Activities abound in and around Plymouth.  Some water action would be a trip on the Capt. John Boats or Capt. Tim Brady & Sons for whale watching or fishing.  Early morning trips are recommended for this because you arrive back in time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in Plymouth.  There is also the Pilgrim Belle, a picturesque and romantic Mississippi style paddle-wheeler featuring narrated harbour tours, dinner cruises and Sunday brunches.  Especially for children, there is the 'Lobster Tales'.  On these adventurous excursions, visitors get the chance to haul in lobster traps, learn about marine life, as well as enjoy the touch tank and pirate adventures.  

For an educational history lesson, there is 'Colonial Lantern Tours.'  Tours begin at 7:30 PM and 9 PM.  Your tour guide will be well informed and tell you interesting and fun facts about the Elders of the town, Plymouth Rock,  Massasoit, Governers Carver and Bradford.  These are walking tours around Plymouth which start at either Plymouth Rock or the Governor Carver Hotel and bring you through the streets and alleys of Plymouth citing the Sarcofagus, Massasoit statue on Cole's Hill, Governor Bradford's statue, Brewster Gardens,  The Maiden Statue, the Jenny Grist Mill, the Richard Sparrow House, Burial Hill, The Mayflower Society Museum House, the North Spooner House and the Mayflower ship.  The tour lasts 1.5 hours.  There are also 'Dead of Night Ghost Tours' which depart daily and nightly from Plymouth Rock.  These include a scavenger hunt geared for the young.

For the adventurous, there is Helops LLC which offers spectacular views of the shoreline harbor, lighthouses, and shiops.  Although it is a bit pricey for a 25 minute ride, if you want a treat and an aerial view, this is the place to go.  You have to call for reservations or visit their website @

Worth mentioning is a trip to Plimoth Plantation.  A visit here will immerse you into the village of 1627 English Village.  A film at the beginning of the visit will take you back in time and introduce you to what you will experience on this visit.  If you have questions, this is the place to ask them.  The museum's staff is very well versed in Pilgrim history.  Interaction is the key to this visit.  The more you do with the Pilgrims to help them out, the more fun and alive your visit will become.  Make it a hands-on experience by sitting on the furniture and take a few photos with the Pilgirms, help pluck a goose, throw the mattresses over the fence and ask the residents who they are and what they are doing.  Also, part of the Plantation is the Wampanoag Homesite where you will find Native People dressed in traditional Eastern Woodlands garments and well versed in their vast history.  Another shorter and less costly visit is the Pilgrim Hall Museum on Court Street.

Billington Sea Kayak is less than a 5-minute drive from Historic Downtown Plymouth featuring kayak, canoe, and standup paddleboard rentals on the beautiful 269-acre Billington Sea pond. Billington Sea Kayak also offers guided historic and eco-tours of Plymouth Harbor and of local waterways.

If you're tired of the typical tourist walk along historic Plymouth Harbor, you can get a whole different view of the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock from the water by renting Jet Skis, kayaks or paddle boards from Plymouth Watersport, located right on the town wharf next to Lobster Hut.

In addition to the above, if you have small children and need a break from it all, there is Nelson Beach Park at the end of Water Street.  There you can use the playground as well as wade in the water.  It's a public beach.  However, if you want a really nice beach for swimming and building sandcastles, visit White Horse Beach in the Manomet section of Plymouth.  That is south of downtown.  You can reach it by following Rte 3A south and taking a left at White Horse Road.  The beach has very nice white sand and no rocks.  There are some parking lots to park for a fee but you can also try to find on street parking and just walk over the dunes to get on the beach.  There is no charge to visit this beach.

Taking the walking tour or the trolley tour of the town is recommended so you will gain some history insights and learn about places of interest that you may want to revisit on your own.  The trolley does take you to the Forefather's Monument on Allerton Street which is often left out of most tours and not usually mentioned either.  It is the largest granite monument in the U.S. and the readings on the bottom of the monument are important moments in history.  Sadly due to time and pollution, the monument is suffering from age.  The town is trying to save it and restore it in the future.

Another attraction not mentioned above are the historic houses.  See under: Culture for that info.