Plymouth has a quintessential New England feel as well as historic architecture, downtown shops, and beautiful ocean views that keep visitors coming back year after year. Spring is gradually making its way to the region, and the onset of the season brings plenty of new things to do in America’s Hometown. The whole family will enjoy splashing around the pool, sliding down the 80-foot water slide, and exploring the pool’s (smaller version) replica of the Mayflower!
Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Plymouth in the spring:
Enjoy the Spring Blooms at Brewster Gardens
Plymouth is splendid in the springtime, with fresh greenery and spring blooms abundant in the area. Brewster Gardens was created in the 1920s on the original garden plot that was granted to Mayflower passenger and Pilgrim elder William Brewster in 1620. This gorgeous garden features a nature trail, statues, native wetland plants, and Town Brook, the 1.5-mile stream that provided the Pilgrims with drinking water. Follow the trail to visit Plymouth Rock and to get a view of the beautiful waterfront.
Brewster Gardens is just across the street from the John Carver Inn & Spa.
Experience Living History at the Plimoth Plantation
The Plimoth Plantation is an award-winning interactive history museum that transports visitors back to 17th century life in Massachusetts. This year, the museum’s opening day is scheduled for March 16th. The museum features a fully-functioning 17th century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Grist Mill, Plimoth Cinema, waterfront exhibits, and much more. The Plimoth Plantation also features the iconic Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620, but it is currently undergoing restoration and will return to the harbor in 2020.
The Plimoth Plantation is less than a 10 minute drive away from the John Carver Inn & Spa.
Chase Herrings in Plymouth County
The 6th Annual Middleborough Herring Run Festival will take place this year on April 13th & 14th. Middleborough is prime location for herring each year in April. This outdoor festival is the perfect way to enjoy the fresh spring air. There will be vendors with hand-made goods, live music, fun kids activities, entertaining exhibits, educational hands-on demonstrations, and lots and lots of Herring! Admission to this event is free.
The Middleborough Herring run takes place at Oliver Mill Park, a 20 minute drive from the Inn.
Go on a Whale Watching Excursion
Spending a day at sea admiring magnificent gentle giants is an especially good way to spend a warm spring day! Although whales can sometimes be seen off the coast of Massachusetts as early as March, whale watching season officially begins in April and usually runs through October. Visitors eager to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures can find plenty of outing options at the Plymouth Harbor, which is a major hub for whale watching excursions. If you’re going whale watching in Plymouth, be ready to see a diverse assortment of whale species. Humpbacks, finbacks, orcas, pilot whales, and right whales are just a handful you may encounter. You’re also likely to see seals, turtles, and dolphins on your outing.
Plymouth Harbor is located just a half a mile from the John Carver Inn & Spa.