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The Wonderful Appeal of Downtown Plymouth, Mass. (Three Minute Read)

Downtown Plymouth, Mass.A side street in downtown Plymouth.

Article, photo by Eric Hurwitz -- created for on 6/2/2022 @newenglandinfo

Plymouth, Mass., is a famous vacation destination best known as where the Pilgrims landed and for its related modern day attractions.

One of its greatest attractions is Plimoth Patuxet Museums (137 Warren Ave.), an indoor and outdoor living museum that effectively recreates life related to the Wampanoag people and Colonial English community during the 1600s.

Plymouth, MA waterfront
Main Street in Plymouth.

An added travel bonus that many travelers find to be wonderfully surprising is Plymouth's downtown on Main Street and along the waterfront -- full of life with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries, gift shops (the John Alden Gift Shop at 74 Water St., brings back memories of the old days (1960s, not 1600s!), clothing stores and spectacular sea captain's homes.

Plymouth, MA waterfront
Plymouth waterfront.

Running parallel with Main St. and just a block away is the 11-acre Pilgrim Memorial State Park featuring beautiful harbor views and famous attractions like Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II -- a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims here to America.

The Mayflower II in Plymouth, Mass.
The Mayflower II.

The Pilgrim Hall Museum (75 Court Street) stands as the oldest public museum in the United States in continuous operation, dating back to 1824. This must-see museum showcases an impressive array of Pilgrim possessions.

Plimoth Gristmill, Plymouth MA
Plimoth Grist Mill.

The Plimoth Grist Mill (6 Spring Lane) is a classic historic New England sight -- a working reconstructed grist mill of the original Jenney Grist Mill at its original location.

Brewster Gardens (30 Water St.) is a wonderful park to visit. It runs along both sides of the Town Brook and features beautiful gardens.

Brewster Gardens Park, Plymouth MA
Brewster Gardens.

Within striking distance of the Park are several waterfront restaurants that specialize in fresh, local seafood including Cabbyshack (30 Town Wharf), East Bay Grille (173 Water St.), Lobster Hut (25 Town Wharf) and Wood's Seafood (15 Town Wharf).

The Mayflower II in Plymouth, Mass.Seafood and drinks at The CabbyShack. Photo source: CabbyShack web site.

One of the amazing apects of downtown Plymouth is that one can enjoy the bustling, thriving appeal of an authentic, historic New England downtown yet within a few minute's walk feel like being on a relaxing, scenery-filled vacation...

A relaxing spot at the Harbor in Plymouth, Mass.
Relaxing setting by the Harbor.

Oh, and one more thing: Be sure to take in a sunrise and/or sunset in Plymouth. These times of the day add an extra special dimension to an already special place!

Sunrise at Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth, Mass.
Sunrise at Plymouth Harbor

Morning in Plymouth, Mass.
Morning has broken at Plymouth Harbor.

The overall experience of visiting Plymouth is just what the doctor ordered for your New England vacation -- the sea (with nearby beaches), historic preservation and a vibrant downtown that carries on the tradition of Plymouth's long-time affectionate nickname, "America's Hometown." We highly recommend making a travel pilgrimage there soon!

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