Things to DO in Plymouth County

(a)         If you are planning on extending your stay during your visit in August, you might find the following activities of interest.  If staying in a hotel, check the lobby for brochures and discount coupons that may be available. Local Visitor Centers in Plymouth may also have brochures. Please also check the attraction websites before you visit to get updated information and directions. 

PLIMOUTH PLANTATION: 137 Warren Street, 3 miles south of downtown Plymouth.  Open Sun-Sat 9 – 5. Take a step back in time and see what life was like for the first English colonists of Plymouth at this living museum. Visit a 17th Century Wampanoag village, a Grist Mill, and Mayflower II.  Allow at least 3 hours for your visit. Cafeteria on premises or bring a lunch. Too many ticket prices and package options to list here. Go to to personalize your visit. Tickets also ALWAYS available at the door.

WHALE WATCHING: Capt. John Tours, 10 Town Wharf, downtown Plymouth. Trips leave at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, Sun-Sat. Adult (13+): $48; Child 4-12 $29; Sr. $39; 3 and under Free. Active military free with card.  Reservations: 781-336-4134.

CRANBERRY BOG TOURS: Flax Pond Farms, 60 Pond St, Carver, MA. Bog Tours 1-4 p.m.

Country store sells honey & Cranberry treats, FREE admission/FREE parking. 508-866-2162.

(Note: Tour companies will charge a fee to take you here, but admission is free if you go on your own.)

MAYFLOWER II: 137 Warren Ave, Plymouth. Mon-Sun 9-5, take a tour of a true replica of our founding ship, The Mayflower. Tour the deck, learn about life aboard a 17th century vessel from re-enactors dressed in period costumes.  $ (not specified)

PLYMOUTH ROCK: Stroll thru the center of downtown Plymouth and view the harbor and Plymouth Rock from the Pedestrian Park. Stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafes for a lobster roll, fresh fried clam platter or some good old New England Clam Chowdah!

PROVINCETOWN FERRY DAY TRIP: Capt. John Tours, 10 Town Wharf, downtown Plymouth.  Daily 10 am – 6 pm. Adult: $45; Sr. $37; 4-12 $30; under 3 Free. Reservations: 781-336-4134.  Take a fast ferry for a day trip to Provincetown at the tip of the Cape.

PLYMOUTH BAY WINERY: 114 Water Street, Plymouth. Hosts Michael and Pam Carr offer their unique selection of fruity sweet and dry wines. Come enjoy a wine tasting on the outdoor patio overlooking the Bay. $4-$6. Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30 – 5; Sun: Noon – 5. 508-746-2100.

MAYFLOWER SOCIETY HOUSE:  If you’re a Stetson, you may very likely have Mayflower blood in your veins. Located one block from Plymouth Rock at 4 Winslow Street, this stunningly revitalized historical home and gardens was built by Edward Winslow, great-grandson of Edward Winslow, third Governor of Plymouth Colony. Guided Tours Daily: 11 am to 4 p.m.  Adults $7, Sr 62+ $5, Children 12-18 $5.  508-746-3188.

HORNSTRA WORKING DAIRY FARM AND BAR: 246 Prospect St, Norwell.  781-749-7739. Hours: Sun-Sat, 10 am – 8 pm. A “Disney World” of dairy farms and homemade ice cream to die for.  See how milk is processed and pat the cows.

149TH MARSHFIELD FAIR: 140 Main St, (Rte 3A), Marshfield.  One of the oldest continuous fairs in all of New England, focusing on agriculture and horticultural disciplines. Plan to stay the day so you don’t miss out on the numerous exhibits, arts & crafts, 4-H shows, animal exhibits, vendors, daily entertainment, workshops, demonstrations and lectures.  Daily August 19-28, Noon to 10 p.m. Admission: $10.  Children 6 and under FREE.  Website:

JOHN ALDEN HOUSE HISTORIC SITE:  105 Alden St., Duxbury.  Visit the historic museum and shop, then stroll 100 yards thru the woods to visit the original Alden house built in 1653, the only house still standing that was occupied by a Mayflower passenger, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2008.  Tours available Weds – Sat, 12 to 4 pm. Last tour starts at 3:30 p.m.  781-934-9092

MYLES STANDISH MONUMENT STATE RESERVATION: Crescent St., Duxbury.  This is a popular State Park dedicated to historic preservation and public recreation. Once part of the original Standish Farm, the impressive monument is as awesome as the panoramic view of the South Shore and several lighthouses. Picnic area and  short walking trails.  Hours: not found but presume daylight hours during summer. Plenty of parking.

List Last Updated: June, 2016

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