Massachusetts offers an unparalleled kaleidoscope of historical and cultural riches, beginning with Boston’s exceptional permanent companies for all four of the performing arts: Boston Symphony & Pops Orchestra, opera, dance, and theatre. Popular music is equally available in venues that range from coffee houses to the Fleet Center, home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins. Dazzling venues host the top names in entertainment on regional, national, and international levels. Metropolitan Boston also serves as a proving ground for exciting new talent, from pre-Broadway runs to the introduction of artists who eventually capture global attention.

Throughout the cities, villages, boroughs, and towns of Massachusetts, history comes alive in wonderful museums and premier historic sites. From the first pilgrim’s step at Plymouth Rock or the Paul Revere’s path into the rural towns west of Boston, historic legends abound in beautiful monuments and fascinating museums. In addition to the reminders of pivotal Revolutionary events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, the Freedom Trail winds its way through Boston’s historic heart. Many special events and local festivals celebrate the region’s rich heritage.

Newcomers will find the residents of Massachusetts to be intellectually stimulating and physically fit. The diverse terrain and community resources invite a myriad of sports and activities. More than 1,000 lakes and ponds combine with 1,900 miles of coastline to offer nearly 60 fresh water sites and more than 20 saltwater locations for boating, fishing, and water sports. Miles of trails wind along river banks or through lush woodland, beckoning runners, mountain bikers, and hikers. Both downhill and cross-country skiing enthusiasts can test their skills on snow-capped mountain slopes and backwoods trails. Without a doubt, Massachusetts is nature’s playground, whether your interest is windsurfing, swimming , horseback riding, hang gliding, biking, skiing, sailing, tennis, or golf.

Aficionados of spectator sports will find four-season thrills in Massachusetts, home to a professional team for each of the five major sports. The abundance of leading colleges and universities ensures first-class Division 1A collegiate competition as well. Quality horse and dog racing tracks guarantee suspense in live action and simulcast.

Each and every season brings its wonders to Massachusetts, from quintessential “postcard” holiday scenes to the syrup buckets decorating maple trees in the early spring. Eventually, the brilliant blooms of summer transform into the golden fields surrounded by fiery autumn splendor. Premier department stores mix with the home-spun delights of farmers markets and craft boutiques. Antiques and collectibles blend with high fashion and name-brand merchandise.

Massachusetts is home to exceptional residential choices, ranging from Boston’s undeniable sophistication to the suburban ambience of charming New England communities. Condominiums and townhouses in the heart of the bustling city contrast with the sprawling acreage of stately old farm house, a vintage Victorian, or a charming colonial. Perhaps the meticulous landscaping and handsome architectural lines of a country mansion is your dream. Regardless of the city or town you choose to call home, Massachusetts an idyllic place to plant roots for a life that grows richer with each passing year.

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