Massachusetts may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

PlymouthUnited States of America

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

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.

Where to stay in Plymouth

Plymouth featuring kite surfing

Plymouth Cultural District

4.5/5Wonderful!(97 area reviews)

While visiting Plymouth Cultural District, you might make a stop by sights like Plymouth Rock and Plymouth Harbor.

Plymouth Cultural District

Top Hotels in Plymouth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor
3 out of 5
180 Water St, Plymouth, MA
The price is $114 per night

Located in Plymouth Cultural District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plymouth Harbor and Plymouth Rock. Waterfront Visitor Information Center and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (869 reviews)

"Hotel is really nice, clean and best location. We got a room with a balcony overlooking indoor pool. If you plan on napping in room chose a different location. But at night there was no issue."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2020

Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor
Pilgrim Sands on Long Beach
Pilgrim Sands on Long Beach
2 out of 5
150 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA
The price is $127 per night

Located in Plymouth, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 15-minute walk of Plymouth Long Beach and Plimoth Plantation. Plymouth ...

3.8/5Good! (831 reviews)

"The weekend we stayed wasn't overly crowded & the other guests weren't too loud which was nice. They didn't clean rooms due to COVID so having a broom in the room would have been nice because after three days I felt like I was living in filth with all the sand and dirty towels. They gave a 'breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Pilgrim Sands on Long Beach
John Carver Inn & Spa
John Carver Inn & Spa
3 out of 5
25 Summer Street, Plymouth, MA
The price is $129 per night

This family-friendly Plymouth hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Richard Sparrow House and Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Harbor ...

4.1/5Very Good! (851 reviews)

"El trato del servicio al cliente, habitacion, picina...muy bien !!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

John Carver Inn & Spa

Popular places to visit in Plymouth

Plymouth Rock
Image for Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock

4/5(384 reviews)

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

Plymouth Harbor
Image for Plymouth Harbor

Plymouth Harbor

4.5/5(312 reviews)

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

Mayflower II
Image for Mayflower II

Mayflower II

4/5(110 reviews)

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

National Monument to the Forefathers
Image for National Monument to the Forefathers

National Monument to the Forefathers

4.5/5(90 reviews)

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.

Jenney Grist Mill
Image for Jenney Grist Mill

Jenney Grist Mill

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

Brewster Gardens
Image for Brewster Gardens

Brewster Gardens

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

Top things to do in Plymouth

Boston to Plymouth includes Quincy, Mayflower and Plantation
Image for Boston to Plymouth includes Quincy, Mayflower and Plantation

Boston to Plymouth includes Quincy, Mayflower and Plantation

$119
Per adult
Guided Evening Plymouth Ghost Tour
Image for Guided Evening Plymouth Ghost Tour

Guided Evening Plymouth Ghost Tour

$15
Per adult
Walk on Water Nature Tour
Image for Walk on Water Nature Tour

Walk on Water Nature Tour

$70
Per adult
Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour
Image for Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour

Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour

$70
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod
Image for Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod

Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod

$250
Per adult
Wine and Wine Jelly-Sauce Tasting on Plymouth Bay
Image for Wine and Wine Jelly-Sauce Tasting on Plymouth Bay

Wine and Wine Jelly-Sauce Tasting on Plymouth Bay

$7
Per adult

Reviews of Plymouth

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
178
5 - Excellent 56.32911392405063%
4 - Good
124
4 - Good 39.24050632911393%
3 - Okay
14
3 - Okay 4.430379746835443%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 11, 2020

Great place.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 3, 2020

Unfortunately, the day we stayed, there was bad weather so it severely limited what we could do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 25, 2019

Quaint New England town. Lots of history. Spend more than one night, too much to see and do in a day.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

We were there to watch our grandson/nephew play in the state championship game at Gillette stadium and our son lives in Plymouth which is why we did no sightseeing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

Visit Plymouth plantation and do not rely on info in the web concerning opening hours of Plymouth restaurants and sights 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

Nice town center. There was a wonderful parade in anticipation of Thanksgiving.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Plymouth

Image for Helping you map out this year’s travel adventures

Helping you map out this year’s travel adventures

Helping you map out this year’s travel adventures

Cities near Plymouth

Southeast Massachusetts showing fall colors, fishing and a river or creek

Buzzards Bay

Southeast Massachusetts showing fall colors, fishing and a river or creek

Bourne