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Discovering Historic Plymouth & Cape Cod With Your Grandchild

Journey to Plymouth Rock with your grandchild to find out about life in America 400 years ago for pilgrims and native people. Learn about the Mayflower, and watch for whales!
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Program No. 16349RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,949 / ADULT
1,149 / CHILD
Massachusetts

Discovering Historic Plymouth & Cape Cod With Your Grandchild

Journey to Plymouth Rock with your grandchild to find out about life in America 400 years ago for pilgrims and native people. Learn about the Mayflower, and watch for whales!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,949 / ADULT
1,149 / CHILD
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,949 / ADULT
1,149 / CHILD
Program No. 16349RJ

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Age 7 - 10
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At a Glance

Ahoy, matey! Hop aboard this Atlantic adventure on the coast of Massachusetts with your grandchild. Have you ever wanted to meet a pilgrim who sailed aboard the Mayflower? Now you can! At Plimoth Plantation, costumed colonists will tell you what it was like to live in America almost 400 years ago. Find out about their dangerous journey across the Atlantic Sea, and walk through houses like the ones they built in their new home of Plimoth (later spelled Plymouth). Meet boat scientists who will help you navigate Atlantic waterways, and grab your binoculars as you search the waters for the largest mammal on earth: the whale. Plus, go on a scavenger hunt and have fun swimming in the ocean!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day on uneven terrain. Sitting and standing during lectures and activities. Riding motor coach for around 1-1.5 hour a day.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Step into the lives of Pilgrims and Native Americans who lived in the region through living history exhibits and workshops at the Plimoth Patuxet Museum.
  • While onboard a research vessel, become a scientist yourself as you fill your test tubes for plankton to learn about Cape Cod’s marine animals.
  • Set out on a whale watching expedition in Plymouth Harbor.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 7-10.
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George Schmidt
George Schmidt holds two advanced degrees as well as certifications as an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service and as a Certified Financial Planner. George has a passion for traveling and has been fortunate enough to visit all seven continents; in this process, he has visited more than 90 countries. While all travels have an impact, he says the most life-changing was a safari in Kenya. George has lived mostly in Massachusetts and currently lives on Cape Cod.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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George Schmidt holds two advanced degrees as well as certifications as an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service and as a Certified Financial Planner. George has a passion for traveling and has been fortunate enough to visit all seven continents; in this process, he has visited more than 90 countries. While all travels have an impact, he says the most life-changing was a safari in Kenya. George has lived mostly in Massachusetts and currently lives on Cape Cod.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Plymouth Colony: Its History & People, 1620-1691
by Eugene Aubrey Stratton
This is the first truly complete treatment of the history and genealogy of Plymouth Colony. It includes a concise history of the colony, both chronologically and topically, and more than 300 biographical sketches of its inhabitants. Richly documented and illustrated with maps and photographs, the three-dimensional Plymouth Colony: Its History & People, 1620-1691 was written for historians and genealogists alike and provides and in-depth view of this important epoch in American history.
If You Sailed On The Mayflower in 1620
by Ann McGovern
CHILD BOOK age 7 and up What kind of ship was the Mayflower? How did the Pilgrims feel when they saw land? What was the first building in Plymouth? In lively question-and-answer style, this fact-filled book answers all sorts of questions about the Pilgrims' journey on the Mayflower and their first year in America. Boys and girls will find out why the Pilgrims left England to live in America, what they took with them on board the Mayflower, and the hardships they endured. They'll learn what the Mayflower Compact was, how the Pilgrims made a peace treaty with the Indians, and how these brave settlers managed to survive in their new land. Ms McGovern has carefully researched the Pilgrims' journey and their first year in America. Her portrayal is full of fascinating detail about their everyday life. Young readers will be intrigued to discover that Pilgrim boys and girls slept on corn husk mattresses they made themselves, and that most of the houses had only one chair -- which was reserved for the man of the house! The humorous, true-to-life illustrations serve as effective complements to the informative, fun-to-read text.
Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643
by Neal Salisbury
Making a radical departure form traditional approaches to colonial American history, this book looks back at Indian-white relations from the perspective of the Indians themselves. In doing so, Salisbury reaches some startling new conclusions about a period of crucial-yet often overlooked-contact between two irreconcilably different cultures.
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Nathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Award winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as spellbinding by Time magazine. In Mayflower, Philbrick casts his spell once again, giving us a fresh and extraordinarily vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower's arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip's War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today.
Whale Port
by Mark Foster
CHILD BOOK age 10 and up Long before the invention of electricity or the discovery of underground reservoirs of fossil fuels, people depended on whale oil to keep their lamps lit. A few brave Colonial farmers left their fields and headed out to sea to chase whales and profits farther and farther off shore. When they did, towns sprung up around their harbors as demand grew for sailors, blacksmiths, ropewalkers, and the many other craftsmen needed to support the growing whaling industry. Through the fictional village of Tuckanucket, Whale Port explores the history of these towns. Detailed illustrations and an informative narrative reveal the way Tuckanucket’s citizens lived and worked by sharing the personal stories of people like Zachariah Taber, his family and neighbors, and the place they called home. Whale Port is also the story of America, and the important role whales played in its history and development as people worked together to build communities that not only survived, but prospered and grew into the flourishing cities of a new nation.
Journey Around Cape Cod From A to Z
by Martha Zschock
CHILD BOOK age 6 and up Author and illustrator Martha Zschock was a third-grade teacher on Cape Cod. When taking her students on field trips on the Cape, she discovered what sites and stories excited them most. Drawing on that experience, she created what one Cape Cod bookseller calls "the best Cape book we've ever had," and the first in a series of alphabet books that visit great American places. Journey Around Cape Cod and the Islands From A to Z is an alphabet book, but one that is equally enjoyable and interesting for children of all ages and for adults, as well. From Aptucxet to Zooplankton, it offers fascinating information about the Cape and its history, all of it illustrated with Zschock's beautiful watercolor work.
A Place Apart: A Cape Cod Reader
by Robert Finch
A Place Apart features essays and firsthand accounts of notable experiences throughout Cape Cod, including native Wampanoag creation myths; eyewitness accounts of the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620; candid stories of early life in the Old Colony; fascinating and often-harrowing accounts of the whaling and fishing industries; and so much more. The collection includes famous passages by and about such writers as Melville, Thoreau, Helen Keller, Edmund Wilson, and Kurt Vonnegut, among others.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Plymouth, MA
D
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, get any up-updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Your program materials will be sent to you a few days before the program, digitally, through your roadscholar.org account. This includes your program itinerary, any related handouts, and restaurant/free time suggestions. Please plan to print them out and bring along to the program, utilize the hotel's business center to access them, or view them on your own personal electronic device. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. For field trips outdoors, wear sneakers, casual clothes you don’t mind getting wet, and always apply sun protection. Bring a windbreaker or sweatshirt, towel, bathing suit, and change of clothes/shoes for our coastal explorations. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel. Meet with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Plimoth Patuxet Museum, Plymouth Waterfront
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 10 miles total; about 1/2 hour roundtrip. Walking up to 2 miles at Plimoth Plantation; on our feet up to 2 hours; unpaved and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have vouchers for a full breakfast served with milk, juice, coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to Plimoth Patuxet Museum. Led by an expert, we’ll walk through this living history museum complete with actors who portray 17th century colonists and learn about these early settlers. Then we’ll visit the Wampanoag Village and the Pilgrim Settlement with a museum expert, and then have some time to explore on our own.

Lunch: At Plimoth Patuxet Museum's café with vouchers.

