5 Things You Must Do While You Are in Brockton
Brockton (population 95,000), Massachusetts, is about 25 miles south of Boston. It is often called the "City of Champions,“ because it was the native city of former undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano and former middleweight boxing champion Marvin Hagler.
1.The Fuller Craft Museum: As New England's home for contemporary crafts, the museum focuses on multicultural exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, and special events at which visitors can touch the materials and objects used to create art.
2. Buckley Performing Arts Center: In Massasoit Community College's Fine Arts Building on the Brockton campus, the center hosts concerts, plays, and musicals for adults and children. Its Live! at Massasoit Performance Series is the region's longest running arts series. The center includes two modern theaters, a state-of-the-art television studio, a radio studio, a painting studio, and a Media Center.
3. Pilgrim Hall Museum: Built in 1824, this is a gallery museum in the center of historic Plymouth, east of Brockton, which the Pilgrims founded in 1620. Among its collection of Pilgrim possessions are William Bradford's Bible, Myles Standish's sword, the only portrait of a Pilgrim (Edward Winslow) painted from life, the cradle of New England's first–born child, the great chair of William Brewster, and the earliest sampler made in America, embroidered by the teenage daughter of Myles Standish. Exhibits include the story of the Wampanoag people, who inhabited the area for 10,000 years before the arrival of the settlers.
4. Plimoth Plantation: This facility includes Plymouth Rock, where the Pilgrim's Mayflower ship made landfall. A 1627 English village and Wampanoag homesite are accessed by a narrow-gauge railroad through cranberry bogs. The park includes the Edaville USA amusement park, a Mayflower reproduction, Burial Hill, multiple museums, a planetarium, the Old Fort House, historic homes, and a grist mill.
5. Ames Nowell State Park: Northeast of Brockton, the park includes Cleveland Pond for boating and fishing, a picnic area, ball fields, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, canoeing, mountain biking and several miles of trails along the pond's edge and the surrounding woods.