On the curvy, sandy tip of Cape Cod, is Provincetown – a town which is a unique mix of historic fishing village and hip, liberal, artistic community and home to a large gay population.
Provincetown is where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620, spending five weeks here before sailing on to Plymouth. The Pilgrim monument — a 252-foot tower, the tallest granite structure in the U.S. – commemorates that landing and offers a magnificent view of Cape Cod, the bay and the ocean. At the base of the monument, lies the Provincetown Museum, where you can learn about the landing, the signing of the Mayflower Compact and Cape Cod history.
In addition to relaxing on the beach, you can also rent bikes and ride along the many trails that meander throughout the dunes with scenic ocean views or take a shuttle to the lighthouse at Long Point.
Commercial Street is the town’s main thoroughfare with interesting shops, enticing restaurants and an abundance of art galleries. Provincetown is still very much a fishing port, and many of the town’s fishermen are descendants of Portuguese sailors who arrived here during the whaling days of the 1800s. Many artists and writers have also settled here.
Provincetown is world-renowned for whale-watching. In 2008 and 2009, record-numbers of whales were seen – some close to the harbor!
Villages in Provincetown
TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN PROVINCETOWN
Cape Cod National Sea Shore
Hatches Harbor, Herring Cove Beach
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Race Point Lighthouse
The Breakwater’s Rock Passage
Fine Arts Work Center