Drive into Provincetown, MA, and you’ll feel like you’ve reached a new world. This city sits at the very tip of Cape Cod and is reached after passing through a stretch of road that often becomes covered in sand from the nearby dunes. Narrow, winding roads and alleys shape the heart of Provincetown. You’ll find art galleries, shops, restaurants, and very unique attractions that appeal to all ages. It’s an easy town to navigate on foot, but there are shuttles, cabs, and pedi cabs if you have a hard time walking around.
Breakwater Walk and Long Point Beach
If you want to visit Long Point Beach, you’re going to have to take a bit of a walk. This isn’t a walk you want to rush. Breakwater Walk Passage is a rock path that crosses the harbor from Pilgrims’ First Landing Park to Long Point. The rocks are solid and very stable, but you do climb from rock to rock, so it’s a little more challenging than your average walk. Once you’re on Long Point, there’s the beach and lighthouse to explore. There are a few parking spots near Pilgrim’s First Landing Park if you want to park and walk across to Long Point.
Pilgrim Monument and Museum
Pilgrim Monument was erected in the early 1900s to honor the pilgrims that landed on Cape Cod’s tip back in the 1600s. They didn’t stay, but they did spend a few weeks exploring the area before heading on to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Pilgrim Monument’s construction lasted years with two U.S. presidents taking part in its construction or public presentation. The 252-foot marble structure has a staircase visitors can use to reach the top.
At the base of the Pilgrim Monument is a museum that teaches about the area’s history and the pilgrims arrival. Pilgrim Monument and Museum is open year-round starting at 9 a.m. Adults pay $12, seniors get a $2 discount, and children ages 4 to 12 pay $4. Children under 4 are free.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Locals and visitors can explore the world of art through workshops and youth programs held at Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAMA). The center also has an art museum feature works by famous artists who have lived in Cape Cod. The collection includes works by hundreds of artists such as: Milton Avery, Robert De Niro Sr., Andy Warhol, and E. Ambrose Webster.
PAMA opens daily throughout the year. Hours depend on the month you visit. There is a $10 admission fee for people over the age of 12. If you want to visit the museum without paying a fee, visit on Friday nights after 5 p.m.
Two More Provincetown Beaches
There are two beaches worth mentioning in Provincetown. Race Point Beach is off Route 6 on Race Point Road. There is a parking lot right after the Province Lands Visitor Center. Visitors pay a daily fee to enter the beach during the peak season (May through September). The price is $10 per vehicle, $10 for motorcycles, and $3 for bicyclists and pedestrians. This beach sits on the northern edge of the city’s peninsula and is close to Provincetown Municipal Airport.
Herring Cove Beach is on the western tip of Provincetown. Reach the beach by heading to the end of Route 6. There is a snack bar here, and in the summer months you may time it correctly to attend an evening concert at the beach. Fees for this beach are $10 per vehicle, $10 for motorcycles, and $3 for bicyclists and pedestrians. Both beaches have lifeguards on duty and restroom facilities.
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