Plymouth Travel Guide

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Plymouth Highlights

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     Total immersion into history and simple family life 

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     the rock was disappointing 

  • In a nutshell
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     Excellent capsule of time in US history - highly recommended for children 

Plymouth Things to Do

  • Plymouth Rock

    A short and pleasant walk from the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock really is a must see place to visit. At first glance, the rock seems quite small but for me, it is the symbolism that counts and this is immense. It represents the sheer courage of the Pilgrims to escape the religious persecution and injustices that they were suffering. On the day that I...

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  • Plymouth Rock

    A short and pleasant walk from the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock really is a must see place to visit. At first glance, the rock seems quite small but for me, it is the symbolism that counts and this is immense. It represents the sheer courage of the Pilgrims to escape the religious persecution and injustices that they were suffering. On the day that I...

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  • Pilgrim Hall Museum

    The museum contains an incredible collection of Pilgrim artifacts that tell the story of how this group of people built lives and homes for themselves and their families in a new world. There is a small theatre where you can watch a short film about the Pilgrims. The museum is incredibly informative and it is a perfect place to start your trip to...

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  • Mayflower II

    This re-creation of the original ship was built in Devon in the UK at Stuart Upham & Sons and sailed to Plymouth in 1957. It gives a good sense of what the original 17th century ship must have been like. On board there are a number of costumed staff that play excellent roles and give great accounts of what life must have been like both as a sailor...

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  • National Monument to the Forefathers

    When I visited here I was the only person there! It is a beautiful monument that is purported to be the world's largest solid granite monument and the third tallest statue in the US. The size alone is impressive but when you walk round and look at the detail it is truly inspirational. The setting is beautiful and on a nice day, it is well worth...

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  • Brewster Gardens - a haven of peace

    Very close to Plymouth Rock and on the way to the Grist Mill, these gardens are a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle. The gardens are very well tended and there are plenty of benches to sit and savour both the gardens and the brook that runs through. There are a couple of really nice statues located here, one honouring the female...

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Plymouth Restaurants

  • Wonderful organic food

    I stumbled upon this place on my first afternoon in Plymouth. A lovely fire was blazing in the fireplace which was really welcoming on a cold day. The place is quite tiny but cosy and there was a nice feel about the place. The breads are home baked every morning as are the cakes. I had a bowl of squash soup which was delicious.Service is a little...

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  • Great coffee and service

    Stopped off here for a coffee. Really nice atmosphere, the staff were really friendly, the welcome was genuine and excellent service with a smile. Plenty of seating and sufficient space so that you were not left feeling like you were sitting on top of others. It was a lovely place just to sit and chill for a while.There was a good range of...

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  • Cupcakes on the water

    An alternative to the typical tourist area snacks, Cupcake Charlie's offers fresh baked cupcakes in a variety of flavors that change daily. Parking can be difficult during the tourist season but it is well worth stopping by for a unique sweet treat. They close early, so grab dessert before dinner! You can check their Facebook page to see the...

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  • A Deli-good restaurant for lunch

    This place can make a good deli sandwich, or you can sit at one of their small 28" tables and eat something there. They advertise "authentic italian sandwiches, prepared foods and imported products.They have pasta specials for lunch, and they're located in the Plymouth Industrial Park across from the RMV. I had the pasta tubes (ziti) and chicken...

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  • New Pizza near Home Depot!

    Not a bad place for fresh, hot pizza! The small pizza with 1 topping AND 1 20oz.bottle of Sprite was only $9.60. Even their large 1 topping was $9.50, so prices are pretty good. This place appears very new and is across from the Home Depot. They also have subs and gyros.This is their 2nd location. Cattina and Eric Guimett opened the South Shore...

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  • Stay Away...

    When we visited Plymouth in October of 2008 my boyfriend insisted that we eat dinner at Isaac's. It had been one of his grandparents favorite places to eat and he had been a few times when he was younger, with some great memories.When we arrived there was a really long wait to be seated, and had time to inspect the restaurant which was extremely...

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Plymouth Nightlife

  • A good typical bar / restaurant

    This place is great for Mexican food and drinks. The shots are watered down a bit (especially the tequila), but the food is great! There's a bar on the ground floor level and upstairs. There are 2 pool tables and two dart boards upstairs. This place gets packed with 20-yr olds, so if you're in your late 30's or more, then you might feel like you're...

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  • Irish Pub

    This is an interesting Irish Pub style night spot. Good selection of beer and live music frequently.The decor is as you would expect with dark rich colors. It didn't seem to get much tourist traffic, but it had a warm atmosphere. The back of the stage is designed to look like the exterior of an irish cottage with plaster and thatched roof.The night...

