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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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  • Visited many years ago. It was much nicer this time. A piece of history and beautiful town and view of water.  more »
  • I frequent the Plymouth waterfront often as I only live 5-6 miles away. So I wouldn’t claim to actually go to see the Plymouth Rock itself but I walk past it while walking the waterfront often to see ...  more »
  • When I was a child you could actually get to the rock but inconsiderate people chipped pieces off and now it’s gated. It’s still very visible and one of those things that if you’re here you really sho...  more »
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  • It's just a rock. There is an app you can download with a free audio tour of the area. Each point of interest is marked so that you can play the corresponding audio. We were really interested in checking out the Plymouth Plantation. It was the last day to do so, but it was also just too cold out. It would be nice to check that out one day. Woods Restaurant nearby was recommended for it's seafood.
  • The "Rock" is sort of anti-climatic but that's because Plymouth is sooo beautiful. This historical bayside town is a must see...especially when the weather is good. The downtown shops and restaurants offer great choices for whatever you're looking for. Parking can be a little tough but not like in Boston.
  • This Rock is much more significant than the simple stone it appears to be at first glance. There is plenty of parking around town within a 5 to 10 minute walk of the Rock. And the main museum at 75 Court Street is a must see. Plan to spend 3 hours to see everything and enjoy a meal in this historic town.
  • Plymouth Rock sits on a beach in the harbor under an elaborate temple-like structure. You can walk right up to the railing and gaze down at the rock day or night. It's not much to look at, but it's exciting to think that the pilgrims were right here! History! Make this part of a walk up and down the harbor. There is a nice wide sidewalk with benches and other sights to see: a re-creation of the Mayflower (check to see if it is in the harbor, or out on a trip, or out for repairs), lots of beautiful boats anchored in the harbor, many boutique shops and places to eat. There is also at least one company that will take you on a harbor cruise. There was such a lovely breeze the day I was there, and people were out enjoying a stroll with their pets and their families. The harbor is beautiful. There are a couple of monuments to the colonists in town, and the pilgrim hall museum was small but filled with artifacts from the pilgrims.
  • I had a good time walking around. Thanksgiving day was a treat to see American history up close and personal.

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Where to stay in Plymouth

With no shortage of motels, hotels, and bed and breakfasts, Plymouth offers lodgings for every type of traveler. To stay close to the city's historic sites, book a room at a waterfront hotel--many offer touring and whale-watching packages. You can also stay near the historic harbor by choosing one of Plymouth's many inns, which also generally provide ocean views and offer easy access to shops and restaurants. Because Plymouth is a popular weekend getaway for many New Englanders, make your reservations well in advance.
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