10 Things to do in Provincetown That You Shouldn't Miss

November 30, 2021 Hector Krause

Visit Provincetown and have a blast enjoying some of Cape Cod’s best beaches (Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach are favorites of TripAdvisor travelers). Plenty of cool boutiques, restaurants and art galleries give this town a fun and funky vibe. It’s an exceptionally LGBT-friendly destination as well. One tip: if it’s high season, take the ferry or a quick flight from Boston (unless you enjoy spending hours sitting in traffic).
Restaurants in Provincetown

1. Cape Cod Provincelands Trail

Route 6 north toward Provincetown, Provincetown, MA
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5.0 based on 264 reviews

Cape Cod Provincelands Trail

Reviewed By CherryTravels17 - New Jersey, United States

My husband and I ran the Provincelands Trail. We took advantage of the free parking at the Visitor Center, where we started/ended our run. The views from the Visitor Center were breathtaking. The path was beautiful and not crowded; this is a must-do for active travelers visiting P-town!

2. Race Point Lighthouse

Race Point Beach, Provincetown, MA 02657 +1 855-722-3959 http://www.racepointlighthouse.org
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Race Point Lighthouse

The Race Point Lighthouse, Keeper's House, Whistle House and Oil House are maintained by the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization of volunteer members whose mission is the restoration and preservation of these and other properties including Wood End and Long Point Lighthouses. In 1995, the Keeper's house and Whistle House were renovated and the opened for overnight stays to guests from around the world. Google Maps directs drivers to a road that is not accessible unless a permit is obtained from the NPS during the season and vehicle has 4 wheel drive. It is a 2 mile walk from the Race Point Beach, or an easier and shorter walk from the Hatches Harbor parking lot off the Province Lands Rd between Race Point and Herring Cove Beaches. The lighthouse tower is open for tours on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays during the season. Closed if the piping plovers close access to the beach.

Reviewed By 641zipw - Boston, United States

We visited the place last weekend in October. Nice experience. The view is great. Light house is facing East. Sunrise photo is great with sun light shines on the object. The seascape view is not that great because of view angle, kind of awkward angle on both side, East or West. From reviews, most people talk about the positive aspect of the visit. One thing I would like to point out that the hike is not an easy one for everyone. Before we went, we did not do enough homework, thought we could easily drive there. When we get there, we realize that vehicles are required to have beach permit. Even four wheel drive vehicles have special requirements for permit. We then think we can walk, but with all my photo equipment that is not prepare for hiking, the hike is a tough one. The sand is deep and you are limited on walking only on the vehicle track. You need flash light to walk before sunrise. One step high, next step low - tough. It took us almost two hours to get there. Four hrs of walking on sand back and forth may be a challenge for many. Beware.

3. Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

1 High Pole Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657 +1 508-487-1310 [email protected] http://www.pilgrim-monument.org/
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4.5 based on 1,469 reviews

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

This monument commemorates the Pilgrim's first landing in Provincetown (not Plymouth), where they conceived, wrote and committed to the Mayflower Compact - the foundational document for the democracy America enjoys today. The Monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the U.S. rising 353 feet above sea level, and at the top, visitors are provided the most spectacular view of Cape Cod.In addition to the MOnument, the Provincetown Museum presents the unique cultural heritage of this historic town with special exhibitions and permanent displays.The Monument and Museum has ample parking, is open daily from APril 1st through November 30, and NEW this year - a food concession call the "Shallop Cafe" where visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking Provincetown and the Bay.

Reviewed By sls8806 - Sugar Land, United States

Taking the route of the Pilgrims landing all starts here. The museum is well set up and sets the story with artifacts, and timeline and explanation of the first landing. Step outside and walk to the monument. If you are in better physical health to climb the steps to the very top, you will get a breathtaking 360 degree view and a sticker at the end of the adventure! The day we went there were gale force wind warnings and rain. It really brought home what those early settlers went through and how brave they truly were!

4. Herring Cove Beach

Provincetown, MA
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4.5 based on 939 reviews

Herring Cove Beach

Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Herring Cove is Provincetown's most popular beach.

Reviewed By robynf699

Herring cove beach is a great place to relax and watch the sunset, there is a brand new parking lot with a mat to walk down to the beach.

5. Commercial Street

Downtown Center, Provincetown, MA http://ptownchamber.com
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4.5 based on 2,266 reviews

Commercial Street

Reviewed By PelleasPhiladelphia - Philadelphia, United States

Some of the best small town shopping stop I’ve ever experienced. Almost car-less and packed with pedestrians, there’s a shop for everyone: from lovely art, to great t-shirt stores (truly), to home furnishings, book stores, game stores, etc etc. it’s the heart of p-town and doesn’t disappoint!

6. MacMillan Wharf

Provincetown, MA 02657 +1 508-487-7000 http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/index.aspx
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

MacMillan Wharf

Reviewed By CATTSAR - Provincetown, United States

I had biked into town to run some errands and decided it was a perfect day to walk the pier. The views of the harbor, the town and the outer Cape are striking . This time of year the the water in the harbor shimmers and the backdrop of the sapphire blue sky provides an optimal background for the Pilgrim Monument and the buildings in town center. As you head down the pier, the right side is lined with shops full of local art. Further down are the kiosks that serve    as the offices for the whale watch, fishing charters and other attractions. Near the end of the pier is the Whydah Museum which tells a bit of local history and is complete with a gift shop. At the end of the pier are the ferry launches to Boston. This is a nice way to kill time while waiting for a table at the Lobster Pot.

7. Province Lands Visitor Center

Race Point Road, Provincetown, MA +1 508-487-1256 http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

Province Lands Visitor Center

Reviewed By 510anneh - Flagstaff, United States

Very quaint visitors center, with a lovely deck all the way around the building and awesome views in all directions. A higher deck gives you even better views. Helpful staff.

8. Race Point Beach

Race Point Road, Provincetown, MA 02657 +1 508-255-3421 https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/guide-to-beaches.htm
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4.5 based on 1,497 reviews

Race Point Beach

Reviewed By IMKEVINFROMBOSTON - Boston, United States

Great Beach , Miles and Miles of Cape Cod seashore , we saw whales and seals and all kinds of activity , go see the Dunes or visit the light house pack water and a lunch lots of fun

9. Long Point

Provincetown, MA
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4.5 based on 156 reviews

Long Point

Reviewed By mc_iles - Sherrill, United States

Three mile walk to the lighthouse, long but easy. Great views once you get to the very tip of the Cape. Pack a lunch and have a picnic, great spot to catch some rays and relax.

10. Provincetown Library

356 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657-2322 +1 508-487-7094 http://provincetownlibrary.org/
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4.5 based on 479 reviews

Provincetown Library

Reviewed By HillTraveller - Provincetown, United States

The P'town Library is a treasure trove of interesting bits of history about the town and The Cape. It is a great resource in town,

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