Provincetown Travel Guide
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 shell-encrusted mirrors and starfish for propping in windows.
The group, guided by trained naturalists, makes several daily trips to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, rich with whale sightings and wild seabirds. To see humpbacks, finbacks, and others, head to the upper deck and put down the camera once in a while!
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.
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 dates back to 1932.
Walk the mile-long Beech Forest Trail, which winds through fragile sand dunes.
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” emblazoned in bold black letters.
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, the shop rents sailboats, powerboats, and kayaks to take out on your own.
Map sells clothes and gifts, and has guest DJ’s like the writer Michael Cunningham.
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.
Located on the end of MacMillan Wharf, this small museum showcases artifacts from the only verified pirate shipwreck ever found: the Whydah, an 18th-century ship commanded by “Black Sam” Bellamy before it sank off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts in 1717.
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 shacks that have been inhabited over the years by Tennessee Williams, Jackson Pollock, and other legends, and are still rented to artists.
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 Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Cape.
Set in a former 1844 schoolhouse, the galery focuses on photography-but also exhibits prints and paintings by area artists, as well as modern furniture, jewelry, and mobiles in the adjacent design store.