Explore the region's whaling history at New Bedford Whaling Museum or Seamen's Bethel, featured in Moby Dick. Or visit Fall River's Battleship Cove, home port of the WWII battleship USS Massachusetts, and the Fall River carousel, built in 1920. Make new friends among nearly 200 species of wildlife at the 1895 Olmstead-designed Buttonwood Park Zoo. Enjoy a free night of arts and culture every month at AHA! (art, history, architecture) in New Bedford. Or attend a larger-than-life outdoor concert at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield.
Step into the recreated 1627 Pilgrim community at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum and the home site of the Native American Wampanoags. Round out your Pilgrim history with a visit to legendary Plymouth Rock, the enduring symbol of the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World. Just a stone's throw away is the Mayflower II, a replica of the famous Pilgrim ship Mayflower, at State Pier. Edaville USA's and Pilgrim Hall has the most significant collection of Pilgrim possessions (including objects that came over on the Mayflower) in the world. Amusement rides, set among cranberry bogs, and the Brockton Rox minor-league baseball games are also can't-miss attractions.
Nostalgic Nantasket Beach in Hull has an ever-exciting oceanside boardwalk with local performers, the Paragon Carousel (featuring 66 wooden horses from 1928), and classic fairgrounds fare. If you want to get on the water, Capt. John Boats and Lobster Tales will satisfy your whale-watching and fishing urges.
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