15 Best Things to Do in Plymouth, MA

Plymouth, MA
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Although Plymouth is just 64 kilometers from Boston, it feels like a world away.

Plymouth, a classic coastal town with a rich history and a thriving cultural scene, has something for everybody.

All the advantages of a Cape Cod village, but without all the traffic!

Plymouth comprises streets lined with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

It also has a portion of the Plymouth Colony's initial settlement.

Only one house survives that was constructed from the Pilgrims' initial military fort's timber and planks.

Plymouth has long valued and conserved its history, as seen by the well-kept early residences.

Although Plymouth is near enough to be a short trip from Boston, you may also want to spend more time there to visit all of its historic sites.

Use our list of things to do in Plymouth to plan your visit now!

Edaville Family Theme Park

Edaville Family Theme Park
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The Edaville houses a historical railway line and amusement park in South Carver, Massachusetts, that first launched in 1947 and is still running in 2021.

It is one of the country's oldest historical railroad enterprises.

You'll never experience and see everything at the Edaville Family Theme Park in a single day.

It has over 90 attractions and rides ranging from animatronic dinosaurs to arcade games and roller coasters which are sure to leave you thrilled.

The lit Ferris wheel and the T.Rex at Dino Land Walking Trail are also worth seeing.

You can also ride Thomas the Tank Engine at Thomas Land (personality meals and meet-and-greets are available on the itinerary) or let the kids jump and play in the Sodor Play Zone.

Russell Blake Planetarium

This full-dome planetarium's Digital Sky projection technology casts visuals of the evening sky throughout the whole arch interior, immersing guests in the soundscape as well as astronomical magnificence.

You may learn how to read a sky chart, recognize constellations, planets, brilliant stars, as well as know other cosmic mysteries.

If activities are available during your stay in Plymouth, this is an exceptionally wonderful thing to do for families with young children who have gotten bored of the historic sites.

Mayflower Brewing Company

Periodic artisan beers, tasting, and trips are available at this handmade microbrewery founded by pilgrim ancestors.

Browse the gift shop for a memento of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Mayflower Brewing Company is a mini brewery in historical Plymouth, Massachusetts that specializes in artisan beer.

They are devoted to commemorating the legacy and culture of the Pilgrims by making distinctive, high-quality brews for the New England marketplace.

Southwick’s Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo
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Southwick's Zoo is a great outing for the family.

A carnival, a jungle maze, a Skyari sky ride for a panoramic view of the African grasslands, a Woodland Express train ride, horse and camel tours, a gemstone and relic mine, and even a two-seater zipline are among the attractions.

They've got everything from primates to big cats to reptiles and lemurs.

Feed a parrot in the conservatory or a deer in the 35-acre deer forest, pet pygmy lambs at the local zoo, feeding a giraffe, or take in one of the numerous live-animal performances and informative displays.

There are several eating alternatives, ranging from hamburgers and sandwiches to New England pub fare.

The Pilgrim Hall Museum

The Pilgrim Hall Museum
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The Pilgrim Hall Museum, which was established in 1824 and is still open today, is America's oldest public museum.

It includes an unrivaled exhibit of Pilgrim artifacts and personal belongings that tell the intriguing tale of these courageous individuals who traversed the seas and created new livelihoods in the New World.

The cradle of Peregrine White, the sword of Myles Standish, the picture of Edward Winslow, the Bible of William Bradford, New England's firstborn, William Brewster's big chair, and the first tapestry stitched in the USA by Myles Standish's daughter are among the most important artifacts.

The Wampanoag, a group of Native Americans who resided in the Plymouth region for centuries, are also featured in the museum.

The Plimoth Grist Mill

Plimoth Grist Mill
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The Plimoth Grist Mill is a replica of the Pilgrims' first grist or grain grinding mill, which was erected in 1636.

The replica, which was finished in 1970, is made up of components recovered from an early 1800s mill near Philadelphia, such as their stone furniture, stones, and spindle.

It is a monument to the Pilgrims' first grain mill, and it is as historically correct as possible to the actual Pilgrim Plymouth grist mill.

On Town Brook, the initial mill was managed by John Jenney.

The colonists used to grind maize by hand before the mill was erected.

Before this mill was made, the people who ran it were grinding the corn by hand.

Brewster Gardens

Brewster Gardens
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Brewster Gardens is a beautiful garden in the heart of Plymouth, with the Town Brook running through it.

The Pilgrims chose Plymouth partly because of this lovely stream, which gave them potable water and allowed them to thatch their houses with the reeds that grew beside it.

Brewster Gardens is now tenderly preserved as a beautiful green space for the neighborhood as well as a site for historical contemplation, complete with sculptures and plaques.

Leyden Roadway, the very first street established by the Pilgrims and affectionately dubbed as "The First Street in America," is located adjacent to the park.

It's a simple and fast walk up the road to see what you can find.

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
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On Eliot Street in Natick, the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary provides nine miles of walking paths across a variety of areas, forest, and wetland environments.

Photography, birdwatching, and sketching are all possible along a quarter-mile accessible route and walkway that runs along the side of Indian Brook and over the marshland.

Bring your snow boots or cross-country skis to enjoy this location in the wintertime.

From the 110-foot-long footbridge, walk along the side of Indian Brook, which runs into the Charles River at the reserve, looking for wood ducks and indications of beavers and otters.

Enjoy The Cultural Scene

Plymouth Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra at Plymouth Guildhall
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Plymouth has a remarkably lively cultural landscape for such a tiny town.

