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December 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

PP_EnglishVillViewFromFortIf you have ever wanted to re-trace the arrival of the first Europeans to our shores, then set sail or cruise to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

While you can’t land directly on the famous Plymouth Rock, you can get pretty darn close. Brewer Plymouth Marine is located within walking distance of The Rock.

In fact, the marina is located next to a floating replica of the Mayflower—called the Mayflower II the vessel is moored near where the Pilgrims arrived in 1620. Other nearby marinas include the Plymouth Yacht Club and the Onset Bay Marina.

Mayflowerii_frontanglePlymouth Rock marks the spot where the Pilgrims first made landfall. This glacial boulder left behind by the last ice age is part of Pilgrim Memorial State Park, which attracts more than one million people a year from around the world. The waterfront park offers scenic views of Plymouth Harbor as well as the Mayflower II, the replica of the ship that carried the first Pilgrims.

Boarding the Mayflower II is a fun way to experience history. You’ll encounter knowledgeable staff, some dressed in period costumes, who offer historical context and personal accounts of what life was like aboard the ship.

Nearby at 30 Water Street is the Plymouth Visitor Information Center. This is a great place to visit to pick up brochures, maps, and advice on where to go and what to see, including the charming seaside town of Plymouth and Plimoth Plantation (unless you have a car available, you may take the Mayflower Taxi to the plantation located about three miles from the town center).

plimoth1Plimoth Plantation immerses visitors in history; permanent exhibits including the English Village, the Wampanoag Homesite, the Hornblower Visitor Center, the Craft Center, the Maxwell and Nye Barns, and the Plimoth Grist Mill present the perspectives of the Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoags living in the area when the Mayflower landed.

One of the many special events at the planation is Thanksgiving dinner. You can experience this holiday where it was born. Be sure to make reservations well in advance!

Along with the history and natural beauty of the area, Plymouth offers shops and restaurants. One fun stop for beer lovers is the Mayflower Brewing Company, founded by a 10th great grandson of John Alden, a beer barrel cooper on board the Mayflower.

By Greg Sandler

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