Walking in the Footsteps of Pilgrims- Guest Post from "500 Places With Kids"

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Here is another fantastic guest post from Anne over at 500 Places With Kids! I just love her blog!! If you missed her first couple guest posts about Pearl Harbor you can read them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Walking in the Footsteps of Pilgrims – Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation
            Every November, millions of American children learn about the brave journey the Pilgrims undertook to find religious freedom.  They read about the hardships the colonists endured both on their ship, the Mayflower, and in a new land.  They see the pictures of the first Thanksgiving, celebrated with joy and heartfelt thanks with the members of the Wampanoag tribe.  But to really gain an understanding of what the Pilgrims went through, consider stopping at Plymouth, Massachusetts, to make a combined visit to the Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation.
Plimouth Plantation Mayflower
            Your first stop when visiting Plymouth should be the Mayflower II, a historically accurate replica of the original ship.  Aboard the ship, you’ll see the tight and cramped conditions the colonists lived in while journeying to a new world in search of a new life free from religious persecution.
Plimouth Rock
After walking through the ship, filled with costumed guides who can answer any questions you might have, walk a few short yards to the famous “Plymouth Rock.”  Protected by a security fence, you won’t be able to touch it, but you’ll be close enough to see the year “1620” (the year the Pilgrims came to the New World) carved into its face. A short drive away from the Mayflower II is Plimoth Plantation, a historical park dedicated to preserving the history of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe.  Consisting of an excellent museum and two outdoor villages, Plimoth Plantation is well worth any family’s time.
            Kids will love learning history in this hands-on, realistic manner and I can promise that after a visit to Plymouth, you’ll never look at your Thanksgiving dinner in quite the same way!!
– Anne Patrone is a SAHM of two boys who enjoys traveling and blogging about her family’s adventures as they explore the world.  Please stop by and visit her blog at http://www.500placeswithkids.blogspot.com


Members of the Wampanoag tribe explain and demonstrate how their ancestors lived, while in another section of the park, costumed guides reenact how the Pilgrims survived.

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  1. My daughter has been here on a school trip and LOVED it. Great trip for the kids.

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