Although smallest in Massachusetts state park system Pilgrim Memorial State Park is the most heavily visited with nearly 1 million sightseers from around the world. It is the site of important symbols from the beginning of our nation. The park reveals scenic views of Plymouth Harbor, with Plymouth Rock, and Mayflower II.
Mayflower II is a reproduction of the ship bringing English colonists to Plymouth in 1620. Due to the age of the original ship, it no longer exists so a full-scale reproduction was built in 1957.
Plymouth Rock is symbolic with the rock in a position where Pilgrims first landed in America back in 1620. The rock is protected by a neoclassical granite portico built in 1921 in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival in Plymouth.
Viewing the rock is free, but parking is not
Mayflower II Admission
Adult - $10, $9 seniors, $7 ages 6-12
March – November
This 11-acre site, only a few miles distance west of Pilgrim Memorial State Park has an 81-foot granite monument. The monument represents the pursuits of the Pilgrims, leaving England to start their own colony in a new country. The names of the 102 Mayflower passengers are etched on the statue. Free admission, open dawn to dusk, April through November.
Myles Standish State Forest is 45 miles south of Boston. It is the largest publically owned recreation area in southeast Massachusetts. It is listed in a Boston Globe article as #1 of 10 ‘Family friendly’ hiking locations.
Within the park are 16 ponds and five camping areas. Park activities include canoeing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, swimming, and picnicking. The park has 15 miles of bicycling trails, 13 miles of hiking trails, and 35 miles of horse trails.
Summer parks programs include forest tours, fishing clinics, and night hikes. Hunting is permitted during season in October and November, with game birds stocked. Regular camping season is mid-April to October.
Daily Parking Fee $5 (College Pond Area)
Plymouth is a New England town with a population of 56,468. It holds a prominent place in American history as New England’s oldest municipality known as ‘Americas Hometown’. This popular tourist destination has many historical attractions. Plymouth is made up of low plains bordering the western shore of Cape Cod Bay. Its one of the largest towns in the state accessible from several route 3 exits.
Pilgrim Memorial State Park Is a 6 1/2 hour drive of 424 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east past Albany into Massachusetts to Boston. In Boston drive US 93 south then route 3 to Plymouth following signs to Pilgrim Memorial State Park.
This historical attraction is one we have all read about in school and is sure to be an experience that will become a lifelong memory. This is one spot that should be on everyone’s bucket list, young and old alike.