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As fall colors sweep from western Massachusetts Pittsfield State Forest west through Marlborough and Cambridge's ivy draped buildings, the Commonwealth is at its peak. The annual show of autumn’s colors enhances a trek along Boston’s Freedom Trail, shopping Faneuil Hall, and puts a chill in the air for the New England Patriots home games. Inevitably, winter takes over and late season games at Gillette Stadium get downright cold – however nothing keeps a Beantown fan from a Patriots game. Soon the action moves indoors oncourt at TD Garden with the Celtics, and with luck, the Bruins will hit the ice.

Travelers in the New England region south of Boston are likely familiar with the town of Seekonk, located off Interstate 195 and Route 6. It’s a wait until spring for racing action at the Seekonk Speedway, however each Sunday, weather permitting, the Speedway hosts the Seekonk Speedway Flea Market – great for treasure hunting and bargains. For birding enthusiasts, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, north of Seekonk is ideal for viewing birds flocking south during winter.

In Plymouth, fall is a great time for a Twilight Lantern Ghost tour. Paranormal investigators lead visitors through Burial Hill Cemetery and other haunted paths of Plymouth. Check out the tour options next to Plymouth Rock – look for the black hearse on Water Street.

Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth showcases the exhibit Written, Printed, & Drawn: Rarities from Plymouth’s Past, through December 2012. A must-see exhibit for history buffs, artifacts include rarely seen documents, books and maps from the museum archives. Pilgrim Hall Museum is America’s museum of Pilgrim Possessions.

In the west end of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park Zoo is located in historic Buttonwood Park. With fall and winter hours in effect, the earlier in the day you visit, the better. With cooler weather, animals tend to be more active, making this a nice season for a visit to the zoo. Buttonwood Park Zoo programs includes the Toe Jam Puppet Band and Toddlers Tales, until the end of October.

The region north of Boston is the historic shoe capital of America, Haverhill. Located on the Merrimack River, and off Interstate 495, Haverhill is a quintessential New England town and hub for travelers in Northeast Massachusetts. Spectacular fall colors make a visit to the trails of Winnekenni Basin and Recreational Area, and last of season fishing at Lake Kenoza and Chadwick Pond, among Haverhill’s eight lakes, inviting and delightful. Once winter settles in the Haverhill region, pond hockey and figure skating take over the ponds and Bradford Ski Area fills with winter fun.

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