In the 17th Century, the English settled in a small colony in Plymouth, MA. Now a living history museum, Plimoth Plantation includes a Wampanoag home site, a traditional 1627 English Village, and a craft center. If you are visiting Boston or Cape Cod, it’s definitely worth stopping by – my kids absolutely loved it! Planning a visit to Plimoth Plantation? Here’s our review and guide to Plimoth Plantation which will help you plan your visit.
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Review of Plimoth Plantation
Location of Plimoth Plantation
Located in Plymouth, MA, Plimoth Plantation is a little over an hour from Boston and about 45 minutes from Falmouth. It’s an easy destination to visit whether you are staying in the city or on Cape Cod. You’ll probably want to have a car, however. Plimoth Plantation is not easily accessed with public transportation. It’s one of the most popular New England family attractions, however, so it’s worth visiting.
Plimoth Plantation Tickets
Upon entering Plimoth Plantation, you’ll need to make a decision about the type of tickets you want to purchase. Standard tickets include only Plimoth Plantation, or you can choose to include the Plimoth Grist Mill and/or the Mayflower II replica. Both are offsite from the main Plimoth Plantation, so only purchase those tickets if you have the time and inclination to drive a short way to those sites.
Online tickets are also available if you’d prefer to purchase in advance and skip the ticket line when you arrive. Tickets don’t sell out, so you can definitely buy them in person.
Note that the Mayflower II replica is currently being restored at Mystic Seaport, so you won’t be able to see that. Keep an eye on the website to see when the replica will be back home in Plymouth, MA and open for touring.
Visiting Plimoth Plantation
After purchasing tickets, you’ll be guided to a 14 minute movie about Plimoth Plantation. Don’t be tempted to skip it – there’s lots of useful information, and my kids actually enjoyed it. It provides good context for your visit. Then, you’ll be on your way to the Wampanoag Village.
As the movie will explain, the Wampanoag Village is filled with modern native people who dress in tradition attire but speak in modern language. They were very happy to answer any questions about the time period or how the Native Americans lived.
My kids also enjoyed learning how to build corn husk dolls, and even made their own. This interaction makes the whole experience at Plimoth Plantation come to life. After we were done at the Wampanoag homesite, we took a quick walk down the path to the 17th Century English Village.
Unlike the Wampanoag Village, the cast of the 17th-Century English Village dress and speak like the settlers did. They are fully in character, and interact with guests showing them what life was like back then. You can also see the inside of the homes, and really get a great feel of what the settlement was like. Kids can really learn a lot about the pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag by interacting with them.
A short walk from the English settlement is the Craft Center, where you can see how modern craftspeople create items typical of the 17th century. Both of my children love arts and crafts, so we actually spent a lot of time talking to the craftswoman. Right outside the main room was a kids’ craft area, and the kids enjoyed putting together a traditional game to take home.
If you are hungry during your visit, Plimoth Plantation offers the Plentiful Café, located in the visitor center. This cafe offers basics like sandwiches, soups, salads (and of course, turkey!). But you’ll also find more traditional colonial and native items, like indian pudding, 17th century cheesecake, and succotash. So it’s a good way to try a few new things.
Plimoth Plantation also offers seasonal special dinners, including a popular Thanksgiving dinner (which sells out well in advance). You can find our more information on these on their website.
Our trip to Plimoth Plantation took about 2 1/2 hours – expect to spend more time if you have lots of questions, want to eat there, and/or visit during a busy time. We skipped the Grist Mill and Mayflower II (I’ve seen them before) but definitely check them out if you’ve never seen them.
Frequently Asked Questions about Plimoth Plantation
Is Plimoth Plantation open every day year round?
Plimoth Plantation is open from 9am-5pm every day from March to November. Some attractions are open year round, however, so check for more information on the website before planning your trip.
How long should you plan for your Plimoth Plantation visit?
We spent about 2 1/2 hours during our family visit, and we did participate in a few activities. Plan for a little more time if it’s a busy time of year or if you plan to visit some of the other attractions.
Where should you stay if you are visiting Plimoth Plantation?
If you are staying in Boston, you could easily drive to Plymouth for the day. You could do the same if you are staying on Cape Cod. There are also some hotels right in Plymouth.
Here are some hotels to stay at if you want to stay in the area:
Edaville Family Theme Park is also in the area if you’d like to combine your visit.
You can learn more about Plimoth Plantation at the Plimoth Plantation website.