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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 Patuxet and experience a unique immersion experience. The main campus includes two living history exhibits (Patuxet Homesite, 17th Century English Village) the Craft Center, Davis Gallery Exhibit in the visitor center, four retail stores, a cafe, and Nye Barn where some of the Rare Breeds animals live in addition to the Village to portray the Pilgrim story. After you view the orientation film in the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, begin your experience at the historic Patuxet Homesite on the banks of the Eel River where guests learn about the Native peoples who have lived here for over 12,000 years. Learn about the indigenous heritage of the Northeast from contemporary interpreters who discuss the 17th-century life-ways of a culture that continues to thrive today. Following the path, your next stop is the Craft Center where you will meet Plimoth artisans reviving historic crafts. Restrooms and refreshments are available here. Then, proceed to the 17th-Century English Village, a journey 400 years back in time. Plymouth Colony comes to life in a recreation of the early English Pilgrim settlement, complete with timber-framer houses furnished with reproductions of the types of objects that the Pilgrims owned, aromatic kitchen gardens and heritage breed livestock. Historical performers, portraying real people who lived in Plymouth Colony, will educate and captivate with stories of the Mayflower's crossing, life among the Pokanoket and other nearby Native people. Help with chores, learn a dance, sing a song, or serve in the militia drill under Captain Standish's watchful eye. Back in the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, you will find Plentiful Café, 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 to 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.

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What people are saying about Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 237 reviews

Kristen was an excellent tour guide. The route out & returning with points of interest narrated. Trail of Quincy: birthplaces of former U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, listened to a historian about burial ground, town hall & church. Nice beach stop for rockhounds. Situate Lighthouse. Eat at the Yellow Deli in Plymouth. Plimoth Patuxet Museum: people dressed in character village depicting Pilgrim life and Mayflower Il: replica of original ship. Plymouth Rock. Great trip. Highly recommend. New England tours should post maps of these places or Google - way more than we expected. Enjoyable journey through history. Kristen told all about the area and beyond.

Kristin was our guide and she was fantastic! We saw lots of interesting things in and around Quincey, with historic info from Kristin, then headed to Mayflower II. This was interesting, though a short part of the day. Next we went to Patuxet, which we loved! It's very well done, guides/historians were very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer questions. All in all, a fascinating day in a very historic part of the country. Kirstin provided us with great information, fun stories, some snacks, and her winning and very fun personality. I highly recommend this tour!!

We enjoyed our trip to Plimouth Patuxet Living History Museum. The staff are in character and tell you about how they live and work in their new home. We saw a musket demonstration which my son really liked. The inside museum was worth visiting too. The man who checked us in at the ticket counter was helpful and very nice. We had a good experience and would recommend it to others.

Kristin, our quiche was fantastic, funny, informative and we never felt rushed. If your in the Boston area book this tour and you won’t be disappointed.

Excellent facilities, friendly and professional staff