Science & Nature

Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales
9 Town Wharf
Plymouth, MA 508-746-5342

Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales

Whether you choose a Lobster Excursion, Pirate Cruise, Ice Cream Sundae Cruise, Wine Cruise or Harbor Tour, be assured that the experience will always be unique, interesting, educational and fun. Spanning across all age levels, with a variety of options, cruises sail rain or shine and may be privately chartered. Located within walking distance to Plymouth Rock, Mayflower II (under repair-due ba Read more about Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales

WDC North America
7 Nelson Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-746-2522

WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (formerly WDCS) is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. We defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue. Read more about WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

South Shore Natural Science Center
48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell, MA 02061
Phone: 781-659-2559

South Shore Natural Science Center

The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore. Our mission is to provide natural science experiences that educate, excite, and commit every generation to preserve the environment and to encourage responsible use, stewardship and enjoyment of our natural resources. Read more about South Shore Natural Science Center

Mass Audubon Society
Phone: 800-283-8266

Mass Audubon Society

Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, they care for 35,000 acres of conservation land, provide school, camp, and other educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. Read more about Mass Audubon Society

Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours
Town Wharf Plymouth
Plymouth , MA 02360
Phone: 508-746-2643

Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours & Provincetown Fast Ferry

New England's largest Whale Watch Fleets guarantees whale sightings as you cruise Cape Cod Bay in comfort. Climate-controlled main cabin & full galley service.
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North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield, MA 02050

North River Wildlife Sanctuary

At this sanctuary, a half-mile boardwalk leads you on a fascinating journey through a red maple swamp and small cattail marsh to a salt marsh overlooking the North River. During the spring and summer, the Woodland Loop usually offers a look at scarlet tanagers and ovenbirds. Read more about North River Wildlife Sanctuary

Billington Sea Kayak
41 Branch Point Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-746-5644

Billington Sea Kayak

Enjoy a few hours or a full-day kayaking or canoeing in one of New England’s most historic and sought after outdoor destinations. The beautiful Billington Sea in the heart of Plymouth, Massachusetts is only a five-minute drive from Downtown Plymouth and will take you to a picturesque environment featuring expansive shorelines, native wildlife, and an undisturbed eco-system. Read more about Billington Sea Kayak

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield, MA 02050
Phone: 781-837-9400

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Hundreds of acres of grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands await you at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. For birders of all experience levels, there are observation blinds overlooking a shallow wetland that attracts herons, egrets, and shorebirds, as well as muskrats and mink. Read more about Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Phone: 508-888-3300

Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums and Gardens is located in one of Plymouth County's beautiful neighboring towns - Sandwich, Massachusetts. The museum is comprised of three galleries featuring American Folk Art, antique automobiles, and seasonal traveling exhibitions.  Their expansive gardens  feature a collection of thousands of rhododendrons, including a collection of the world-renowned Dexter variety. Their typical bloom time is Memorial Day Weekend through mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include: holly, daylily, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, as well as more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. Read more about Heritage Museums & Gardens

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Halfway Pond Conservation Area
Mast Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Preserves:
Big Point Preserve at Halfway Pond (23.4 acres)
Conant-Storrow Preserve (26.7 acres)
Gallows Pond Preserve (56 acres)
Tayler-Touster Wildlands (61 acres)
West Shore Preserve at Halfway Pond (242.5 acres)

Location:
Mast Road and West Long Pond Road, two miles south of Long Pond Road Read more about Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Crawley Woodlands Preserve
Billington Street
Plymouth , MA 02360

Crawley Woodlands Preserve

Trail Distance: 1.0 miles
Activities: Hiking Read more about Crawley Woodlands Preserve

Ames Nowell State Park
Linwood Street
Abington , MA
Phone: 781 857-1336

Ames Nowell State Park

Walking TrailsAmes Nowell is a year-round day use area with recreational activity centered around Cleveland Pond which is popular with boaters and fisherman. Development includes a picnic area, ball field and several miles of trails along the pond edge and the surrounding woods. Read more about Ames Nowell State Park