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Plymouth Transportation

  • Plymouth is easy to get to

    Plymouth is located 40 miles south of Boston, and north of Cape Cod. If you want to go by car, head for the highways: Interstate 495, 195, 95, Massachusetts Turnpike Routes 3 and 3A Route 44.It's also easy to get to from Boston's Logan Airport: the convenient GATRA buses go frequently from Logan into Plymouth. You can also take a train from...

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  • Take the Trolley

    A convenient trolley service connects all Plymouth attractions in season. The John Carver Inn offers step-aboard service right from the front door. Ride all day for one low fare.

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Plymouth Shopping

  • Natural beauty products

    I spotted this store whilst walking along Main Street and what initially attracted me was the old-fashioned general store look that the shop front had.The store sells a lot of organic and herbal food products, many of which looked lovely and were certainly tempting to buy. What did really attract me was their range of beauty products - natural...

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  • A wine you won't forget

    Wonder what to bring from your trip to Plymouth? Well, it sure should be a bottle of their unique cranberry wine! Or raspberry wine... or blueberry wine... You can taste them before you made up your mind! Check their website for more info on their wines. They are all 'young' wines, made on location and bottled in the current year. And very...

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  • SITTING BY THE DOCK OF THE BAY

    This is a family winery right on the waterfront in Plymouth Bay. What name do you call such a winery. Hey! How about Plymouth Bay Winery. All the wines are made on location and are a little bit on the interesting side with names like Cranberry Bay, Drydock White, and Widow's Walk to mention a few. If you go to Plymouth, stop by. They have free wine...

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Plymouth Local Customs

  • The lady of the house

    This woman sat in a native's tee pee that was filled with fur pelts, small tools, the smell of a wood fire, and stories from the past. The kids were fascinated with her. She knew her history so well.

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  • Local Native Americans at Plimoth...

    Descendants of the local tribe are used to work at Plimoth Plantations. There is a little settlement where you can see and speak with the natives who live and work in the 1600's. Knowledgeable descriptions of cooking techniques, hunting, and other survival skills.

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  • Women's Work is Never Done

    The costumed guides at the Plimoth Plantation are wonderful. They will not leave their character or deviate from their time period. They speak in an old English manner. This woman had been tending her vegetable garden and hoping for a good harvest. All of her time is spent in the basic activities of growing food, preparing food, sewing essentials...

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Plymouth Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 6, 2007

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    Plymouth has only half the crime that the average American city of similar size has.
    Burglaries and thefts are the crimes most often reported. Violent crimes (murder, rape, assault), all total, are less than 70 annually.
    There are only 4 sex offenders registered for the greater Plymouth area.
    You have about as much chance of running into a criminal as passing a lotto winner on the street.

    Use common sense and don't act like a silly tourist and you should be safe in Plymouth.

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Plymouth Tourist Traps

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    Pilgrim's Hall Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 22, 2013

    Not much in here, a few artifacts a lot of reproductions and storyboards. Not worth the entrance fee in my opinion.

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Plymouth Off The Beaten Path

  • Nobska Beach

    Nobska Beach doesn’t have loads of conveniences, but it is one of many wonderful pieces of coast in this neighborhood. The way the water touches the pretty Massachusetts seaboard is a view worth seeing. Stopping by the beach is always a cool thing to do, and Nobska Beach in Barnstable County, Massachusetts is just the place. The close by rooms are...

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  • JUST LIKE A RUBBER DUCKY

    One of the best ways to see Plymouth by land and sea is the Splashdown Duck Boat Tour. Located next door to the Governor Bradford Hotel, this tour is a lot of fun for everyone. The big kick is to see the Plymouth Rock location from the water side, and the water ride past the replica of the Mayflower. Close your eyes as you pass the Mayflower...

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  • Morton Park

    One hundred and eighty acres that surround Little Pond on the west side of Plymouth.The park offers: four supervised beaches for swimming and wading; picnicking areas both up the hill and along the pond; paved walking/jogging routes; raw nature trails for hikers and birders; restroom facilites.The best part of the year to visit is in the summer...

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Plymouth Favorites

  • Plymouth harbor

    You will have a great view of the Plymouth bay from the Plymouth Rock or the State Pier where the Mayflower II is. Well, you'll have the view from wherever you are in Water St. really... It's relaxing to sit down and watch the boats and yachts, it puts you right the mood for more vacation!

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  • Lots of monuments and historical places

    Being such a historical place, Plymouth has lots of other monuments and important places which I haven't seen. I should have done my homework better before my trip!The statute in this picture is probably of lesser importance. But, in case you notice it standing in Water St. almost opposite the Mayflower II and wonder about it, it is the Pilgrim...

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  • Pilgrim Mother Statue

    At Water & North Sts. in a landscaped enclosure near Plymouth Rock on the grounds of the Mayflower society is the granite statue of a woman, which has come to be known as The Pilgrim Mother. The sculptor was Paul 0. Jennewein.On the shaft of the fountain that flows behind the Statue are listed the names of the women of the Mayflower in whose memory...

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