Plymouth, MA is where the new world of the Americas began, and while there's a lot of history to experience, you can also visit there and nearby south shore Massachusetts areas for modern attractions like amusement parks, wineries, and craft breweries.
Here are some places you can enjoy while exploring south shore Massachusetts, including Plymouth and more.
If you love history, go visit Battleship Cove in Fall River, just an hour away from Plymouth. Tour the USS Massachusetts, and other ships from the U.S. Navy. Each ship has interesting information about its history and what life was like during its active use.
Just 30 minutes from Plymouth, New Bedford is the home of what was once a huge whaling industry. At the Whaling National Historical Park you can see exhibits and even some of the boats that were used when whales were sought on the high seas.
Edaville is an amusement park created in the 1940s, and it retains much of the charm of that era. It has amusement park rides and games, and is a great way for your family to spend a day together. There's great food, fun activities and places to relax, and it's just 15 miles from Plymouth.
The Winslow Farm, 30 miles away in Norton, is an animal sanctuary for animals that have been abandoned or abused. These animals stay here for life even after recovery. You can tour the farm and meet the animals, some of which are local and others exotic. There are also a lot of festivals and events here throughout the year.
The A.D. Makepeace Company in nearby Wareham, is a full time cranberry growing operation. They claim to be the world's largest and offer public and group tours during growing and harvest season. Tour an authentic cranberry bog, and see how harvesting is done. There's also a yearly festival, harvest celebration, and many other special events.
The Plymouth Cordage Company founded in 1824 and operated for 100 years is located in Plymouth and was the home of a major cord making factory. The building currently serves as a museum where there are exhibits about the history of cord making. On display are dozens of artifacts made of rope, as well as their famous binding twine.
Experience the Knights of the Round Table and St. John's Woods in this 80 acre area where the era of King Richard comes to life. Activities include playing era-relevant games, learning knights' skills, and watching plenty of live entertainment. You can also watch artisans do their work, and learn how do the trade-specific work yourself.
Pilgrim Food Tours is another great way to get to know Plymouth. A three hour tour of history, stories and the best food that Plymouth has to offer. This scenic, guided tour stops to sample delicious food and drinks from the town's eateries, some of which are more than 100 years old. Get an insiders view of the life and culture, as well as great food from south shore Massachusetts.
No "things-to-do on the South Shore Massachusetts' list would be complete without the mention of Plimoth Plantation. Experience life as the Pilgrims experienced here at a living history museum. Step inside houses and see how they looked in the 1600s. You can also see how people lived, what they wore and ate, as they settled the new country. Also tour a life size replica of the Mayflower.