PTown for Teens

What’s there in PTown for Teens?

Provincetown is deemed the “coolest” spot on Cape Cod for families with teens. From colorful street culture to awesome nearby beaches, PTown has it all.

For parents with teens, PTown is a safe environment to consider allowing your young adult some limited freedom. Provincetown has the excitement of a small city — which is the type of vacation atmosphere teens gravitate to – yet all shops, restaurants and non-beach attractions are in walking distance.

All the activities listed below are teen-approved by teen travel bloggers and their friends who visit PTown annually.

    Beaches:
    Race Point
    Herring Cove

    Activities:
    Walking breakwater to Long Point
    Kayaking
    Biking – especially on Race Point bike paths
    Skateboarding
    Climbing Pilgrim Monument
    Walking Commercial Street
    Art’s Dune Tours

    Shopping:
    Teens LOVE ALL the eclectic shops in Ptown!

    Dining:
    Twisted Sisters
    Ben & Jerry’s
    Box Lunch
    Mayflower Café
    Portuguese Bakery

In this section, teens who visit PTown annually with their families have provided input in regards to their favorite Provincetown spots.

18-year old Alex writes:

Alex

Alex

Where can one find the quaintness of a New England seaside town coupled with the vibrancy of a metropolitan area? Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, fits this exact mold. From family-friendly beaches, eateries, and activities strewn across a few main streets and surrounding ocean side venues, to lively ventures that entertain the younger generation, Provincetown (PTown) is the best of both worlds.

PTown is known for its eclectic atmosphere. It’s an environment that serves as a “place to go” on any given night on a Cape Cod vacation. I’m 18 years old and never get tired of hanging out in PTown. My family and cousins vacation in Cape Cod each summer so I have been lucky to have spent many exciting nights in Provincetown with my cousins who are slightly older than I. Even if your teenager doesn’t have any companions their own age on vacation with them, parents will enjoy some of our regular hangouts in Ptown as well.

After a long day at one of the Provincetown beaches—my personal favorite is Herring Cove—we’re usually pretty tired from all of the energy we exerted sitting on the beach all day (sarcasm intended). Therefore, a journey into PTown is always welcomed! We soon make our way to one of our favorite eateries for a fun, group family dinner. After meandering down Commercial Street (the main avenue in PTown) for a while and popping our heads into various shops, the parents usually decide to let us “kids” (teenagers) have some fun on our own.

When the sun goes down in Provincetown, vampires unfortunately don’t come out (oh darn!), but the street definitely has a livelier and sometimes “adult” vibe to it. There are many types of entertainment available from comedy to musical productions and many restaurants stay open late. As teenagers, just walking this street at night is the most exciting to us due to the constant amusement anywhere on the street, including street performers. Some of the spots we like to stop at include: dessert places, bookstores, jewelry shops and the henna tattoo kiosk. Other times, we just like to buy an iced tea or coffee and wander down quieter MacMillan Pier and watch the sunset over the water.

Provincetown during the day vs. Provincetown later at night may be different venues for different age groups and interests, but regardless, PTown offers fun for any age. From beaches to restaurants to shops to entertainment, Provincetown is probably one of the most animated and colorful locales on the Cape. Our annual two-week stay in Cape Cod would not be the same without our many visits to PTown – with and without our parents!

Herring Cove, play time!

Herring Cove, playtime!

Race Point Lighthouse

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Two houses, Keeper’s house and Whistle house, located within the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Race Point properties are maintained by the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. The Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of volunteer members whose mission is the restoration and preservation of Race Point Lighthouse, the Keeper’s house, the Whistle house, the Oil house, and Wood End and Long Point Lighthouses. Call and make a reservation to stay at Race Point. You won’t be disappointed! Many amenities, meticulously restored. Surrounded by miles of unspoiled beach with panoramic views of the ocean. Room(s) are available in the Keeper’s House for 1 to 4 night stays. The Whistle House is available on a Saturday-to-Saturday basis, but is now offered for as few as two nights! (Restrictions will apply for any occupancy less than seven days. Contact us at: 1-855-722-3959 for complete details.) You will need your own four-wheel drive vehicle and an National Park Service oversand permit in order to stay in the Whistle House.
PO Box 565, Rockland, ME 04841
1 855-722-3959

Cape Cod Highland Museum and Lighthouse

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Handicapped Accessible  Parking  Shopping

