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Plymouth, New Hampshire

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

1. 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: Historic Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Plymouth: Historic Self-Guided Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Note: This 1 mile-long tour covers the essentials of Plymouth in 1 hour. With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, this self-guided walking tour of Plymouth is flexible and customizable. Discover this quaint yet historical town at your own pace. Your journey back in time begins at the Plymouth Visitor Center, where you can get acquainted with the town you’re about to explore. From there, stroll along the waterfront and get a crash course in who the Pilgrims really were and how they built a society. The first major stop is a real treat: a replica of the Mayflower, on which the Pilgrims sailed from England to Massachusetts. Here, you’ll also get the scoop on the Mayflower passengers who weren’t Pilgrims ─ people who were called The Strangers. Afterward, come to Plymouth’s most famous attraction: Plymouth Rock. According to legend, this is the spot where the Pilgrims disembarked to establish the colony of Plymouth. Learn the interesting history behind this timeless historical artifact. Then, continue on to the statue of Chief Massasoit and learn the true story of the alliance between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe, as well the dramatic events which prompted the unusual friendship. Next, pass through the beautiful Brewster Gardens and see the Pilgrim Maiden statue, one of the few surviving sculptures depicting women from this era. As you make your way inland, learn the truth about the first Thanksgiving and what most people get wrong about it today. Later, pass the Burial Hill Cemetery, where many of the town’s earliest settlers have been laid to rest. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Plymouth Grist Mill, which is open to visitors and offers a glimpse back at how the Pilgrims went about their day-to-day lives. As an added perk throughout your tour, enjoy animated videos of most stops, allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots of different centuries or interior rooms.

From Boston: Day Tour of Plymouth and Cape Cod

3. From Boston: Day Tour of Plymouth and Cape Cod

Departing from your Boston in comfort, your guide will bring you over the Cape Cod Canal and into the quaint Village of Sandwich, oldest town on Cape (1639). Visit the Cape Cod Canal Museum and marvel at this immense feat of engineering. Then visit a commercial lobster pound, a big industry in Massachusetts. Hold a lobster weighing 5-10 pounds! Stop for a photo of the iconic Sandwich Boardwalk, stretching over a thousand feet, crossing salt marshes and creeks to the ocean. You will travel through the village to a working 1650s grist mill grinding maize into corn flour for hundreds of years. Perhaps you'll want to purchase a bag of corn meal to bring back home. Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum, displaying thousands of pieces of pressed and blown glass in memory of the the pressed glass factory that put Sandwich on the map back in the 1800s. Some of the glass is mixed with "radium", giving it a unique glow and color. Heading back off Cape, your next destination is the Town of Plymouth, home of “Mainstreet USA". Your guide will bring you to The Pilgrim Hall Museum, America's oldest museum. There you will see original artifacts and furnishings of the Pilgrims; including the bassinet of the first born in America, Peregrine White. Discover what it was like to brave crossing the Atlantic Ocean as you walk the Mayflower II, an exacting replica of the original 180-ton ship that sailed 3,300 to the New World. Take the picture of a lifetime posing next to Plymouth Rock, where brave souls like Mary Chilton disembarked, seeking to establish a tenuous foothold in search of religious freedom. Walk on Leiden Street, America's oldest to see the Church of the Pilgrimage. Gawk at the Forefathers Statue, tallest solid granite monument in the world. Then sit back and relax as your guide brings you back to Boston with memories of a lifetime. (Lunch time is set-aside at a local (inexpensive) restaurant in Sandwich or Plymouth.)

Plymouth, MA: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

4. Plymouth, MA: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Step into the shoes of a newly-minted detective, tasked by Commander Mahoney to solve a gripping case... murder on the streets of Plymouth. During this crime solving audio adventure, you'll visit each of the 10 locations marked on the map, either in person or virtually via the web version (included). You'll have the choice to experience the downtown area with the walking map, go with one of the two driving routes on the outskirts of the city. *see images for exact routes New for 2024, you'll also have the option of exploring the downtown area from your couch while playing the web version on any browser enabled device (PC, tablet, cast to Smart TV). You'll park or stop at each location, listen to the audio story and put your detective skills to the test by gathering clues and piecing together the evidence. At the end, you'll make your deductions and issue an arrest warrant. Your all around detective skills will be tested too, culminating in a Case Performance Score to gauge your sleuthing prowess. Suitable for solo detectives, dynamic duos, or groups of mystery enthusiasts, this game will have you immersed in an audio tale full of intrigue. The game awaits, detective – are you prepared to crack the case?

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What people are saying about Plymouth, New Hampshire

Overall rating

4.8
(28 reviews)

This was fun and engaging. A good walk too, map reading skills, would suggest headphones if it's a busy day. I like that you can pace yourself how you want and go back to review the evidence when figuring everything out. Plymouth had some buildings on the map under construction so finding them at night with the black tarps over them took a minute, and one of the lots got repaved so we couldn't answer the observation question correctly but who cares we had a good time.

It was very good!! Nice ride to the Plymouth area, looking at the beautiful fall foliage and coast towns. Our tour guide was excelente and very knowledgeable. Definitely a very nice alternative to see Boston’s suburbs and learn its history.

Our Tour Guide was very nice. He recommendesd us the perfect place for lunch. He was also very entertaining when telling us about America's history. New England is always worth a visit.

David (our guide) has an obvious love for the history of the area and added much more than I expected to the trip. The site, the history and the food along the way was excellent.

everything was great! I had a good trip. thank you David!