Day Tripping: Provincetown

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Located about an hour from Seadar Inn by the Sea, Provincetown is a bastion of beautiful beaches, colorful people, and shopping and dining. If you’ll be on Cape Cod for a few days, plan on spending one of them in this world-famous art colony.

What to Do:

A Dolphin Fleet whale watching boat heading out of Provincetown Harbor.

A Dolphin Fleet whale watching boat heading out of Provincetown Harbor.

Whale Watching: Provincetown is the whale watching capitol of the world. The Dolphin Fleet’s boats sail at regular intervals all day long from mid-April through October; cruises last three to four hours. The sail out of Provincetown Harbor, with views of Pilgrim Monument and working lighthouses, alone is worth the price of admission. Getting to see humpback and minke whales frolicking in the sea is absolutely priceless. The curious creatures will often swim so close to the boats that you may get a little wet when they breach.

Enjoy Cape Cod National Seashore

Old Harbor Lifesaving Station at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Old Harbor Lifesaving Station at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Cape Cod National Seashore spans 44K acres across five Cape towns and Provincetown is home to some great options. There are the beaches, of course! You’ll find ample parking at both Race Point and Herring Cove beaches. Check out the observation deck at the Province Lands Visitor Center for stellar 360-degree views. In the evening, grab a parking spot (no charge!) at Herring Cove Beach, one of the best places on the Cape to watch a sunset. While you’re there, sample Far Land on the Beach’s take on beach shack food. Ahi tuna burgers? Okay; sure! There’s also a great bike path that winds through the dunes.

Ptown Pedicab

One of the best ways to see Commercial Street and downtown Provincetown is on a Ptown Pedicab. Hail one of the popsicle-colored ‘chariots of hire’ as you would a cab – they’re tooling around town all summer – hop on and enjoy the ride. For about a buck a minute, you’re treated to an up-close-and-personal tour of the entire town.

Where to Eat:

Ahi tuna burgers from Far Land on the Beach.

Ahi tuna burgers from Far Land on the Beach.

From clam rolls on the beach to Portuguese and Italian food to upscale New American, Provincetown is teeming with cool eateries. For great beach shack food along MacMillan Wharf, check out Mojo’s. The onion strings are a must. If you’d like to try some authentic Portuguese food in a fun and funky atmosphere, head to Napi’s (great vegan and vegetarian too). Another great casual restaurant, on Commercial Street before you hit the center of town, is Fanizzi’s; exceptional food and stellar ocean views. The Lobster Pot, smack in the middle of downtown, is an institution. If there’s a long line out the door, cruise right on by it and head upstairs to the “Top of the Pot” – same menu, better views, less of wait. If you’re looking for a more

The Lobster Pot is a Provincetown Institution.

The Lobster Pot is a Provincetown Institution.

upscale waterfront eatery, the Red Inn is perfect and, if you’re in the mood for Italian food, Front Street and Ciro & Sal’s will not disappoint.