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36 Best and Fun Things To Do In Provincetown, Massachusetts

Every person who walks the streets and shores of Provincetown says there is something truly magical about this oasis on the cape. Maybe it is because it is 60 miles out on the sea, situated in a secluded setting that swirls together a variety of different experiences and people.

Provincetown is renowned for its stunning beaches and fine restaurants, unique art galleries, eclectic guesthouses, and boutique lodgings, as well as its many charming local shops. This town is known for its historic art colony, which has been in operation for over a century. Travelers love Provincetown for its individuality and freedom, promoting its rich diversity of all kinds of visitors. Enjoy a day in the sun with a hike through scenic trails, or visit one of the many art and culture centers for an insightful journey into the history of the town.

Provincetown offers each visitor a reviving experience with white sandy beaches, exciting events, and colorful bars and pubs around every corner. The following list highlights some of the best places to see during your trip to Provincetown.

The 36 Most Popular Things To Do In Provincetown, Massachusetts

36. Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District

5.0 ★★★★★ (1 review)

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Location: Cape Cod National Seashore Provincetown MA

Web Address:   https://nps.gov/caco/learn/historyculture/residency-programs-dune-shacks-of-the-peaked-hill-bars-historic-district.htm

35. Old Colony Trail Nature Pathway

5.0 ★★★★★ (1 review)

34. Long Point

5.0 ★★★★★ (2 reviews)

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33. Provincetown Waterfront Memorial Park

4.5 ★★★★★ (2 reviews)

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Location: Provincetown MA

32. C-Scape Dune Shack

5.0 ★★★★★ (2 reviews)

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Location: Provincetown MA

Web Address:   http://thecompact.org/

31. Foss Woods

3.7 ★★★★☆ (3 reviews)

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Location: Old Colony Trail Nature Pathway Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 685 6402

Web Address:   http://provincetownconservationtrust.org/foss-woods/

30. Dog Gone Sailing Charters

5.0 ★★★★★ (7 reviews)

Location: 10 MacMillan Pier Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 566 0410

Web Address:   https://doggonesailingcharters.com/

29. Maple Grove Bird Sanctuary

4.3 ★★★★☆ (7 reviews)

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Location: Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 685 6402

Web Address:   http://provincetownconservationtrust.org/

28. Schoolhouse Gallery

4.5 ★★★★★ (10 reviews)

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Location: 494 Commercial Street Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 4800

Web Address:   https://galleryschoolhouse.com/

27. Cortile Gallery

4.9 ★★★★★ (15 reviews)

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Location: 230 Commercial Street Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 4200

Web Address:   http://cortilegallery.com/

26. Center for Coastal Studies

4.9 ★★★★★ (20 reviews)

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Location: 5 Holway Ave Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 3622

Web Address:   http://coastalstudies.org/

25. Rice Polak Gallery

4.8 ★★★★★ (22 reviews)

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Location: 430 Commercial Street Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 1052

Web Address:   http://ricepolakgallery.com/

24. Provincetown Town Hall

4.7 ★★★★★ (24 reviews)

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Location: 260 Commercial Street Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 7000

Web Address:   http://provincetown-ma.gov/

23. Long Point Beach

4.8 ★★★★★ (28 reviews)

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22. Hatches Harbor Trail

4.9 ★★★★★ (28 reviews)

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Location: Province Lands Road Provincetown MA

Web Address:   https://npplan.com/parks-by-state/massachusetts-national-parks/cape-cod-national-seashore-park-at-a-glance/cape-cod-national-seashore-lighthouses/cape-cod-national-seashore-race-point-lighthouse-via-hatches-harbor-trail/

21. Moment Sailing Adventures

5.0 ★★★★★ (31 reviews)

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Location: 16 MacMillan Pier Provincetown MA

Tel:  347 857 7245

Web Address:   https://momentsailing.com/

20. Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum

4.8 ★★★★★ (33 reviews)

Location: Provincetown MA

Web Address:   https://npplan.com/parks-by-state/massachusetts-national-parks/cape-cod-national-seashore-park-at-a-glance/cape-cod-national-seashore-historic-sites/cape-cod-national-seashore-old-harbor-life-saving-station/

19. Pilgrim Bark Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (35 reviews)

Location: 227 US 6 Provincetown MA

Web Address:   http://provincetowndogpark.org/

18. A-House

3.6 ★★★★☆ (74 reviews)

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Location: 6 Masonic Pl #4 Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 3169

Web Address:   http://ahouse.com/

17. Wood End Lighthouse

4.6 ★★★★★ (84 reviews)

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Location: Unnamed Rd. Provincetown MA

Web Address:   http://lighthousefoundation.org/lighthouses/wood-end-light/

16. Beech Forest

4.7 ★★★★★ (100 reviews)

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Location: Beech Forest Trail Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 255 3421

Web Address:   https://nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/beechforest.htm

15. Provincetown Causeway

4.8 ★★★★★ (105 reviews)

Location: Provincetown MA

Web Address:   https://npplan.com/parks-by-state/massachusetts-national-parks/cape-cod-national-seashore-park-at-a-glance/cape-cod-national-seashore-hiking-trails/cape-cod-national-seashore-long-point-dike-to-two-lighthouses-hike/

14. Provincetown Whale Watching

4.7 ★★★★★ (111 reviews)

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Location: MacMillan Pier Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 746 2643

Web Address:   https://whalewatch.com/

13. Herring Cove Beach

4.9 ★★★★★ (113 reviews)

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12. Dune Shacks Trail

4.9 ★★★★★ (208 reviews)

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Location: Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 255 3421

Web Address:   https://nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

11. Province Lands Visitor’s Center

4.7 ★★★★★ (609 reviews)

Location: Historic District 171 Race Point Road Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 1256

Web Address:   http://nps.gov/caco

10. Pilgrims’ First Landing Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (665 reviews)

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Location: Provincetown MA

Tel:  917 775 4363

Web Address:   http://provincetown-ma.gov/

9. Cape Cod National Seashore

4.8 ★★★★★ (3,555 reviews)

Location: 99 Marconi Site Rd. Wellfleet MA

Tel:  508 255 3421

Web Address:   http://nps.gov/caco/index.htm

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8. Province Lands Visitor Center

4.0 ★★★★☆ (1 review)

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Location: Provincetown MA

Web Address:   https://nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

7. Commercial Street

4.8 ★★★★★ (12 reviews)

6. Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)

4.6 ★★★★★ (95 reviews)

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Location: 460 Commercial Street Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 1750

Web Address:   http://paam.org/

5. Long Point Light Station

4.8 ★★★★★ (108 reviews)

Location: Provincetown MA

Web Address:   https://npplan.com/parks-by-state/massachusetts-national-parks/cape-cod-national-seashore-park-at-a-glance/cape-cod-national-seashore-lighthouses/cape-cod-national-seashore-long-point-lighthouse/

4. Race Point Lighthouse

4.7 ★★★★★ (248 reviews)

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Location: Provincetown MA

Tel:  855 722 3959

Web Address:   http://racepointlighthouse.org/

3. Herring Cove Beach

4.8 ★★★★★ (833 reviews)

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Web Address:   http://nps.gov/

2. Race Point Beach

4.7 ★★★★★ (1,095 reviews)

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1. Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

4.6 ★★★★★ (2,092 reviews)

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Location: 1 High Pole Hill Road Provincetown MA

Tel:  508 487 1310

Web Address:   http://pilgrim-monument.org/

Final Words:

Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Provincetown, Massachusetts! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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