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South Shore Natural Science Center

48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell

781-659-2559; www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

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The interactive EcoZone Museum features plants and animals found in Southeastern Massachusetts. There are 30 acres of trails and conservation land.

Shields General Store

682 Main St., Norwell

781-659-2621; www.shieldsgeneral.com

The historic building housed State Police barracks in the late 1910s, and was Drum’s Emporium for nearly 40 years. The store now has an ice cream window.

StarLand Sports and Fun Park

645 Washington St., Hanover

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781-996-3053; www.starlandhanover.com

This 60-year-old park will open for a full season for the first time since it closed in June 2012 for $1.6 million in upgrades. Attractions include batting cages, miniature golf, electric go-karts, laser tag, and bumper cars.

Cardinal Cushing Centers, Portiuncula Chapel

405 Washington St., Hanover

781-826-6371; www.cushingcenters.com

Open to the public, the chapel is the resting place of Cardinal Richard Cushing and a replica of the Porziuncola in Italy. The campus includes a café, a gift shop, and the Cushing Greenery.

Bongi’s Turkey Roost

414 Kingstown Way, Duxbury

781-585-2392; www.bongis.com

Locals flock here for the fried chicken and turkey pies; boxed lunches are less than $10. Before completion of Route 3 in the 1960s, it was a popular stop for Cape commuters.

Major John Bradford Homestead

50 Landing Road, Kingston

781-585-6300; www.jrvhs.org

Built in 1714, the house is listed in on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is free, with guided tours on Sundays. Its summer breakfast season is in July and August.

Solstice Restaurant

63 Summer St., Kingston

781-585-2221; www.restaurantsolstice.com

This highly rated restaurant is housed in a renovated 19th-century train station, with the original train depot outside. The Old Colony Railroad tracks can be seen outside the old depot.

Mayflower Society House Museum

4 Winslow St., Plymouth

508-746-2590;

www.themayflowersociety.com/museum

This 18th-century mansion features period furnishings and an ornate garden. It has become popular with fans of Highclere Castle, the setting of the British television drama “Downton Abbey.”

Harlow Old Fort House

119 Sandwich St., Plymouth

508-746-0012;

www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org

Built in 1677, it is one of the few 17th-century structures still standing in Plymouth. The annual Pilgrim Breakfast to benefit the house’s preservation fund is scheduled for July 6.

Katheleen Conti can be reached at kconti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKConti.

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