Fun things to do in Plymouth Massachusetts
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9 Reasons To Explore Charming Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Perched on Cape Cod Bay just before you cross the bridge is charming Plymouth, Massachusetts. Home of the famed Mayflower landing, Plymouth Rock, and Plimoth Plantation. Historic sites, beautiful beaches, great seafood, and whale watching come together in this historic community brimming with activities for adventurers of all ages.

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1. Plymouth Rock

9 Reasons To Explore Charming, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Plymouth Rock

Everyone needs to see Plymouth Rock – it is a great, albeit questionable historical accuracy, symbol of the Pilgrims landing on American soil. Don’t be too disappointed, since it is truly just a rock; but it is encased in a beautiful superstructure built in 1920. Anchoring a beautiful park along the Plymouth Harbor the surroundings are more impressive than the actual rock.

2. Plimoth Patuxet Museums

9 Reasons To Explore Charming Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plimoth Patuxet Museums are the highlight of a history trip to Plymouth. Formerly known as Plimoth Plantation, the living museum is a study of the history of Plymouth Colony’s permanent settlement and the Indigenous people who lived there. The museum showcases America’s heritage and you will leave with a new understanding of Plymouth’s importance and the Pilgrims’ world.

Wander through the 17th-century English village and the Patuxed homesite as you converse with costumed docents enacting the daily life rituals of the time.

Pro Tip: Other exhibits at the Plimoth Patuxet Museums are the Plimoth Grist Mill and the Mayflower II (see descriptions below).

3. Mayflower II

9 Reasons To Explore Charming Plymouth, Massachusetts

Step aboard the Mayflower II, one of Plymouth’s most famous attractions, a full-scale reproduction of the original Mayflower vessel. More than a simple history lesson, the ship evokes a spirit of adventure. Touring this historic ship you get a sense of the intrepid travelers making an almost impossible ocean crossing. How brave and stalwart these colonists must have been.

The 2020 restoration is complete and the Mayflower II now sits in Plymouth Harbor. She is in the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a floating classroom for the young and young at heart.

4. Plimoth Grist Mill

The original mill was constructed by the Plymouth colonists in 1636. Still at working mill, it produces local stone ground grains. Part of the Plimoth Village, it is fun to see the original grinding stones in action.

You can order your own stone ground grains from the Plimoth Grist Mill to cook up at home. Once you get your fresh ground grains check out Flour Lab: An At-Home Guide to Baking with Freshly Milled Grains for ideas on how to use them.

5. The National Monument to the Forefathers

9 Reasons To Explore Charming Plymouth, Massachusetts

If you love a giant statue then you will be enchanted with the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth. The image above showcases only one small statue on this 81 foot granite monument.

Completed in 1889, the statues are a memorial to the Pilgrims who left England to explore and begin a new colony.

6. Pilgrim Hall Museum

The historiic Pilgrim Hall Museum offers guests unique artifacts from both the Pilgrim settlers and the Wampanoag Indigenous People in the Plymouth area.

Everyday items like an infant’s cradle, William Bradford’s Bible, and colonial clothing transport you back to a time when life was difficult for these people. Interactions and conflicts between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags tell a story of their relationship trials and tribulations.

The museum is a treasure trove of American history facts and artifacts.

7. The Beaches

Delightful Plymouth Massachusetts

Enough with the history, the gorgeous barrier beaches, Plymouth Long Beach and Plymouth Beach are perfect for catching some rays and cooling off in the chill water.

Pro Tip: Visit the Plymouth town website for all the parking and admission information for the beaches.

8. Whale Watching

Whale Watching in Plymouth, MA

When we were in Plymouth, we booked a tour on Captain John Boats. The atmosphere was fun, the boat was great, and we saw lots of whales — everything you need for a perfect whale watching experience.

Pro Tip: Check out 7 Tips For Whale Watching Trips — How to get the most out of your adventure and a list of what to bring!

9. East Bay Grill

When it comes to dinner time, there are lots of great choices in Plymouth. I personally like East Bay Grill. The patio overlooking the waterfront has an amazing view. The upscale yet casual vibe is reflected in the fresh caught cuisine.

I suggest the Lobster Mac n’ Cheese made with elbow pasta and fresh lobster meat smothered in a silky, four cheese bechamel sauce. If you want something a little lighter, the New England Cod is a great option; it’s topped with crabmeat and a bacon & corn cream sauce.

Books About Plymouth Massachusetts

Ghosts of Plymouth Massachusetts – who doesn’t love a great ghost story.

Pilgrim’s Progress: A Readable Modern Day Version – easier to read than the original classic.

Plymouth Then & Now – Full of beautiful pictures of this charming town.

Spend A Day Exploring Plymouth

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Plymouth, Massachusetts

Spending a day in the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, can be filled with Plymouth Colony history, on-the-water fun, and great dining. You may just want to make it a weekend getaway and add a day or two relaxing in the sunshine.

Pro Tip: Plymouth tours can be found on Viator – one of my favorite sites for booking adventures.

Happy Travels,


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  1. ITS SO ON MY LIST!!! Thank you for this article! I have ancestors that came over on the Mayflower so it’s on my bucket travel list. It makes me sad the rock has to be in a cage though.

  2. Plymouth looks like an amazing place to visit! Thank you for sharing your story I love the pictures you had in your post..the beach looks so inviting!

  3. I was just thinking I need to make a trip to Plymouth Rock but have been told there wasn’t much down there. I think it looks like a lovely place to visit. The view and the horses. WOW!

  4. Your pictures are so amazing and make us feel like we are there experiencing the area with you! Thank you for sharing and taking us along with you!

  5. Thanks for the virtual tour! Since we milk cows, we don’t travel much so it’s fun to see pictures of other places. 🙂

  6. I remember going to Plimoth Plantation as part of a 4 day trip in high school to Boston and the surrounding area and I loved it. I’m hoping to go back with my husband since he’s never been and make it part of a bigger trip to NYC, Philadelphia and DC.

  7. We have been to the plantation a number of times and love it. We especially loved the Thanksgiving dinner event.

  8. Thanks Sandi! This is great information on visiting Plymouth, Mass! I love the harbor and horses!

  9. I went to plimouth Plantation a few years ago and loved it and learning all about the history .

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