Davis-Douglas Conservation Area
Ship Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Davis-Douglas Conservation Area

Preserves:
Six Ponds East Preserve- (80 acres)
Emery Preserves- (138 acres)
Davis-Douglas Farm- (10 acres), new home of the Wildlands Trust (to be acquired in Fall of 2012)
Town of Plymouth Conservation Land- (53 acres)

Location:
Clark Road, Long Pond Road, Ship Pond Road

Area:
281 acres Read more about Davis-Douglas Conservation Area

Route 3A
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-866-2580

Ellisville Harbor State Park

Acquired by the State of Massachusetts in 1991, Ellisville Harbor is one of the most scenic spots on the South Shore coastline. It features small fishing boats, a barrier beach, salt marsh, sphagnum bog, forested upland, and open meadow. Read more about Ellisville Harbor State Park

North Hill Marsh
Mayflower Street
Duxbury, MA
Phone: 781-837-9400

North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

North Hill Marsh’s oak and pine woodlands, wetlands, and 90-acre pond provide prime habitat for wildlife, especially migratory waterfowl. A clearly marked trail system leads you through the sanctuary. Read more about North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Pilgrim Trail Plymouth, MA 02360

Pilgrim Trail

Pilgrim Trail - Town of Plymouth Conservation Land.  This trail takes you from Plymouth Rock through Brewster Gardens and eventually Morton Park. 

Total Distance: 2.7 Miles Read more about Pilgrim Trail

Explore Natural Plymouth
204 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 774-773-9982

Explore Natural Plymouth

EXPLORE Natural Plymouth connects visitors and residents to the forests, farms, wetlands, waterways and habitats of America’s Home Town by establishing a network of destinations and events that celebrate its ecological heritage and natural beauty.  EXPLORE Natural Plymouth is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private businesses dedicated to this effort. Read more about Explore Natural Plymouth

Shifting Lots Preserve
Salt Marsh Lane (off Rt. 3A)
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 774-343-5121 (Wildlands Trust)

Shifting Lots Preserve

This Preserve spans 45 acres of Plymouth. The southern portion of Shifting Lots Preserve includes a salt marsh estuary known as Ellisville Harbor. Salt marshes are commonly known to be the most productive ecosystems on earth. They provide essential nursery grounds for numerous fish species. Preserving the quality of the salt marsh helps to protect a web of interconnected species. Shifting Lots Preserve is also home to sand dunes and a migrating barrier beach which helps to protect adjacent uplands from severe storm surges. Read more about Shifting Lots Preserve

Pilgrim Memorial State Park
79 Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-747-5360

Pilgrim Memorial State Park

The smallest park in the Massachusetts state forest and park system, Pilgrim Memorial State Park is also one of the the most heavily visited. Nearly one million people a year come from all over the world to visit the town where where English colonists first made their home in New England back in 1620, and to see one of the most famous historic landmarks in America, Plymouth Rock. Read more about Pilgrim Memorial State Park

South Triangle Pond Conservation Area
Drew Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

South Triangle Pond Conservation Area

Preserves:
Barnes-Jenkins Hole Wood Lot (4.1 acres)
Herbert W. Bartlett Preserve (40.1 acres)
Phillips Preserve (3.5 acres)

Location:
Off Drew Road

Area:
47.7 acres Read more about South Triangle Pond Conservation Area

Center Hill Preserve Trail
Center Hill Road
Plymouth , MA 02360

Center Hill Preserve Trail

Trail Distance: 1.7 Mile
Activities: Hiking Read more about Center Hill Preserve Trail

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association
1 Carver Square Blvd. PO Box 97
Carver, MA 02330
Phone: 508-866-7878

