Fun things to do in Provincetown

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    Whale watching cruise

    by leffe3 Updated Jan 31, 2006

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    There are several companies that offer such cruises based in the dock. All are fairly similar in what they offer - 3 hours on the seas, guaranteed sighting or credit for future trip (it's rare that at least one is not spotted) and fairly similiar in price ($17-20). Some offer discounts of $3 for voucher from hotel (ask at reception) or the company that runs the fast ferry from Boston offers $5 discount with a ticket for the ferry (but it is the most expensive at $20). Choice of company as much depends on timetable to suit your needs, tours starting from anything between 930am through, dependent on time of year, to sunset trips. It's worth every cent, although level of sighting varies.

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  • MacMillan Wharf

    by zChris Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Check out MacMillan Wharf, which is Provincetown's centre of maritime activity. From here you can watch the fishermen set out, local boys jumping into the harbour, and catch a Whale Watch boat out to the Atlantic. The view of the town from the wharf is also very interesting. At the end of MacMillan Wharf is the Whydah Museum, chronicling the find and excavation of the Whydah treasure ship off the coast of Cape Cod.

    Town from MacMillan Wharf
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    The chilly ocean

    by chodearm Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    I look at this photo, without knowing its direct location I can put a bid in on what the water tempature is. I would say 70 degrees on the F not the C. The blues look warm, not deep enough of a tone for cold. Looks are decieving. Remember, there are woman that when you reach the bed with them you find a manly suprise.

    This is the view from the Cape Cod Lighthouse looking straight out to Europe.

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  • Commercial Street

    by peach93 Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Commercial Street is pretty much Provincetown's main drag. It's where most of its shops and restaurants and clubs are located. It's a one-way street so pedestrians don't have to look more than one way when crossing, but it's also very narrow so there isn't much room for people and cars at the same time.

    Like many of the world's great streets, it's good to just stroll up and down Commercial Street a few times and see what there is to see. Maybe pop into an art gallery or stop at bar for a drink or grab a seat at a sidewalk cafe. It's got everything from sex shops and gay book stores to ice cream parlors and antique stores--all with a beautiful view of the Altantic.

    The character of the street changes a lot from day to night, with the town's more colorful characters coming out as night falls. Either way it's a lot of fun.

    Commercial Street
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    Provincetown ("P-town")

    by ABL1958 Updated Jul 16, 2007

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    We spent one day in Provincetown, the outer-most town in the Cape. It is known as 'P-town' by tourists (I'm not sure how the locals feel about that!). It is a town where houses are built almost one on top of the other, all small and quaint. The streets are narrow and it is suggested that you find public parking (at $8 USD/day) and walk or ride a bike instead. Bike rentals are available and it's the preferred method of transportation. Families may want to be made aware that Provincetown is an openly gay/lesbian community. There is a big emphasis on art there, and art dealers and artists abound. There is an undeniable charm to the town in it's quaintness but be aware that at night it comes alive and you MUST avoid driving your car through it.......I tried it and I regretted it. You move at a snails pace, literally, while people fill the streets and you wait for them to move, not vice versa.

    My kids and I were particularly drawn to the wharf where fishing boats were docking at the end of the day, and where we were to embark on our Sunset Sail with the BayLadyII, a 75ft. schooner. This sailboat leaves Provincetown 3 or 4 times a day and for a reasonable price ($27USD for the 3 of us) you can sail out into the Bay and feel the salty air and the windspray and watch the sails billow in the sun. It is wonderful! If you prefer a more comfortable, stable ride then there are many types of boats leaving the dock throughout the day....with every amenity you can think of! But you pay the price...so I highly recommend the schooner as it brings you closest to the sea in a most pleasant way!

