The Wonderful Appeal of Downtown Plymouth, Mass. (Three Minute Read)
A side street in downtown Plymouth.
Article, photo by Eric Hurwitz --
created for VisitingNewEngland.com 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.
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.
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.
The Pilgrim Hall
(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 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.
Within striking distance of the Park are several
waterfront restaurants that specialize in fresh, local seafood including
(30 Town Wharf), East Bay Grille (173 Water St.), Lobster Hut
(25 Town Wharf) and Wood's Seafood (15 Town Wharf).
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...
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
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!
Suggested for you nearby...
Catching a sunrise at Scituate Lighthouse
This Middleboro restaurant specializes in local seafood and whiskey
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