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association

The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association, established in 1888, is one of the oldest farmer organizations in the country. By maintaining focus on grower issues, the goal of the Association is to "Enhance the economic viability of the Massachusetts cranberry grower". Their mission is to support and promote the cranberry growers of Massachusetts. The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association website offers a wealth of information and resources for growers, teachers, the community and visitors interested in learning everything there is to know about growing and caring for this beautiful fruit. Read more about Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association

Beaver Dam Conservation Area
242 Beaver Dam Rd
Plymouth, MA 02360

Beaver Dam Conservation Area

Trail Distance: 2.4 miles
Activities: Hiking Read more about Beaver Dam Conservation Area

Myles Standish State Forest
Cranberry Rd.
South Carver , MA 02360
Phone: 508-866-2526

Myles Standish State Forest

Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. More than 470 campsites are tucked in the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds. Two visitor use areas offer picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing. Read more about Myles Standish State Forest

Clear Pond Trail
Clear Pond Rd
Plymouth , MA 02360

Clear Pond Trail

Trail Distance: .6 miles
Activities: Hiking Read more about Clear Pond Trail

A.D. Makepeace Company
146 Tihonet Road
Wareham, MA 02571
Phone: 508-295-5437

A.D. Makepeace Company

A.D. Makepeace Company offers public, group and private cranberry bog tours throughout the year, during both the blossom season in the spring and the cranberry harvest season in the fall. Before or after your tour, visit Makepeace Farms in Tihonet Village for cranberry-themed gifts, delicious sandwiches and salads, treats from their bakery, gourmet foods and cooking tools, specialty teas and coffees, cookbooks, and surprises for all ages! Read more about A.D. Makepeace Company

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
175 Edward Foster Rd Headquarters
Scituate, MA 02066
Phone: 781-545-8026

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

The Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary sits at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay.
Our mission is to conserve, protect and enhance the biological diversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy of the sanctuary while facilitating compatible use.

Visit the weblink for more information on our events, contests & more! Read more about Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Plymouth MA

Hike Plymouth! Hiking Books

In addition to the historical sites, Plymouth and the South Shore are peppered with scenic ponds, pine forests, pine barrens, cranberry bogs, and beaches. Hiking trails crisscross many areas. Especially noteworthy are Myles Standish State Forest, southwest of Plymouth, and the Pine Hills, southern Plymouth, which includes the highest point, 395 ft., in Plymouth County. Read more about Hike Plymouth! Hiking Books

Eel River Preserve
190 Long Pond Rd
Plymouth, MA 02360

Eel River Preserve

Trail Distance: 4.4 miles
Activities: Walking and Hiking Read more about Eel River Preserve

Town Forest Trail
Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Town Forest Trail

Trail Distance: 7.9 miles
Activities: Hiking Read more about Town Forest Trail

Plymouth County Sheriff's Department Petting Zoo & Horticultural Center
74 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-830-6810

Petting Zoo & Horicultural Center

For more than 100 years, the Sheriff of Plymouth County has operated a farm on Obery Street. Though times have changed, the farm is still a vibrant, full-time agricultural resource. Bring your family to visit this free Petting Zoo, pack a picnic and shop at the year-round Horticultural Center! Read more about Petting Zoo & Horicultural Center

Russell & Sawmill Pond Trail
Bourne Street.
Plymouth , MA 02360
Nelson Memorial Park
Nelson Street Waterfront area (North end of Water Street)
Plymouth , MA

Nelson Memorial Park

The newly renovated Nelson Memorial Park is a popular destination for many Plymouth residents and visitors. Families with children will enjoy the playground and picnic area. There is also a new "splash pad" area where kids can cool off on hot summer days. Other features include a new small boat ramp and a bike path that follows the harbor to Hedge Road in North Plymouth. Read more about Nelson Memorial Park

Tidmarsh Farms
100 Beaver Dam Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
United States

