PROVINCETOWN HAS SO MUCH TO DO! FAMILIES having FUN together is a priority for our Chamber!
Fun in the sun in our pristine National Seashore Park. RACE POINT is our ocean beach where wave action is most likely to be found! HERRING COVE is gentler and great for smaller children. There are bath houses @ both beaches and a food stand at Herring Cove. Parking is $20 per car per day but there are weekly passes available to purchase if your stay is longer! Check our Beaches page here…
You can walk the wide Stone Breakwater located at the far West end of town, next to FIRST PILGRIM PARK. The breakwater is 1.2 miles long through tidal flats and tides coming & going to LONG POINT which is the farthest piece of connecting land on the East coast (next stop England)! Long Point is pristine with 2 lighthouses, miles of natural beaches, bird nesting, and sand dunes…you need to bring water, picnic lunch, beach toys & towels and enjoy a wonderful day exploring and playing! It’s free, a great experience and fun! If you can’t walk the breakwater, you can also get to Long Point by a SHUTTLE boat from both MacMillan Wharf in the center of Provincetown and FLYER’S BOAT YARD toward the West end of town….this is very handy for those families arriving by ferry and wanting to “get away from it all!” The SHUTTLE will drop you off and pick you up for a per person reasonable rate. And on your next trip to Provincetown make it memorable. Work with AQUA PORTRAITS video artist Sam Smiley to create a vibrant and colorful video portrait with water. You create your portrait by playing with the surface of shallow water. Your portrait is captured and edited on video and placed in a beautiful brushed aluminum picture frame. Group portraits, solo portraits family portraits, or your partner and you – or your best dog friend and you!
For kids who stay for a month or two in the summer there is a fantastic sailing program where kids from 8 to 14 learn to SAIL with qualified instructors…it’s called the WEST END SAILING CLUB and runs from July 1st to August 20th. It’s very inexpensive and a great experience for kids who want to meet other kids and learn rules of the water in a safe environment.
WHALES AND MORE!
Another organization offering family programs throughout the summer and during school vacations is the Center for Coastal Studies which studies whales, marine life and started the rescue program for entangled whales which has become world wide.
Is there a better place then Provincetown to enjoy so many activities on the water? Just see what you can do: WHALE WATCH (best in New England and closest to the feeding grounds!) Dolphin Fleet offers special discounted weekend trips for families in July & August! ECO TOURS… find out about all the sea creatures & fauna in our beautiful harbor (Cape Native Secrets and Flyer’s Boat Rentals)!
Experience the wind in the sails, quiet movement and the scenic beauty of our shores. You can rent a boat yourself from FLYER’S BOAT YARD, or you can join a sailing excursion from MacMillan Pier. Come in September for our The Great Provincetown Schooner Race! Check our BOATS page with business listings to help you choose from many great offerings!
Venture Athletics Kayak Shop offers tours or families can rent kayaks and go on their own to explore Provincetown’s beautiful harbor! On your trip to Provincetown make it memorable! Work with video artist Sam Smiley from AQUA PORTRAITS to create a vibrant and colorful little movies of you kayaking in Provincetown Harbor.
Biking is a most popular family activity… bring your own or rent from ARNOLD’S BICYCLE SHOP, GALEFORCE BIKES (located in the West end of town on Bradford) or from PTOWN BIKES (located nearer to Shank Painter and Bradford St’s.) or THE BIKE SHACK on Shank Painter Road – all four bike rentals have all kinds of bikes to accommodate families with helmets. There are over 8 MILES OF gorgeous paved bicycle trails meandering through the National Seashore Park with beaches at both ends. Bike to walking trails through Beech Forest, Sand Dunes and along the way stop at the Seashore Visitors Center for a rest, information and water! Plenty of free parking at the visitors center and Beech Forest if you bring your bikes and want to start from those two location located off of Race Point Road. See more information here…
If your kids are into this exciting sport Provincetown has a great little skate board park at the corner of Route 6, Shank Painter Road & Jerome Rd. across the way is our first class DOG PARK if you bring your pet along with you! Next door is Cumberland Farms for supplies (water, snacks, light groceries) and further up the street is our local STOP & SHOP for bigger grocery needs!)
