Provincetown is a small town—that’s part of its charm. Yet despite its size and no matter how many times you visit, it still offers endless opportunities to explore and discover. It is easy to get wrapped up in the same old routine and miss something wonderful right around the next corner. So, if you’re traveling here why not eliminate the guesswork and have a guide show you the best parts about this beautiful Cape Cod town? Here are five of my favorite tours to take in and around Provincetown;
1) Art’s Dune Tours: Discover the landscapes that people have been falling in love with for centuries! Art’s runs a variety of daily tours of the beautiful sand dunes and trails leading through the Cape Cod National Seashore. The guides are amazing, skillfully navigating their SUV’s through the sand while informing guests about the areas natural history. The best part of all this is that you’ll see parts of the Cape that you just can’t get to by car, bike or foot. The basic daily tour is one hour long. However, if you’re looking to spend some more time out with the guides, Art’s offers tour add-ons like photography, painting, kayaking and sailing. My favorite, the Sunset Tour with Dinner, is a win – win combination.
2) Dolphin Fleet Whale Watching: This is New England’s first and finest whale watching outfit and they provide a comfortable and uniquely educational experience to their passengers. Dolphin Fleet’s skilled captains and naturalists have been taking people whale watching on the Cape since 1975. Needless to say, they know how to find whales. Their goal is to “have each passenger depart our vessels with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the wealth of life it supports.” The fleet is now up to four vessels, each with indoor seating and snack-bars that serve breakfast, lunch and adult beverages. If you’ve never seen a whale up close in their natural environment this is a must-do.
3) The Secret Garden Tour: Presented by the Provincetown Art Association and Museum or PAAM, the Secret Garden Tour is an annual event that is happening on Sunday, July 15, from 10am-3pm. The $40 ticket price allows you to access to some of Provincetown’s most beautiful and private gardens and gives you free parking and admission to the museum. Bring your walking shoes and get inspired!
4) Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum: You can see the monument from just about everywhere on Cape on a clear enough day. Why not take a tour and find out what makes this landmakr so iconic? The 252 foot granite monument commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620 and it’s quite the hike to the top! Did you know that President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone in 1907? Historic walking tours begin this July 4th which cover the monument, museum, and a number of other important historical sites in Provincetown.