There is no better place to celebrate Thanksgiving than in Plymouth, Massachusetts! After spending time in Plymouth last Thanksgiving, we learned about the Pilgrims struggle to survive and how they influenced our country’s current form of government. It was an incredible way to teach my son and nephew that Thanksgiving is more than drawing turkeys around their fingers, filling up on that once a year cranberry sauce dish and watching football! Visiting Plymouth turned out to be such a fun getaway, and I am pretty sure the boys will never forget spending Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims!
If you are looking for the ultimate Thanksgiving experience, plan to go the weekend before Thanksgiving. On Saturday, the Waterfront Park has several activities, and there is a Thanksgiving Parade. Sunday, Plimoth Plantation holds a Turkey Dinner at Waterfront Park. For more information about the events planned for the Plymouth Thanksgiving Celebration, call 508-746-1818. Here are my additional picks for planning a memorable Thanksgiving!
What to See & Do:
Plimoth Plantation is a histoical living museum. Here you will visit the Wampanoag Homesite and meet the Natives and then travel to the English Village and meet English Colonist. The costumed role players are great! Your family can watch the Natives cook over an open fire and make crafts using the same techniques from 1627. While in the English Village your family will be able to speak with the colonist and take in an amazing view of the Cape Cod Bay. The best deal is the Plimoth Pass for $122.50 which allows 2 adults and up to four children (6-17) admission. This pass can not be purchased on-line and must be purchased at guest services in the visitor center or at the Mayflower II.
Mayflower II is a full-scaled reproduction of the original Mayflower . Here your family will be able to learn about the 102 passengers that made the transatlantic journey. The role players do a great job in sharing tales of how life was aboard the ship.
Plymouth Rock is located very close to the replica of the Mayflower. Here on the waterfront you can find the important symbol of American history that you first learned about in elementary school.
Jenney Grist Mill was built by Pilgrim John Jenney to meet the needs of the growing Pilgrim population. This was the first mill in America and the beginning of industry in our country. Your family will learn how to grind corn and how it was made into Jonnycakes.
Where to Eat:
The Blue-Eyed Crab Grill & Raw Bar at 170 Water Street. Great New England Clam Chowder and Lobster Roll. We actually had the opportunity to speak to the chef as he made his rounds around the restaurant. He really does “SEA food” differently! The menu is unique and the atmosphere is family friendly. 508-747-6776
Carmen’s Cafe’ Nicole at 114 Water Street. The Famous Pilgrim Wrap was delicious. I still crave it! The restaurant is small, but it is worth the quick wait. There is plenty on the menu to make your little pilgrims happy too! 508-747-4343
RooBar at 10 Cordage Park. Great pizzas! We particularly enjoyed the Maine Lobster Pizza. The portions are very large and the boys kept busy coloring on the table! 508-746-4300
Where to Stay:
Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth – 508-830-0200 or book through hotels.com, my go to site! (If you book through hotels.com, make sure you sign up for their welcome rewards program!) We love staying at Hilton Garden Inns! We stayed for two nights over a holiday weekend for $245! The indoor heated pool, close proximity to attractions, and breakfast at the Great American Grill makes it a great place to stay for families!