See what the visitors see……

Have you ever had someone come to visit and it is your responsibility to show them around?  Suddenly you discover that, though you have lived here all your life, you haven’t really visited the many places in and around MA or sometimes even in and around your town.  Here are a few ideas of things to do.  Some may be season specific – eg baseball – others may be a year round opportunity.  Time to act like a visitor and see what they see. 

Lowell Spinners – affiliate of Boston Red Sox since 1996.  They provide great entertainment for all ages, with theme nights (eg July 13th – Hallowe’en night,  July 25 – JImmy Buffet night,  July 28th – Star Works Day with fireworks,  August 25th – Pirates night).  They also have peanut-free night, bobble head nights and so much more.

For those who want to make it an eat and baseball night, there is always the all you can eat Gatorpit.  For a minimum group size of 10, you and your friends and family are treated grilled steak tips, BBQ ribs, sausages, hot dogs, chicken wings, grilled chicken breast, tossed salad, pasta salad, New England baked beans, corn-on-the-cob,  fruit,  non-alcoholic beverages and  ice cream for dessert. There is also a cash bar for those who are looking for alcohol.  The ticket price includes the meal and seating for the game ($29pp premium box, $28pp box, $25 pp reserved)  Children under 3 free.  Gatorpit goes on rain or shine – even if the game is cancelled.


One of my favorite places to go yearround but especially late spring through early fall is Salem Willows (Salem MA), an historic public park.  Did you know that in 1906 Everett Hobbs & William Eaton served the first ice cream cone in America and “Blind Pat” Kenneally introduced double jointed peanuts from his cart at the Willows?  In addition to the food and the arcades there are also cruises and private charters available  Or maybe you would like to sit back and take a tour of the Witch City  by trolley or a high speed catamaran from Salem to Boston  or rent a kayak


Love literature and its history?  Visit the Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord (home of her famous “Little Women”).  This year is special as it is their centennial year (1912 – 2012).  There are special events planned including – July 26th “A Morning with the Alcotts”, an interactive tour with old fashioned games, songs, stories and refreshments.  This particular activity runs several times thru July and August.

If you like the Alcott’s don’t miss a trip to Fruitlands in Harvard MA, a discovery of heritage, nature and art.  Here again you may find special day program – eg July 26th – How did the stars get in the sky?  (a native American story of the stars).


While many think of Lexington on Patriots Day, celebrated in April each year, there are activities year round in this historic town tied to the American Revolution.  For the artists there is the Artisans Market that runs July 21st thru August 11th.  For information contact the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society,  You can meet the artist and find out the story of their various works.  Admission and parking are free.

These are but a few of what is happening in and around Massachusetts.  Watch for more places to visit and events to enjoy.  Time to start up the car and head out for a day of adventure.  I’ll be back with more places to visit soon.

Joan Parcewski    Woods Real Estate (Billerica MA)  




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