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Plimouth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, or neither

Plimouth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, or neither

Apr 3rd, 2007, 05:18 AM
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Wow...We could obviously spend months in the area and not see everything!
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 05:41 AM
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I didn't mention King Richards Faire or Edaville Railroad for a few reasons.
KRFaire doesn't begin until Sept 1 , is 16th century England, and I didn't think fit into your historical Massachusetts trip and, although here it gets into personal opinion, a group of family, all ages, went a few years ago and did not enjoy it at all.

Edaville Railroad I grew up going to every year, the train ride through the grounds and all the holiday lights and exhibitions, santa /elves, etc.. now it has gone through years of disarray, new ownership, part of the land being sold off, etc and it is really geared for little, little kids - it is where they always have Thomas the Train , Berenstain Bears, Straweberry Shortcake, etc characters and little kid rides, etc. I can not imagine an 11, 14 and 16 year old enjoying it at all.

With all you want to do in Boston, and outlying areas like Concord/Lexington and Salem/north shore and perhaps an excursion to the Cape, and there is so much to choose from in those places alone, I would not bother with Edaville.

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Apr 3rd, 2007, 05:45 AM
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King Richards Faire, that's it- the event I don't recommend although I didn't intend to confuse it with Edaville. I would also say don't try to bother with Edaville as the driving could be too much. Its in a pretty section of Carver but will take quite a while to get to unless you are planning on focusing on Plymouth and/or Cape Cod. From the north and west- too much driving=itchy kids!
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 06:36 AM
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We went to both and I enjoyed both, but I felt that Plimouth was much more interactive. It's been a long time, but I remember helping one person stack firewood. The people were 'in character' which I do not remember from OSV where they were more like docents (which can be good, also) which was not as entertaining (to us) as Plimouth. We also enjoyed our time on the Mayflower reproduction where, again, the people are 'in character.' As we were leaving, we commented that we needed to get lunch. The Mayflower person asked what we were having. "PIZZA!" screamed the kids. Mayflower then inquired, "What is pizza?" When told that it was bread with a tomato sauce and cheese, he said, "Oh, you mustn't eat tomatoes. They are poisonious. I had a friend who ate tomatoes and a year later he died." My children still talk about their activities in that area.
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 11:33 AM
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We liked Plimoth Plantation best...especially the tee pees and native Americans hollowing out a tree trunk for a canoe and the building of huts that the "first comers" lived in. To give it more meaning you could read some passages from the currently popular historical novel "Mayflower". And if you get to the Cape don't miss the site of the first encounter at First Encounter Beach in Eastham. And Corn Hill...just a hill really, where the Pilgrims stole the corn from the Indians.
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