Pilgrim Memorial State Park
The smallest park in the Massachusetts state forest and park system, Pilgrim Memorial State Park is also one of the the most heavily visited. Nearly one million people a year come from all over the world to visit the town where where English colonists first made their home in New England back in 1620, and to see one of the most famous historic landmarks in America, Plymouth Rock.
According to tradition, Plymouth Rock is the spot where passengers of the Mayflower first set foot in their new home. This simple glacial boulder on the shore of Plymouth Harbor has become a world famous symbol of the courage and faith of the men and women who founded the first permanent colony in New England. Interpreters from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation are often stationed at Plymouth Rock, sharing its history and answering visitors' questions.
This shaded and beautifully landscaped waterfront park provides scenic views of Plymouth Harbor, walking paths, and benches for visitors to relax on. Mayflower II (under repair-due back in 2019), a replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims, is anchored at the park and available for touring through Plimoth Plantation.