Marine Biological Laboratory is what Lewis Thomas called the National Biological Laboratory. The laboratory is well furnished and equipped to carry advanced research and training on several topics related to marine biology, including bio-medicine and ecology. Regular tours are conducted here and there is a special visitors center that gives you in-depth details on the facility and the work conducted. To know more, check the website.
These former Plantations are a complex of museums devoted to early American life. The art museum contains antique toys and the largest collection of Currier and Ives lithographs in the country. A 1912 carousel is a favorite with children. A replica of a Shaker roundhouse contains antique cars. Antique firearms and uniforms are on display in the Military Museum. Charles Dexter, the original owner, spent years here planting and perfecting varieties of rhododendrons. Please note the museum and gardens are open seasonally.
Polly Hill started growing trees and plants from seed on the family farm more than 40 years ago, and they all grew to become the island's premier natural showcase. Hill has developed numerous plants now grown around the world; including the famous North Tilsbury Azalea. At the same time she expanded the range of plants on Martha's Vineyard. The requested donation for adults is quite a reasonable amount and children 12 and under may enter for free. Lectures are held throughout the season and tour arrangements may be made in advance.
Six miles of hiking trails meander through this 350-acre nature preserve. The well-marked trails lead visitors through open fields, woods, marshlands and beaches. Tree swallows, wood ducks, barn owls and osprey as well as other wildlife can be seen while walking around this wild and beautiful landscape. Special programs are held throughout the year, including Sea Ducks at Squibnocket in March and a large plant sale in May.
A classic 17th-century timber-frame house, the Jabez Howland House is located on 33 Sandwich Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This historic house also has the unique distinction of being the only heritage property in the whole of Plymouth where Pilgrims once resided. Featuring a porch, massive hall and a hall chamber, this house served as the living quarters of John Howland and his family. This historic residence was turned into a museum post-1912 when extensive revamping and restructuring work was carried out on the house with the aim to restore its original look.
An English ship, Mayflower, brought with it over 100 pilgrims who landed on the harbor of Plymouth and discovered their newfound freedom in the year 1620. The Plymouth Rock is supposedly the exact spot of the landing of the pilgrims and today a major portion of it is sheltered under a grand canopy made of granite. Located within the Pilgrim Memorial State Park, the rock is one of the major attractions for tourists visiting Massachusetts and with guided tours, people get to learn about the English pilgrims and their heritage.
The Winslow Crocker House was built sometime in the late 1700s. It belonged to a rich trader, who was in the navy, of that time whose house was probably the most lavish. The beautiful Georgian architecture building in the early 1930s, Mary Thacher moved the house and rebuilt it just as it was at its present location. She used the house to display her personal collection of antique furniture. The furniture varies in styles and times - Queen Anne, Early American, Jacobean and others – and is also accented with suitable accessories. A visit to the house will tell you all about the original house, about the move to its current address and about the priceless antiques. Call ahead for their varying open days and other details.
Built on the tiny Bird Island, this historic lighthouse is steeped in over 190 years of history. Originally bought by the government from a private owner, this little island off Sippican Harbor in Massachusetts cost a mere two hundred dollars! The first keeper, William Moore, a veteran of the 1812 War, began his post in 1819. Rumor has it that Moore murdered his wife and her body is supposedly buried on the island, although no evidence of remains has ever been found. Legend has it that the island is now cursed and the deceased wife haunts it. Today the island (but not the tower) can be visited during September through April. The months of May through August are off limits because the island serves as a nesting ground for the endangered Roseate Tern.
The Cape Cod Lavender Farm is a beautiful green oasis that's spread across 12 acres (4.85 Hectares) of beautiful farmland and boasts thousands of plants. The best time to visit the farm is between June and July when the lavenders are in bloom and the place is transformed into a riot of colors and fragrances. There's truly nothing as magnificent. The shop sells a wide range of Lavender-based products including baby-care products, body care oils, scrubs, gels, and much more. This place makes for a great educational outing and is much-loved by the kids.
Located in Brewster, the Brewster Ladies' Library was founded in 1852. It gets it's name from the twelve ladies who founded it and took on the project to create a library in town. An interesting fact about this library is in the early years, men had to pay more than the ladies in order to borrow book from this library. Though managed privately, it gets funding from the town and is a free public library. Apart from the reading room, the library sports conference rooms, an auditorium as well as computers for users.
The Nobska Light is a charming lighthouse in Cape Cod. The history of this landmark is written on a board that helps visitors learn more about its history. The lighthouse was originally constructed in 1826, though the one that is currently standing was erected in 1876. The brick-lined interior and the stunning spiral stairway adds to the beauty of this lighthouse. Gorgeous views of the surrounding islands from the top make the steep climb worth it.