DescriptionPlymouth Rock is considered to be the place the Pilgrims landed in December 1620 and founded a permanent English settlement. During the first winter, half of the 102 people brought by the Mayflower died of exposure, cold and hunger. Survivors John Alden, William Bradford, Elder Brewster, Miles Standish and Edward Winslow have been immortalized in poetry and history.
Brewster Gardens on Water Street is the location of the Pilgrims' first gardens, which were called “meersteads.” At this park, Town Brook flows from Jenney Pond to Plymouth Harbor, and herring run each spring.
America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration is celebrated the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving.
The Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Sq., was built in 1840. A Roche pipe organ with three manuals, 55 ranks and 3,000 pipes is showcased; phone (508) 746-3026. The Plymouth Antiquarian Society offers guided tours of a few historic structures, including the Harlow Old Fort House . Located at 119 Sandwich St., it was built by Sgt. William Harlow in 1677. Displaying exhibits chronicling Colonial life, the house is accessible to visitors June through August; phone (508) 746-0012.
The Plymouth to Provincetown Fast Ferry, a 1-hour, 35-minute excursion to Provincetown offered by Capt. John Whale Watching Tours, departs from State Pier late May through September; phone (508) 746-2643.
Visitor InfoPlymouth Area Chamber of Commerce 134 Court St. PLYMOUTH, MA 02360. Phone:(508)830-1620
Plymouth Information Center 130 Water St. PLYMOUTH, MA 02360. Phone:(508)747-7525
ShoppingMain Street Antiques (46 Main St.) has more than 200 antique dealers. Featuring clapboard edifices and cobblestone walkways, Village Landing Marketplace (170 Water St.) contains specialty, craft and clothing shops. Off US 44, Colony Place (174 Colony Place Rd.) is a large open-air shopping center featuring such chains as Best Buy, Old Navy and Ulta. Located off SR 3 in nearby Kingston, the Kingston Collection (101 Kingston Collection Way) is an enclosed mall with a variety of national retailers, including Macy's. It also has outlets for Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and New York & Company.
Self-guiding toursThe Pilgrim Path features more than 20 sites. Brochures featuring a map of the path and descriptions of the sites are available from the information center.
Things to SeeAmerica's Hometown Shuttle Trolley