Views from the Field: Get Outside!

Get Outside: Exploring Local History Through Walking Tours

Summer is a great time to get outside and explore local history whether you are on vacation or in your own backyard. Fortunately in Massachusetts, there are lots of selfguided walking tours and trails that will guide you through some of the state’s best and little known neighborhoods. Some of the following self-guided tours include maps you can print out, while others are viewed on a mobile device using an app. Here are just a few tours for you to check out this summer:

Click on the tour links below:

Berkshires and Pioneer Valley:

Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail: Holyoke History Walk: Mill River Greenway:

The Hidden Mill River Tour

Leeds Mill River Tour

Central MA: Preservation Worcester-Around the Common and By the Canal Tours:

Metro West:



North Shore/Essex County:

Gloucester Harbor Walk:

Salem Heritage Trail:

Lawrence: The Bread and Roses Tour: Lawrence Heritage State Park

or call 978-794-1655 for more information

South Coast:

New Bedford: Architecture Walking Tours

New Bedford Tours

Cape Cod: Falmouth Preservation Alliance Heritage Maps


Boston National Park Navy Yard and Cassin Young Congregational Library & Archives “Puritan Boston Tests Democracy Tour”

The Freedom Trail

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