Tours to Take on the South Shore


June 20, 2024

The Massachusetts South Shore is an incredible place, filled with history, culture, and agriculture. If you want to learn more about what makes Plymouth, Fall River, and other towns in the county stand out and how they made their mark, you’ll want to talk to the experts. By that, we mean book a tour. Guided tours are a great way to experience the best of the South Shore and learn from the experts. Here are some of the tours to take next time you book your getaway.

Docent Led Museum Tour

Battleship Cove in Fall River is home to the world’s largest collection of historic naval ships and is full of incredible exhibits that will teach you all about the military heritage of New England. Displays, scale models, informational panels, and getting to actually explore the real ships will give you an incredible look at how far battleships have come.

However, if you’d rather learn from the experts, you can book a docent led museum tour. This guided experience will give you a more in-depth look at the Maritime Museum through the eyes of an expert.

Learn the Plymouth Story

From Memorial Day until Labor Day, you can learn more about the story of Plymouth with the guided Plymouth Rock Walks & Tours. Held at Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth, you’ll take a guided walk with one of the knowledgeable park staff.  The topics vary from day to day, so there’s always something new to learn. These tours are appropriate for ages 8 and up.

See Plymouth Talk to the Rock

See Plymouth’s Spooky Side

Want to learn about the haunted history of Plymouth? The Dead of Night Ghost Tours is the perfect opportunity to visit the places spirits haunt and hear stories about Plymouth’s spooky side. Led by Plymouths’ original paranormal investigators, Tripadvisor awarded this guided tour its Certificate of Excellence.

Book the Twilight Lantern Tour for a leisurely journey to Plymouth’s most haunted places, including the 1749 courthouse and Burial Hill Cemetery, where there are tombstones dating back to the 1600s. Learn why spirits continue to linger and try to capture them on film. Or book the Sunset Cemetery Tour where your guide will lead you through the historic paths of Plymouth. They’ll tell you about burial customs and traditions, the Pilgrims’ First Fort, and primitive tombstones and meanings.

Explore a Cranberry Bog

Another staple of the South Shore are the cranberry bogs and the delicious berries they produce. Massachusetts Cranberries invites you to take a guided tour to visit a working cranberry bog. Trained tour guides will bring you bogside to showcase the cranberries while telling you all about the growing seasons, history, and farming practices. If you love cranberries, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Tours begin at their Cranberry Tour Barn in Carver or Makepeace Farms in Wareham. Group and student tours are available weekdays April-November and public harvest tours are open weekends in October.

Guided tours are a great way to discover the best sides of the South Shore. You’ll learn about its history, get fantastical stories, and gain a new appreciation for the ins and outs of this beautiful corner of New England.