Many of the neighborhood restaurants and pubs have live bands.

Outdoor performances are held on the waterfront every month, and the Plymouth Center for the Arts, on North Street, is a fantastic little (but growing!) art museum.

Look out for the schedules for classic and contemporary concerts at Court Streets Memorial Hall or Spire Center.

Throughout the year, the Plymouth Philharmonic brings on some fantastic performances.

The Plimoth Cinema, located in Plimoth Patuxet's visitor center, screens art, international, and well-received first-run movies.

On Saturday nights, they even offer wine!

Battleship Cove

Battleship Cove
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Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, the Battleship Cove is a non-profit marine museum and military monument.

It is home to the beautifully adorned battleship USS Massachusetts, which has the globe's biggest collection of World War II naval warships.

It is situated at the junction of the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay, partly underneath the Braga Bridge and next to Fall River Heritage State Park, in the center of the waterfront.

The Massachusetts monument may be traced back to the military crew who battled to keep the ship from being torn up and preserve it as a museum vessel.

During the summer, the battleship makes a tiny cove that acts as a sheltered port for pleasure vessels.

A dock is maintained onsite by the Fall River Yacht Club.

The historical 1920 Lincoln Park Carousel, PTC #54, built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, was repaired by regional technical high school students and put in a new pavilion in the early 1990s.

It was previously housed in Lincoln Park in adjacent North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

The carousel's music is provided by a carnival organ.

The organ's make and model are unclear, although it plays Wurlitzer 150 rolls.

The Forefathers National Monument

Forefathers National Monument
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The Forefathers National Monument is the world's biggest standalone granite monument.

It's located atop a hill near Plymouth, Massachusetts, and appears to be looking over the sea at Plymouth, England.

The 81-foot-tall structure, which was finished in 1888 as a homage to the famous pilgrims who came on the Mayflower at Plymouth, took 30 years to build.

A 36-foot-tall statue named "Faith" stands atop the monument, while smaller, finely carved metaphorical images are carved into buttresses on all four sides of the platform where the monument stands.

The Pilgrim Society commissioned the monument, which was given to the province in 2001.

The main pedestal is octagonal, with four little and four big faces, and four buttresses projecting from the tiny faces.

The majestic figure of "Faith" perches on the central pedestal, her right hand pointing to the sky and her left hand grasping the Bible.

There are also sitting figures symbolic of the ideals based on which the Pilgrims built their Commonwealth on the four buttresses: Morality, Law, Education, and Liberty are placed counter-clockwise from the east.

Each was sculpted from a single block of granite and placed in a sitting position on seats with a sharp relief of minor features on either side.

"Prophet" and "Evangelist" are included under "Morality," whereas "Law" is listed under "Law".

Nelson Memorial Beach Park

The Nelson Memorial Beach Park is a waterfront area located at the north end of Water Street, near the top of Nelson Street.

The picnic and playground area will appeal to families with kids.

On hot summer days, there is also a "splash pad" area where youngsters may cool down.

A modest boat terminal and a cycling route that runs along the harbor to Hedge Road in North Plymouth are also available.

Many tourists come here to take in the breathtaking views of the ocean.

The park's stunning landscape incorporates a modern stormwater management system.

A part of this land was donated in the Nelson family's honor.

Park hours are from dawn to sunset every day.

Throwing a party or celebration at Nelson Beach Park: Nelson Beach Park is free to the public, and groups are allowed to utilize the space on a first-come, first-served basis.

Private meetings, marriages, and birthday parties are not permitted at Nelson Park by the Town of Plymouth.

Cranberry Harvest Celebration

Cranberry Harvest Celebration
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Cranberry harvests are a very festive occasion in Massachusetts.

Residents and tourists alike converge in nearby Wareham every October for this weeklong celebration of the official berry of Massachusetts.

Take a bus to a line of cranberry bogs to learn about the harvesting procedure, or don some waders and dive directly into a flooded cranberry bog.

Food, crafts, music, children's activities, Tihonet Pond paddleboat rides, culinary demos, wagon rides, and even chopper rides are all available.

The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to view and educate ourselves about the beautiful cranberry harvest while having some good old-fashioned family fun.

Observe as they continue to pick the scarlet berries every day.

Attend historical exhibits, take a helicopter ride to see the stunning topography and harvest, watch live cooking demos by some of the area's best cooks and culinary experts, shop the markets with over 40 juried exhibitors from around the province, listen to local performers, and peruse the agricultural market and food discount areas for the freshest fare.

Myles Standish State Forest

Myles Standish State Forest
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Myles Standish State Forest is approximately 72 kilometers from Boston, between Plymouth and Carver.

Myles Standish is the biggest public recreation region in this section of Massachusetts, and it is run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens ecoregion is defined by its lush vegetation.

It comprises primarily of oak and pitch pine woods and covers 67 square kilometers, making it one of the biggest of its kind north of Long Island.

Inside the forest, there are six lakes and ponds, as well as many biologically significant coastal Kettle Ponds.

Boating, notably in College Pond, camping, horseback riding, and other activities are available in the forest, which is a favorite destination for family vacations.

Mayflower II

Mayflower II
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Mayflower II is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is parked in historical Plymouth Harbor.

Hop aboard and imagine what it was like for the Pilgrims to traverse the Atlantic in 1620.

View the captain's cabins and gallery below the decks, where the British colonists stayed throughout the 66-day trip.

Contemporary advisors will augment your experience by telling you stories about 1620 and the Mayflower II.

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