Whether you are looking for a great day trip, weekend getaway, or possibly a spring and summer vacation that is “different” than other places you normally go, you should put Provincetown, MA at the top of your list of possibilities. Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown has all of the charm of a New England seaside community, and more.
Provincetown has been a classic tourist destination since 1899 and today it is the #1 destination for visitors to Cape Cod. Provincetown was the first landing place of the Mayflower in 1620. Though the Pilgrims eventually made their way to found the first colony in Plymouth, Provincetown continues to hold a special place in American history. With evolving activities and accommodations, this unique destination is a must-see for any visitor who loves the blend of old and new.
1. Award-Winning New England Beaches: Because Cape Cod is a peninsula; the beaches are expansive. Race Point Beach attracts visitors not only from Massachusetts, but from all over the Northeast. It is common here to spot seals, humpback whales and pelagic birds making their spring and fall migrations as you stand on the beach. In 2015, Race Point Beach won the Traveler’s Choice Award as on of the 10 best beaches in the world.
2. Lots of Outdoor Activities: Hiking and biking the numerous trails that wind through the Cape Cod National Seashore is a must while visiting Provincetown. Beech Forest is only a short drive or easy bike ride from the center of town. Look for the elusive eastern coyote, brilliant red foxes, painted turtles, raccoons or river otters that inhabit the numerous salt marshes. Discover wild cranberry bogs, miles of dunes dappled with beach plum, broom crowberry and kettle ponds that are home to rare orchids and seaside lavender.
3. Dune Tours: You’ve never seen a sunset until you see one while on Art’s Dune Tours. As featured on CBS News Sunday Morning, the dunes of Cape Cod stretch as far as the eye can see. The dune shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District is where many famous artists have come to be inspired to create world-renowned art and literature. Tennessee Williams, Jackson Pollack and Norman Mailer are just some of the notables.
4. Whale and Dolphin Watching Trips: Whale watching is a huge draw for the visitor and locals. The boats that leave from Provincetown’s harbor reach the whale feeding grounds the fastest of any boats in New England. Our friends at the Dolphin Fleet will take you on a memorable whale watch and dolphin sighting. Although rare, you might even be lucky enough to spot a Great White Shark.
5.Take in the views from MacMillan Wharf: MacMillan Wharf, which stretches out from the center of town, is the best place to view our skyline and waterfront. Be there for sunrise for fabulous photo opportunities. The pier is where you catch the Boston Ferry or a charter boat. Board the Hindu, Sea Salt or Bay Lady for a sunset sail. Visit the Whydah Pirate Museum at the end of the pier and learn about the amazing history of this famous shipwreck and the men who sailed her.
6. Shop and Dine on Commercial Street in Provincetown: Quintessential Provincetown has a bustling town center that is both unique, offbeat and fun. Among the many individual stores and festive shops; you will find some of the country’s best seafood restaurants – caught in morning and served to you at night, it doesn’t get fresher than this.
7. The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s: Our center of town boutique hotel is admittedly one of the best locations to stay in Provincetown, MA. Since 1979 we have welcomed guests to our beautiful inn. With 24/7 concierge service, made to order breakfast, impeccable accommodations, free WiFi and shuttle service to the ferry and airport, we have everything you need to make your vacation memorable.