What to do and see in Duxbury, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 16, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Duxbury (older spelling, "Duxborough") is a historic seaside town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. A suburb located on the South Shore approximately 35 miles (56 km) to the southeast of Boston, the population was 15,059 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Duxbury

1. Jenney Museum

48 Summer St, Plymouth, MA 02360-3456 +1 508-747-4544
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5 based on 396 reviews

Jenney Museum

Historic Educational Plymouth Tours and Educational Programs. Your Journey into History Begins Here! Meet Leo Martin, local historian and tour guide, who will take you back in time as he tells stories of struggles, survival, and faith that set the cornerstones of our country. Discover Plymouth's History - a Walking Tour: Hear about the people, places, and events that shaped the beginning of our country as you walk through the historic district of Plymouth. Reservations required. Forefathers Monument Tour - This hidden gem is the largest free standing solid granite monument in our country. The faith of the Pilgrims will become real to you as you learn what each of the five statues represents. Beginning with Faith, hear the faith story of the Pilgrims all in one spot. Conversations with a Pilgrim: Educational programs with Leo Martin and Goodwife Patience. Learn about all aspects of the Pilgrim family including economics, education, government, and faith. Christian Heritage Tours: If the faith story is what you want to hear, this tour is for you. All tours require a reservation. Visit our website for tour times and information about our tours and programs. Open seasonally.

Reviewed By brighton50 - UK

We loved the museum and the tour by Leo was a brilliant introduction to the Pilgrims. We had lots of questions and he was very knowledgeable.

2. Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Winslow Cemetary Road, Marshfield, MA 02050 +1 781-837-9400
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Reviewed By Stewart T - Boston, Massachusetts

A beautiful natural wildlife sanctuary. Birdlife is a bit sparse now but definitely bluejays, white breasted nuthatches, hawks and of course the poop machines (Canada Geese) that seem to have taken over. They make walking on the paths a little distracting when one eye has to be on trying to skirt parcels of poop!

Saw deer, crows, nuthatches and hawks this past Sunday. Going early when there are less people about will increase your chances of seeing wildlife.

3. Duxbury Beach Park

260 Gurnet Rd, Duxbury, MA 02332-4012 +1 781-837-3112
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4 based on 57 reviews

Duxbury Beach Park

Reviewed By Kai A

Look for the tides, personally I Like the app Swell. Plenty of parking for $20. There's a small snack shack where you can get beverages, ice creams, and beach food e.g. Chicken fingers, hamburgers and hotdogs. There's also a public restroom. A little rocky but as the tide goes out there's more and more sand. One of my favorites in the south shore.

4. Plymouth Visitor Information Center

130 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360-3838 +1 508-747-7525
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4.5 based on 278 reviews

Plymouth Visitor Information Center

Reviewed By 2CAtravelers - Brattleboro, Vermont

This is the place to go for info and maps plus the knowledge of local people. There is a pay parking lot right behind it but look for the free 15 minute spaces located on the south side near the entrance to the visitor's center. They can probably answer any question you might have about what to visit, where to walk, or where to eat. Very Helpful!!

5. Island Creek Oyster Farm

457 Washington St, Duxbury, MA 02332-4559 +1 781-934-2028
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Island Creek Oyster Farm

Reviewed By JayMarshfield - Marshfield

As a Birthday/Father's Day gift - my daughter purchased a tour of Island Creek Oyster Farm. It was so educational, so interesting and oh, so delicious. The tour starts at corporate headquarters where you learn all about how they cultivate the oysters before seeding the flats in Duxbury Bay. Then you're taken out on a boat just beyond the Flats where you gorge yourself on freshly shucked - absolutely delicious - oysters!! And ... it's a BYOB experience!!! It doesn't get any better than this ... sitting in Duxbury Bay, sipping great wine, and slurping fantastic oysters! This is a MUST DO for any ICO lover (like me) !!

6. King Caesar House

120 King Caesar Rd, Duxbury, MA 02332-3916 +1 781-934-6106
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King Caesar House

This Federal mansion was built in 1809 for Ezra Weston II, known as "King Caesar" for his worldwide preeminence as a shipbuilder and merchant. Weston's enterprise dominated Duxbury in the early 19th century with a large portion of the population employed in the Weston shipyards, farms, wharves, mill, ropewalk, or aboard Weston's fishing schooners and merchant fleet. Ezra Weston's ship "Hope," built in 1841, was then New England's largest vessel. Purchased by the Society in 1965, the house is presented for tours as it appeared in the 1820s. The house is noted for its rare French scenic wallpapers, portraits of sea captains, and 19th century furnishings.

Reviewed By marciaw - Duxbury, Massachusetts

Visiting the King Caesar House gives you such insight into how people lived in the mid 1800's.
Of course, this was a wealthy shipbuilder's home, not typical of how everyone lived. There are wonderful artifacts from ships including paintings of some of those built right there.
The docents are very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you may have. I highly recommend visiting during the holidays to see it decorated for Christmas.

7. National Monument to the Forefathers

Allerton Street, Plymouth, MA 02360 +1 508-747-4544
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4.5 based on 472 reviews

National Monument to the Forefathers

Reviewed By Joyflnoise - Atlanta, Georgia

Worth a walk or drive to see this beautiful monument. It is the largest freestanding granite monument in the United States. You can take the circular drive around the monument. Or, walk up the sidewalk for a closer view. Doesn’t take a few minutes and worth a visit.

8. Burial Hill

School Street, Plymouth, MA
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4.5 based on 277 reviews

Burial Hill

William Bradford, the second governor of Plymouth Colony, is buried here.

Reviewed By Lisa S - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Even though need knee replacement, needed to walk through this cemetery to take pictures for genealogy purposes. Beautiful scene of the harbor from the top. Definitely will take a guided tour next time. Wish I had printed the layout before leaving home.

9. Alden House Museum

105 Alden St, Duxbury, MA 02332-3801 +1 781-934-9092
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Built in 1653, this was the last home of John Alden, a powerful politician during America's colonial era.

Reviewed By fenchurch128 - Boston, Massachusetts

My husband's family is descended from the Alden's, so I had been wanting to check out this house for a while. Apparently this is the only estate established by a Mayflower family that has been in the family continuously since the beginning. Now it's run by a trust set up by various Alden descendents. The house is small, but it definitely gives you an idea of how hard life was even for what was one of the first families in the colonies. Parts of it were never modernized or wired for electricity, even though people were living here into the '50s, apparently much like their ancestors! We had a wonderful tour guide who was full of interesting information about the house and the people who lived there. Anyone who likes visiting old houses will find this to be a hidden gem.

10. Brewster Gardens

Leyden Street, Plymouth, MA
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Brewster Gardens

Reviewed By Alison R - Charlotte, North Carolina

Nice walk and part of the whole Plymouth experience. You can park at the grist mill and take a nice walk through the gardens and enjoy the scenery and historic houses/buildings in the distance. You can take one of the paths that parallels the street toward main st and enjoy the walk instead of walk along the street. It doesnt take long to walk through the park.

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