Getaway Guide: One-Tank Trip to Plymouth

September 22, 2012 4:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Mayflower II/Facebook)

mayflower Getaway Guide: One Tank Trip to Plymouth

(Photo Credit: Mayflower II/Facebook)

Whether you’re a Massachusetts native, a recent arrival, or a visitor from out of town, a trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts offers you plenty of ways to learn a bunch about Massachusetts and New England colonial history. This guide provides you with all you’ll need to know to plan the perfect visit to Plymouth, including information about top historical sites and tips for making your trip easy and enjoyable.
Getting There

Plymouth is about an hour drive from Boston on Route 3 off of Interstate 93 South. Affordable parking is easily accessible from both Historic Plymouth and the waterfront. If you are unable to drive, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority provides Commuter Rail service to Plymouth. Visit the MBTA website to view schedules. Click here for information about pricing and parking lot locations.

Visitors Centers

130 Water St.

Plymouth, MA 02360

(508) 747-7525

Explore two major visitor centers in Plymouth: one located just off of Exit 5 from Route 3 and another located on Water Street near the waterfront. Both offices are great places to get more information about Plymouth, including maps, advice and more. For those traveling to Plymouth using the the Commuter Rail, shuttle buses are available to take you between sights around Plymouth. Information regarding companies that provide services is available at the tourist Information booth. If you are visiting during the warmer months, you’ll find info regarding water excursions like whale watches and scenic, coastal rides.


Cabby Shack

30 Town Wharf

Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-5354

If you’re looking for a casual meal near the water, be sure to visit the Cabby Shack. Offering an award-winning clam chowder, the Cabby Shack’s reasonable and family-friendly menu features all of your summer seafood favorites. Options include both fried and baked goods along with daily specials. If the weather is pleasant, opt to eat on the roof deck to enjoy views of the water.

What To Do

Plymouth Rock

Pilgrim Memorial State Park
Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 747-5360

Conveniently located along the waterfront, make a visit to Plymouth Rock the first stop on your tour of colonial history. Protected from the elements via a portico, the rock is easily accessible with views from three sides. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation maintains the Memorial Park and provides free tours explaining the rock’s history. These tours are 10 to 15 minutes in length.

Mayflower II
State Pier Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-1622

Click here for information about admission and pricing.

A replica of the famous Mayflower (since the original is no longer in existence), the sea-worthy Mayflower II gives visitors a true, sea-faring adventure. Interact with the crew (actors in period costume) to learn more about the journey. After walking around on deck, head below to imagine yourself as a passenger who stayed entirely below deck during the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on the weather, be sure to view the outdoor exhibits that provide history about the original passengers.

Plimouth Plantation
137 Warren Ave.
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-1622

Click here for information about admission and pricing.

Located about three miles down Route 3A (south) from Plymouth Rock, Plimouth Plantation not only brings history to life, it allows you to interact with it. Real actors dot the landscape providing stories of life in 1620. Visit the English Village to learn more about the lives of early colonial settlers and the Wampanoag Homesite to speak with native Wampanoag people. Discussions with both groups will offer a unique perspective of colonial history. As a special note, if you are traveling with individuals who require special assistance, be sure to inquire about accommodations at the front desk. It offers escorts with motorized vehicles available to assist with transport around the plantation.


The Jesse Harlow House Inn
3 N Green St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-6877

Click here for reservations

For a bed and breakfast option, consider a stay at the Jesse Harlow House Inn, which is conveniently located near Historic District. It is a short walk away from major attractions like Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II. The small size of this bed and breakfast makes it even more quaint and unique. Book early to ensure that you can arrange accommodations.

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