A Plymouth day trip or 1/2 day trip is a popular excursion that many of our guests enjoy. Often guests will choose to explore Plymouth on their way to us in Cape Cod or on their way back to Boston’s Logan airport to travel home or even while traveling to Northern New England while on an extended vacation.
Visitors from around the country and around the world are drawn to Plymouth’s significant history. Colonial history started here when the Pilgrims arrived in 1620 and the Plymouth rock is one popular visitor attraction (most people remark….”I thought it would be much larger”).
Plymouth is proud to be home to a working harbor busy with fishing and lobster industries, shopping and restaurant venues, numerous ocean activities and of course Plymouth Plantation where you can relive the days of the pilgrims.
If you have a full day to enjoy Plymouth’s offerings, you can most likely fit in a whale watch on Capt. Johnson’s vessels along with various other activities.
Some of the most popular Plymouth activities are:
Pilgrim Hall Museum – This is America’s Oldest Museum. Here you can see items that came to America on the Mayflower.
Plimouth Plantation – Here history is brought to life in a fun and interactive setting. At Plymouth plantation and aboard Mayflower II guests enter a living re-creation of America’s past. The thatched roof homes, hand carved wooden furniture and simple, metal pots and tools have been authentically reproduced to set the scene of a 17th century Wampanoag home site. The Mayflower II is a full scale reproduction of the ship that crossed the Atlantic in 1620.
Mayflower Society Museum -across the street and around the corner from Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower Society Museum is in the heart of Plymouth’s historic district. It is on one of the five original roads laid out by the pilgrims for their colony. The property overlooks the harbor where a reproduction of the Mayflower is moored. The house was originally built in 1754 by Edward Winslow, who was the great-grandson of Gov. Winslow of Massachusetts and a Pilgrim descendent. An interesting bit of trivia is that Lydia Jackson married American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson in the East parlor of the house in 1835.
Pilgrim Path Walking Tours- toward audio headsets and maps are available at the waterfront visitor information center for these walking tours. You would start at Plymouth Rock and winds through side streets on the matter. You will find homes and Museum celebrating Plymouth’s rich historic pass from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Village Landing Marketplace- located on Plymouth scenic waterfront hear it, you will’s have a true New England experience. There is a unique collection of specialty shops and restaurants that are locally owned and operated.
Captain John’s Whale Watch-Excursions to Stellwagen Bank, which is one of the primary feeding grounds for humpback whales, minke whales, humpback whales and dolphins, are part of this adventure.