More than 1 million people annually flock to the South Shore to view this historic tourist attraction. Yet, it was voted “the worst attraction in Massachusetts.” Plymouth Rock is well, a giant rock after all. The browser definition for Plymouth Rock is “granite slab,” and that’s exactly what you’ll embark upon in a journey to the South Shore.
The history and significance of Plymouth Rock
For the history buffs, Plymouth Rock is the birthplace of American settlement by the English. It is where the Mayflower first touched American base on Plymouth Harbor in 1620 and the foundation of what would become “Plymouth Colony.” However, there are no written historical references to Plymouth Rock until 1715.
Where to find it?
If you want to go despite all the warnings not to, Plymouth Rock is located 40 miles south of the city on the South Shore. It’s just under an hour drive from Boston and while the attraction itself is anticlimactic, the waterfront town is gorgeous. And, it’s a short drive from this floating oyster shack in Duxbury Bay that is well worth a visit!
On the flip side, this popular Massachusetts summer destination ranked as the best attraction in Massachusetts.