicopter Lessons

C-R Helicopters

Northwest Nashua

$207.50 $115

Pilots go over instruments and preflight checks before letting students hone flight patterns behind the controls of two-seater helicopters

Up to 39% Off a Fast-Ferry Round Trip

Plymouth - Provincetown Fast Ferry

Plymouth

$40 $25

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

Up to 40% Off Whale-Watching Tour for Two

Capt. John Boats

Plymouth

$94 $56

A 3–4-hour boat tour takes visitors through Cape Cod Bay to see wildlife such as humpback whales, minke whales, dolphins, & razor bills

Up to 65% Off a Meteor-Shower Boat Cruise

Mark's Tree Farm

Plymouth

$300 $109

High-powered laser pointer showcases planets, galaxies, and nebulae during guided astronomy boat tour

Up to 53% Off at The Jenney Museum

The Jenney Museum

Plymouth

$36 $18

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Local historian and guide leads walking tour that includes views of Plymouth Rock and the historical town square

36% Off a Helicopter-Flying Lesson

New England Helicopter Academy

Plymouth

$250 $159

Introductory flight lesson begins with a 20-minute briefing before student and instructor take off on a 30-minute helicopter flight

Up to 47% Off Helicopter Simulator or Tour

Blue Hill Helicopters

Norwood

$150 $79

Flight simulator with virtual cityscape and realistic controls; tour takes guests over sights such as Fenway Park and Charles River

61% Off Membership to Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum

Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum

Cohasset

$75 $37

Kids ages 1 to 6 explore educationally-themed playsets and touchable exhibits

Fuller Craft Museum – Up to 50% Off

Fuller Craft Museum

Brockton

$16 $10

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

53% Off Wine-Lovers Package at Candia Vineyards

Candia Vineyards

Candia

$116 $55

Wine lovers receive a tasting for two, a voucher for dessert wine, chocolates, a wind chime, New England wine book, and a pruning seminar

Up to 60% Off Sightseeing and Shopping Bus Tour

D and S Tours

Mary Rowlandson Elementary School

$300 $125

A climate-controlled motor coach with plush, padded seats travels from Lancaster to New York City, where passengers explore at their leisure

Select Local Merchants

Established: 1922
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Antique toys, trains, dolls, and 1690 house
Recommended Age Group: All ages

Q&A with the Marketing Director

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Wenham Museum is a family-friendly museum that's perfect for young visitors. The museum’s collections and most popular attractions inlclude 10 model-train layouts, a world-renowned doll collection, vintage dollhouses, a costume and textile collection, antique toys, historic photographs, and the National Historic Register Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House. The museum’s changing exhibits and programming celebrate childhood, connect generations, and honor local heritage.

What special training do you or your staff have?
Our museum educators are great with young children (and big kids too). We have family-friendly programming, and [our] rotating exhibits are designed to bring our collection and exhibits to life. Our museum offers many hands-on activities.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Read about our exhibits and collections before you visit. Our welcome desk can also give you tips for a successful visit. Check out [the] website for directions and hours at http://www.wenhammuseum.org/visit.html.

132 Main St
Wenham,
MA
US

After devoting years to protecting precious pictures and keepsakes from environmental harm, the Middlesex Framing crew has amassed an inventory of highly protective materials. Acid-free matting keeps photographs and certificates from deteriorating over time, UV-protection glass guards against sunlight’s discoloring rays, and museum glass deters bandits who somehow made it across the living room’s laser alarm grid. Partnering with Larson-Juhl, the crew is able to access more than 1,500 molding samples and matting combinations—ensuring that each piece is both protected and enhanced by its border.

54 Middlesex Tpke
Burlington,
MA
US

The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded more than two decades ago to honor Arthur Griffin, a famous photojournalist whose work appeared in Time and Life, and who was the first photographer to capture baseball player Ted Williams and boxer Joe Louis in color. The non-profit museum is comprised of three galleries, one of which is solely dedicated to displaying Griffin's own photographs.

In the main gallery, rotating exhibits spotlight contemporary photographers that have included Peggy Sirota, known for her striking celebrity snapshots, and a selection of picture curated by NY Times Magazine director of photography Kathy Ryan. Up-and-coming artists take center stage in the museum's Atelier Gallery, while Griffin's pioneering photojournalism fills the Griffin Gallery.

The museum also hosts digital and night photography workshops, where you can master being on the other side of the lens. It also sells photo books and other merchandise, including black-and-white posters of Fenway Park and souvenir mugs.

67 Shore Rd
Winchester,
MA
US

An FAA-approved helicopter-flight tour operator, North Andover Flight Academy employs five licensed instructors with combined flight and teaching experience that numbers in the thousands of hours. Fledgling aviators can begin their aeronautical journeys at Lawrence and Marlboro Airports, which serve as home bases for services that range from tours and photography flights to full pilot-certification courses and agricultural applications. The team commands a fleet of six Robinson helicopters, including one R44 and five R22s, and keeps Robinson factory-trained mechanics on staff to ensure their safe operation and to ice down their blades after particularly vigorous training flights.

436 Sutton St.
North Andover,
Massachusetts
US

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.

97 Main St
Andover,
MA
US

In 1799, Salem’s weathered seafarers founded the East India Marine Society and began to assemble “natural and artificial curiosities” brought back from their journeys to Asia, Africa, and other distant lands. Over the following centuries, the collection grew, and while it did, the Society evolved through various shapes until it became the Peabody Essex Museum. Today, more than 1.8 million of these works invite visitors to explore the world in a facility that underwent a $200 million transformation in 2003.

The majority of works now rest in a Moshe Safdie–designed glass-and-brick building, focused around a sunny atrium whose various architectural silhouettes echo local forms. This new building joins the East India Marine Hall, built by the seafarers’ society in 1825 and dedicated in a ceremony attended by President John Adams. Today, that National Historic Landmark hosts society-member portraits and a number of the hall’s original objects; in other galleries, paintings and sculptures by Japanese, Indian, and Chinese artists hang on the walls or perch in glass cases like pies with personal-space issues. Guests can also tour Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside of China and a 200-year-old structure with intricate carvings.

In 2013, the Peabody Essex Museum will add exciting new displays to its rotating special exhibitions, from Faberge treasures to impressionistic masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Renoir, and Manet, as well as modern African-American art and contemporary art from India. After marveling at the skill and diversity of the artwork, visitors can drop by the Atrium Café or the Garden Restaurant for a bite to eat.

East India Square, 161 Essex St
Salem,
MA
US