Provincetown – Things To Do

Welcome to Gay Friendly Provincetown Massachusetts…Ptown

Provincetown is famous for its beaches; the town itself is surrounded by the National Seashore.  There are two public beaches. Herring Cove Beach is sheltered and Race Point has Atlantic surf.  Herring Cove is known as a gay and lesbian beach.  There are nude sections, which has caused some notoriety in the past.  A swimmer can be under the watchful eye of lifeguards in season, but there are also opportunities to go farther afield past dunes and deserted shoreline.

Provincetown’s access to the water is legendary.  There are seven town landings with access to bay waters.  There are two commercial piers.  Fishing boats, charters, whale watchers and ferries go and come from here.  There are numerous opportunities for boat rentals, sunset cruises, fishing charters and whale watching on several types of vessels.

Fishing charters are available from MacMillan Wharf.

There are two campgrounds and one hostel in Provincetown.Hiking/Walking:  Beech Forest Trail is a mile-long
trail through beech woodlands, past a pond and dunes.  Province Lands Trail is longer and more rugged, running
from Race Point Beach to Herring Cove, returning to its starting point in meandering loops through the dunes.  The trails are paved, making for an easier trip.  If you’re up to more of a hike, start at Herring Cove Beach walk a mile or so across the sand to Race Point Lighthouse.  Breakwater may be a jetty but it’s also great for walking. It begins near the end of Commercial Street and crosses to Long Point Beach, near Wood End Light. Continue on to Long Point Light.  Commercial Street itself is also considered a place for a good walk, if you can forego the tempting shops and restaurants along its length.

The paved walking trails are perfect for biking.  Commercial Street is always full of cyclists.  As a cautionary note, the street is narrow, one-way and shared with vehicles and pedestrians.  The Boston Cape Bikeway begins in town and runs along Rte 6A.

A sailor friend related a story about the kayaker she had seen years ago paddling in the waters off Provincetown, escorted by breaking dolphins.  Calling all kayakers experienced in sea kayaking:  Get out there and this may happen to you.

Provincetown has no golf courses.  The closest is Highland Links in Truro.

Provincetown has three: Race Point, Wood End and Long Point. Race Point is the oldest, built in 1816. In 1822, Long Point Lighthouse was built.  Wood End Light was built much later, a copy of Long Point Light.

Guided Tours:
Provincetown has dune tours, whalewatching cruises, tours of the town by trolley and air.

Provincetown is aware of its space issues and encourages alternative transportation other than your car.  Busses travel from Boston, Providence and New York.  Two ferries run in summer from Boston to Provincetown.  There’s also one from Plymouth as well.  Air service is available from Boston to Provincetown Municipal Airport.  As parking is tight in Provincetown in season, a bike is a great alternative to a car.  There are shuttle busses every 20 minutes in season, running from N. Truro through Provincetown to Herring Cove Beach.

Provincetown has a vibrant nightlife.  Stores are open late in summer and there are street performers and plenty of music from nearby clubs on Commercial Street.  Partake of the party just by taking a walk.  There are places to dance, see a drag show and hear comics such as Kate Clinton and Suzanne Westenhofer.  There are great restaurants as well.
Women’s Week happens in the fall and several festivals take place throughout the year, beginning with Cabaret
in May and ending with Holly Folly.