Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist

Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist

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Learn about blacksmiths, cooking in the village, farming, and other things that the pilgrims did daily in order to survive on this tour of the Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II, and the Plimoth Grist Mill. They are many things located on Plimoth Plantation that include the visitor's center, the English village, the craft center, the Wampanoag homesite, and the Nye Barn. The Grist Mill is still operational and guests are encouraged to watch.

It took the Pilgrims some time to adjust to life in America. Costumed guides are located throughout the plantation and will answer questions in character. Guests will be able to watch cooking, blacksmith, and farming demonstrations. Visit the Wampanoag homesite to learn about their way of life. In the craft center, artisans will share how clothes, tools, and furniture was made in the 17th Century. Visit the livestock in the barn.

Take a tour of the Mayflower II and talk with characters who will tell the story of their journey to America. Take a look at the Master's cabin and where the passengers had to stay. Not too far from the Mayflower, is the Grist Mill. Corn was ground by hand until the mill was built. The mill still runs two times a week.

Take a walk back through history and get some insight what early life was like in America. Learn about early farming and blacksmith techniques. This is a fun adventure for everyone.
Plimoth Plantation is a roughly one-hour drive from Boston. You can choose to visit one, two or all three exhibits mentioned below. See Pricing for admission details.

Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation is the centerpiece of the outdoor museum, with a 17th-Century English village, Wampanog homesite, craft center, Nye Barn and visitor's center. All are located on the same property.

At the 17th-Century English village, travel back to the year 1627! Costumed actors answer questions in character, and inform guests of the Pilgrims difficult beginnings in the colony. See live demos on blacksmithing, farming and cooking in the village.

Next to the Village, you'll find the Wampanoag Homesite and meet people who explain the history and culture of the Wampanoag people.

Contemporary artisans share 17th-century techniques for making tools, native and colonial clothing, and furniture at the Craft Center. Nye Barn gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the plantation's rare heritage breeds of sheep, cows and goats.

Mayflower II is unavailable as it is away for preservation until May 2019
Head to the waterfront to see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, a detailed reproduction of the ship that the English colonists sailed to Plymouth. Walk about the ship and meet historical characters who describe living conditions on the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. See the passengers' cramped quarters, peer into the hold where the goods were stored, and compare the spacious Master's cabin to the confined sailors' accommodations.

Plimoth Grist Mill
A short walk from the Mayflower II takes you to the Plimoth Grist Mill, where you'll see the grist (corn grinding) mill for the Plymouth Colony. For more than a decade, the Pilgrims ground their corn by hand, until the colony constructed this water-powered mill on Town Brook. The mill is a reproduction of the colonist's mill; many parts were salvaged from an early 1800s mill near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The mill still operates twice a week and visitors are welcome to watch the process.

Pickup & Return:
Plimoth Plantation.
Returns to original departure point.


  • Plimoth Plantation Exhibits (if part of chosen option)
  • Plimoth Grist Mill (if part of chosen option)

Does not include:

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Mayflower II is away for preservation until May 2019

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

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