Today Travel New England shares some fun, family friendly places to visit on the South Shore:
While it may be difficult to believe, summer vacation is not that far away, leaving many parents wondering what to do to keep the kiddies entertained, happy, and perhaps even learning something! We have come up with a great list of activities that you can do along the Massachusetts South Shore that are sure to delight children, as well as their parents.
- Tour an old warship – There are two places south of Boston where you can see a really cool old warship. The first is the USS Salem which can be found in Quincy. The Salem was launched just after World War II and is the world’s only surviving heavy cruiser. Keeping in that same vein, Battleship Cove in Fall River is home to the battleship USS Massachusetts, as well as a World War II Submarine (USS Lionfish), and other nautical attractions. As an added benefit, Battleship Cove is also home to a beautiful antique, wood carousel that was built in 1920.
- Visit Plimoth Plantation – Located in Plymouth, Plimoth Plantation is a 17th-century village where costumed role players portray the Pilgrim settlers of Plymouth. Voted the “best history museum in New England” by the readers of Yankee magazine, Plimoth Plantation features a Native American Wampanoag home site, a recreation of a 1627 farming town built by English colonists, a crafts center, themed dinners and events, and much more. Plimoth plantation offers great fun for the whole family.
- Tour the Mayflower II – Staying with the Pilgrim theme, Plymouth is also home to the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that the Pilgrims used to cross the Atlantic to their eventual Plymouth home. The Mayflower II is part of Plimoth Plantation but is located in Plymouth Harbor. You will find role players on the Mayflower II who bring its history to life, entertaining visitors young and old.
- Take in the Marshfield Fair – 2011 brings with it the 144th annual Marshfield Fair. This traditional American country agricultural fair features amusement rides and attractions and extensive farm and agricultural exhibits. Enjoy the show that has been delighting families since 1867. The Marshfield Fair takes place in August.
- Visit the Buttonwood Park Zoo – The 12th oldest zoo in the United States, the Buttonwood Park Zoo, is located in New Bedford. The zoo first opened in 1894 and is owned and operated by the City of New Bedford. It features over 250 animals and 30 exhibits. Visit and see why the American Zoo and Aquarium Association called the Buttonwood Park Zoo “one of the finest small zoos in the United States.”
Of course we left out the numerous wonderful beaches and many other wonderful things for children and their families to do on or near the coast south of Boston. But the attractions listed above should help keep the kids occupied, interested, and having fun!
This article was written exclusively for South Shore Mamas by the editorial staff of Travel New England, a website about all of the wonderful things to see and do in the six New England states. Check out their site, blog, and photo gallery for more New England Vacation ideas.