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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. A visit to Plymouth Rock represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Plymouth travel itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Plymouth is a great little tourist town on the Bay and the "Plymouth Rock" is just one of those things you should take a few minutes out of your day of sightseeing to go see if your within an hour or ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    HAD to see it. I have bigger rocks in my backyard, but it IS Plymouth rock. The added portico makes it. THANKFULLY it is free.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It is a rock on the beach with the year of mooring Mayflower ... They built a small temple with columns. Besides an undisputed historical value there is so much to see.
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  • May 23, 2017
    Personally, I was disappointed that the Plymouth Community doesn't take better care of this important site. Scrappy landscaping. Vandalized signage. Litter. Pathetic gift shops. Seems intentionally neglected. We can do better. And what happened to the replica sailing ship?
  • June 30, 2017
    I have enjoyed several visits to Plymouth rock.I have gone every Summer for the past few years. A Nice New England town.
  • July 3, 2017
    I hate to rate this 3 stars. The good, it is free and it is one of those historic things you've been hearing about since you were a kid. It is basically a shared experience. The bad, it is pretty underwhelming, and it is usually pretty darn crowded!
  • April 18, 2017
    It's quite underwhelming but a great replica of a piece of history. If you're in the area, it's worth stopping by. There are some tour guides on site who can share the history and answer any questions you may have.
  • July 1, 2017
    Well, it's a rock. And it says 1620 which is kind of cool.

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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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