The diverse South of Boston area consists of two main counties, Bristol on the southwestern side, and Plymouth to the east coast. Within Plymouth lives the South Shore, lying along the Atlantic Coast from just south of Boston, down to the Cape Cod border.
Offering more American history, famed beaches, and amazing whale watching sites, which inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, come visit the South of Boson region. Go back in time to 1627, and live like a pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation, and check out real places where Native Americans and Pilgrims broke bread. Hop aboard the Mayflower II, an exact replica of the ship that they sailed on.
South of Boston is also home to the stadium of which the beloved NFL’s New England Patriots take the field. Gillette Stadium in Foxboro can get pretty lively on game days so make sure you wear some navy, red and white.
If travelling with the family, there’s no better way to spend the day then at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, the oldest in Massachusetts. If the great outdoors is calling your name, head to Nantasket Beach. This popular summer destination spans over a mile of ocean shoreline and boasts a carousel and band shell for summer concerts.
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The history lessons continue South of Boston and all the way to Plymouth Plantation. This living history museum offers visitors a chance to experience life as the pilgrims did, with costumed guides that tell the tales of Plymouth Rock and how our beloved Thanksgiving holiday came to be. Learn all about the places depicted in the prized novel, Moby Dick, and visit The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Tour the cobblestone streets and waterfront to learn all about this whaling community and its place in time.
Getting out of the big city is easy to do in Massachusetts. Just drive south down Route 53 for a scenic path less traveled. Starting in Hanover, hop off to StarLand Sports and Fun Park for a little amusement for the whole family. As you drive down, Route 53 connects with Route 3A in Kingston. On the way, stop at Major John Bradford’s House, and then continue all the way to Plymouth where you will find Plymouth Plantation, Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II.
Some of Massachusetts’s best golfing can be found South of Boston and near the South Shore. For relaxing time on the fairways, head to Widow's Walk in Scituate. Situated on the coast midway between Boston and Plymouth, this 18-hole layout offers views of the Atlantic Ocean. The award-winning South Shore Country Club offers 18 holes on elevated greens in Hingham, MA. Just east in Plymouth, Crosswinds Golf Course is a Championship course with 27 holes of challenging greens.
From whales to oil paintings, museums are plentiful in the South of Boston region. Check out the New Bedford Whaling Museum for some maritime explorations. Stop at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury for the impressive works of the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser family and stay for the Japanese tea ceremony. Set in a Romanesque castle, The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River is perfect for taking the kids out for a day of interactive activities that foster learning and personal growth.
For some fishing, sailing, picnicking and scenic walking trails, head to Fall River Heritage State Park and Take a walk along the Taunton River and check out actual World War II battleships at Battleship Cove. Open sunrise to sunset, Pilgrim Memorial State Park is set on the Atlantic coast and is home to historic Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II museum. Over in East Taunton, Massasoit State Park's trails are perfect for bike enthusiasts and hikers. Plan your visit in any season, but the fall brings particularly beautiful foliage with contrasted colors betwixt scarlet cranberry bogs and pine trees.