Attractions January 12, 2022
The 12 Best Hidden Gems In Massachusetts To Visit In 2022, One For Each Month Of The Year
We’re always looking for things to do throughout the year, so why not discover some of the best hidden gems in Massachusetts? We’ve put together this handy list of some of the most fascinating and incredible attractions throughout the state, one for each month of the year. Come discover some of the lesser-known places around the Bay State in 2022.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. January - Winter hiking at Holland Glen Conservation Area, Belchertown
Holland Glen, Belchertown, MA 01007, USA
Start off the new year with a hike at Holland Glen Conservation Area in Belchertown. This isn't an ordinary hike, however - it's extraordinary because it leads to a waterfall! If it's cold enough when you visit, the waterfall may be frozen. The lightly trafficked trail is 1.1 miles and is rated as moderate. Find out more on
2. February - Mapparium, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston
210 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Take a virtual trip around the world at Mapparium, a one-of-a-kind exhibit located inside The Mary Baker Eddy Library. While the library itself is a gorgeous work of architecture, Mapparium is perhaps its most stunning feature. The stained glass globe was built in the 1930s and portrays the map of the world as it was back then. Best of all, you can walk inside! Learn more by reading our
3. March - The Snug, Hingham
116 North St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
The month of March is synonymous with the incoming spring season and St. Patrick's Day, so why not celebrate the month at a hidden gem Irish pub? Located in Hingham Square, The Snug offers traditional Irish fare, pints of your favorite beer, live music, and a cozy atmosphere. Visit
to learn more about The Snug.
4. April - Hebert's Candy Mansion, Shrewsbury
574 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, USA
For over 100 years, Hebert's Candies has been known for its chocolates. When a Tudor-style mansion was purchased as its permanent home, it then became known as the Candy Mansion. Offering some of the best handcrafted chocolates and sweets, this is *the* go-to confectionary for many residents in central Massachusetts. It's especially popular during the holidays, and if you celebrate Easter, you will find chocolate bunnies, homemade jelly beans, and more to fill a basket for the holiday. Read our
to learn more about Hebert's Candy Mansion.
5. May - Heritage Museum & Gardens, Sandwich
67 Grove St, Sandwich, MA 02563, USA
Located in Sandwich, Heritage Museum & Gardens is home to 100 acres of gorgeous gardens, including its Bulb River (pictured here). Take a lovely stroll and take in the welcoming sights of spring! Read more in our
6. June - James P. Kelleher Rose Garden, Boston
73 Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Like a secret garden in the middle of the city, the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden is a spectacular hidden gem. Filled with 1,500 rose bushes, tall hedges, a fountain, statues, and trellises, you may forget that you're in Boston for a moment when you visit. Read our
to learn more.
7. July - Mytoi Japanese Garden, Chappaquiddick
Mytoi Japanese Garden, 41 Dike Rd, Edgartown, MA 02539, USA
Mytoi Japanese Garden is a serene 14-acre botanical garden located on Martha's Vineyard's Chappaquiddick Island. You'll feel the peace and quiet as you stroll along pathways through gardens filled with both exotic and native plant species. You can read more about Mytoi Japanese Garden in
8. August - Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester
Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
If you're looking for a peaceful beach with views and some excellent beachcombing, head to Wingaersheek Beach. This 0.6-mile stretch of sand is located along the Annisquam River in Gloucester. Read more about this hidden gem beach in
9. September - The Jenney Interpretive Centre, Plymouth
48 Summer St, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA
Housed in a historic Plymouth home built in 1749, The Jenney offers tours and education about the impact the Pilgrims had on the country. You can learn quite a bit of early American history here. To learn more, visit The Jenney
10. October - Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain
95 Forest Hills St, Boston, MA 02130, USA
As the month of Halloween, October is the time to visit spooky spots like haunted houses and cemeteries. The 275-acre Forest Hills Cemetery is a historic garden cemetery that is more beautiful than it is spooky. Nonetheless, it's a peaceful place to take a walk and enjoy the stunning grounds, sculpture garden, and arboretum. To learn more, visit the Forest Hills Cemetery
11. November - Eyrie House Ruins at Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke
125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040, USA
Reachable by hiking, the Eyrie House Ruins are a hidden historical gem that are hauntingly beautiful. Once a luxury mountain hotel that catered to the wealthy, Eyrie House began its decay following a fateful fire. To learn more, read our
12. December - Oakwood Farm Christmas Barn,
1 Northwest Road, Spencer, MA 01562, USA
With the holiday season in full swing in December, why not visit a store that's completely dedicated to Christmas? From floor to ceiling, Oakwood Farm Christmas barn is packed with Christmas decor. Learn more about this
delightful holiday shop in this article
Have you visited any of these hidden gems in Massachusetts yet? What are your favorite lesser-known places around the state? Tell us in the comments!
Address: 210 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA Address: 574 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, USA Address: 73 Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215, USA Address: Mytoi Japanese Garden, 41 Dike Rd, Edgartown, MA 02539, USA Address: Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA Address: 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040, USA Address: Holland Glen, Belchertown, MA 01007, USA Address: 116 North St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA Address: 67 Grove St, Sandwich, MA 02563, USA Address: 48 Summer St, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA Address: 95 Forest Hills St, Boston, MA 02130, USA Address: 1 Northwest Road, Spencer, MA 01562, USA