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“Living History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360
508-746-1622
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Ranked #5 of 33 Attractions in Plymouth
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Museums, History Museums, Ships, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: This living history museum depicts the life of Pilgrims and Native Americans in early-17th century Massachusetts.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Living History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011 via mobile

So pleasantly surprised by our experience at the Plantation! The exhibits and interactions were wonderful. My children, ages 7 and 8, enjoyed it and said they would return.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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“We Went Back the Next Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

My daughter studied both the Pilgrims and Native American history in school this past year, so she was very excited to visit Plimouth Plantation. We were not disappointed. The Native Americans were very informative and interesting. The role playing in the Pilgrim village was a little silly, but if you go with it you can learn a lot. I would expect small children would be bored and teenagers (unless they are history buffs) would find it all too uncool. I would say the sweet spot is children in 2nd-5th grades. They really bring the history lesson to life.

Visited August 2011
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Varese, Italy
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“A village reconstruction or an amusement park?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

I thought this could be the good occasion to understand more about pilgrims fathers and the area history; at the end we approached in a park like being in Walt disney's park in orlando. We enjoyed but we founded something deeply different from what we expected. It's probably ok if you go there with chiildren in order to have them playing witha piece of history....

Visited July 2011
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Charlotte, NC
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“Lots of fun but big kids will compare to a school field trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We went with our two teenage daughters and my brother's family including two little ones (2 and 5). We had a very good time. Very similar to Jamestown/Williamsburg.

In order to get the most out of your visit interact with the staff. They have a native american village and a "Pilgrim" town. We got into some very interesting conversations with the staff who play the role of "Englishman" or Wampanoag. The two towns are in a constant state of activity as they build structures, tend the garden, cook and generally do what people did back then.

The little kids had fun taking in all the sights, adults enjoyed the interaction, but the teenagers thought it was more like a school field trip.

Visited July 2011
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Lynnwood, WA
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“This easily could be a five star attraction but not quite yet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

With a little bit of effort this could easily be a five star attraction. We began our tour in the visitor's center static museum as this is where you get tickets and head towards the "living" displays. We were a bit disappointed by the museum. They seem to put more emphasis on the "bad" aspects of Europeans coming to North America than on the good. After visiting the inside museum displays we headed to the living displays. The trail took us first to the what they term the native (aka Indian) area. This area is what needs improvement. There were a few "actors" here living in native settings. However, they did not act like natives from the 17th century. Yes, they were dressed in period costume. But, they did not engage visitors. They did not stay "in character". They wore modern jewelry, had modern tattoos, and did not talk about their 17th century lifestyle. They answered questions with simple statements and did not try to engage visitors. We spent very little time here and at this point were quite disappointed. We wondered what had paid $100 for. Next came the "pilgrim" settlement. This area is done right. The actors are "in character" all the time. They do not come out of character for anything. They spoke in 17th century terms. They not only answered questions but spoke ad hock about life in the settlement. We encountered 6-10 actors and all of them were engaging and had impressive knowledge. We spent a significant amount of time here learning about life in the settlement. After this we visited the craftsman workshop and those at work did a nice job explaining how they make things used in the settlement. Even though the native area needs work the plantation is worth a visit. Hopefully the management will work to improve the native area. If they do, they will have a five star attraction.

Visited August 2011
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