    The BayLadyII
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    Dune Tours & Hikes

    by haikutaxi Updated May 4, 2008

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    A trip through the parabolic dunes on the north side of Provincetown is something no visitor should miss. You can go out on Art's Dune Tours (big comfortable off-road vehicles) and get a good sense of the beauty and history of the dunes and shore of the Provincelands of Cape Cod National Seashore. You can also hike out to the Atlantic by following Snail Road, (a road in name only once it crosses Rt. 6 to the North) a sand path that meanders out past cranberry bogs and dune shacks. It's about a 1/2 hour walk & can be pretty strenuous if you're not used to walking on sand... some steep dunes to climb. If you walk take plenty of water and protection from the sun and wind... the weather can change quickly and dramatically. If you prefer walking on a hard surface there are over seven miles of bike paths that loop through the Provincelands offering views of the ocean, dunes, ponds and beech forest.

    the road to C-Scape perfect way to end the day
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    Whale Watch

    by dharmabum222 Updated Sep 23, 2007

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    I have heard that August and September are the best time to do this. We encountered many people who have been returning every years for over 30 and I suspect that I will make the pilgrimage too now.

    We booked with a company called the Portuguese Princess because they do whale research and send marine biologists out on each boat trip.

    There are generally 3-4 trips a day and each cost about $35 USD.

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    Provincetown Trolley, Inc.

    by tayloretc Written May 25, 2008

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    “Sit back, relax and enjoy the most interesting and informative trolley tour in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

    This narrated tour lasts about 40 minutes, and goes through downtown Provincetown and into the National Seashore Park. The driver/narrator knew her stuff, touching on history, architecture, and local specialties. She also seemed to know everyone along the way, often calling out parts of ongoing conversations with them as we passed. People waved and yelled hellos to the passengers. It was fun.

    Trolleys run 10-4 (and sometimes later), and leave every half hour from in front of the Town Hall. In May 2008 it cost $11 per person.

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    Province Lands Visitor Center

    by SteveOSF Written Nov 26, 2007

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    The Province Lands Visitor Center makes for a nice stop at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown. Displays explain the natural environment of the area. The structure of the Visitor Center is well designed with an observation deck that offers some wonderful views.

    Cape Cod National Seashore from the Visitor Center
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  • The Jetty on the West end of...

    by GeorgeJabin Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Jetty on the West end of town.
    This Jetty has to be about a mile long. The further you walk, the more spectacular the view of P'town harbor is. If you continue all the way out, you eventually will reach some amazing sandy beaches.

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    Quirky Provincetown

    by aukahkay Written Feb 7, 2006

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    My host family at Cape Cod drove me to Provincetown for an afternoon. Provincetown is located at the tip of the hook-like cape. Walking along the streets of Provincetown, I spotted a few unique and quirky houses and buildings, probably reflecting the psyche of the inhabitants of this town.

    Spank the Monkey - what a name for an art shop! A very creative garden Souvenir shops in an alley Kite shop by the beach
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    trolley ride

    by haikutaxi Updated May 4, 2008

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    The Provincetown trolley leaves several times a day from in front of Town Hall on Commercial Street and can drop and pick up in a few other locations as well. If you are new to town and/or are visiting for only a short time, it's a good way to get an overview of the immediate area. The ride takes you through town on Commercial Street and on a loop through the Provincelands of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The driver keeps up a running commentary on the history of the town and area (maybe a few tall tales thrown in too), often quite amusing.

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    Critter Cruising

    by PeterCapeCodder Written Jun 4, 2006

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    The Critter Cruise from Viking Princess Cruises is a one and one-quarter hour marine life excursion around Provincetown Harbor. We pulled up a lobster trap, a plankton net, and a bottom dredge. There was something for everyone to do, but it was still easy to relax and just enjoy the ride at the same time. They won the Cape Cod Life Readers' Choice Award for Best Kids' Activity for 2006.

    Viking Princess Harbor Cruises of Provincetown an a sand dollar sunset at Long Point
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    View from the top

    by leffe3 Written Feb 4, 2006

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    So you've made the effort to get to the top of the tallest American granite building (220 feet or so). But is it worth it? A resounding yes - some great 270 degree views (nothing to see behind you sadly :))

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    A town of boats

    by leffe3 Written Feb 4, 2006

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    With it being a working port, boats are everywhere in Provincetown. But it's not just the fishing boats, whale watching cruises and ferries coming from the mainland - a natural harbour results in a pretty safe environment for pleasure boats. Even if you don't take to the water, there's plenty of evidence on the shore of a favourite pastime - and it certainly adds to the charm of the town.

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