Before You Go
Coordinates | 41.9584°N, 70.6673°W
Baton Rouge to Plymouth | 1,602.8 miles
Driving Time | 23 hours, 28 minutes
Flying Time | 5 hours, 20 minutes (BTR to MNI)
Why Plymouth? | Best known for its Native history, Plymouth is nestled conveniently between Cape Cod and Boston. It’s also home to Plymouth Rock and includes everything from water sports and whale watching to golfing, ghost tours, and culinary tours. After one visit, you and your family will want to return again and again.
Where to Stay
Enjoy all of Plymouth at Pilgrim Sands on the Beach. This beachfront hotel is conveniently located near all major attractions, and it offers beautiful views overlooking the beach, the Eel river, or Plymouth Plantation. The Sands is only three miles from Plymouth Rock, but when you step into your room at this hotel, you’re transported to a place of comfort and relaxation.
What to Eat
Will & Co. Cafe
6b Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360
If you’re in the mood for delicious brunch or lunch, head over to Will & Co. Cafe for some New England home cooking. Tempt your tastebuds with a traditional lobster in new ways. Try a lobster grilled cheese or chow down on the lobster benedict for breakfast or the lobster ravioli for lunch.
Bramhall’s Country Store
2 Sandwich Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
Known for lobster rolls, its Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and country charm, Bramhall’s Country Store is the perfect place to grab a bite during a day on the town. Bramhall’s carries local produce at the height of its freshness, flowers, fresh smoothies, and community-based fun, and kiddos will enjoy seeing the lobsters in the lobster tank while they wait for their delicious food.
42 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360
This standard New England Gastropub has one goal, and it’s to “provide a meal that brings you real joy.” The Tasty works closely with local farmers, fishermen and foragers to bring the best ingredients of the season to your plate. From salmon and pork ribs to sirloin and chicken, The Tasty lives up to its name.
What to Do
Let your little ones interact with animals while having some outdoor fun at the Petting Zoo and Horticultural Center. The best part is that your visit is free. Pack your camera for the incredible photo ops, and bring along a picnic basket and blanket for when the kiddos want a snack.
Experience three different parks at once at Edaville Family Theme Park. Learn all about Massachusetts’s signature at Cran-Central, go back in time at Dino-Land, or visit with Thomas and Friends at this family-oriented park. ■ edaville.com
For your older ones, let them explore what happened in Salem during the witch trials at the Salem Witch Trials Museum. This Museum features life-size exhibits that convey the emotions and thoughts of Salem in 1692, and includes presentations every half-hour. ■ salemwitchmuseum.com
If your family is looking for an outdoor adventure, Pilgrim Trail is a 2.7-mile hike that stops at all of the must-see spots, including Plymouth Rock. The trail winds through Brewster Gardens, which offers a beautiful spot to rest and have a picnic, before ending at Morton Park. ■ seeplymouth.com
Step aboard a classic train for a ride that brings your family to areas only accessible by the railways on Cape Cod Central Railroad. View woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs and salt marshes, and during the holidays, you can experience The Train to Christmas Town. ■ capetrain.com
Choose a horse or a Roman chariot as you and your kiddos take a spin on The Paragon Carousel. The Carousel is the last remaining attraction from Paragon Park that closed in 1985. Rides are available seasonally, rain or shine. Nearby in The Clock Tower Building, you can find the Paragon Park Museum. This Museum includes a scale model of the Giant Coaster, an original Kooky Kastle cart, and the scale from the “Guess Your Weight” shack. ■ paragoncarousel.com