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Plimouth Plantation


Plimouth Plantation

The South Shore is graced with beaches, handsome historic towns, saltwater marshlands and cranberry bogs. Visitors can make the pilgrimage to Plymouth "America's Hometown," to see where 102 passengers from the Mayflower stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock in December, 1620. Plymouth is less than an hour south of Boston and 20-60 minutes from Cape Cod, depending, of course, on which part of the Cape you're visiting.

Plymouth is an active community, where the past and present blend together effortlessly. Plymouth has always been welcoming to visitors, but recent improvements in the downtown area have made it even more so. The town is very walkable, with a good deal of the activity centered along Plymouth Harbor and the downtown area, which is only one or two blocks up from the harbor. Plymouth is an ideal vacation spot with a number of quality hotels and inns, restaurants, shops, attractions, beautiful sandy beaches and many other amenities. It also is an easy trip to Boston or Cape Cod for day trips. Or, if you're staying on Cape Cod or in Boston, plan a one or two-day trip into Plymouth.

Plimoth Plantation is a carefully re-created living history museum that allows you to participate in Pilgrim life as it was in the original Plymouth Colony in 1627. Converse with costumed interpreters who play the part of the original Pilgrims, explaining what life was like back then. This living history museum is highly recommended for family members of all ages.


Plymouth Rock exhibit, located on water street on the harbor.


Plymouth Rock exhibit, located on Water Street on the harbor.

Plymouth Rock ain't what it used to be. That's because over the years, souvenir hunters have chipped off approximately 2,000 pounds of the historic rock. Fortunately, what remains is now protectively stored and displayed in a sheltered Grecian portico. The story of the rock is inscribed on a sign and also told during certain times by Park Rangers who answer questions and explain the significance of this site. This is a free exhibit. Plymouth also has many other excellent historic museums and exhibits.

Plymouth isn't known for beaches, but White Horse Beach on Cape Cod Bay is beautiful, and just a short drive down Route 3A. In addition, whale watching, harbor tours, day cruises to Provincetown, as well as a number of other ocean-going trips embark from Plymouth every day.

To quickly find attractions, restaurants and shops in the Plymouth and South Shore area, use the Find Attractions search engine. To quickly locate lodgings, use the Find Lodging search engine.

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