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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: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

2. 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.

Plymouth: Ghost and History Night Tour

3. Plymouth: Ghost and History Night Tour

Meet your guide in downtown Plymouth and embark on an adventure through 400 years of history and hauntings. Start the tour at the beautiful haunted cemetery, where you will be encouraged to participate in the paranormal investigations with your guide. Continue on past Plymouth Harbor and into the historic streets of downtown Plymouth. Listen as your expert guide shares ghost stories and anecdotes about the darker history of the city. The entire tour is completed on foot for approximately 1.5 miles.

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What people are saying about Plymouth, Massachusetts

Had a fantastic day. David was an excellent guide (and driver!) throughout, very easy to listen to, very personable and so passionate about the history and the city. The transportation is impeccable and very comfortable, with water and snacks provided. There is a lot to see and the trip is well paced, thoughtfully planned and I would highly recommend it.

The map they give you has attractions 1-5 but it’s a little confusing. All trails loop back on each other so there’s no real risk of getting lost, maybe just turned around.

Very interesting. Loved seeing the places on the way to Plymouth. The tour guide clearly loved what she did. She really knew history and was very interesting.

The guide was very informative, excited and knowledgeable. We had a smaller group but we still really enjoyed it!!

David our guide was outstanding! Full of information and took us to many wonderful and historical sites!