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Things to do in Provincetown

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Provincetown. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Provincetown attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Provincetown to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Provincetown.

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  • Art's Dune Tours

    Art’s Dune Tours, in Provincetown, take travelers off road through the lunar landscape of the dunes outside town; in the distance you can see the s... More
  • Beech Forest Trail

    Walk the mile-long Beech Forest Trail, which winds through fragile sand dunes. More
  • Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

    The group, guided by trained naturalists, makes several daily trips to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, rich with whale sightings and... More
  • Flyer’s Boat Shop & Rentals

    Flyer’s Boat Shop & Rental, in Provincetown, runs a funky service out to the wild, sandy spit where the Atlantic and the bay meet. If you'd like, t... More
  • Gale Force Bike Rentals

    Rent a bike at Gale Force Bike Rentals in Provincetown, pick up a map, and ride five miles along scenic High Head Road to the Cape Cod Highland Lig... More
  • Gull Pond

    One of the secret springs left over from the Ice Age, hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky. More
  • Map

    Map sells clothes and gifts, and has guest DJ’s like the writer Michael Cunningham. More
  • Old Colony Tap

    This fishermen's hangout is a mecca for townies. If you’re an exhibitionist you can sit in the window and be seen by passersby. More
  • Provincetown Bookshop

    In the city with the highest concentration of bookstores on Cape Cod, this tiny shop stands out for its wide selection and long history, which date... More
  • Ptown Bikes

    Located in a red-brick building just outside the city center, this bicycle shop is easily recognizable by a round white sign with the word “bikes” ... More
  • Schoolhouse Gallery

    Set in a former 1844 schoolhouse, the galery focuses on photography-but also exhibits prints and paintings by area artists, as well as modern furni... More
  • The Shell Shop

    A beaded mermaid curtain sets the tone at the kitschy Shell Shop, in Provincetown, opened in 1978 to supply beach houses up and down the Cape with ... More
  • Whydah Museum

    Located on the end of MacMillan Wharf, this small museum showcases artifacts from the only verified pirate shipwreck ever found: the Whydah, an 18t... More

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