Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Rock
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This American icon is encased in a Greek-inspired granite canopy and housed within the Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Many travelers make the journey from Boston to see this famous rock, which remains as a tribute to the Mayflower passengers who first step foot into the country. Free to visit year-round, the park also offers picturesque views of Plymouth Harbor and Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the ship. While you’re in Plymouth, don’t miss the Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation—a fascinating recreation of the original Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century. You can even embark on a historical tour which brings you to all the top sights. – Tripadvisor
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  • TWB
    Cincinnati, Ohio2,468 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When in Plymouth
    Rock in enclosure right off the waterfront sidewalk in downtown Plymouth. No cover charge, just walk up and take a look. This time around an entertaining historian/storyteller was offering up his time so I hung around the rock for that a little longer than usual.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Jenny_from_PA
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania179 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I liked it
    It is just a rock with a year engraved on it, but it’s still cool if you’re in the area. I took off one star because the history told in Plymouth completely ignores the presence of Spanish colonists in what is now the US, telling only a very Anglo centric story of US history. Ponce de León was in Florida over a century earlier, not to mention other settlements in the Southwest.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 June 2023
  • NotAllWhoWander1416
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t take this piece of history for granite
    This rocked! It was on our slate of things to do while in Plymouth, of quartz we were going to see it. It’s a gneiss rock that’s a piece of history. It was full of sedimental value and a real diamond in the rough. It’s definitely a story that Plymouth tries to pebble to the mosses, and when you look at it you can really picture the pilgrims hitting rock bottom their first year in Massachusetts. Overall we really look a lichen to it!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • girlyguide
    West Sussex, United Kingdom116 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a rock that might be THE rock but maybe not
    So its most of 2 halves of a rock that have been joined back together. Its plausible that it might be the rock, or the place or maybe Neither but its probably the thought that counts, right? All the history implies they waded ashore anyway. Still, bucket list? check!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • greeneyes630
    Maugansville, Maryland695 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who doesn't want to see a rock?
    The rock is in a busy waterfront area. We found parking easily. Is it the rock? No one knows, what I do know is I have to stop at all the cheesy touristy spots. The rock is in a hole protected by a shelter. I tried to get a photo without people, and it was impossible. I have no idea what people are doing, looking into a hole with a rock for 15 minutes. There's also a replica of the Mayflower. The area is beautiful.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Erika-MotoAdventures
    Lowell, Massachusetts7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a Rock
    My husband and I made this a quick detour while on a motorcycle ride to the Cape. It was the Saturday before July 4th, so there was pretty much zero parking in the area. Still, worth it to go see a rock in a cage. I like the historical significance, even if it's debatable whether or not it's THE rock. Other than that, not much else to say. Cool rock.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • nutmac
    Los Altos, California3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A symbol of greatness
    I am so sadden by so many tepid reviews of this symbol of greatness. Never mind that Plymouth Rock may not be historically tied to Mayflower Pilgrims. The fact remains, it symbolizes the great sacrifices Pilgrims made for the greatest day in American history -- Black Friday, the day that follows Thanksgivings. So the next time you are shopping for a 5-year old TV discounted by $50 on Black Friday at Best Buy, think about this rock and what it represents.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 February 2024
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Maura H
Shelton, Nebraska, USA171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Free stop that was easy to find. It was under water while we were there. The parking in the area was also good. Worth your time to stop.
Written 16 March 2024
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nutmac
Los Altos, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I am so sadden by so many tepid reviews of this symbol of greatness. Never mind that Plymouth Rock may not be historically tied to Mayflower Pilgrims. The fact remains, it symbolizes the great sacrifices Pilgrims made for the greatest day in American history -- Black Friday, the day that follows Thanksgivings.

So the next time you are shopping for a 5-year old TV discounted by $50 on Black Friday at Best Buy, think about this rock and what it represents.
Written 5 February 2024
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
One cannot go to Plymouth without seeing Plymouth Rock. That takes all of 2 minutes tops. Luckily, it is in the same park as the Mayflower II, just down the road.
The sun made it difficult to actually take a photo of the rock itself. I had a couple of young ladies join with me to block the sun, so we could all try to get a decent picture.
Plymouth Rock is the legendary site of disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in December 1620.
The Pilgrims did not refer to Plymouth Rock in any of their writings; the first known written reference to the rock dates to 1715 when it was described in the town boundary records as "a great rock".
The first documented claim of Plymouth Rock as the landing place of the Pilgrims was made by 94-year-old Thomas Faunce in 1741, 121 years after the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth.
In 1774, the rock broke in half during an attempt to haul it to Town Square in Plymouth. One portion remained in Town Square and was moved to Pilgrim Hall Museum in 1834. It was rejoined with the other portion of the rock, which was still at its original site on the shore of Plymouth Harbor, in 1880. The date 1620 was inscribed at that time. The rock is now ensconced beneath a granite canopy.
Written 17 January 2024
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Bea
703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Plymouth Rock is located in Pilgrim Memorial State Park on the shore of Plymouth Harbor. It is the site of disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in December 1620.

It is very easy to find while in Plymouth, you can park your car easily in the town and walk to the Memorial. It is outside and easily available.
Written 12 December 2023
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Cindy S
Ashland, OH14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Really worth the visit, peaceful views and gardens. Lots of points of interest. Statues and plaques mark and commemorate individuals as well.
Written 23 October 2023
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Kimbra B
Arma, KS11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I could imagine setting my feet on land after the grueling trip on the Mayflower, then trying to survive the winter on a ship! The rock is mostly symbolic. They probably had no idea it would have a famous name in the future
Written 12 October 2023
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Debbie G
Canutillo, TX17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It’s great to see and be where history is made. It’s a small rock with 1620 chiseled into it. It’s in cased and is in the water. Nice walk and great views.
Written 17 September 2023
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BLMerce
Kensington, MD908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We hiked here from the Grist Mill and we’re amazed how little the rock is. We were very tired from touring all day and were so happy when the free electric circuit shuttle appeared and took us back to our vehicle.
Written 11 September 2023
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,596 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The rock is a bit of a disappointment. 1620 is painted on the chiseled numbers. The rock is protected by a wrought iron fence and monument.
Written 9 September 2023
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TravelingBum10
United States2,749 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I wasn’t able to get a good look as the sun was reflecting shadows over the rock. It has a beautiful housing around it. It’s close to the mayflower
Written 24 August 2023
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