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Top 15 Things to Do in Provincetown, MA

Ishaan Govardhan Sep 20, 2019
From the pilgrims who were on-board the legendary ship Mayflower to members of the LGBT community, Provincetown has always acted as a safe haven for those seeking refuge. There are many reasons why it's the most sought-after town for a relaxing summercation on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

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Before you hit the beaches, visit the bustling city wharf. You get to choose your own adventure down at MacMillan Wharf: hop on the Mayflower Trolley tour, stroll among the anchored boats, drop by the local library, or have some street food for breakfast!

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This waterfront town has grown a lot in the 400 years (as of the year 2020) since the Mayflower landed at Provincetown. Swing by the 252 ft tall Pilgrim Monument to get a sense of the area's historical roots.

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Without further ado, head down to Race Point Beach or Herring Cove Beach. Whether you plan on sunbathing with a book, watching the sun go down, surfing the waves or just splashing around, good times are guaranteed!

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Provincetown (aka P-town) is the port of call that's nearest to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. So don't miss the chance to embark on a marine safari and observe the gentle giants of the Atlantic: wild humpbacks and fin whales.

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Don't feel like returning to dry land just yet? Charter a deep-sea fishing boat at the wharf and see if you can hook some striped bass, flounder, or tuna out on the waves.

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See if you can tackle the Atlantic Ocean equipped with just a pair of canoe paddles and a life jacket. You can also opt for a kayaking tour of P-town and its surroundings.
Back on land, treat your taste buds with the delicious lobster rolls that P-town is known for. The seafood around these parts of Cape Cod is tasty enough to tempt vegans!
Stroll over to the beating heart of P-town: its Commercial Street. Always abuzz with tourists and locals alike, this 3-mile street is lined with restaurants, cafes, clubs, art galleries, and of course: several boutiques for shopping.
Inspired by its natural splendor, artists have always flocked to P-town in droves. Marvel at the fruits of their labor over at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Or spend an evening in the different art galleries of the East End gallery district.
Rekindle your childhood treasure-hunting fantasies, by paying a visit to P-town's Whydah Pirate Museum and Gift Shop. This place exhibits the only pirate treasure ever recovered from a shipwreck!

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As beautiful as its beaches are, P-town's inland terrain is just as alluring. Set off hiking on wilderness trails like the Hatches Harbor Trail. Or go on a peaceful nature walk through Beech Forest.
Your itinerary should include an unforgettable visit to the historic Race Point Lighthouse, which has been in operation since 1876! You can even spend the night at the Race Point Keeper's House, falling asleep to the sound of waves.

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Rent a bike and set off on the Province Lands Bike Trail. With the pretty coastline on one side of your bike, and neighboring small towns on the other, you'll get a refreshing workout with an added bonus of the ocean breeze in your hair!

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Thrill-seekers should spice up their Provincetown getaway by going parasailing over the ocean waves. Join the seagulls for a ride you'll never forget!

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Real adventures can only be found off the beaten path. Book yourself a seat in a 4x4 off-roading beach and dune tour. Explore Provincetown in style!