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MacMillan Pier

Embrace the spirit of Provincetown at this busy pier, which is home to many restaurants and craft shops, as well as a pirate-themed museum.

MacMillan Pier connects other parts of the country to Provincetown and is the starting point of many excursions to the surrounding area too. With boats bobbing in the surrounding seas and local craftspeople selling unique souvenirs, it is a great spot for shopping and people-watching. Join the crowds on the bustling pier to witness an authentic slice of Provincetown life.

The sea has long played an important role in Provincetown’s society. Once a sleepy New England fishing village, it is now a popular seaside resort, with the pier remaining a focal point of the town. If you are on a daytrip to Provincetown, you’re likely to disembark at MacMillan Pier. It gets busy here with tens of thousands of visitors using the docking spot every year. Step off your boat to join the happy crowd.

Take time to properly explore the area and to get immersed in the artsy ambiance. Walk the length and breadth of the pier and look for artists painting the scenic views. You may also notice artists’ studios, which help foster a creative environment by the sea. Stop at the Whydah Pirate Museum for an enlightening look at artifacts from a 1717 wreck on Cape Cod. Among the objects displayed here are real pirate weaponry and loot. 

Enjoy a day at sea on one of the boat trips that operate out of MacMillan Pier. Yacht tours will give you great views of Cape Cod’s most well-known landmarks, including its lighthouses and scenic coastline. Fish for tuna offshore or go on a whale-watching excursion to try to spot the humpbacks that frequent these seas. If you prefer to just watch all the action from dry land, select from many restaurants on the pier where you can idle away several hours sampling the local seafood and watching the activities. 

Boats to and from Boston arrive and depart from MacMillan Pier regularly. Parking is available for a fee. Check ahead with the various attractions and restaurants on and around the pier for opening times and prices.


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Surfside Hotel and Suites $178
Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019
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Surfside Hotel and Suites

Surfside Hotel and Suites

543 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
     
    4.1 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Beach front view, included breakfast, short walk to downtown

    Breakwater Hotel $69
    Breakwater Hotel

    Breakwater Hotel

    716 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Provincetown, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Provincetown Theater and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Pilgrim Monument. Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Race Point Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Salt House Inn $210
      Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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      Salt House Inn

      Salt House Inn

      6 Conwell Street, Provincetown, MA
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The Salt House is fantastic. So charming and well designed. The rooms were perfect- everything we needed and we were made to feel so welcome by Teddy. The breakfast was delicious and the location is perfect - everything within easy walking distance. Highly recommend!

        Cape Colony Inn $89
        Reviewed on May 28, 2019
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        Cape Colony Inn

        Cape Colony Inn

        280 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA
           
          4.4 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nicely located on the west end of P-Town - Commercial Street is a block away (through the alley directly in front). Fairly quiet - room was a bit stuffy and had to run the AC for the night as the windows wouldn't open. But parking is key in P-Town and the Colony Cape Inn had it which was a big plus ...

          The Provincetown Inn $129
          Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019
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          The Provincetown Inn

          The Provincetown Inn

          1 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
             
            3.8 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            1:2 mile walk into town. Views of harbor, old houses, stores and people watching. Small beach and outdoor oil. Beautiful setting. Adequate parking.

            The Bradford $138
            Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
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            The Bradford

            The Bradford

            41 Bradford St, Provincetown, MA
               
              4.8 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Loved it, Don is so nice and the hotel is perfectly situated in Ptown.

              Pilgrim House $95
              Reviewed on May 31, 2019
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              Pilgrim House

              Pilgrim House

              336 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
                 
                4.6 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nice place to stay. Easily within walking distance to the shops and beaches.

                Christopher's by the Bay $109
                Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018
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                Christopher's by the Bay

                Christopher's by the Bay

                8 Johnson Street, Provincetown, MA
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautifully maintained. Can walk to anywhere in town. Owners couldn't be more attentive to detail.