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The South Shore & Plymouth have interesting and historic things to do and see

Little could the Pilgrims have known when they landed here what great family activities might arise here for your family vacation. Learn about the Pilgrims’ lives at Destination Plymouth, the Plimoth Plantation, and on board the Mayflower II. Comfortable lodgings , ocean beaches, whale watches, delicious seafood, fairs, festivals, and pleasures of every kind for every age are here. Battleship Cove has the world’s largest collection of U.S. naval ships. And the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford offers dynamic entertainment year-round.
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See Plymouth

4 North Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-747-0100 Toll-Free: 800-872-1620

Where will your visit begin?

We have a variety of activities on land or on the water. The Atlantic Ocean itself is our playground! Trips such as whale watches, lobster excursions and pirate adventures are popular with visitors both young and not quite as young. Our beaches and parks offer families a place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy great seafood, fairs, festivals, the arts, a distillery, a winery or a brewery. Ride a narrow gauge train ride through acres of cranberry bogs at Edaville USA. Experience living history at Plimoth Plantation, depicting life in Plymouth in 1627. Please call 1.800.USA.1620, or visit our website to learn more about these activities and others to prepare for your trip to Plymouth.
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Battleship Cove

5 Water Street Fall River, MA, 02721 Phone: 508-678-1100 Toll-Free: 800-533-3194

A day out you won’t forget

Battleship Cove is now open from 9am-5pm daily! Please remember to follow our safety & social distancing guidelines!
In 1964, the citizens of Massachusetts, including over 6000 school children, banded together to save the battleship USS Massachusetts from being scrapped, and bring her to the waterfront of historic Fall River on June 12, 1965. During her dedication, the battleship’s historic significance was further recognized as she was made the official World War II Memorial for the Commonwealth and opened as a public museum. Over the years, she has been joined by the destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the submarine Lionfish, PT 617 and PT 796, and the Soviet built missile corvette Hiddensee to form the largest collection of historic naval ships in the world, America’s Fleet Museum at Battleship Cove. Today, Battleship Cove stands as one of the region’s most popular attractions.
Milky Way Galaxy - Blake Planetarium - Plymouth, MA
W. Russell Blake Planetarium

117 Long Pond Road Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-830-4470

Plymouth planetarium provides perfect evening for star-gazers

Look up! It’s the night sky in all its glory, but can you identify the constellations? Head to the W. Russell Blake Planetarium, where you can sit back and let the experts show you how to identify planets, bright stars and constellations. In this full-dome planetarium, a DigitalSky projection system provides a full-screen image that covers the room’s entire ceiling in the mysteries of the universe. While enjoying breathtaking views and spectacular surround sound, you’ll learn about astronomy and perhaps how to use a star map (you can take it home). The planetarium also has regular features for kids and explorations of the natural world below the skies.
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Plymouth 400 Inc.

6 Main Street Ext. - Post Office Square Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-812-2020

Plan now to participate in activities celebrating Plymouth’s 400th anniversary

Make plans now to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. Plymouth events will include placing items in a time capsule, a regatta of wooden ships and pleasure craft to celebrate the Mayflower’s journey, a lobster dinner on the waterfront and cultural and arts festivals. The official anniversary tour includes visits to Plimoth Plantation and Wampanoag Homesite with live demonstrations; touring the Mayflower II and Plymouth Harbor; and visiting sites from King’s Chapel Burying Ground in Boston and the Myles Standish Monument in Duxbury to Provincetown’s Pilgrim Monument and Museum and the Clay Cliffs and cultural center at Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard. An interactive exhibit on Wampanoag history is currently traveling across the state.
Southwick's Zoo presents the Fesitval of Illumination 2021: World of Lights! Coming this September - Please click to explore!
Old Sturbridge Village - More than a Museum!
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Festival of Illumination - World of Lights 2021

Southwick's Zoo - 2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA, 01756 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-258-9182

Illumination festival will enchant with hundreds of handcrafted lanterns, exhibits

Southwick’s Zoo comes aglow September through Jan. 3 with the enchanting “World of Lights: Our Continents and Their Cultures,” a festival of illumination that will enthrall visitors of all ages. Surrounded by hundreds of handcrafted lanterns and custom-built exhibits made from silk, steel and LED lights, visitors will travel the globe, from the African Savannahs and Amazon rainforest to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and many beautiful regions in between. The evening festival will include live entertainment, an Asian night marketplace and specialty foods. Starting Nov. 26, the zoo’s traditional Winter Wonderland’s holiday lights and additional holiday-themed Chinese lanterns will be added, and Santa will be visiting with children at his Enchanted Village. The festival runs 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
us shipbuildig museum in quincy
Kilroy Was Here

Quincy has a proud shipbuilding tradition that includes producing many of the U.S. Navy ships that fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Today, visitors can tour the Quincy-built USS Salem, the world's only preserved heavy cruiser. Berthed at the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum in Qunicy, the Salem offers visitors the chance to experience life on the former flag ship of the Sixth Fleet. Open mid-April through later November. Note: Quincy is also the birthplace of the popular catch phrase "Kilroy Was Here.” 617-479-7900. [photo: Caitlin Condon]
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Home of “King” and “Caesar”? Got to be Worth a Visit

People who love examining authentic historic architecture will relish a visit (offered on Fridays, late June through December) of the King Caesar House at 120 King Caesar Road in Duxbury, built in 1809 for Ezra Weston II, known as “King Caesar” for his worldwide preeminence as a shipbuilder, merchant, and the largest ship owner in America in his time. The house’s front rooms remain nearly unchanged from their original construction. Cognoscenti will appreciate the superb French wallpapers, attributed to Dufour. The museum currently displays a variety of Federal artifacts relating to Duxbury’s shipbuilding era.
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Corn Into Flour: See How It Was Done

Located on Town Brook, not far from the Plymouth waterfront is the Plymouth Grist Mill, a reproduction of the water-powered mill built on the brook in 1636 and used by the Pilgrims for grinding corn. This reproduction of the ancient mill, completed in 1970, has many parts from the early 1800s. The staff shows visitors exactly how the process was done by early settlers. The mill is open to visitors on weekend and holidays. To check if the mill will be milling corn on the day of your visit, please call 508-746-1622 ext. 8242. This is a fun learning experienced for adults and kids.
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Broadmoor Offers Broad Variety

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary on Eliot Street in Natick offers nine miles of walking trails through a variety of field, woodland, and wetland habitats. A quarter-mile, accessible trail and boardwalk along the bank of Indian Brook and over the marsh offers great opportunities for birdwatching, photography, and sketching. To enjoy this site in the winter, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis. Stroll along the edge of Indian Brook, which flows into the Charles River at the sanctuary, and look for wood ducks and signs of beavers and otters from the 110-foot-long bridge. Phone: 508-655-2296.
World’s End in Hingham-photo by Trustees of Reservations
Out in the Woods, in Sight of Boston

For a romantic walk in a leafy woods, visit World’s End in Hingham, a nature preserve tucked into the end of a curve of shoreline that sweeps southeast from Boston. Rolling hills and rocky shorelines offer views of the Boston skyline, while tree-lined carriage paths make delightful walking trails. The 251-acre landscape includes rocky shores, broad hillsides, and open fields bracketed by woodlands. The property is ideal for walking, picnicking, jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or simply enjoying the outdoors. It is managed by the admirable Trustees of the Reservations, and open to the public for walking year-round.
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