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Plymouth, Massachusetts, is famous because of a small and rather unimpressive boulder—but "America's Hometown" has lots more to visit beyond Plymouth Rock.

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When visitors come to see Plymouth Rock, 40 miles (64 km, 50 minutes' drive) southeast of Boston MA (map), they are coming not because the rock is much to look at, but because the town of Plymouth, as the landing place of the Pilgrims, is a symbol for the ideal of religious freedom and the quest for a better life.

Other than its famous attractions, Plymouth—which calls itself "America's Hometown"—is a workaday sort of place, a working-class and middle-class Massachusetts South Shore community that's a nice enough place to live, but not a place to linger long if you're just visiting.

1620 & More


  Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Massachusetts
 

The Rock...

Besides the Rock—its only notable features are a crack and the date "1620" engraved on it, which will take you about 5 minutes to inspect—Plymouth has lots of other sights and exhibits dealing with Pilgrim and Early American history:

Mayflower II

You'll want to visit this full-size replica of the Pilgrim ship Mayflower, built in England and sailed across the Atlantic to Plymouth MA in 1957. More...

Plimoth Plantation

This authentic re-creation of an entire Pilgrim village from 1627, complete with living inhabitants, takes you—and especially children—back in time. Even the animals are authentic to the time. More...

Pilgrim Hall Museum

Many of the actual 17th-century objects and furnishings used by the Pilgrims are preserved in this time capsule of a museum. More...

Here's a full list of what to see and do in Plymouth.

Transportation

Many people make Plymouth a day trip, stopping here on their way from Boston to Cape Cod or vice versa. P&B buses can get you here from Boston or Hyannis in 45 minutes. More...

Where to Stay

Should you want to stay overnight in the Pilgrims' town, there are several attractive lodging possibilities. Here are hotels, motels, inns and B&Bs in Plymouth. More...

Use this handy Hotel Search Box to find out about locations, prices and room availability on Plymouth:

—by Tom Brosnahan


Short History of Plymouth

Hotels, Motels, Inns & B&Bs

What to See & Do in Plymouth

Plymouth Rock

Mayflower II

Plimoth Plantation

Tourist Information

Plymouth Transportation

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About the South Shore

Cape Cod

About Massachusetts

 

 

Mayflower II, Plymouth MA

Above, the Mayflower II, a replica of the original Pilgrim ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620.

Below, the enclosure sheltering Plymouth Rock.

 




Plymouth Rock, Plymouth MA

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