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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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  • Through my paternal grandmother I am descended from 2 different passengers on the Mayflower. People might think this site is lame but I still enjoyed seeing it as it is a sacred place. Worth the look ...  more »
  • Was great to see some Interp folks talking about the history when we arrived. Amusingly I was sad that I couldn’t touch it. Nicely preserved  more »
  • The entire area is under construction right now but they know it's a problem and have a strong police presence to keep you safely out of harms way. Worth the visit and there's a ranger on duty all the...  more »
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  • 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?
  • I have enjoyed several visits to Plymouth rock.I have gone every Summer for the past few years. A Nice New England town.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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