New England’s Southern Coast is an experience of a lifetime!
New England's southern coast is full of vibrant rich history and gorgeous breathtaking rocky cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of outdoor activities, great Gilded Age mansions to explore, fresh lobster and other delicacies to enjoy along with plenty of maritime and living history museums.
Since it was settled in 1639 by the English, Newport has a long history as a bustling waterfront port city. Because of its location, Newport played a major role in the American Revolution and many points of interest revolve around structures from that period in history. In fact, Newport is home to the largest collection of surviving colonial buildings in the United States. Tour restored Gilded Age mansions, stroll beautiful rocky beaches, explore both the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse…Newport has it all!
The Breakers and the Marble House Scenic Drives
The most visited attraction in Newport, The Breakers took three years to build at a cost of over seven million dollars back in 1895. It was constructed for Cornelius Vanderbilt II and is considered the “grandest” of all the summer cottages built on Newport during the late 18th century. With 70 rooms, The Breakers is a premier example of a true Italian Renaissance palace. Also constructed for a Vanderbilt, Marble House was built in 1892 for William K. Vanderbilt’s wife, Alva for her birthday. This home has over 500,000 square feet of white marble and like The Breakers, it is a designated National Historic Landmark.
Home to some of Cape Cod’s best beaches, Provincetown has funky boutiques, great locally owned and operated restaurants, historical museums, Beech Forest—one of the country’s top bird watching locales, art galleries, lighthouses and so much more!
Experience a fully narrated historic tour of what was known as the world’s foremost whaling port during the 18th century. Nantucket is often referred to as “The Little Grey Lady of the Sea” because of its frequent fog and all the grey shingled buildings. You’ll enjoy such Nantucket landmarks as The Old Mill, Low Beach, the Sankaty Head Lighthouse, the Nantucket moors and the gorgeous rose covered cottages of Sconset Village.
New England Lobster Dinner
Roll up your sleeves and dig in to an authentic New England Lobster Dinner complete with boiled lobster dripping with melted butter, lobster rolls stuffed with huge chunks of sweet lobster mixed with creamy mayonnaise, grilled corn on the cob, boiled potatoes and wonderful fresh cole slaw.
Explore this wonderfully educational living history museum built around the love of the sea. This New England attraction consists of a re-created 19th century coastal village, a working preservation shipyard, four vessels that are all National Historic Landmarks, the Tregworgy Planetarium and nineteen acres of exhibits, art galleries, gift shops, restaurants, bakeries and taverns. The museum also offers educational classes in all things related to boats and boat building, navigation and weather seminars, cooking, music and craft classes.
Come visit the actual site where the Mayflower Pilgrims landed all the way back in 1620. Then enjoy the Plymouth Rock State Park and tour the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship.
A living history museum created to tell the story of both the Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag people, Plimoth Plantation includes a recreation of the 17th century farming and maritime village started by the Pilgrims in 1627 on the banks of Plymouth Harbor. All the villagers you encounter are costumed actors who will entertain and educate you about life in colonial Plymouth. On this self-guided tour, you’ll see rare breed animals, a Wampanoag Indian home site, the Pilmoth Grist Mill and a craft center showcasing traditional colonial crafts.
Liberty Bell Center
Home to the famed Liberty Bell, there is also a video presentation and other exhibits showcasing the history and symbolism of the bell. The 2,000 pound bell is now encased in a large glass chamber against the backdrop of Independence Hall.
National Constitution Center
This hands-on museum is just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. You’ll experience interactive exhibits, programs, the inspiring story of “We the People,” rare artifacts including a chair constructed for the First Congress back in 1790, and the amazing multimedia production of Freedom Rising.
You’ll enjoy an award-winning Broadway show featuring top name actors and actresses.