Science & Nature

Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales
9 Town Wharf
Plymouth , MA

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 (under repair- Read more about Plymouth Cruises Aboard Lobster Tales

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WDC North America
7 Nelson Street
Plymouth , MA
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
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

Explore Natural Plymouth
204 Long Pond Road
Plymouth , MA
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

North River Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield , MA

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

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
2000 Main Street
Marshfield , MA
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

Captain John Boats Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing
10 Town Wharf
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-2643

Captain John Boats Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing

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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Billington Sea Kayak
41 Branch Point Road
Plymouth , MA
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

Eel River Preserve
190 Long Pond Rd
Plymouth , MA

Eel River Preserve

Explore the most popular trails in Eel River Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. Trail Distance: 4.4 miles
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Black Cat Preserve Plymouth MA
Black Cat Preserve
Black Cat Road
Plymouth , MA

Black Cat Preserve

The Black Cat Preserve located along Black Cat Road was acquired in 2016. The Preserve was originally multiple individual parcels held by different land owners, however since the its creation, these abutting parcels have been merged to create the 63 acre swath of protected open space we have today. Read more about Black Cat Preserve

Nelson Memorial Park
255 Water Street, Nelson Street Waterfront area (North end of Water Street)
Plymouth , MA

Nelson Memorial Park

Families with children will enjoy the playground and picnic area. There is also a  "splash pad" area where kids can cool off on hot summer days (open Memorial Day-Labor Day). Other features include a  small boat ramp and a bike path that follows the harbor to Hedge Road in North Plymouth. Many visitors enjoy stopping by for the spectacular ocean view. Read more about Nelson Memorial Park

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

Heritage Museum and Gardens

Hydrangea Festival July 10-19, 2020! Please make sure to buy your tickets online Here, ahead of time! Practice social distancing -  Wear a face covering or mask -  Stay vigilant and stay home if you are feeling unwell. Read more about Heritage Museum and Gardens

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
175 Edward Foster Rd Headquarters
Scituate , MA
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

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association
265 D South Meadow Road
Plymouth , MA
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

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

North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

North Hill Marsh can best be described as a sanctuary within a refuge. Situated within Duxbury’s Eastern Greenbelt, 1,000 acres of contiguous open space, the sanctuary’s oak and pine woodlands, wetlands, and 90-acre pond provide habitat for wildlife, especially migratory waterfowl. A clearly marked trail system circles the pond and travels through Duxbury Town Forest. Read more about North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Route 3A
Plymouth , MA
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

Halfway Pond Conservation Area
Mast Road and West Long Pond Road, two miles south of Long Pond Road
Plymouth , MA

Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Just as Henry David Thoreau referred to Walden Pond as the “eye of the world,” Halfway Pond shines as the “eye of Plymouth County.” The pond provides habitat for the federally endangered Northern Redbelly Cooter (formerly known as the Plymouth Redbelly Turtle), and its shores provide one of the region’s better sites for spotting bald eagles. Read more about Halfway Pond Conservation Area

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

Shifting Lots Preserve

This preserve includes the southern portion known as Ellisville Harbor that includes a salt marsh estuary. 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. Read more about Shifting Lots Preserve

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

Ames Nowell State Park

Ames 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

Crawley Woodlands Preserve
Billington Street
Plymouth , MA

Crawley Woodlands Preserve

The Crawley Woodlands Preserve is approximately 70 acres in area, located off Billington Street. The Preserve is situated between two excellent fishing ponds: Lout Pond and Billington Sea. The majority of the Preserve is comprised of steep rolling hills peaking in the center of the Preserve and descending to the two ponds. Read more about Crawley Woodlands Preserve

Clear Pond Preserve
Off Surrey Drive
Plymouth , MA

Clear Pond Preserve

The Clear Pond Conservation Area is West Plymouth's only dedicated conservation area. It is approximately 12 acres of restored cranberry bogs and provides a 0.6 mile circular trail that navigates around the bog and passes along Clear Pond. Read more about Clear Pond Preserve

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

Petting Zoo & Horticultural 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 & Horticultural Center

South Triangle Pond Conservation Area
Drew Road
Plymouth , MA

South Triangle Pond Conservation Area

A short drive down a shaded country road leads to South Triangle Pond Conservation Area, 47 acres of quiet woodlands and tranquil pond shores. Here, you’ll be close to one of the most ecologically significant habitats in the world-coastal plain ponds. Read more about South Triangle Pond Conservation Area

