Plymouth Rock - Pilgrim Memorial State Park

Plymouth Rock - Pilgrim Memorial State Park

Plymouth Rock - Pilgrim Memorial State Park
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This American icon is encased in a Greek-inspired granite canopy and housed within the Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Many travelers make the journey from Boston to see this famous rock, which remains as a tribute to the Mayflower passengers who first step foot into the country. Free to visit year-round, the park also offers picturesque views of Plymouth Harbor and Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the ship. While you’re in Plymouth, don’t miss the Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation—a fascinating recreation of the original Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century. You can even embark on a historical tour which brings you to all the top sights. – Tripadvisor
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  • nutmac
    Los Altos, California3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A symbol of greatness
    I am so sadden by so many tepid reviews of this symbol of greatness. Never mind that Plymouth Rock may not be historically tied to Mayflower Pilgrims. The fact remains, it symbolizes the great sacrifices Pilgrims made for the greatest day in American history -- Black Friday, the day that follows Thanksgivings. So the next time you are shopping for a 5-year old TV discounted by $50 on Black Friday at Best Buy, think about this rock and what it represents.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 February 2024
  • RICART75
    Peru, Indiana2,297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic significance....
    Certainly the Rock itself is not necessarily awe-inspiring; but the history of the area certainty is. Even though the Pilgrims first checked out and eventually rejected the Provincetown area of Cape Cod, the historic significance of their settlement here, is still a touchstone of the European arrival on the continent. The Memorial encompassing the Rock, and the Park surrounding it; are nicely conceived and well-maintained. Having the Mayflower II docked nearby, makes for an engrossing duo. Being an off-season weekday, the area was uncrowded and quite serene overall; though several large school groups gave an occasional glimpse into what the summer season might bring to the area.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 2024
  • southerncaligirl72
    California737 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute town and lovely history!
    Wow! What a site to see. We arrived just as dark when a big storm was coming in. The waterfront was beautiful, watching the lighting off in a distance. Enjoyed reading the verbiage about the history of the Plymouth rock and Mayflower.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2024
  • SKB627
    Illinois323 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    Sure, it's a rock. Sure, it's relatively small for what we maybe imagine. Sure, it's probably not even the rock they landed upon. The idea is cool, though, and a must see whilst in Plymouth.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 June 2024
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Sylvie F
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I was just in Plymouth and we didn't even bother to see it at the end of the day its just a rock in a hole they aren't even sure its the real rock. I was born in Plymouth and lived in Bourne, Mass when I was younger but we moved to a more inland area in Massachusetts. One day we took a school field trip in like 3rd we drove 50 minutes to Plymouth and everyone got off the bus, took there turns looking at the rock and then we left we didn't even go to any of the museums in Plymouth or Plymouth plantation. At the end of the day we drove 50 minutes to look at a rock in a hole. That is were my hatred for the Plymouth rock started.
Written 19 August 2020
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kay-cee-1138
Houston, TX487 contributions
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Sept 2022
Whether Plymouth Rock was really the precise place the Pilgrims first came ashore or not, it is still worth a short visit, as a symbol of perseverance through hardship to start a new life in the New World. The rock today is protected under a handsome and dignified columnated enclosure; it is very accessible on foot, being sandwiched between the edge of the harbor and Water Street.
It is located just a short walk from where the Mayflower II is moored.
Metered parking (the kind where you pay the meter and it gives you slip of paper to put on your dashboard) seems plentiful along the street to the northwest. If all those are full, try the larger lot on Town Wharf road beyond the roundabout.
Written 21 October 2022
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Chacha562013
St. Petersburg, FL168 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Couples
As many others have said it is a rock. In the high travel season, it may be better cared for than now. You should take a tour with a Park Ranger as there is a statue opposite the rock that is impressive of an Native American chief. History is always best when put into perspective. This year the Mayflower and the rock may take center stage and it might be a better time to view the rock and soak up history.
Written 26 April 2020
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Dave C
Conway, NH1,226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Having the advantage to be born and brought up in Plymouth, I decided to return to see what changes have been made to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims landing. It appears that there have been many changes and embellishments to the museums and attractions which all should find interesting. The rock is protected by a portico and is on the Plymouth historical waterfront district. Worth a visit.
Written 19 June 2020
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MaryannF650
Clarksville, TN1,453 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Not surprising based on several reviews, the Rock was disappointing. I think we imagine a huge rock rather than this mid-size boulder. However, it is still something to see,photograph and think about its history.

According to available literature, “The stone upon which the Pilgrims were said to have stepped on when they arrived in Plymouth harbor on December 26, 1620…Geologists classify it as an erratic glacial boulder of Dedham granite.

In 1921, it was moved to its current location under an elaborate granite canopy on Plymouth harbor. Although no evidence supports its legend, Plymouth Rock is a national icon that attracts countless tourists each year”.
Written 25 June 2022
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Ben R
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
I am from New England and have been visiting Plymouth my whole life. So many tourists and even locals who should know better from New England come to Plymouth disappointed because they are coming to see Plymouth Rock. This is NOT the main Historical attraction in Plymouth . Instead tourists visiting Plymouth should buy the mayflower II Plymouth Patuxet combo ticket or simply the Plymouth patuxet ticket if they want to save money. That is the main attraction in Plymouth related to the Pilgrims.

Plymouth Rock is an antiquarian Relic that was an attraction in the 19th century. If you find yourself there walk a little way and you will be at the mayflower II. If you walk in the other direction for about five minutes, you can go up Leiden street where the actual colony of Plymouth was founded. Plymouth patuxet is a recreation of that colony and a wampanaug village. You have to drive about ten minutes away from Plymouth Rock to get there.
Written 15 January 2022
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TWB
Cincinnati, OH2,502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Rock in enclosure right off the waterfront sidewalk in downtown Plymouth. No cover charge, just walk up and take a look. This time around an entertaining historian/storyteller was offering up his time so I hung around the rock for that a little longer than usual.
Written 28 May 2023
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Allison A
52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Nice park to walk around to appreciate the water, the coast, and history. There's a Mayflower II exhibit to explore with paid entrance. Also, an easy to follow map to show you the features of the park. There are public bathrooms with working toilets and sinks. Plenty of parking available: street metered parking or paid parking lot in front of the water.
Written 3 November 2021
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glorijane w
North Waterboro, ME257 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The location is great. Great view. Clean park vibe. Will go back in the spring or summer it was a bit on the brisk side. The rock itself was like the kid said just a rock eventually she might understand the history if in fact this is the real rock.
Written 4 January 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,615 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
One cannot go to Plymouth without seeing Plymouth Rock. That takes all of 2 minutes tops. Luckily, it is in the same park as the Mayflower II, just down the road.
The sun made it difficult to actually take a photo of the rock itself. I had a couple of young ladies join with me to block the sun, so we could all try to get a decent picture.
Plymouth Rock is the legendary site of disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in December 1620.
The Pilgrims did not refer to Plymouth Rock in any of their writings; the first known written reference to the rock dates to 1715 when it was described in the town boundary records as "a great rock".
The first documented claim of Plymouth Rock as the landing place of the Pilgrims was made by 94-year-old Thomas Faunce in 1741, 121 years after the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth.
In 1774, the rock broke in half during an attempt to haul it to Town Square in Plymouth. One portion remained in Town Square and was moved to Pilgrim Hall Museum in 1834. It was rejoined with the other portion of the rock, which was still at its original site on the shore of Plymouth Harbor, in 1880. The date 1620 was inscribed at that time. The rock is now ensconced beneath a granite canopy.
Written 17 January 2024
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