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Provincetown or P-town, nestled at the tip of Cape Cod, MA, is a vibrant and picturesque town renowned for its rich history, artistic heritage, LGBTQ+ community, and captivating natural beauty. From its scenic beaches and charming streets to its thriving arts scene and lively events, Provincetown offers a myriad of experiences for everyone.
Here are five things you can’t miss on your visit.
5. Climb the Pilgrim Monument
A prominent landmark in Provincetown, the Pilgrim Monument commemorates the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620. Climb the monument’s 116 steps for panoramic views of the town and its stunning surroundings. The on-site Provincetown Museum provides fascinating insights into the town’s history and the Pilgrims’ journey.
Can’t Miss: Climb to the top for some of the best views of the Cape. Don’t forget to get your sticker commemorating your achievement.
Address: 1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA 02657
4. Take a Whale Watching Tour
Provincetown is renowned for its exceptional whale watching opportunities. Embark on an unforgettable adventure by joining a whale watching tour. These excursions give you a chance to witness majestic creatures such as humpback whales, finback whales, and dolphins in their natural habitat. The sight of these magnificent creatures breaching the water is an awe-inspiring experience. Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch is one of the best tours offered and they have been offering them since 1975.
Can’t Miss: Grab a spot up front and get ready to see whales up close and personal.
Address: 307 Commercial Street #1 Provincetown, MA 02657
3. Say Gay!
Provincetown has a long-standing reputation as a welcoming and inclusive destination for the LGBTQ+ community. Celebrate diversity and immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant LGBTQ+ scene. Explore the numerous LGBTQ+-owned businesses, attend fabulous drag shows, and grab drinks at any one of the numerous bars that line Commercial Street.
Can’t Miss: Provincetown Carnival is a week-long festival of pride, parades, and parties. If you want to party, this is the week to go.
Address: Throughout Provincetown
2. Soak in the Sun on Cape Cod National Seashore
Nature lovers will find paradise at the Cape Cod National Seashore. Spanning 40 miles of pristine coastline, this protected area offers breathtaking landscapes, dunes, and picturesque beaches. Hike along the trails, enjoy a picnic with a view, or simply bask in the serenity of the surrounding nature. Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach are popular spots for swimming, sunbathing, and witnessing stunning sunsets.
Can’t Miss: Go as bare as you dare at Herring Cove Beach.
Address: Located to the right at the end of Route 6 in Provincetown
1. Stroll Along Commercial Street
A visit to Provincetown wouldn’t be complete without a leisurely stroll along Commercial Street. Lined with colorful buildings, unique boutiques, art galleries, and inviting restaurants, this bustling thoroughfare is the heart and soul of the town. Take your time to explore the local shops, indulge in delectable seafood, and soak up the lively atmosphere of this vibrant street.
Can’t Miss: Grab a cupcake at ScottCakes. There is just one flavor, but it’s perfect.
Address: Commercial Street runs throughout Provincetown
Provincetown offers everything you could want in a seaside escape with the right mix of sand, sun, delicious food, history, and more.
Bonus Hotel Pick: Admiral’s Landing is a hidden gem nestled in P-town. This charming bed and breakfast offers a cozy retreat for travelers seeking a memorable stay. The inn boasts beautifully appointed guest rooms, each thoughtfully designed with a blend of comfort and New England charm. From the friendly and attentive innkeepers to the peaceful ambiance of the common areas, every detail at Admiral’s Landing exudes warmth and hospitality. With its prime location just steps away from Commercial Street and close proximity to Provincetown’s renowned art galleries, shops, and dining options, Admiral’s Landing is the perfect haven for those looking to immerse themselves in the unique culture and natural beauty of this enchanting coastal town. (My full review is here.)
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