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Did you know the Mayflower traveled at 2 miles per hour and took 66 days to sail across the Atlantic Ocean?

Discover the South Shore

As seasons change and the crowds disperse, uncover the secrets of Plymouth and Bristol County. Welcome to the shoulder season, where rest and relaxation meet the thrill of uncovering the South Shore’s best-kept secrets. Plan your getaway now and discover hidden gems.

Explore South Shore secrets by hovering over the seasonal icons throughout the page.

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Did you know Plymouth Rock was moved several times, resulting in fragments being broken off? See a piece up close at Pilgrim Hall Museum.

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Did you know Nuhshwetu was a winter shelter for Wampanoag families? See it at Plimoth Patuxet Museums.

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Did you know you can enjoy lobsters and beautiful harbor views in Scituate after the summer ends?

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Did you know Battleship Cove has the largest collection of US Naval ships in the world?

Things To Do

Plymouth and Bristol counties come to life in the quieter months, making it the perfect time to explore the area’s rich history and culture. Whether you’re attending local holiday celebrations, delving into museums, or embarking on outdoor adventures, these counties offer a delightful escape during the shoulder seasons. Discover hidden gems, savor local cuisine, and relish in the peaceful ambiance.

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Did you know you can spend the night aboard the USS Massachusetts?

Lodging

From cozy bed-and-breakfast to waterfront resorts, Plymouth and Bristol counties have accommodations for every traveler’s taste. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or both, the diverse lodging options of the area promise a memorable stay while you savor the region’s rich history and scenic beauty.

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Did you know that an 1837 whaling journal entry recorded observations about a possible UFO sighting? Make an appointment to see it at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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Did you know you can see the largest ship model in existence at the New Bedford Whaling Museum? The original "Lagoda" ship was built in Carver, MA.

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Did you know that you can browse the largest selection of Portuguese wine in the country at Portugalia Marketplace?

Dining

Discover a culinary experience like no other in Plymouth and Bristol counties. Seek out the freshest seafood, from buttery lobster rolls to savory clam chowder. Visit farm-to-table eateries that celebrate and serve local ingredients, taverns known for New England classics, and other spots that offer a variety of international flair. Whether you’re a foodie or simply in search of a delicious meal, savor the coastal charm and unforgettable flavors of this area.

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Did you know the only self-pour wine bar in Massachusetts is in Plymouth?

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Did you know that Plimoth Grist Mill produces grits, cornmeal, flour, and other grains used by local restaurants?

Shopping

Here you will find charming boutiques and shops, each with its own personality and a carefully curated selection of goods. When you shop at our local stores, you’re not just buying gifts; you’re discovering stories, craftsmanship, and one-of-a-kind treasures.

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Did you know Plymouth currently has approximately 28% of our 65,000 acres designated as protected open space. Plymouth also contains the third highest per square mile occurrence of rare, threatened and endangered species of any community in Massachusetts.

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Did you know day passes are available for the heated pool and splash pad at Hotel 1620?

Shoulder Season Guide

Browse the digital guide, and plan your day trip or weekend away.

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