Port of Plymouth
The Port of Plymouth is where the Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in 1620 to set sail for the New World. A granite block marks the entryway to the famous Mayflower Steps and portions of the cobbled pier date from the 17th century. Nearby, the Mayflower Museum houses three floors of exhibits that explore America's colonial history and trace the journey of the Plymouth Colony Pilgrims. The bustling port also has great shopping (with Pilgrim-themed souvenirs, of course) and other attractions such as Smeaton’s Tower (a 1759 lighthouse) and the Elizabethan House (a sea captain’s home built in the era of Sir Francis Drake).
By Gretchen Kelly, AFAR Local Expert
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