Mass Audubon - Explore Tidmarsh Farms

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Join us for a guided walk around Tidmarsh Farms, the site of the largest freshwater wetlands restoration in Massachusetts and potential new Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Wednesday, April 5 to rsvp@massaudubon.org

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Oliver Mill Park
Nemasket Street Rte 44 Across from KOA
Middleboro, MA 02346
United States

4th Annual Herring Run Festival & Oliver Estate Open House Tours

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 11:00am to Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

Held 11am-4pm both days! Food/Music/Demos/Vendors - FREE Admission - FREE Parking located at:
Middleborough Council on Aging (COA) (558 Plymouth Street), Middleborough Town Hall (10 Nickerson Ave)
Boston/Cape Cod KOA (438 Plymouth Street) PAID Parking located at: 99 North Street
Sponsored by Massachusetts and Local Cultural Councils,Middleborough Tourism Committee
The Oliver Estate - Living History Open House will be opening for tours each day from 12pm-4pm! 
Featuring: House Tours, 18th Century Music, Food, Drink, Colonial Living Demonstrations, Animals - Free Admission!

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Heritage Gardens & Museum
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
United States
Phone: 508-866-0199

Opening Day at Heritage Museum & Gardens & The Adventure Park

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 10:00am

Heritage opens for our 48th season with the opening of special exhibit Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views. This special exhibit features works by Edward Hopper, Paul Resika,  April Gornik, and 44 other premier American contemporary landscape painters in a range of styles and approaches which, when taken together, form an intimate and startlingly beautiful collection that challenges our notion of landscape painting and addresses what the genre is today. Guest curated by Lauren Della Monica.

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Tidmarsh Farms
100 Beaver Dam Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
United States

Mass Audubon Annual Statewide Volunteer Day

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Spend the morning helping one of our wildlife sanctuaries get a jump on spring cleaning while you reconnect with nature. Come alone, bring your family, or invite a group of friends to join you.
As always, we’ll have a variety of projects suitable for all ages at 15 sites across Massachusetts. We can also provide a community service verification letter for your three hours of volunteering. Bring a picnic lunch and spend time exploring—and enjoying—the sanctuary when the morning's work is done.

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Plimoth Grist Mill
6 Spring Lane
Plymouth, MA 02360
United States
Phone: 508-746-1622

Annual Herring Run Festival

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The annual herring run is a sure sign of spring! Be a Citizen Scientist alongside the Plimoth Grist Mill staff and state and local environmental scientists. Explore the role herring play in our local ecosystem before lending a hand to the Old Colony’s earliest farmers as they prepare their corn grounds for spring planting.

For more information on this and other events, visit the weblink.

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Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
United States
Phone: 508-888-3300

National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Get to know the people and plants that make Heritage one of New England’s top public gardens as part of this annual celebration, presented in partnership with the American Public Gardens Association. Sandwich residents enjoy free admission on this day, with proof of residence.

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Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
United States
Phone: 508-888-3300

Rhododendron Festival

Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017

Thousands of world-famous rhododendrons in over 100 varieties and an explosion of color cover 100 acres with spectacular blooms. Enjoy a peaceful walk surrounded by walls of flowers, learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy, participate in activities with horticulture experts, and take one of these signature plants home with you from the special plant sale.

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Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
United States
Phone: 508-888-3300

Heritage Hydrangea Festival

Friday, July 7, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival returns, celebrating the iconic plant that makes Cape Cod so stunning in July.

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Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
United States

Standard Flower Show

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

This major flower show is presented biannually at Heritage by members of the award-winning Garden This major flower show is presented biannually at Heritage by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Southeastern District’s garden clubs and its award-winning Design & Horticulture Study Group. See beautiful, creative floral designs; lush seasonal horticulture; fascinating educational displays; and artistic crafts alongside Heritage Museums & Gardens’ renowned collections. This year’s show is titled “Endless Summer,” and will feature a hydrangea theme.

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