Afternoon: We’ll continue at Plimoth Patuxet Museum with on-site staff as they offer commentary related to pilgrim and Native American life as we explore the activities on site. Then we’ll head to Plymouth Harbor via motorcoach for a walking field trip led by a Plimoth Plantation expert. For the first few years of its existence, this was the exact location where Plymouth Colony stood. We will see Plimoth Plantation's full-scale reproduction of the original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 and learn about its voyage from our local expert. Additionally, we will see and learn about other major sites vital to Plymouth's history, like Plymouth Rock, Cole's Hill, Leyden Street, and Town Brook. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: At leisure. You may like to take a dip in the hotel pool, walk down to the waterfront and through downtown Plymouth, or just relax.

DAY
3
Marine Biological Lab Study Cruise, Coastal Exploration
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 60 miles total; about 1.5 hours roundtrip. Getting on/off vessel via a small ladder; ride is approximately 1.5 hours. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; standing approximately 1.5 hours; terrain includes sand, rocks, and seaweed beds, some slippery surfaces. Sneakers or sturdy water shoes required. Date and timing of activities may be adjusted due to changing tides.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After arriving at the dock via motorcoach, we’ll take an ocean study cruise on Vineyard Sound and actively engage in studying oceanography through first-hand observations of natural marine phenomena and data collection. Aboard the fishing vessel Gemma with the Marine Biological Laboratory and our marine expert, we’ll discover the wonders of ocean science. As “guest” scientists, we will take plankton and bottom samples to see what might be found in our area—a great way to learn more about Cape Cod's ecological systems!

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transferring via motorcoach, we’ll join a local expert as we experience life along the coast by observing and learning about the creatures that inhabit these shores on a nearby beach. On a walk by the water’s edge, we’ll take a closer look at the tide pools to learn about regional marine life and their environments. Bring your bathing suit if you'd like! Before heading back to Plymouth, we will explore the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center and participate in a scavenger hunt led by visitor center staff and our Group Leader who will deepen our knowledge about Cape Cod.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Whale Watching Expedition, Free Time
Plymouth, MA
B,L
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

Activity note: Getting on/off boat via ramp; depending on tides, the ramp may be at an incline or decline; boat ride is approximately 3 hours. Level of activity during free time dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: As a special highlight, we’ll go on a whale watching expedition out of Plymouth Harbor. Throughout our adventure, expert naturalists will provide an intriguing look into the “wonderful world of whales” while also including commentary on local ecology and the area’s unique history.

Lunch: Boxed lunches aboard the whale watching ship.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At the hotel, we’ll have an evening of fun games with our Group Leader.

DAY
5
Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Greenbriar Nature Center
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 40 miles total; about 1 hour roundtrip. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets, grass.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After boarding our motorcoach, we will head to Hyannis, a charming and characteristic Cape Cod village. We’ll spend the morning at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum on the waterfront, learning about the Cape’s maritime history and culture, ships past and present, and participating in an expert-led hands-on activity.

Lunch: Boxed sandwich lunch at the Nature Center.

Afternoon: Our next field trip will be to the town of Sandwich, the oldest on the Cape, where we’ll visit the Greenbriar Nature Center. In this “quiet corner of peace and beauty,” we’ll walk through the grounds with a freshwater pond, and then participate in a hands-on activity led by an expert naturalist to learn about the creatures that inhabit local waters and analyze them under microscopes. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant. Share some of your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departures after our final session in the morning.

DAY
6
Plimoth Grist Mill, Program Concludes
Plymouth, MA
B

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on sidewalks. Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: We’ll walk to the Plimoth Grist Mill with our Group Leader. After more than a decade of laboriously grinding corn by hand in wooden mortars, the Plimoth colony authorized construction of a water-powered corn grinding (grist) mill on Town Brook in 1636. The official website for Plimoth Plantation tells us: “The mill we see today is a reproduction the 1636 original. Many of the parts — the stones, spindle, and stone furniture — are from the early 1800s and were salvaged from another mill.” During our visit, we’ll explore the mill and learn how important the process of grinding corn was in the 1600s. We’ll also learn about the ecology of the Town Brook area, including the annual herring run. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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