If You Go...
Plimoth Plantation. Plimoth Plantation Highway off Routes 3 and 3A, 508-746-1622. Mayflower II. State Pier on Water Street, downtown Plymouth, 508-746-1622, www.plimoth.org.
Plymouth National Wax Museum. Across from Plymouth Rock, 508-746-6468.
Lobster Tales Adventure and Lobster Tales Pirate Excursion. Town Wharf on Water St., downtown Plymouth, 508-746-5342.
More Information: Plymouth Visitor Information Center/Discover Plymouth, 508-747-7525, www.visit-Plymouth.com; Plymouth County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-231-1620 or 781-826-3136, www.plymouth-1620.com; Massachusetts Tourist Information Center, 508-746-1150, www.massvacation.com.
The youngest members of your family will squeal with delight as they ride the Edaville, a 5.5-mile narrow gauge railroad. The 45-minute steam engine tour through cranberry bogs is best in the fall, when this bright red berry is harvested. During November and December, sit back and enjoy the Christmas Light Festival, on display as you travel the train route. A carousel, kiddie rides and small petting zoo on the grounds add to the fun. 15 minutes west of Plymouth on Route 58 in South Carver, 508-866-8190.
After a day of good behavior, let the kids loose at Myles Standish State Forest. This 15,000-acre recreational area offers biking, hiking and horseback riding paths, as well as ponds for fishing, boating and swimming. Lots of room for campers and family picnics. Six miles west of Plymouth off Route 3 in South Carver, 508-866-2526.The INSIDE Scoop
Favorite local spots:
Lobster Hut. Town Wharf in Plymouth, 508-746-2270. Not your typical "clam shack," this fried seafood haven features an expansive deck overlooking the harbor.
Plimoth Lollipop Company. North Plymouth on Rt. 3A, 508-746-5875. Known for its old-fashioned barley sugar lollipops and bins filled with salt-water taffy, maple sugar candies and "penny" candy.
Local foods: Lots of great seafood -- lobsters, steamers, fried clams/shrimp and clam chowder. And since this part of Massachusetts is known as "Cranberry Country," try the berry-flecked muffins, breads and jellies.
Best souvenir: Pilgrim hat that can be worn at every Thanksgiving meal.
Reviewed April 2004.