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Plymouth Rock, Plymouth

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Plymouth Rock commemorates the location where Europeans first set foot onto what's now U.S. soil. Although historians disagree on whether the first pilgrims actually docked their ships on a large protruding rock in 1620, today there stands a simple boulder to commemorate the birthplace of the United States. You can view the boulder and the beautiful coastal views around the harbor, where a replica of the Mayflower II, the ship on which the pilgrims traveled across the Atlantic, resides. Put Plymouth Rock into our Plymouth trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Plymouth.
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  • I do have to agree with both sides of these reviews. It is just a rock, but the historical significance is worth the visit.  more »
  • Think of this as a modest shrine to dedicated and modest folk. It's a rock in a protective enclosure. The viewer stands about eight or so feet above it looking down to the rock at water level (see fou...  more »
  • Hey folks, what can I say? It's certainly a handsome rock. If there were some eyes I'm sure the little kids would love it.  more »
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  • IF YOU LOVE ROCKS THIS PLACE ROCKS. There is a crack in the rock. But it's not all its cracked up to be. It is a huge monumental landmark for a rock in sand. Don't jump down there while the park rangers are around. Fudge at the shop nearby was good.
  • This is a free historic attraction in Plymouth. The public area around the beach has free museums and statues. The rock itself is kept in a small "cage" of sorts on the shore within a granite canopy for public viewing. Whether or not the rock is the actual rock the Mayflower pilgrims made landfall near will never truly be known. However, regardless of its actual status in 1620, the rock itself later became a symbol of New England revolutionary fervor and determination and has become a historic artifact and icon in its own right. This combined with the free and low cost museums in the area makes Plymouth Rock worth a day trip if you are in the area. It is especially quiet during the early Spring.
  • It may seem like going to see a rock is boring but to see the history is awesome. There are lots of stories behind the rock that are pretty interesting. I never had a desire to see it but now that I have I'm glad I did. Plymouth is great because not only is there a ln awesome rock but there are lots of shops within walking distance. Plymouth is a great town to tour.
  • Iconic landing place of the first pilgrims in America. The town has tried to preserve a litter of the features and made a good for around different fun facts of the days of the first pilgrims. Good to visit if you're around the area but don't expect anything or if this world. There are enough shops and restaurants and cafes to have a food and drinks stop in the area.
  • I would agree that Plymouth Rock is underwhelming. However, I give it a fairly high rating because, well, it does open the door for historical exploration. My kids definitely absorb more information and find it much more interesting when they have actually "been there". We also enjoyed our walk through town to see the rock.
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