2021 Summer Fun Bucket List

For the South Shore and Beyond!

May 27, 2021     Behind the Pines

We've waited for what seems like for-ev-ah for Summer 2021. Now let's get out there and make the most of every day.

This summer it's all about doing the things and visiting the places we've missed, with friends & family by our sides. The South Shore of Massachusetts (and beyond) is loaded with summer fun potential and this year promises to be extra special. So, we've done the digging and have a list of things to inspire your re-entry into local(ish) summer living at it's best.

Here's our Summer 2021 Bucket List.

Family Hugs. Lots of Family Hugs.

In some cases, we've waited more than a year to hug people we love. Huggers of the world, prepare to make up for lost time.

Be a Tourist in Your Hometown

How lucky are we to be a part of America's Hometown? While you may have the urge to travel to faraway lands, there's a lot to do right here in Plymouth. Rich with history, museums and monuments and don't forget the beaches, parks and gardens, local businesses and tourist spots can't wait to have you back!

Beach Days

Warm salty air, the sound of the waves, building sandcastles, or just doing absolutely nothing. Summer means beach time in these parts, especially in Plymouth (Guide to Beaches South of Boston | Plymouth Massachusetts on visit-massachusetts.com), just over the bridge on Cape Cod (Beaches of Cape Cod & the Islands Massachusetts | Guide on visit-massachusetts.com), and all-over coastal New England (Best New England Family Beaches, Vacations, Swimming & Surfing Beaches on visitnewengland.com.) Our seasonal window might be shorter than some, but we take our beach fun very seriously!

Eat Fresh Seafood – New England Style

This is the mouthwatering part of your summer. Wherever you live or visit in coastal New England, you can't go wrong with our fresh seafood. From lobster (thanks Yankee Magazine for this guide,) fried clams - whole bellies or strips (10 Best Fried Clams in New England - New England Today) or oysters (Oyster Guide | New England Oysters - New England Today) Indulge and Enjoy.

Pick Your Own Strawberries. Blueberries. Peaches. Oh My.

Fresh is always better - always. A great way to spend the day and support local farmers is to visit one of the many Pick-Your-Own Farms | Mass.gov.

Head to a Farmers Market

You'll find Farmers Markets just about any day of the week on the South Shore (and beyond). We're especially excited about the Farmers Market at Rye Tavern starting on Monday, June 7th. (Details coming next week!) Explore even more Farmers Markets here on the South Shore: 2021 Summer Outdoor Farmers Markets Day-By-Day in Southeastern Massachusetts - Edible South Shore & South Coast

Take Me Out the Ballgame

It is America's favorite past time after all, and our region is rich with options to catch the Boys of Summer at play including The Boston Red Sox, the legendary Cape Cod League, and our newest Minor League team in town, the Worcester Woo Sox.

Hit the Trails

Any day is a great day to get out and enjoy nature. The South Shore has an abundance of trails to take advantage of all year long. From Myles Standish State Forest (www.mass.gov/locations/myles-standish-state-forest), to Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary (www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/tidmarsh) to the 47 acres at South Triangle Pond Conservation Area (Wildlands Trust — South Triangle Pond Conservation Area ) and many, many more! (South Shore Trails - Complete guide to fresh air, fun and easy adventures! ) Or picnic anyone? (Ellisville State Park - Plymouth Conservation - South Shore Trails ) And, let’s not forget about Boston's Freedom Trail.

Search for the giants of the ocean

Arggghhhh Matey! How about a Whale Watch? (Capt'n Tim Brady & Sons at visitma.com) You can’t beat an awe-inspiring day on the open seas searching for the giants of the ocean! (Captain John Boats at visitma.com)

Go to a Drive-in Movie

Drive-ins have been around since the 50's and 60's, but we love that over the past year they've made a comeback! This is one pandemic trend that we hope sticks around. Moonrise Cinemas ( Home | Moonrise Cinemas) in Plymouth is a little extra with their outdoor restaurant and beer garden.

The Sound of (Live) Music

Boy have we missed live events - music, comedy, theater. Thankfully, it's making a return. From big Boston venues (Boston Concert Tickets | Event Tickets Center) to classic local venues (Spire Center for Performing Arts | Plymouth, MA or South Shore Music Circus) to the one of the original summer stock theaters in America (Priscilla Beach Theatre) - live performance is back!

I Scream. You Scream. We All Scream for Ice Cream.

Summer + Ice Cream = The Perfect Day. Breakfast, lunch or dinner - you can't go wrong with ice cream. There are a lot of delicious options for Ice Cream in Plymouth. We think you need to try them all this summer!

Go Camping or Glamping

Unplug from the daily grind and go camping. You can find places in Plymouth (Campgrounds and State Parks South of Boston Plymouth Massachusetts on visit-massachusetts.com) and South of Boston (Southern Massachusetts Campgrounds Southern Massachusetts Campsites Southern Massachusetts Camping Guide | MA Living). Or, if you’re not one to spend the night in a rustic tent, go Glamping at the newly opened AutoCamp Cape Cod - just over the bridge in Falmouth. And, here is a list of some other swanky spots around New England: Glamping in New England | Where to Go

Take a Road Trip

Itching to get out of the house? Here are 10 of New England's best summer road trips: 10 Best Summer Road Trips in New England - New England Today

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