How far west are you willing to go? Andover is a very nice suburban town, but doesn't have so much of tourist interest.
Good suggestions by Route128North. Assuming you have a car I would recommend as well the Addison Gallery as well as a stop in the center of town for a meal. Yella is highly rated or you could go to Sal's. Lowell, Concord, Lexington are nearby and if no traffic a quick drive. You could drive over to Ipswich and get some clams at the Clam Box - 30 plus minutes. Halibut Point State Park is a hidden gem in Rockport and then you could stroll the stores in the center of town. That's about an hour ride. Take you about 50 minutes to Newburyport which has beautiful beaches and a reserve as well as a great downtown to walk around.
Any of the surrounding towns, probably keep under an hour.
Perhaps take in a hockey game at Merrimack College?
Are you here now or when are you visiting?
visiting 1st week aug.
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