Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

1. Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

Journey back to the 17th century at Plimoth Plantation and experience a unique adventure at attractions including the Wampanoag Homesite, 17th Century English Village, Craft Center and Nye Barn. Located 45 minutes south of Boston on Cape Cod Bay in Plymouth town, the site is also known as “America's Hometown.” Start at the Wampanoag Homesite on the banks of the Eel River and learn how the 17th -century indigenous people lived along the coast during the growing season. Discover how they planted their crops, fished and hunted, gathered wild herbs and berries for food and reeds for makings mats and baskets. Look at different kinds of traditional homes, including a mat-covered wetu (Wampanoag for "house") and a bark-covered nush wetu (house with 3 fire pits). Unlike the people you'll meet in the 17th-Century English Village, the staff at Wampanoag Homesite are not playing a role: they are all native people, either Wampanoag or from other native nations, and they will tell you about Wampanoag history and culture from a modern perspective. Next, go to the 17th-Century English Village to admire a recreation of the small farming and maritime community the pilgrims built along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. Watch the colonial pilgrim story brought to life by costumed characters and find modest timber-framed houses furnished with reproductions of objects that the pilgrims owned. Nourish yourself at the Patuxet Café in the Visitor Center, where a wide selection of culinary treats from history, including Wampanoag and pilgrim foods, can be found. Try a 17th-century recipe cheesecake or the sensational Indian pudding! Upgrade to a Combo Ticket or Heritage Pass to include a visit to Mayflower II or/and Plimoth Grist Mill. The iconic Mayflower II is docked on Plymouth's historic waterfront and welcomes visitors to climb aboard and experience what the 1620 crossing was like for the Pilgrims. Plimoth Grist Mill is a working mill on the original site of the Plymouth colony, within walking distance of the Plymouth waterfront and downtown, and approximately 2.5 miles north of Plimoth Patuxet. Journey back in time at the first water-power driven grist mill in the country still in operation.

From Boston: Quincy, Plymouth, and Mayflower II Day Trip

2. From Boston: Quincy, Plymouth, and Mayflower II Day Trip

Start with a pickup from downtown Boston in a comfortable, air-conditioned, latest model minibus. Travel 30 minutes south to the historic city of Quincy to visit the birthplaces of two former US Presidents, John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Next, enjoy a scenic view of New England's coastline as you travel through Cohasset to the town of Scituate. Once in Scituate, you will have the opportunity to visit the Scituate Lighthouse and hear the amazing story of the "American Army of Two." Then, travel along the beautiful New England coastline towards Plymouth. Visit coastal towns, waterfront mansions, and a lighthouse. Once you arrive in "America's Hometown," visit Plymouth Rock. Benefit from admission to the Mayflower II and Plimoth Patuxet and learn about the site where New England was first established in 1620. Climb back on the bus for a relaxing return trip to Boston.

Plymouth: Ghost and History Night Tour

3. Plymouth: Ghost and History Night Tour

Meet your guide in downtown Plymouth and embark on an adventure through 400 years of history and hauntings. Start the tour at the beautiful haunted cemetery, where you will be encouraged to participate in the paranormal investigations with your guide. Continue on past Plymouth Harbor and into the historic streets of downtown Plymouth. Listen as your expert guide shares ghost stories and anecdotes about the darker history of the city. The entire tour is completed on foot for approximately 1.5 miles.

Massachusetts: Self-Guided Tour of the Best Attractions

4. Massachusetts: Self-Guided Tour of the Best Attractions

Get to know the most famous Massachusetts attractions using this self-guided tour, which comes with a guide, an audio tour, a map as well as animated videos at some of the stops. In your own time and at your own pace, visit attractions such as Harvard Square, Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and more. Begin your action-packed day by downloading the self-guided tour, and familiarize yourself with your digital guide. Make your first stop Harvard’s storied campus. Hear how the school got its start and how it evolved from a tiny college into one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Then, head to the Freedom Trail to walk in the shoes of the United States' Founding Fathers. Hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston and how those sparks became an inferno. Feel the revolution come alive as you pass sights like the church where Paul Revere’s famous lanterns once hung. Next, immerse yourself in the ship-rigging, ale-drinking, shanty-singing days of Colonial Boston on Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Admire harbor views and visit the site of the Boston Tea Party. Continue by following your app to the most haunted spots of the city and hear popular ghost stories. Walk through graveyards, execution sites, and more while hearing hair-raising tales of the unquiet dead. After, head to Salem, and learn the truth behind the infamous Witch Trials. Turn the clock back even further in Plymouth, the town founded by Pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower. See where they first landed, hear how they organized their system of government, and revisit the complicated dynamic between those newcomers and the Wampanoag tribe. Drive out to Cape Cod, where colonial history collides with the present. Cruise past historic villages and continue along the coastline to explore towns like Gloucester and trace their seafaring history. Ride along a rocky shore dotted by beaches, and catch some sun and surf. Head to Lexington and Concord and follow the route of a battle between an American militia and the British army. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and what it meant in the fight for independence. Finally, retreat to Martha’s Vineyard. Visit cute towns and learn some surprising history.

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What people are saying about Plymouth, Massachusetts

Great characterization of early life in Plymouth both indigenous people and European settlers. Good for age levels of second grade and above.

I loved the variety of experiences available in this pass. Easy to use and saved a ton of money doing so!

Great pass! Saved us so much on entrance fees! We’ll worth the price.

Worth the money. It is good to plan it out ahead of time.

Very thoughtful and sensitive presentation off history.