Touring Plymouth Rock

by Erich Martin

Sep 3, 2019

Plymouth, Massachusetts © Kerim Hadzi | Dreamstime

Destinations / North America

Growing up, every elementary school-aged kid is introduced to the mythology surrounding the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock and New England.


South of Boston on the Atlantic Ocean, Plymouth is easily recognizable as the landing spot of the pilgrims and one of birthplaces of the Puritan movement in New England. There are plenty of options in and around Plymouth for families looking to celebrate Mayflower Day and learn a little more about our nation’s history.


Plymouth County’s website is filled with tour ideas the entire family can enjoy.


Start with a tour of the famous Plymouth Rock. This tour lasts 30–40 minutes and kicks off at Pilgrim Memorial State Park. The tour gives context to the rock and explains why it is historically significant. This tour is canceled in the event of strong rain or winds.


To get a glimpse of the town’s wider history, consider booking a spot with Spirit of Plymouth Walking Tours. These tours last 90 minutes and give tourists a look at the history of “America’s Hometown.” Tourists walk through some of the footsteps of the region’s first inhabitants. The Plimouth Plantation and remarkable heroes of the Revolutionary War are just a few topics this tour touches on. Be warned young kids may have a tough time making it through the 90 minutes and staying engaged through the dense topics.


After a full day of touring and exploring, stop at Plymouth Bay Winery and pick up a bottle to take home. If your kids are old enough, this is also an excellent spot to get a drink before heading out for dinner.





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