We were lucky enough to work for a summer in Plymouth, Massachusetts and while it is a beautiful area it is also a tourist area. I am sure you are thinking…well duh. What I am trying to get at is having the whole family to pay for can really add up. We only had the two of us but as you already know we like to do as much for free as we can, see our post on how we are going to Disney World for FREE! In that post we talk about how we earned free money for our trip but in this post we are telling you completely free things to do in Plymouth. To be 100% honest you may have to pay for parking.
The first stop you should make is Plymouth Rock…..yes we know if may be a little anticlimactic for some but it is still a must see. The history in this area of our country runs deep and this is a huge piece of that history. We do want you to remember though it is a rock…but it’s free to see. It is located in Pilgrim Memorial State Park down on the waterfront. We were lucky enough to be here during part of the off season when the crowds were not horrible but construction was going on. This is also where you would see the replica of the iconic Mayflower….however we saw the port where it should have been. It is currently undergoing restoration so if you plan on seeing that this summer you may want to put your trip on hold until it returns in 2019.
The downtown walking can be expected for an old small town. The buildings are nice, as always some are nicer then others. They all have that old rustic, new to America, feeling to them. Make sure you take the stairs up to Burial Hill and see where some of the original settlers are lay to rest. They certainly have a pretty great view for eternity.
Plymouth also has a neat little built in game, as you travel around downtown and the waterfront there are hand painted lobsters tucked all over town.
They stand about 5 feet tall so you can see them from a distance and they are all named. I believe there are about 29 of them strewn across town so see if you can find them all. We had family in town to visit and we got about 15 of them. There are all kinds of shops varying from the many food establishments to antique stores (although I don’t think you will find many bargains as again this is a tourist town and they want your money too). However this did bring you to one of the cooler features we found. In one of the stores downtown, I wont say which, there is a old bank vault. It is in one of the back rooms and we challenge you to find it. The area is nice and clean you will probably find a shop for just about everyone in your family. Some of our personal favorites are the candy store (of course), and the store tucked back in on the waterfront that has Harry Potter items.
After our walk on the waterfront we found a nice little trail that leads to the Grist mill. It is a paved walking trail that leads you along the banks of a bubbling little stream.
There are some small little stops along the way that have historical facts, and statues. I am pretty sure one of the first settlers was an Eddy so I’m pretty sure you owe America to me somehow right?!?! After about 1/2 mile or so it leads you to the outside of the Gist mill, now there is an admission fee to get in so we bypassed that certain part but the outside has a working water feed mill that you easily take pictures with.
Then head on down to the waterfront again where there is a jetty that goes out approximately 3/4 mile into the harbor giving you a nice view of all the boats coming and going. You have to be careful here the rocks are big and pretty uneven. We decided against taking our puppy down it and returned on a later date to accomplish the mission of walking the jetty. Again all these things were free, but of course to do a lot of the other things like eat, take the tours, and even park costs money. We did splurge on the Captain John’s Whale Watch so be sure to check out if we thought it was worth the money here. So be prepared if you want to do any of those you will need to take a few bucks with you. But overall its a nice experience and we would recommend it just to see where it all started in our great country. Did we miss any of your favorite free stops here in Plymouth let us know.