Pilgrims — Photo courtesy of ReizigerinPlymouth is less than an hour south of Boston and ripe with great exploration opportunities for adults and children alike. A day trip to Plymouth will allow you to visit popular sites, enjoy time on the water, shop small retailers you can't find just anywhere, dine at restaurants that you're sure to love and even play one of the best public golf courses in Massachusetts.
A popular field trip destination for local students, Plimoth Plantation is a must-see, and not just for history buffs. Plimoth Plantation brings history to life. Actors dress and act as if they are living during the 17th century, transporting you to a time long past and encasing you in the culture of the era.
While you're here, you'll sample the life of the original English Settlers, and the Native Americans they met. After your visit (allow two and half hours to make the most of your time here), check out Plymouth Rock, marking the "Landing Place of the Pilgrims," and the Mayflower II.
Aside from a rich history, Plymouth has had some recent additions that have increased the appeal of the town, especially for travelers. Golf enthusiasts will flip for a round of golf at Pinehills. Built within a residential community, it's a standout that rivals the country’s most prestigious golf clubs,
Pinehills is more than 300 acres of rolling hills intertwined with glacially carved kettles and kames. The two 18-hole courses come complete with a well-appointed Clubhouse packed with amenities and options for fine dining.
A room at Plimoth Plantation — Photo courtesy of gccnyc
If you want to enjoy Plymouth's seaside location, head to the waterfront where you can take a scenic Harbor Tour, or enjoy a whale watch. If a lazy day at the beach is on your mind, head over to one of Plymouth's beaches, like Whitehorse, where you're sure to find crowds of locals on a hot summer day.
Those looking to buy a few things to bring home should not skip the shops that dot the town's landscape. These small, mostly independent retailers sell goods you can't find just anywhere, making it well worth the stroll down Plymouth's streets.
Dining options range from grab-and-go quickies to elegant dining and regional cuisine. One local favorite is the award-winning waterfront restaurant and bar, Cabby Shack. Seen on the Phantom Gourmet as a "Top Summertime Destination," and chosen as a favorite on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Cabby Shack is a sure bet for a meal on the water.
For those seeking to add to the allure of Plymouth's past, a meal at Patuxet Cafe at Plimoth Plantation will allow you to "taste two cultures:" that of the 17th Century English Settlers and the Native Americans (Patuxet).
After your day in Plymouth is complete, you'll be able to make a quick return to Boston for a good night's rest.