Provincetown
Provincetown

Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts, 02657

The basics

You can visit Provincetown on a day trip from Boston, but with so much to see and do you can easily spend a few days here. Depending on your interests, you could spend the morning touring the many art galleries and studios in town, or go shopping for unique souvenirs. 

Soak up the sun and go for a swim at Race Point Beach or Herring Cove Beach. Go for a hike or bike ride along the Province Lands Bike Trail. Enjoy a catamaran cruise or go whale watching in season. At night, be sure to sample some of the town's legendary nightlife.

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Things to know before you go

  • Book your lodging and transportation well ahead of time during high season, particularly on the weekend.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; the town is walkable, though you can also rent bikes, take a pedicab, or ride the trolley.

  • Not all of Provincetown is wheelchair-accessible, as there are uneven sidewalks, stairs, and steep roads; Herring Cove Beach is accessible and offers beach wheelchairs.

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How to get there

Provincetown is around a 90-minute ride on the ferry from Boston. Ferries operate between May and December. The closest airport is the Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC), around 10 minutes from town. It's also possible to reach the town by train and bus. If you have your own car, you can reach the town on Route 6.

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When to get there

Provincetown is a year-round destination. Summer is the high season, and will see the largest crowds and highest prices. Spring and fall are mild and pleasant, with smaller crowds. Winter can be bracing, and will see the smallest crowds. Some attractions, restaurants, and shops only operate during the high season.

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Provincetown's art scene

Established in 1899, Provincetown is one of the oldest art colonies in the country. There are numerous art museums, schools, galleries, and studios. Start at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), which has a permanent collection of some 3,000 works by more than 700 artists. Contemporary art fans should visit the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. There are also more than 60 galleries in town, many of which are in the East End area, on Commercial Street.

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