Full Price Admission Cost: $31 adults. $19.95 kids 3-12, under 3 free
WWWW Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First of all, I need to point out that this museum is not included on any reciprocal lists, nor will you find very many discounts for the place. It’s usual for us to splurge and visit pricey places like this, but in this case it was 100% worth it.
When you first enter Plimoth Plantation it looks much like any other museum with a typical lobby, restrooms off to the side, and a gift shop. However, the similarities stop there.
After paying and picking up a map, you walk outside and straight into the 17th century. A winding path takes you down to a Native American village where the Wampanoag cook, clean, and live out their days in Wetus just as Native American tribes of the 1600s would have. Visitors are welcome to ask questions and the reenactors gladly answer to the best of their ability.
The Native American village is fun, but it’s really only a fraction of the excitement of the day. The next thing you’ll come across is a building filled with a variety of craftsmen and women. These knowledgeable people can tell you all about the crafting, pottery, beekeeping, and cooking of the 1600s. They do demonstrations throughout the day and are always happy to chat. Our son particularly liked the bees in this section, and I highly recommend a bee visit to all young bug enthusiasts.
Finally, after walking a bit further down the path, you’ll find yourself in Plimouth Plantation itself. This is a small, settlement, and looks and feel just how one might imagine the real Plymouth town may have looked and felt.
The actors in this section are very, very good, taking on the roles of actual European settlers who rode over on the Mayflower. They know their back story forwards and backwards, and can answer any questions you may have without ever breaking character. They even take on the accent and dialect of the day, which is quite impressive considering it doesn’t resemble anything we hear in modern times.
Brendon took a particular liking to Governor Bradford, and ended up following him around for the majority of our visit. Fortunately, the governor was happy to have a tag along, and told fascinating stories about his trip to the new world aboard the Mayflower ship.
At some point during the afternoon, Governor Bradford called on his troops to march in a military drill. His “troops” were actually guests of the museum, and the drill was taught so that everyone could participate. We really got a kick out of this.
Plimoth Plantation is one of the very best things we have seen on our adventures so far. We recommend it to anyone who will be spending time in Massachusetts for sure!
Books to Read
- The Magic Treehouse: Thanksgiving on a Thursday
- If You Sailed on the Mayflower – by Ann McGovern
- You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Mayflower – By Peter Cook
- Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage – by Peter Arenstam
- Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times – by Kate Waters
Videos to Watch
Activities to Do
- Make a meal using pilgrim and Wampanoag recipes.
- Learn to use a compass.
- Grow a bean plant.
- Play a traditional Native American game.
Things to Discuss
- What would your day have been like as a pilgrim child?
- What would your day have been like as a Wampanoag child?
- If you were the leader of the pilgrims would you have done anything differently?
Other Area Attractions
Below are some of the other great attractions in this area. We try to keep things affordable, sticking to free and cheap attractions or museums and zoos on reciprocal lists. If an attraction is affiliated with a reciprocal program or offers free admission, I have noted that beside the attraction listing. To learn more about saving money using reciprocal programs see this post.
Closest Places to Stay on a Budget
- State and City Parks: Myles Standish State Forest 10.4 mi
- Thousand Trails: Gateway to Cape Cod RV Campground – 19.8 mi
Related Attractions in Other Areas
- Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg, VA – Homeschool Days in Sept – WWWW Roadschool Guide
- Jamestown Settlement – Williamsburg, VA – Homeschool Days in Sept
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