Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Plymouth

Plimoth Plantation

Three miles south of Plymouth center, Plimoth Plantation authentically re-creates the Pilgrims’ settlement in its primary exhibit, entitled 1627 English Village. Everything in the village – costumes, implements, voc…
Top Choice Ship in Plymouth

Mayflower II

If Plymouth Rock tells us little about the Pilgrims, Mayflower II speaks volumes: it is a replica of the small ship in which they made the fateful voyage. Actors in period costume are on board, recounting harrowing …
Top Choice Museum in Plymouth

Pilgrim Hall Museum

Claiming to be the oldest continually operating public museum in the country, Pilgrim Hall Museum was founded in 1824. Its exhibits are not reproductions but real objects that the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag neighb…
Island in Boston Harbor Islands

Little Brewster Island

Little Brewster is the country’s oldest light station and site of the iconic Boston Light, dating from 1783. To visit Little Brewster, you must take an organized tour (reservations required). Learn about Boston’s ma…
Historic Site in Quincy

Adams National Historic Park

The Adams family sights are accessible by guided tours departing from the Adams National Historic Park Visitor Center. Every half-hour (until 3:15pm), trolleys travel to the John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthpla…
Ship in Fall River

Battleship Cove

‘You sank my battleship!’ This cry was ne’er heard aboard the mighty USS Massachusetts, a hulk of a craft that survived 35 battles in WWII, gunning down almost 40 aircraft and never losing a man in combat. Today, th…
Park in Boston Harbor Islands

World’s End

This 251-acre peninsula was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for residential development in 1889. Carriage paths were laid out and trees were planted, but the houses were never built. Instead, wide, grassy meadows …
Island in Boston Harbor Islands

Spectacle Island

A Harbor Islands hub, Spectacle Island has a large marina, a solar-powered visitors center, a healthy snack bar and sandy, supervised beaches. Five miles of walking trails provide access to a 157ft peak overlooking …
Museum in New Bedford

New Bedford Whaling Museum

The centerpiece of New Bedford, this excellent, hands-on museum remembers the town's heyday as a whaling port. The museum occupies seven buildings situated between William and Union Sts. A 66ft skeleton of a blue wh…
Park in Boston Harbor Islands

Boston Harbor Islands

Designated a National Recreation Area, the Boston Harbor Islands consist of 34 islands with sandy beaches and hiking trails. Since the massive cleanup of Boston Harbor in the 1990s, these once-polluted islands, just…