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3/28/2017 10:23:40 PM

Provincetown

Overview - beaches - Points of Interest - Schools - Chamber of Commerce - Provincetown Lodging

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Overview

Although its history as a whaling and fishing village remains a tourism mainstay, Provincetown's community of artistic and alternative lifestyles transforms Commercial Street into a carnival of audacity and steals the show in the summertime.

The town's rich past is showcased at the Provincetown Heritage Museum. Other popular tourist activities also include whale watching, schooner cruises, dune buggy tours and beaching at Race Point.

Beaches

Points of Interest

  • Race Point - Henry David Thoreau once wrote about Race Point, "here a man may stand and put all of America behind him." No matter what direction you face at the point, the sky, water and sandy beaches are always scenic. Take Route 6 to Race Point Road.
  • Pilgrim Monument - On a clear day, visitors can catch a glimpse of the Boston skyline from the top of this 252-foot memorial to the Pilgrims. They landed here in 1620 before sailing onto Plymouth. The Italian-designed Monument is the tallest all-granite edifice in the nation, modeled after the Torre del Magnia tower in Siena, Italy. Located on High Pole Hill.
  • Herring Cove Beach - Adjacent to Race Point, the ocean view at Herring Cove gives the illusion that the Earth ends at the horizon. This beach also offers plenty of multi-use trails. Located on Province Land Road.
  • Provincetown Museum - Stepping into this museum brings visitors back to the 17th century. The building offers a large-scale replica of the Mayflower. Ship passengers' diaries and the signing of the Mayflower Compact are also exhibited. It also holds an eclectic collection of early fishing, whaling and town artifacts including P'town's oldest fire engine. Located on High Pole Hill.
  • Provincetown Olde Cemetery - A plaque honors four passengers who died aboard the Mayflower during its brief stay at Provincetown Harbor in 1620 in this cemetery.
  • Seth Nickerson House - This home was built around 250 years ago from the wreckage of wooden fishing and whaling vessels by a shipbuilder. The structure is one of the oldest in town and exemplifies colonial architecture. Antiques and rarities fill its nine rooms.
  • Heritage Museum - Housing the largest fishing schooner replica in the world on the second floor, the Rose Dorothea, this museum is well maintained and operated by a dedicated volunteer staff. Vintage paintings, handmade furniture and turn-of-the-century photographs also decorate its ground floor. Located on Commercial Street.
  • Beech Forest Trail - This mile-long trail snakes its way through some of the most scenic sand dunes on the Cape. The trail begins by winding through cool beech forests, past freshwater ponds and, finally, opening up to the desert-like dunes.

Schools

  • Provincetown High School
    12 Winslow Street, Provincetown
  • Veterans Memorial Elementary School
    Mayflower Lane, Provincetown

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