School Groups and Field Trips

Dug canoe at Plimoth Plantation's Wampanoag Homesite

There’s a reason why Plimoth Plantation is one of the most popular field trip destinations in New England!  At Mayflower II, the 17th-Century English Village, and the Wampanoag Homesite, students are surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of the 17th century. Visits to the Museum are a great way to spark the imagination of your students and help to make history come alive!

Reservations

Plimoth Plantation is a popular destination for adult and student tour groups. Book early for the best times of year! Plimoth Plantation offers discounted rates for different types of groups and apply for groups of 15 or more people. Please contact the Group Sales Office at 508-746-1622, ext 8358, or groupsales@plimoth.org for more information about rates and package deals.

Plimoth Plantation field trip

Scheduling

Our busiest times, which tend to sell out early, are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. We are particularly busy in late May through June and also in late October through the end of November. School groups are encouraged to visit Monday or Tuesday mornings to avoid heavy traffic on our sites. We also suggest that our adult tour groups may want to visit in the afternoon hours.

To assist you in planning your visit, we recommend you allocate a minimum of 3 hours at Plimoth Plantation and a minimum of 1 hour at Mayflower II. Travel time between the two sites is approximately 15 minutes.

All group visits are self-guided tours of the Museum sites. Guided Tours are available on request for an additional fee.

Group Sales Office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Our office is closed weekends and holidays.

If our phone lines are busy, you may place your reservation request online. A confirmation will be emailed to you, within one business day.

Chaperone Policy

A minimum of one adult is required for every 10 students/children on our sites. Teachers and medical personnel are counted first as chaperones and are admitted FREE with presentation of school identification. Chaperones are admitted at the group student/child rate within the chaperone policy requirement. Chaperones above this ratio are admitted at the school group admission price of adults.

Field Trip Extras and Dining

Looking to customize your experience? We offer a variety of options: 

Please let us know if you need to make any changes before your arrival and we will make every effort to accommodate your group. 

Funding

Your visit may qualify for full or partial funding from public and/or private sources. Learn about our Foundations for Kids program.

Contact us to book your history experience! Call (508) 746-1622 ext 8358, or fill out our Reservation Request Form.

Book a Special Program

Educational Programs at Plimoth Plantation

What’s better than a trip to Plimoth Plantation? A visit with special historical experiences, designed just for your group!

Let us customize your itinerary with guided tours, hands-on historic activities, themed meals, or presentations by Museum experts.

Your experience doesn’t have to end at 5 p.m.! We can arrange special evening programs also. Your group can even sleep over at the Museum! 

Here are some of our unique options: 

For more information on all of our educational programming, visit the Learn section.

To speak with someone about customizing an experience, call (508) 746-1622 ext. 8359 or email: programs@plimoth.org.

Group Dining

Patuxet Cafe at Plimoth PlantationCafe Service

This option is ideal for groups of fewer than 25 attendees who are looking for a casual experience, offering a wide selection of menu options. Our voucher system allows your group members to visit our café between 11am-12pm or 1:30pm-2:30pm to redeem their meal voucher for menu items of their choice. Vouchers can be purchased in advance in five dollar increments and distributed to your guests. Guests are also welcome to visit the café and pay on their own for lunch or snacks.

Catered Lunches

We offer a variety of buffet or served lunches, designed especially for larger groups. After a rewarding morning of touring Plimoth Plantation and grounds, enjoy a delicious meal and refuel for an exciting afternoon. Experience one of our historic 17th-century meals, with authentic preparation and dining to make your visit complete. Click here to download our Group Tour Catering Menu.

Box Lunches

For our groups who are on-the-go, our Box Lunch Menu is the perfect solution. Choose from an executive style box or our deluxe menus of hand-made delicious sandwiches that are perfectly packaged and convenient to enjoy on the go as you complete your experience at Plimoth Plantation. Click here to download our Group Tour Catering Menu.

Customized Special Events

Let our special event planners create a unique and unforgettable experience that your group will remember for years to come. No matter what the choice, idea, or suggestion may be our special event planners can create and customize an event for your group that is sure to make a lasting impression.

Contact Diane Cox at (508) 746-1622 extension 8365 or email dcox@plimoth.org  for more information

Parking and Access

Directions for Group Operators

For detailed driving directions to Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II, see our Getting Here page. 

NOTE: If traveling by highway, enter 26R River Street, Plymouth, MA in mapping systems or GPS to get the best routing results.

Mishoon docking at Plimoth Plantation's Wampanoag Homesite

Bus Parking at Plimoth Plantation

Complimentary motorcoach parking is available in the lower Bus Parking lot. If entering from the River Street driveway, turn right, and the Bus Lot will be on your left. If arriving from Warren Avenue, go up the Warren Avenue driveway, cross the Main Parking lot, and continue towards the Route 3 exit, and the Bus Lot will be on your left.

Bus Parking at the Waterfront

The motorcoach drop-off/pick-up area is a designated crescent on Water Street just north of Plymouth Rock and in front of Mayflower II. Complimentary town parking for motorcoaches is located less than half a mile north on Water Street just beyond the Wharf rotary.