Beaver Dam Conservation Area
242 Beaver Dam Rd
Plymouth , MA

Beaver Dam Conservation Area

The Beaver Dam Conservation Area is approximately 783 acres in area and provides stunning views of Little Island Pond and Great Island Pond. Both ponds provide numerous recreational opportunities with excellent habitat for freshwater fishing and bird watching. Read more about Beaver Dam Conservation Area

Russell & Sawmill Pond Trail
Bourne Street.
North Plymouth , MA

Russell & Sawmill Pond Trail

The hiking trails in Plymouth of the Russell and Sawmill Pond Conservation Area derive their name from the two ponds the trails skirt around. This seems confusing as other areas near this conservation area have the same names as these. These two ponds are artificially made, originally by the Plymouth Cordage Co. now known as Cordage Park located not far on route 3A. Read more about Russell & Sawmill Pond Trail

Myles Standish State Forest
Cranberry Rd.
South Carver , MA
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

Center Hill Preserve Trail
Center Hill Road
Plymouth , MA

Center Hill Preserve Trail

Explore the most popular trails in Center Hill Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.  Trail Distance: 1.7 Mile
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Davis-Douglas Conservation Area
Clark Road, Long Pond Road and Ship Pond Road
Plymouth , MA

Davis-Douglas Conservation Area

Davis-Douglas Conservation Area is comprised of Six Ponds East Preserve, Emery Preserves East and West, Davis-Douglas Farm, and the Town of Plymouth conservation land. Preserves: Six Ponds East Preserve | 80 acres - Emery Preserves (East and West) | 142.66 acres - Davis-Douglas Farm | 10 acres Read more about Davis-Douglas Conservation Area

Brewster Gardens Portico Plymouth MA
Pilgrim Trail
Water Street - Pilgrim State Memorial Park
Plymouth , MA

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

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

Heritage Museums & Gardens

Hydrangea Festival July 10-19, 2020! Please make sure to buy your tickets online Here, ahead of time! Practice social distancing -  Wear a face covering or mask -  Stay vigilant and stay home if you are feeling unwell. Read more about Heritage Museums & Gardens

North Plymouth Rail Trail Plymouth MA
North Plymouth Rail Trail
255 Water Street
Plymouth , MA

North Plymouth Rail Trail

Also known as the North Plymouth Rail Trail, it follows the older section of rail lines of the Old Colony Railroad that continued on from Cordage Park to Plymouth Center used in earlier days. This hiking trail measures only slightly more than a mile, but it is the gateway to many other hiking opportunities in the area. Walk the original Grace Trail® at Nelson Park in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Read more about North Plymouth Rail Trail

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

A.D. Makepeace Company

The A.D. Makepeace Company, founded in 1854, is one of the world's largest cranberry growers, and the largest private property owner in Massachusetts. We are known as a responsible steward of the land we own, all of which is located in southeastern Massachusetts. Read more about A.D. Makepeace Company

North & South River Watershed
North and South Rivers Watershed Association
214 South Street
Norwell , MA
Phone: 781-659-8168

North & South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA)

The mission of the NSRWA is to preserve, restore, maintain and conserve in their natural state, the waters and related natural resources within the watershed. Our goals are to: Read more about North & South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA)

Plymouth Harbor Breakwall Plymouth MA
Plymouth Harbor
Water Street (behind East Bay Grill)
Plymouth , MA

Plymouth Harbor Breakwall

When hiking trails in Plymouth, hiking the Plymouth Harbor Breakwater is a great addition to visiting the waterfront area. If you are planning a journey hiking the trails in the area, and the Sea side trail is marked as the beginning, adding the 1/2 mile to the breakwater and hiking it's length is a great way to get a full day of hiking in. Read more about Plymouth Harbor Breakwall

Blake Planetarium
117 Long Pond Road
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-830-4470

Blake Planetarium

The Blake Planetarium is a state of the art facility that immerses its audience with video and sound. Read more about Blake Planetarium

Hedge's Pond Preserve Plymouth MA
Hedge's Pond Recreational Area & Preserve
158 Hedges Pond Road
Plymouth , MA

Hedge's Pond Recreational Area & Preserve

The Hedge's Pond Preserve is a 105 acre site situation on and surrounding Hedge's Pond. It features approximately two miles of walking trails, and a beach on the pond, as well as numerous recreational facilities: a basketball court, two tennis courts, a playground, a small athletic field, playground, beach volleyball court, horseshoe pits, restrooms, and lifeguard coverage on the beach. The hiking trails walk through the woods through old growth forest around the pond with several descents to the water. The main beach boasts beautiful unrestricted vistas of the pond, which is completely undeveloped. Read more about Hedge's Pond Recreational Area & Preserve