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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.
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.
Shooting Pool - Plymouth G Pub - Plymouth, MA
Plymouth G Pub

101A Carver Road Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-591-0964

Grab a bite to eat, a glass of cider and stay to watch – or play – the game at this lively gastro pub

If you think all there is to do at the Plymouth G Pub is enjoy great food, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. The pub, in West Plymouth Square (where there’s plenty of free parking), also has a huge game room, with foosball, air hockey and pool tables and a variety of old-school arcade games. There’s live entertainment on Friday nights, and enough wide-screen TVs to satisfy the most avid can’t-miss-the-game-tonight fan. And, yes, there’s also that great menu: spicy wings, smoky burgers and charcuterie so good you might not want to share. The cider is smooth and crisp at the on-site High Limb Cider Taproom, and there are more than 20 craft beers on tap at the cozy speakeasy bar.
View from the Harbor 500x250 - Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA
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.
Teaching Kids History - Plimoth Patuxet - Plymouth, MA
Plimoth Patuxet

137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-1622

Museum featuring a variety of hands-on experiences to acquaint visitors with 17th Century life

You need to set aside at least a day to explore the interactive Plimoth Patuxet Museums. See the 17th century come to light in Historic Patuxet, and the 17th Century English Village, where interpreters may ask you to help scrape out the inside of a mishoon, or dugout canoe, or participate in a muster drill led by Capt. Miles Standish. There’s quick-service dining in the Plentiful Cafe, and you can see reproductions of early crafts being made in the Craft Center. In Plymouth Harbor, you can go aboard the Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that brought colonists to Plymouth in 1620. Then walk along the path beside Town Brook to the Plimoth Grist Mill to watch cornmeal being ground.
Holidays at Plymouth Courthouse and Mayflower Meeting House - See Plymouth, MA
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 Patuxet, 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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Festival of Illumination 2022 - Once Upon a Time

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

Myths, fairytales and other stories light up the night sky during zoo’s lantern festival

You’ve never seen stories told like this! The Southwick’s Zoo’s Festival of Illumination, Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, takes visitors on a cultural and artistic journey into the heart of fairytales, legends and myths. “Once Upon a Time,” this year’s theme for New England’s largest lantern showcase, presents spectacular illuminated displays from history and mythology. The breathtaking night-time display of lanterns produced with the Zigong Lantern Group combines intricate details, LED lighting and superb craftsmanship to make for a magical setting. On Nov. 25, the festival includes the addition of Winter Wonderland lights and holiday-themed festival lanterns. Guests can enjoy live shows, a market place and more. Dine at Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern, a full-service, year-round restaurant located a Southwick’s Zoo.

Beginning November 12, 2022, two amazing events come together at Southwick's Zoo, Winter Wonderland with the Festival of Illumination, creating an extraordinary and memorable holiday experience for guests of all ages.
World’s End in Hingham - Photo Credit 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.
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary - Natick, MA
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.