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Spring is gradually making its way into Massachusetts, and it’s (finally) even beginning to feel like it a little bit!
What’s true for Mother Nature is also true for activities, as the onset of spring brings about plenty of new things to do.
In Plymouth County, which is home to an excellent living history museum, beautiful green spaces and one very famous rock, the start to the season will be an especially happening one.
Here’s a quick preview.
Light dawns on Plymouth
History Comes Alive Again at Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation is one of the Commonwealth’s best-known attractions, and it’s one that’s always worth another trip. The plantation is an award-winning, interactive history museum, which transports visitors back to 17th-century life in Massachusetts. This year, Opening Day is scheduled for March 14, and will feature kids’ games, Irish soda bread, exploration around the grounds and hot soup inside Gainsborough Hall.
Once Plimoth has opened up, there’ll be lots happening throughout the rest of the season, too. Scout Day activities, a restoration tour aboard the historic Mayflower II and (for mom and dad) tastings with Mayflower Brewing Company are just a few of the events; see the full list here and find everything you need to plan a visit, including overnights, here.
Mending the fence under supervision at Plimoth Plantation
A Taste of Metro South
For more than two decades, the top restaurants in the Plymouth County area have collaborated to host A Taste of Metro South, a true treat for the taste buds. This year’s event will take place on March 18 at The Shaw’s Center in Brockton, MA, serving up samplings from dozens of local eateries. BBQ ribs, marinated kielbasa, chicken parm and banana bread French toast will all be in the offing, and that’s only the beginning. For the full rundown and ticket information, just click here. To stay nearby, the Holiday Inn Express is conveniently situated.
Chasing Herrings in Middleborough
A relative newcomer to the spring scene in Plymouth County, the Middleborough Herring Run Festival took place for the first time last year to a warm reception. Each April, Middleborough is a prime location for herring spawning, and what better way to celebrate it than with some quality time outside?
The Herring Fun Festival home via Facebook
April 11 & 12 are the dates set for the festival this spring, which is sure to be a good time. Throughout the weekend, Oliver Mill Park will have food, music, exhibits, kids’ activities, local vendors and, yes, plenty of herring. For an extended stay in Middleborough, the Fairfield Inn Marriott is right down the road.
Whale Watching Returns
Although whales have been spotted off the coast of Massachusetts as early as March, the season starts in earnest during April and then typically runs through October. Plymouth Harbor is a major hub for these sightseeing excursions, which are an especially good way to spend the day once the weather warms up.
Getting up close and personal on a whale watch
Visitors eager to spend some time observing the gentle giants need not look far for outing options. Captain John Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing, Plymouth Whale Watching and Capt’n Tim Brady & Sons all provide tours to Stellwagen Bank sanctuary, one of the premier feeding grounds for whales; with the two former tours, sightings are guaranteed as well. If you’d like to put your feet up near the docks, the waterfront Best Western and Hilton Garden Inn can help you do it.
Spring Colors at Brewster Gardens
Brewster Gardens, which take their name from Mayflower passenger and pilgrim elder William Brewster, are the perfect spot for some fresh air after flowers come into bloom. The best route is to enter near Jenney Pond, where parking is free, and then make your way in from there.
Green all around Brewster Gardens during spring
As they stroll, guests can trace the path of Town Brook through the gardens and past the natural springs (which were actually part of the reason the Pilgrims picked Plymouth). At the base of the hill, Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II both come into view, along with grassy grounds that are ideally suited to picnicking or a napping. For even more relaxation, as well as sleeping accommodations, John Carver Inn & Spa is right around the corner.
If you’d like to learn more about what goes on in Plymouth County and the surrounding area year round, click here. To see what’s happening throughout all of Massachusetts during spring, just click here.
Which one of these spots would top your travel list? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo at the top of Jenney Pond at Brewster Gardens in Plymouth, MA by Ron Chancey