For the little ones Provincetown has two playgrounds, each one on the end of town; on the East at Howland & Bradford St’s. and on the West end of town at Nickerson and Bradford.
MUSEUMS FOR KIDS!
Need to be inside for awhile? We have the perfect museums for the entire family!!!! The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum offers a great excercise opportunity for both kids and parents! Climb the 252 ‘ all granite tower (mostly ramps & a few stairs) for the most MAGNIFICENT view on Cape Cod! Then visit the museum which houses great educational information on the Pilgrim history ( YES the Mayflower landed in Provincetown before moving up to Plymouth!)
THEATER FOR KIDSCheck out PAYOMET PERFORMING ARTS CENTER in North Truro and also Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater who has their own tent for children’s productions (WHAT). Wellfleet Preservation Hall (movies in the back yard & classes) and Provincetown Theater both offer children’s productions throughout the summer season. The outer Cape still has an old fashioned DRIVE IN THEATER located on Route 6 in South Welllfleet… if you have never been to a drive -in theater, this is your chance! There are very few left in the United States!
LIBRARY and ARTDon’t yawn yet!!!!!! Provincetown Library houses a full size fishing boat which won the famous Lipton Cup race in the early 1900’s! Also, there is a great children’s library, special programs and free interenet access for adults and kids! It’s a great building to relax, see beautiful local ART and regroup! Speaking of ART, there are wonderful programs for kids at our Provincetown Art Association & Museum and at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill so check it out!
There are three in Provincetown and not easy to get to but we have HIGHLAND Lighthouse (Cape Cod’s oldest lighthouse!) & Museum in North Truro which has parking, access to the Lighthouse and one of the most beautiful views on Cape Cod… a family must! Discover Outer Cape Lighthouses here…
PIRATE SHIP WHYDAH MUSEUM
Is a must for families! The Whydah is the ONLY authentic pirate ship discovered off the coast of New England right here off of Cape Cod, Wellfleet shores. The history, the artifacts (including cannons, muskets, swords and jewels) and the pirate talk before entering the museum is true, educational and mostly FUN for kids and moms and dads!
SHOPS FOR TOTSAll are located all over Commercial Street and a lot of the fun is simply looking for them but the most popular store for decades that shouldn’t be missed is MARINE SPECIALTIES…YOU can’t believe what you can find there from old fashioned marbles to underwater diving suits, old sailer, marine, army hats and everything in between…you can spend a lot of time in just this one store! Commercial Street is an activity in itself with street performers, face painting and just people watching…pick a spot like the benches in front of town hall, let the kids can play on the lawn and enjoy the parade of people passing by!
HUNGRY? KIDS! ALWAYS!
Some of the favorite spots for kids are: Coffee Pot, East End Marketplace, John’s Hot Dogs, Hamburger & Seafood Stand, Box Lunch & Farlands (take out and sandwiches), Harbor Hotel, Portuguese Bakery, Mojo’s, Twisted Pizza, Lobster Pot, Fanizzi’s by the Sea, Mayflower Cafe, Surf Club, Top Mast Cafe (Truro)… Don’t forget DESSERT! What better stores to visit then Penny Patch and Cabot’s Candy for taffy, cotton candy, penny candy AND MORE… Kids can fill up their own bags which is so much fun! ICE CREAM is always a family favorite at Ben & Jerry’s and Lewis Brothers Homemade Ice Cream, both located in the center of town. Check our restaurant page for listing with links to individual businesses… look for a teddy bear!
TOURS for the FAMILY
Don’t miss riding over and thru the dunes with ART’S DUNE TOURS… a one hour ride that you will never forget! There are hills and thrills with ocean views, time to run in the sand, animal tracks and fun stories told by the drivers! and if you want a wonderful narrated tour through town take a Trolly Ride with PROVINCETOWN TROLLEY located in front of Town Hall in town center or MAYFLOWER TROLLEY tickets booth located at MacMillan Pier… you will visit all of the highlights which may help you decide which activities to do while visiting us! There is a walking GHOST TOUR for older kids and adults.
THERE IS A LOT TO DO FOR FAMILIES VISITING PROVINCETOWN! WE HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME! PROVINCETOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE located in the middle of town between MacMillan Wharf and Fisherman’s Pier… Stop by and visit us!