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ProvincetownUnited States of America

With its historical connections to the Pilgrims, its stunning scenery and liberal mindset, this seaside town is one of the liveliest destinations on the Cape.

Provincetown attracts many visitors year after year to lounge on sandy beaches, discover intriguing historical ties and experience exciting nightlife. Go whale watching off the coast, learn about the arrival of the Pilgrims and experience the lively LGBT scene.

Remember your primary school history lesson: Pilgrims sailing on the Mayflower ship arrived in Provincetown’s harbor in November 1620. The vessel’s passengers created the Mayflower Compact setting out the laws of the land. This later became a primary inspiration for the United States Constitution. More recently, Provincetown has developed a reputation as a popular LGBT destination.

Visitors to Provincetown often arrive at MacMillan Pier from nearby Boston. Purchase art or visit the pier’s museum and take a boat ride out to see more of the ocean and its creatures.

Provincetown delivers sun, sea and sand. Stop at Herring Cove Beach, where pleasant water temperatures and wide sandy shores make it popular among swimmers. Spot whales and seals swimming offshore or follow the beachside bike trail. Race Point is another popular beach in Provincetown. Here, enjoy sunbathing and building sandcastles. Avoid swimming since the undertow can be quite dangerous.

Be sure to see the Pilgrim Monument, one of the most eye-catching sights in Provincetown. Standing 252 feet (77 meters) tall, it is possibly the highest granite construction in the entire country. As its name suggests, this tower was built to honor the Provincetown pilgrims for their pivotal role in American history.

Walk along Commercial Street, Provincetown’s main shopping area, to find everything from jewelry to art stores. Choose from many quirky independent establishments; take the time to explore a few. Provincetown is also noted for its LGBT-friendly lifestyle and hosts many events for this community.

Provincetown has its own municipal airport that receives flights from Boston Logan International Airport, which is about a 2-hour drive away. Visit during the summer and you can use the Shuttle, a seasonal bus service that carries visitors around town.

Top Hotels in Provincetown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
The price is $144 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Town Beaches and Provincetown Theater. Race Point Beach and Ryder ...

3.7/5Good! (954 reviews)

"It was a nice get way weekend. Very quiet and relaxing."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
The Provincetown Inn
The Provincetown Inn
2 out of 5
1 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $129 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pilgrims' First Landing Park and Town Beach. Herring Cove Beach and Boys Beach are ...

3.9/5Good! (471 reviews)

"Love the place!! Really enjoyed all the history from the hotel. Will def do it again! Staff were helpful and nice. One thing I was a little disappointed was that rooms only have one lock, not great with toddlers."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

The Provincetown Inn
Cape Colony Inn
Cape Colony Inn
2.5 out of 5
280 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $129 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Town Beaches and Provincetown Theater. Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Provincetown ...

4.4/5Excellent! (842 reviews)

"Great location and pool . Quick and nice walk /15 min walk to downtown . Clean and updated rooms . Breakfast was fruit , yogurt and a muffin with juice ."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Cape Colony Inn

Popular places to visit in Provincetown

Pilgrim Monument
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Pilgrim Monument

4.5/5(371 reviews)

This striking monument marks the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims in America and gives visitors great views of the land that greeted them.

Race Point Beach
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Race Point Beach

4.5/5(172 reviews)

Linger on Provincetown’s beautiful northern beach for a day for surfing on dramatic seas, sunbathing on quiet sands and even doing a bit of maritime sightseeing.

Herring Cove Beach
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Herring Cove Beach

4.5/5(282 reviews)

Favorable swimming conditions, great natural sights and plenty of fun activities make this beach a firm favorite among visitors to Provincetown.

MacMillan Pier
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MacMillan Pier

4.5/5(13 reviews)

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.

Provincetown Theater
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Provincetown Theater

4/5(7 reviews)

You can make plans for a show at Provincetown Theater during your trip to Provincetown. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or seek out the biking trails.

Provincetown Town Hall
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Provincetown Town Hall

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Provincetown Town Hall is just one of the places to see in Commercial Street, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Stroll along the area's seaside, or simply savor its seafood restaurants.

Top things to do in Provincetown

Boston-Provincetown Fast Ferry (Cape Cod)
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Boston-Provincetown Fast Ferry (Cape Cod)

$61
Per adult
Provincetown Scavenger Hunt: The Crown Jewel of Cape Cod
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Provincetown Scavenger Hunt: The Crown Jewel of Cape Cod

$20
Per adult
Bike Rental
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Bike Rental

$41
Per adult

Reviews of Provincetown

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Can't wait to go back! I love Ptown in every season.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

My favorite place in the universe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

My favorite place in the universe! No matter where you come from, you can’t get any further away!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

It's middle of January so many restaurants are closed. We had fun nonetheless!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

Wonderful place with beautiful scenery. Lovely off season

5/5 - Excellent

Lorie

Dec 1, 2019

Provincetown is a wonderful town

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