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Plymouth Rock

Plymouth, MA
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Ranked #22 of 39 Attractions in Plymouth
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues
Description: Now surrounded by protective pillars, this unimposing rock was allegedly the first piece of land touched by the Pilgrims in the New World.
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Plymouth Rock was much smaller than we anticipated and really isn't much to see, but I wanted our children to see this historic landmark. The park ranger that was working that day told everyone about the history of "the Rock" and its travels. Although I am sure he has given that same speech a hundred time if not more, His... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The rock with "1620" etched on it, is representative of the spot where the first pilgrims landed, having arrived from Plymouth , England aboard the Mayflower. I say representative, because this spot isn't where they actually landed. The rock is smaller than I expected it to be, especially when contrasted with the size of the monument surrounding it. The surrounding... More

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Durham, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The first time I saw the rock, I was disappointed. I had always pictured a huge spectacle, but it's set down a little way, very small, and the shadows make it very hard to photograph. Don't go out of your way to see it

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DeWitt, New York
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274 reviews 274 reviews
132 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

You probably won't spend more than 10 minutes here, but fortunately there are other things in the neighborhood to make a visit worthwhile (Mayflower II is one). As you'll discover, the rock isn't much and wasn't even considered significant in any way for more than 100 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims. This was not where they first landed... More

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Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

If you're in Plymouth, it is so easy to walk to just about everything that you might as well go see Plymouth Rock. Yes, it's behind metal guardrail and the architecture of the monument over it is a bit grand, but it's the story and sense of history behind it that is neat. People from all over the world were... More

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KY
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It may only be "a rock" that may or may not be "the rock" that the pilgrims step off the Mayflower onto but it is still to me a must stop on a trip to MA. It is part of history. The area where it is located is beautiful. Take a few minutes to see the rock and then walk... More

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Was expecting a bit more than just a rock behind some metal bars. It's interesting that it's in the place where the boat landed and has been preserved for all this time. I think maybe I would have benefited more from the trip if I had heard a talk but they weren't that frequent and I wanted to go on... More

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Dunrobin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Seriously, it is a broken rock surrounded by an ostentatious Greek structure. This is apparently the rock that the Pilgrims stepped on as they left the boat, as determined by a 93 year old man who said he knew some of the Pilgrims and that is what they said. Seriously? Why do you even care what rock they stepped onto?... More

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Syracuse, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's a rock. It is imprinted with the date, and protected by a stone pavilion for viewing without allowing messing with it. People who complain about it not touching the water were there during low tide and are not intelligent enough to realize there is a difference; at high tide, there is water; at low tide there is not. This... More

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43 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I don't know what people were expecting from a large rock, you have to see things for what they represent as well as what they are. It has huge historical significance, and it resides tastefully in a pretty town where you can see see the rock, the Mayflower, and soak up the atmosphere. I enjoyed seeing it and being there.... More

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