For People with Disabilities

Parking for people with disabilities is available in the motorcoach lot. The Visitor Center, Craft Center, Nye Barn and Wampanoag Homesite are handicapped accessible; The 17th-century English Village has limited accessibility. The exhibit area at Mayflower II is wheelchair accessible. The Mayflower II vessel is not fully accessible.

For the best experience group leaders with special needs guests should contact the Group Sales Office prior to arrival.

Special rates are available for limited access.

Tips for Your Visit

Plimoth Plantation school group

Please note that you are responsible for your students and their behavior.

Please keep the group together with you at all times. Unescorted students/children are not allowed in the exhibits, retail shops or on the grounds. Please monitor their behavior when they are talking with Museum staff and encourage them to read signs as they enter the exhibits. This is especially important at the Native Wampanoag Homesite. Many students/children are unaware that behavior like using war whoops or saying “How!” can be considered disrespectful by many Native people.
In order to help prepare your chaperones, please see our Chaperone Guide.

Parking
Parents who have followed the bus to the Museum MUST park their vehicles in the upper parking lot. The lower parking lot is reserved for buses and handicap parking only. Please carpool whenever possible. Click here for directions to the museum.

Arrival
On arrival, the group leader should check-in with our Guest Service staff. Please have ready the actual number of people in your group, students/children, teachers with school credentials, and chaperones. The final cost will depend on the actual number of students/children and adults who visit. At Plimoth Plantation, we ask that the students remain on the bus until the group leader has returned to the bus. Your group will then line up on the walkway into the Visitor Center. Please stay to the left to allow room for other people to walk. Guest Services will bring your group into the Museum when there is availability in the theatre to view the orientation film.

At Mayflower II students should accompany the group leader to the Museum entrance.

Payment 
We do not require a deposit for admission. Payment is required in full on arrival unless prior billing arrangements have been approved. You may pay by school check, school purchase order, scout check, major credit card, or cash.  If paying by check please make check payable to Plimoth Plantation Inc. One payment is required for the entire group, including extra adults. If paying in cash, please collect money in advance. Please no coins or small bills, as counting will slow down the transaction. In case of overpayment, refunds are issued at the end of each month, and will be mailed to the customer name and address on the group reservation. 

Bathrooms
Bathrooms are located in the Peabody Pavilion, adjacent to the bus parking lot. We ask that you use these bathrooms before entering the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center.  Bathrooms are also available in the Craft Center, located outside the 17th-century English Village and in the Visitor Center as you return from the outdoor exhibits sites, near Patuxet Café and the Museum Shops.  At Mayflower II there are restrooms at Pilgrim Memorial State Park.

Bag Lunches
Your group is welcome to eat their lunch at the Peabody Pavilion located adjacent to the bus parking lot, where there are picnic tables. You may also eat on the grass areas outside the Museum, based on availability.  We do not reserve facilities for bag lunches. If Peabody Pavilion is not available, or if it is rainy or cold weather, we recommend that your bus remain on site for the students/children to eat their lunch. Bag lunches are not allowed to be consumed inside the Visitor Center.

Food Service
There are several dining options available at our Museum . We offer exclusive and entertaining catered events, perfect for small or large gatherings, that suit everyone’s taste and include modern favorites or historically inspired menu offerings.  You may also visit Patuxet Café located in the Visitor Center.

Access 
For the best experience, group leaders with special needs should contact the Group Sales Office by calling 508-746-1622 ext. 8358, prior to arrival.  You may also view our Guide to Access for more information.

Restrictions 

  • You will see rare breed animals: please do not touch, feed or tease the animals, or chase the chickens.
  • Students/Children are allowed to handle and examine objects, as long as they are carefully supervised.
  • Help us keep the modern world at bay by limiting cell phone calls. But do feel free to take pictures or make video/audio recordings during your visit. Your pictures and recordings are intended for personal keepsakes only. If you would like to use these images for commercial purposes or in publications, please contact Plimoth Plantation’s PR Manager to obtain written permission: pr@plimoth.org or 508-746-1622 x8206
  • Please do not smoke, drink or eat in the exhibit areas.

Lost Objects
Lost and found is located at the front desk of Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II. You may contact them at 508-746-1622 ext. 8609.

In case of an Emergency
Should an emergency arise, notify the nearest staff member, even if they are in costume.

Inclement Weather
Plimoth Plantation rarely closes because of weather.  We suggest that you dress comfortably for the weather conditions. If your school is cancelled, please send us a message at groupsales@plimoth.org and we will work with you to reschedule your trip.We do not schedule rain dates.

Preparing Students
For tips and techniques on preparing your students, please see our Field Trip Materials.

And finally, have fun and learn something old with us today!  Motivate students and children to think like historians by seeking many sources of information. Read signs, observe surroundings, and examine objects. Encourage your young explorers to interview Native staff and costumed role players depicting the original settlers of Plimoth Colony.

Looking for ways to help prepare your students? Make sure to check out Field Trip Materials. You can also go to the Just for Kids section for historical background information for students.

Well-prepared chaperones are so important for a field trip. Visit our Chaperone Guide page for information on preparing chaperones and for a printable chaperone guide.

We Can Come to You
Want to prepare for your field trip to Plimoth Plantation, or can't make it to the Museusem? We’ll bring the Museum to you! Our Pilgrims and Native museum teachers will go from class to class, delivering informative and fun hour-long classroom programs.