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Plymouth

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings and Sea

Originally settled in 1620, the birthplace of Thanksgiving remains a great place to connect with the origins of American history. 

How do you get to Plymouth?

For many, Plymouth remains a distant, folkloric place more often read about than seen. The oceanfront view from Burial Hill is where Colonial Pilgrims first landed in the New World. In this community the Pilgrims braved harsh conditions to establish a haven for religious and political freedom. Come to Plymouth to deepen your understanding of this town’s special spot in American history and stay for the fruits of its New England maritime industry.

History tourism in Plymouth centers on Plymouth Harbor. Walk down the coast from Mayflower II, the working replica of the original Mayflower boat on which the Pilgrims arrived. Relax in the oasis of Brewster Gardens. Wander to the end of the gardens to find the Jenney Museum, showcasing the Pilgrims’ industrial and agricultural life.

Continue the Pilgrim experience at Plimoth Plantation, a full-scale reenactment of Pilgrim society in the 17th century. See a sweeping collection of objects from Pilgrim art, culture and daily life at the Pilgrim Hall Museum.

Plymouth also features coastal attractions that proudly represent New England maritime culture. Look out onto the harbor during sunrise or sunset and watch fishing boats make their rounds. Enjoy their catches at casual cafés or fine dining restaurants. Wherever you eat, sample the fresh fish and boiled lobster that this region is known for.

Boat trips are a popular summer pastime. The Pilgrim Belle offers a paddlewheel tour of several of Plymouth’s historical sites, as well as Clark’s Island and Gurnet Point. If you have a longer stay, ride the Plymouth-Provincetown Express Ferry to Plymouth’s bohemian neighbor, Provincetown, Massachusetts. This pleasant cruise is worth the trip in itself.

Plymouth is a 45-minute drive from Boston and an hour from Providence. Fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport or the airport at Warwick near Providence and drive down the coast. Most of Plymouth’s historic sites and many hotels are walkable distances from each other. Plan enough time to appreciate the significance of the historic events that unfolded here.

Things to do in Plymouth

No American historical tour is complete without a personal encounter with this symbol of national identity and origins.

Board this vessel to appreciate the experiences of brave colonists who enabled early settlement in what would become New England.

Many compare this structure to the Statue of Liberty, but the complexity of this representation of core American ideals puts it in a category of its own.

Visit the place where the Mayflower dropped anchor and the Pilgrims first touched the New World, a focal point of any visit to Plymouth.

Spend time in the company of America’s first journeyers aboard the Mayflower at this cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Enjoy a tranquil walk through this collection of beautiful streams, bridges and grassy knolls.

Visit this handsome working mill to see why many visitors call this water-powered marvel their favorite attraction in Plymouth. 

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Peer into the past during a ghost tour in the historic town of Plymouth, which dates back to 1620. Learn the history of the rope-making, fishing, and shipping metropolis, and get your socks knocked off during a titillating ghost tour that leads you past some of the city's most talked-about sites.

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Step into the playful and imaginative world of Thomas the Tank Engine with a visit to a railway wonderland that brings everyone's favorite No. 1 engine to life. With real, life-sized engines amid great themed rides, you can find a whole day's worth of fun with the gang from the island of Sodor.

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Connect with a local photographer to capture your most memorable Cape Cod moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on what to eat, see and do and return from your trip with beautiful, high quality, holiday memories. The best souvenir ever.

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Travel to scenic Cape Cod through the quaint town of Sandwich. Breathe in the salty sea air, and enjoy the sparkling beaches, lighthouses, cottages, and sailboats. Bask in the summer sun as you cruise and view the stunning Kennedy family compound.

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