Trip time! Discover the beaches, entertainment, and boating in quaint Provincetown.

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.

Known for

Beaches, Entertainment and Seafood

Top Hotels in Provincetown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
$161/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
3.7/5Good! (842 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Provincetown hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Provincetown Theater and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Pilgrim Monument. Race Point ...

3.7/5Good! (842 reviews)

"We loved the location and being across the street from the bay was even better than we hoped for. We liked that the room was clean, the cleaning staff was excellent! We liked the fun and comfortable seating all around the property, and the pool was awesome!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
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Sandcastle Resort and Club
3 out of 5
929 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
$79/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
3.5/5Good! (446 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown condo resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Provincetown Theater, Race Point Beach, and MacMillan Pier. Long Point and Pilgrim ...

3.5/5Good! (446 reviews)

"Everything was great but I think is a little bit too expensive"…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Sandcastle Resort and Club
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Surfside Hotel and Suites
2.5 out of 5
543 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
$151/night
Sep 3 - Sep 4
4.1/5Very Good! (496 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Provincetown Theater and Pilgrim Monument. Provincetown Art Association and Museum and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (496 reviews)

"The staff at the hotel are fabulous. Very accommodating and friendly. However, even though the room was clean the floor in the bathroom hadn't been washed. Other than that I would definitely stay there again. The fire pit at night was a definite plus."…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2019

Surfside Hotel and Suites

Popular things to do in Provincetown

Pilgrim Monument
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Pilgrim Monument

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

Herring Cove Beach
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Herring Cove Beach

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

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.

Top activities in Provincetown

Explorer's Deluxe - Full Day Regional Tour
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Explorer's Deluxe - Full Day Regional Tour

$142

We delve into one of four regions on Cape Cod, the Upper Cape, The Mid Cape, the Lower Cape and the Outer Cape. Explore one of these regions in depth as we explore the waters edge for creatures and discuss the geologic history of Cape Cod.