Personally, I did not feel the need to see the Plymouth Rock and was reluctant to waste time coming into town to see it -- but my husband insisted. Overall, I'm glad that we drove into town because the statues, plaques and parks in the town are quite charming and fun to walk around for a bit. Also, the grist-mill (part of the Plimoth Plantation group of attractions and ticket) is in town and very much worth a visit if you have a ticket.
We were easily able to find parking the day after Thanksgiving when the Mayflower II was not in town. The entire town is walkable. So, once you've got a parking space you're good to go. (Note: Thanksgiving Day itself might not be the best day to visit the town of Plymouth as there are protests and gatherings for the National Day of Mourning.)
Before Plymouth Rock you will see a replica of the Mayflower. It is a dinky small boat and far experience to tour. You can walk beside the boat and take plenty of pictures to save money than paying to tour the boat.
A short walk from the boat you will see Plymouth Rock. We were told from the Park Ranger that the rock is now 1/4 the original size.
As much emphasis as we've put on Plymouth Rock we were informed that the rock was just a means to "step off the boat" and meant very little to the early pilgrims. The date 1620 was not engraved until 100 years after the pilgrims landed. (they even tried to move the rock at one time, but replaced it to the original spot)
We put 45 minutes on the parking meter and sat around for 15 minutes enjoying a snack. This is a very short stop, but an nice open park area to enjoy.
Nice to see in person and the employee working there tells an interesting history lesson. My 6 year old son actually paid attention but my three year old was not impressed. Don't expect to spend too much time here. The rock is much smaller than expected and you have to look down at it. It is protected by a pavilion.
It's OK, but nothing great.It's smaller than I expected. The first thing my kids said was: "That's it? It's so small!" If you are planning to visit the area anyway it's worth seeing. But I wouldn't plan a trip to just see the rock. We did and were disappointed. We drove 1 1/2 hours to get there and looked at it for abot 10 minutes. Fortunately there are other things to see in the area. The walk along the waterfront is nice.
It's very exciting to see the rock, almost up close and personal. Of course, you can't get too close to it or touch it. Every child grows up hearing about it and I don't care if it's small, it's a part of history and it's really exciting to see. I'm not sure how anyone could pin point that rock exactly, however.
You will likely feel disappointed if you are not prepared for how small "the rock" actually is. No big "WOW" moment when you get there. However, with that being said, you should still make the trip. It is in a beautiful coastal area surrounded by a lot of history, The Mayflower, many fun outdoor gift shops, good food, and of course- ice cream
We visit every 4th of July. Very fun area with lots going on. The kids love to look at the rock and imagine its history. The waterfront is beautiful and there is lots to do and see. Great restaurants and ice cream shops. Cupcake Charlie's is a must visit treat!
This was a fun trip! My brother and I enjoyed seeing Plymouth Rock even though it was pretty small. But there was a gift shop that we liked browsing. It won't take up a whole day here, but you could plan a nice day trip around being in Plymouth. We were staying in Boston and were able to drive here very easily with no GPS or anything.
All of your life you hear about Plymouth Rock and how the pilgrims landed there. Haha. Man, is that rock tiny! And it's rather humiliated down in its little observation tomb, but hey...if you're going to be in Plymouth anyway, be sure to stop by and marvel at how small it is...just be sure to look for it, as you can easily miss it!
As any school child in America can tell you, the first European settlers in Plymouth stepped off the Mayflower onto this rock in 1620. Considering its prominence in American history, the size of the rock may disappoint you; it’s a rather ordinary looking boulder. Nevertheless, it’s the number-one tourist attraction in Plymouth.
While it is very interesting to see "The Rock," it is a big let down. The rock is quite small...and enclosed behind a fence. It takes all of 5 minutes to find the rock and see it. If you are in Plymouth visiting ALL the sites, it's work the trip, but don't make a special visit.