The Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum that attempts to portray the first colony of English settlers to arrive in the New World in the 1600s. You’ll meet historical reenactors who speak and look the way the Pilgrims did as you explore the faithful recreation of a chapter in American history at a Smithsonian-affiliated museum.
The Plimoth Plantation museum is spread out among three separate sites that all charge separate admission fees: the Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II, and the Plimoth Grist Mill. At the main plantation site, you’ll explore a working English village and meet with historical reenactors, following the Pilgrims’ journey from March through November 1627 and witnessing key moments in their lives during that year. You can also visit the Wampanoag Homesite, a recreation of 17th-century Wampanoag life featuring indigenous interpreters rather than role players.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Save money by purchasing your pass in advance—and save even more by bundling it with other area attractions
- There are three museum shops, as well as the on-site Patuxet Cafe.
- Plan to spend about two to three hours exploring this attraction.
- If you plan to bring a stroller, jogging strollers work best on the terrain.
How to Get There
From Boston, take Route 93 South to Route 3 South. Take exit 4 (Plimoth Plantation Highway) off Route 3. Continue on Plimoth Plantation Highway for 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) and take the exit for the museum. Free parking is available on-site. You can also take the Plymouth & Brockton Commuter Bus, which stops at exit 5 Visitor Center.
When to Get There
Plimoth Plantation is open from mid-March through November, and there are regular seasonal programs, such as corn planting and harvesting. The attraction tends to be more crowded in summer and fall; spring is ideal if you want to avoid the crowds. From May to June and October to November, school groups frequently visit; if you visit during these months, plan to start to later in the afternoon.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
At the Plymouth Waterfront, home of the Mayflower II, you’ll find “Should I Stay or Should I Go?,” an interactive exhibit that challenges kids and adults alike to play the role of a Pilgrim journeying across the Atlantic Ocean in 1620. You’ll be encouraged to think through the decisions the original colonists faced when considering whether to trek to a new land.