If you are looking for something to do this Thanksgiving, there is no better place to be than in Plimoth. Located just south of Boston, the Plymouth Plantation is where the first Thanksgiving took place back in 1620. While visiting the area, you can explore the area while enjoying the authentic recreation of the Pilgrim’s first settlement.
While visiting the Plymouth Plantation and the surrounding area, you have many monuments and sites to explore. The impressive Pilgrim Monument commemorates the first landfall of the Pilgrims, while a reproduction of the Mayflower ship allows visitors to see just how big the ship really was. The plantation itself features actors who are playing the role of various 17th century settlers as well as members of the Wampanoag Nation, which was responsible for helping the Pilgrims survive.
The Plymouth Plantation is open from 9:00 am to 5:00, though some parts of the attraction have slightly different hours. While you can certainly visit the plantation before and after Thanksgiving, special Thanksgiving events take place only on Thanksgiving Day and the day after. One of these events is America’s Thanksgiving Dinner. This special family-style dinner features a classic roast turkey with all of the traditional New England trimmings, such as butternut squash, stuffing, steamed white turnip, mashed potatoes and wood pressed apple cider. Pilgrim role players and Native interpreters are also present and the museum is open for exploration. Tickets costs are $93 per adult and $67 per child.
A Thanksgiving Day Buffet is also available at the Plymouth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day. Many of the same foods are available at the buffet as the dinner, but the food is presented in a different manner. Tickets to the event are $73 per adult and $49 per child, with museum admission included in the cost.
A number of other events will also be taking place at Plymouth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day. These include Wampanoag games from 10:00 to 4:00 pm and Mishoon Burning at Wampanoag Homesite from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visitors to the plantation also get the opportunity to meet a variety of animals at the Four Footed Friends event, which takes place from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Animals to be included in the event include sheep, goats, cattle and a variety of fowl.
While at the museum, you can also visit the Craft Center, which feature contemporary artisans demonstrating their 17th century techniques for making pots, tools, clothing, furniture and headdresses. At the English Home Cooking event, which takes place from 9:30 to 11:00 am, you will have the opportunity to watch as corn and spices are ground to make a tasty meal.
To visit the Plymouth Plantation, you can drive to Plymouth and take one of the special tours. Another option is to purchase a tour that will pick you up from your hotel in Boston. In this way, you don’t have to worry about dealing with traffic and ensuring you arrive for your tour on time. The address for the Plymouth Plantation is 137 Warren Avenue in Plymouth, Massachusetts.