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Southeast MassachusettsUnited States of America

Unmissable purely for its history, this region also offers spectacular coastal scenery and a rich cultural community.

Remember the brave Mayflower Pilgrims and learn about what life was like for the new arrivals in Southeast Massachusetts. Leap forward in time to discover a proud maritime existence and explore the area’s excellent galleries and museums.

The perfect place to start your visit to Southeast Massachusetts is Plymouth, where a hundred or so weary travelers arrived in 1620. The towering 81-foot (25-meter) National Monument to the Forefathers welcomes you, with Plymouth Rock nearby. Take a look inside majestic 17th-century houses and join a guided tour of Plymouth Plantation.

To see more recent history, drive southwest to Fall River State Heritage Park. In an area of just 8 acres (3 hectares), admire the planet’s largest collection of U.S. naval vessels, including various submarines and the World War II battleship U.S.S Massachusetts.

For your own maritime experience, try canoeing and kayaking in Westport and Dartmouth or find spectacular windsurfing conditions at Horseneck Beach on the south coast.

Undoubtedly one of the finest seaside cities in the state is New Bedford, a 30-minute drive across the state line from Providence, Rhode Island. The charming port is alive with the cries of gulls as trawlers unload the day’s catch and ferries set sail for Martha’s Vineyard. Wander along the cobbled streets to discover scenic restaurants serving delicious fish, mussels and oysters from lunchtime through evening.

Find eclectic art in downtown galleries. Marvel at magnificent sculpture and oil paintings at Gallery X and the New Bedford Art Museum before you end your day enjoying a ballet or theater performance.

Southeast Massachusetts is defined as bordered byBoston to the north and Rhode Island to the west. Among the main urban areas are New Bedford, Plymouth, Brockton and Falmouth. New Bedford hosts many of the year’s best events. Join the Folk Festival at the start of July and the Working Waterfront Festival taking place during the final week of September.

Top Hotels in Southeast Massachusetts

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Extended Stay America Boston - Braintree
Extended Stay America Boston - Braintree
2.5 out of 5
20 Rockdale St, Braintree, MA
The price is $99 per night

Situated in Braintree, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from South Shore Plaza and within 9 mi (15 km) of Franklin Park Zoo and University of Massachusetts Boston. ...

3.1/5 (506 reviews)

"Fast, friendly check-in. Very clean. Wi-fi reliable."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Extended Stay America Boston - Braintree
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford
2.5 out of 5
185 Macarthur Drive, New Bedford, MA
The price is $179 per night

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seamen's Bethel, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (422 reviews)

"The hotel was on the waterfront. We got a room facing the wharf and got a nice view."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford
Americas Best Value Inn Foxboro
Americas Best Value Inn Foxboro
2 out of 5
105 Washington St, Foxboro, MA
The price is $68 per night

Situated in Foxboro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog and Hall at Patriot Place. Gillette Stadium is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

3.3/5 (733 reviews)

"Hotel was very well kept, rooms recently updated very nicely, staff was very nice. Good location a across the street from Patriot Place, & stadium."…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2020

Americas Best Value Inn Foxboro

Popular places to visit in Southeast Massachusetts

Gillette Stadium
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Gillette Stadium

4.5/5(385 reviews)

Catch an event at Gillette Stadium during your trip to Foxboro. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Old Silver Beach
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Old Silver Beach

4.5/5(171 reviews)

Go for a swim in the surprisingly warm water or enjoy the views across Buzzard Bay at Falmouth’s family-favorite beach.

Hyannis Harbor
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Hyannis Harbor

4.5/5(591 reviews)

See the Cape Cod peninsula from a different perspective by riding a boat out of this picturesque harbor or wandering along its docks and jetties.

Plymouth Rock
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Plymouth Rock

4/5(383 reviews)

No American historical tour is complete without a personal encounter with this symbol of national identity and origins.

Plymouth Harbor
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Plymouth Harbor

4.5/5(312 reviews)

Visit the place where the Mayflower dropped anchor and the Pilgrims first touched the New World, a focal point of any visit to Plymouth.

Cape Cod National Seashore
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Cape Cod National Seashore

4.5/5(617 reviews)

Covering over miles of shoreline around Cape Cod, this national park offers endless things to see and do regardless of the season.

Top things to do in Southeast Massachusetts

Guided Evening Plymouth Ghost Tour
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Guided Evening Plymouth Ghost Tour

$15
Per adult
Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour
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Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour

$70
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Martha's Vineyard
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Martha's Vineyard

$250
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod

$250
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Nantucket
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Nantucket

$250
Per adult
Boston to Nantucket including High Speed Ferry
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Boston to Nantucket including High Speed Ferry

$159
Per adult