During your your Cape Cod vacation, be sure to take a trip to Provincetown, or P-town, as the locals call it, for an experience unlike any other. There is so much to see and do within this part of the Cape, including exploring the area’s history and culture, outdoor activities, art galleries, shopping, whale watching, dining out, and so much more. It is the furthest part of Cape Cod and is surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay, making this a great place to lounge on the beach as well.
Head to historic Provincetown for plenty of art, beaches, shopping, dining, and so much more
The history of Provincetown dates back to November 21, 1620 when the pilgrims spent 5 weeks before they made it to Plymouth. The Mayflower Compact, which stated they were going to live by the rules of the government, was signed right in Provincetown Harbor. On your next vacation, you can check out the Pilgrim Monument, which stands tall at a height of 252 feet, and was built in 1910, to commemorate the pilgrims visit; you will definitely want to head up the stairs to the top to see some of the best views of the Cape.
While you are at the monument, you may also be interested in paying a visit to the Provincetown Museum. Guests come here year after year to learn more about the Mayflower Pilgrims and find out details on how the Pilgrim Monument was constructed. It is also a place to check out artifacts and a variety of displays, including the chance to find out more about the area’s first fire engine and first theater.
Another highlight of Provincetown is that there are so many things for outdoor enthusiasts to do. A must on your trip would be to go to the Cape Cod National Seashore Park (CCNSP), where the area is not only protected and preserved, but where you can participate in a variety of activities. Biking, bird watching, swimming, and dune hiking can be done here. Or if you just want to have a picnic, stroll along the beach, and watch the sunset, you can do that too.
P-Town is also known as one of the best places in the world for whale watching, so on your vacation, a trip out onto the water is a must as well. Provincetown is located right near the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS), where you will find protected sea birds and fish, whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Bring your video camera and catch the whales in action, blowing water up into the air and diving across the top of the water.
Since Provincetown is surrounded by water on three sides, you’ll find some of the best beaches, on your visit. Herring Cove Beach is just one mile from town and Race Point Beach is two miles away. Or take a long walk across the West End Breakwater or grab a shuttle at MacMillan Pier to get to Long Point Beach, the absolute last place you can visit on the tip of Cape Cod.
Beyond just the historical sites and enjoying the outdoors, there is so much culture and diversity to become encompassed with. Beginning in the 1920’s, P-town became a place where people from all backgrounds and with all beliefs were completely accepted and the gay and lesbian community was welcomed with open arms. It was a place where theater and arts flourished, with writers and artists aplenty. And in the 1970s, word spread that this was a destination where gay people could really vacation or live comfortably and free from worry. During this time period, the galleries also really became a focal point of Provincetown and theater was embraced by all.
On your Cape Cod trip, you won’t want to miss strolling along the narrow streets to explore, especially on Commercial Street, where you can do some shopping at jewelry and craft stores and check out the many art galleries. This area also offers plenty of dining options. Visitors can’t get enough of pizza from Spiritus, fresh seafood throughout P-town, and treats from the Portuguese bakery. The area boasts many restaurant and bars with outdoor seating, perfect for people watching.
Though there is plenty to do, make sure to find out what events are going on. Festivals, entertainment, and activities fill the calendar of this well known part of the Cape, so check out what’s in store when you are visiting. All that Provincetown has to offer is just an hour from the resort properties in Dennis Port.