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Spend 3 whirlwind days in and around Cape Cod learning integral points in America's founding history, having fun all along the way. Enjoy local shopping and dining, a thrilling ghost tour, and several different interesting history experiences.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Welcome to the 252-foot granite monument that is considered to be the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Climb to the top like the millions of other visitors over the past 100 years, then head down to the Provincetown Museum, the building first built in 1910 to 'educate the public about Provincetown's role in Pilgrim history and American history'. The museum is a charming mix of old and new, the exhibits inside highlighting such subjects as the pilgrims' arrival, the towns maritime history, early modern American theater in Provincetown, and the building of the Pilgrim Monument.
Commercial Street Shopping
This 3-mile stretch holds numerous noteworthy attractions, historic sites, and places to shop. Explore all the restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, local shops, and art galleries throughout the area with your group, then spend some time relaxing and people watching on any of the many waterfront patios (the views are unbeatable)!
The waterfront monument showcasing this storied rock is located on the Pilgrim Memorial State Park harbor, providing guests with a 'tangible monument to freedom'. The rock itself is considered to be a simple glacial erratic boulder, with the date 1620 engraved into it. The rock wasn't discovered until 1741, nearly 121 years after the Mayflower, though a church elder during the time, Thomas Faunce, swears this was the first stepping stone into the New World.
Massachusetts is home to one of the earliest and most famous colonial settlements at Plymouth. Carefully recreated, the onsite model of the Mayflower ship is as close to the original as the builders could make her down to the tarred hemp rigging and the solid oak construction. Climbing aboard the Mayflower II, you may learn about the dangers of overseas travel, the tools sailors used to navigate in the 1600s, and see how cramped the passengers quarters are compared to the Master’s cabin.
Plymouth Dead of the Night Ghost Tour
Walk the oldest streets in America as you hear personal accounts of paranormal activity and visit various locations with frequent sightings and hauntings. Your group will hear all of the local legends and folklore, shrouded in 'mystery and macabre' through and through. You will see the original burial site of the Plymouth Pilgrims, take a walk to Old Square, and walk past the Burial Hill with tombstones from the 1600s.
Pilgrim Hall Museum
This museum showcases various possessions of the early pilgrims, what is considered to be an 'unmatched collection telling the story of ordinary yet determined men and women building lives and homes for themselves and their children in the New World.' Inside your group will be able to explore 3 different galleries, holding collections of arms and armor, portraits, furniture, press books, 17th-century household items, and much more.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
There are around 3/4 million objects total in this museum, all working together to teach you about whaling and whale science and conservation. Learn the story of local Yankee whalers, visit the Maritime Treasures or Whales Today exhibits, and then head to the 3,000 square foot kids Casa Dos Botes Discovery Center for special education opportunities.