Massachusetts Attractions November 09, 2016
The Oldest Town In Massachusetts That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
Being one of the 13 original colonies, Massachusetts is positively lousy with beautiful, historic small towns. It’s hard to throw a stone without hitting a colonial home or cobblestone road. The oldest settlement in the state is Plymouth, and it’s absolutely charming.
Read on to learn why new visitors and long-time locals alike should consider stopping by this seaside town.
Fresh off the Mayflower, the Pilgrims first settled in Plymouth in 1620. This makes it the oldest town in all of New England.
Of course, the Wampanoag Native people had settled in the area long before colonists came over from England.
Today, Plymouth is home to about 58,00 residents. Its official nickname is “America’s Hometown.”
One of the most special features of the the town is its stunning waterfront.
The harbor area is also home to every local child’s most disappointing field trip destination – Plymouth Rock.
But don’t let the trauma of that experience keep you from the gorgeous waterfront. It’s the perfect place to unfurl a picnic blanket and watch the sun go down.
You also don't have to go far to hit the beach. Head to Nelson Park and explore the coastline in every season.
Downtown, you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you entertained and well-fed all day.
Stop by the Mayflower Brewery for a delicious bite to eat, and a few pints of locally-brewed beer.
12 Resnik Road, Plymouth, MA.
Stroll through Plymouth Burial Hill, and discover the names of some of Plymouth's earliest residents.
Just outside town, the Rye Tavern is a cozy, farm-to-table hidden gem. Go for the decadent brunch and homey atmosphere.
517 Old Sandwich Road
If you need a moment of peace and quiet, head to Jenney Pond. There's free parking, and you'll be mere steps away from Plymouth's natural springs.
It's also a quick walk to Brewster Gardens, which feature some absolutely delightful flowerbeds and walking paths.
Stop by the Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continually operating museum in the country.
If you want to see what life was like in Plymouth's early days, stop by Plimoth Plantation. (Yes, that's how they spell it.)
This living history museum is a great way get excited about history, and the actors do a great job of making you feel like you've stepped back in time.
Plymouth embodies so many of the wonderful things that makes Massachusetts such a wonderful place to be.
Of course, Plymouth isn’t the only town that shines in this state.
Check out the one Massachusetts town that is so perfectly New England.