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  • Location:Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Plimoth Plantation Living Museum Day Trip from Boston

Journey back in time and see how life was for the Pilgrims and Wampanoag American Indians in the 1600s on this day tour to the Plimoth Plantation, a living museum south of Boston in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Interact with costumed actors who reenact the Pilgrims' daily tasks in the English colony and check out a Wampanoag home site that has been recreated alongside the colony. Board the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the pilgrims to the New World, to complete your trip into colonial America.


  • Day tour of the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts from Boston
  • Interact with actors who accurately reenact life in colonial America at Plimoth Plantation
  • Visit the recreated Wampanoag homesite and learn from modern day American Indians about the Wampanoag ancestors as well as life today
  • Stroll along the waterfront where you can see Plymouth Rock, where the English colonists first landed
  • Tour the Mayflower II and get an idea of what the journey from England to America would have been like for the pilgrims
  • Climb Cole Hill to check out the first pilgrim cemetery in Plymouth
  • See artisans at the Craft Center work with the technology of the 1600s to make clothing, tools, housewares and other necessities

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What You Can Expect

Plimoth Plantation Living Museum Day Trip from Boston

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After morning pickup at your Boston hotel, travel by air-conditioned luxury coach 45 miles (72 km) south while listening to your professional guide explain the history of Plymouth and the arrival of the first pilgrims on the Mayflower. When you reach Plimouth Plantation, immerse yourself in this living museum where you meet convincing actors who speak old English as they tell you about their daily life in this historically accurate recreation of the small English colony. Watch how the blacksmithing, cooking and farming was done in the early 1600s and feel free to ask questions of the knowledgeable actors.

At the Wampanoag home site next to the colony, you’ll meet American Indians from different nations who demonstrate how the Wampanoag's ancestors lived and talk about how they interacted with the pilgrims. They also tell you about how they live in present day and will answer questions.

Don’t miss the Craft Center at Plimouth Plantation, where contemporary artisans show the 17th century techniques that American Indians and English colonists used to make tools, pots, headdresses, clothing and furniture. The center aims to preserve the knowledge of these ancient technologies.

You’ll have free time in to check out the waterfront where you’ll find Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship that the English colonists sailed to Plymouth. Historical actors describe the journey and living conditions aboard the Mayflower during the Atlantic crossing, bringing history to life with vivid detail as you walk about the ship. Or choose to climb Cole’s Hill, a National Historic Landmark, which contains the first cemetery used by the pilgrims in 1620.

After you have explored the living history at the Plimoth Plantation, your coach returns you to your Boston hotel.

This tour is seasonal and only operates from June to October

When the Mayflower II is in drydock, an alternative venue is scheduled.

Customer Reviews

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour, Bob was a wonderful tour guide. It was a nice piece of history with beautiful views.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was one of our favorite day trips from Boston. Our tour guide, Bob, was excellent. We covered many sights, had a great lunch, plus lots of time to walk around and learn. I recommend this day trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Enjoyed this tour. Great Bus driver. Gave lots of information and history of Plimoth.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great trip. The Plantation was fascinating. Plymouth and the Mayflower were great.
Our driver Brian had plenty of localknowledgeand made the trip interesting throughout

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fabulous day! We loved having Brian as our guide. He was fun, knowledgeable and showed us all of Plymouth. The plantation was incredible! From the Native Americans to the Pilgrims who totally stay in character you can almost feel yourself being transported back in time. The Mayflower II really helps you in vision what the voyage and winter aboard must've been like for all aboard. Great history lesson! Great restaurant, The Cabby Shack, was featured on The Food Network for their clam chowder was well worth it.... amazingly good! This tour is a MUST do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The visit to the Plimouth Plantation was a real eye opener for us. With the historically accurate village and the actors playing the roles of settlers, you left with a good sense of what these brave people went through.
Not all the actors will seek you out, so do make a point of approaching them. Ask them things like where they came from, why they came, the voyage from England... they stay in character and will do a nice job of it. After the plantation comes a visit to Plymouth. While the famous Plymouth rock isn't terribly impressive, it is good to see it , and there is a great scale replica of the Mayflower for you to visit. Once again, you will find actors who will tell you about the ship and the voyage from a first person point of view.
Our guide was Brian, and he does a fine job of teaching you about the area. He's a good guy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is a well done tour. Brian did a great job - enjoyed it so much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great day out, although the driver wasn't normally on that trip he Bob did really well and gave us lots of information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This experience was great from start to finish! The tour guide/ driver, Bob, was just awesome-and really went out of his way-literally, in our case, to make sure we were enjoying ourselves! He was knowledgeable, funny, kind, and the day flew by!
The Plimouth experience was amazing-not cheesy at all, and was a great way to give you the history of the colony from the perspective of the residents. They stayed in character, and really gave you a window into their world. We loved every minute of it. The Native American village was awesome, and the residents were so enjoyable to speak with.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A beautiful day for the tour and Bob was so nice to all on the tour. We so enjoyed the beautiful town of Plimoth. So glad that we took this tour. The day trip is a easy drive and nice scenery to view.

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