The other day we decided to take advantage of the Free Fun Friday event going on at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA. For those that may not know Free Fun Friday events are made possible by the Highland Street Foundation (Click the foundation name for more information). I hadn’t been to Plimoth Plantation since I was in elementary school, so we’re talking.. Well… a LONG time ago.. I was super excited when I saw Plimoth Plantation on the list for this summers Free Fun Fridays. I have to warn you now, if you have never participated in one of these events, plan to get there VERY early or close to closing. It’s a little far from where we are at the moment (about a 1-1/2 – 2 hour drive depending on traffic) so I opted to ignore my own good advice and planned to leave home with my mother, 3 kids and 2 of my sons friends at 9:00 am, which is when they open… We pull into the parking lot at 10:46, the car directly in front of us got the very LAST parking spot in the plantation parking lot (I’m now kicking myself for stopping for gas on the way, I TOTALLY could have made it on 1/4 tank!). We decided to stop for lunch outside the plantation before heading over to the secondary lot at a nearby Home Depot and catching the shuttle they had set up (at least they were prepared with a plan B). We arrive at “site B” at around noon and boy was that shuttle line LONG! Here is where I warn you that if you don’t like crowds, don’t take advantage of a free admission day. Normal adult admission is $28, Children 5-12 $16. They also have discounted passes available if you would also like to check out the Mayflower II and the Plimoth Gristmill. All 3 are in close proximity to each other and can easily be visited in a single day. For more info on rates and hours of these 3 locations click HERE. Although ours does not, many libraries offer free or discounted admission passes that may make it possible to visit on a day that is less crowded. I’m personally not a fan of large crowds and I feel we would have had a better experience were there fewer people to contend with. Another way to minimize the cost is to get a larger group together and call for a group discount rate. Often the groups don’t need to be large and can easily be put together with 2-3 families. We plan on (hopefully) taking another trip there before the cold weather (mid-week after school starts). There is so much to see! From the Wompanoag village:
To the 17th century English Village with it’s beautiful view of the ocean and interesting artifacts:
Both complete with actors portraying people from this time to answer your questions:
As an interesting side note: All of the staff in the Wompanoag village are true Native Americans, either Wompanoag or of other Native Nations. They also have a craft center there which shows historic crafts and technology used to create the items of the times. Our visit there was so insanely crowded and we had a large group of 7 so we did not visit the craft center, but will add a section onto this post when we go in September about what we discovered there. no colonial village would be complete without
animals! Actually, no visit anywhere would be complete without animals!
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