Cape Cod Light

In Truro, Massachusetts, on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Highland Light was the first lighthouse on Cape Cod. Erected in 1797, Highland Light, also known as Cape Cod Light, has warned seafarers for over 200 years of the treacherous coastline along outer Cape Cod. Highland Light offers tours of the Lighthouse tower, exhibits and Keeper’s Shop. The Keeper’s shop carries a selection of gifts, postcards, books and apparel so you can remember your visit to Cape Cod’s first Lighthouse. TOWER CLIMBS: Please note: There is a 48” height restriction to climb the tower. The Lighthouse and Keeper’s Shop are open from Mid-April until the end of October. Please check the website for open times. www.highlandlighthouse.org
27 Highland Light Road, North Truro, MA, 02652
508 487-1121

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (PMPM)

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Art  Shopping  Weddings

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum commemorates the first landfall of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620 where wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact. Visitors can climb the 252-foot monument for the most spectacular view on Cape Cod. The Museum provides visitors with a compelling presentation of Provincetown’s rich cultural heritage and special exhibitions and programs.
1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA, 02657-1406
508 487-1310

Cee Jay Corp., Fishing Parties

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Fishing

A fishing tradition in Provincetown since 1932. 4 Hours of fun & thrills. For fisherman of all ages & skills. Morning & afternoon trips. In-season night trips.
MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA, 02657
800 675-6723, 508 487-4330

Flyer’s Boat Rental & Boat Shop, Inc.

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Fishing  Parking  Professional Services  Weddings

Boat rentals, mooring, Long Point Shuttle, sailing lessons, parties and cruises. Flyer’s has been a working boatyard for more than 66 years, with experience in repairs on vessels and their engines ranging from 80ft wooden fishing draggers to 6ft fiberglass dinghies. Hold special events on the water: sunsets, weddings, memorial services or fun parties. Boats hold from 2 to 39 passengers.
P.O. Box 561, 131A Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-0898

Venture Athletics Water Sports

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Shopping

Kayak rentals, Stand up Paddle Board rentals and guided tours at Provincetown Harbor. Open May to September, weather permitting. Beginners welcome!
237 Commercial Street, Whaler’s Wharf, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-9442

West End Racing Children’s Community Sailing

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

We provide low-cost, affordable instruction in sailing and sailboat racing in a fun and safe environment to children in Provincetown and Truro. The West End Racing Children’s Community Sailing program is a non-profit children’s sailing organization for ages 8-14 providing lessons and equipment for a seasonal registration fee of $50. The program is open to both residents and visitors from Provincetown and Truro. There will be a program instructor and assistant instructors on duty at all times. Regular hours are 9-noon and 1-4 pm weekdays in July and August varying with the weather and tides. We are located at 83 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA.
83 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657

PTown Bikes

 Kid Friendly  Parking  Professional Services  Shopping  Bicycle

Provincetown’s most comprehensive bike shop. Over 650 TREK & SPECIALIZED rental bikes. Great selection of new and used bikes, accessories, and clothing. Free Parking. Online reservations at www.ptownbikes.com (3 day min). VISA/MC, DISC, AMEX
42 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-8735

Provincetown Ghost Tours

 Kid Friendly

Nightly walking tours of Provincetown. Call to make reservations. Tickets at the Coffee Pot, 315 Commercial Street.
315 Commercial Street on Lopes Square, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508-487-4810

Dog Gone Sailing Charters

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Weddings

Sailing charter business that Sails from May 15 till October 15. We love and take dogs. Sailing charters are Sunrise to/and sunset including shrimp sail 1.5-2 hours,1/2 day and full/day are private. We take up to 6 passengers. The Captain can marry you and bury your beloved. Flexible and love to make request and special events happen for you.
P.O. Box 722, MacMillan Pier slip #8, Provincetown, MA 02657
508 566-0410

Ginny G Fishing Trips & Private Whale Watch

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Fishing  Whale Watching

We are the longest running 6 pack charter boat on MacMillan Pier in business for 17 years. The Ginny G is a very comfortable with a heated cabin and full size head (bathroom) and full galley with wash up sink. You are welcome to bring your Captain approved pet with you. You need only bring whatever you want to eat or drink. Don’t forget the sunscreen, sunglasses, camera. Be sure to dress accordingly with extra clothing for the weather when on a boat. Ask about our Combo fishing and whale watching trips and Lobster trips by request. For fishing trips we supply all of the finest gear for your fishing needs. You will need a cooler to put the fish in after we fillet and bag the fish for you. Our catch rate is very high! If the fish are there and biting … we will get them! Private Whale Watching: If you do not want to fight the crowds on the bigger boats we offer private whale watching trips. The whales are usually in the Provincetown area from early spring to October. You may see humpback, finback, minke, right whales and pilot whales. Be sure to see these wonderful creatures.
MacMillan Pier #7, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 246-3656

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Martini  Whale Watching

Dolphin Fleet started whale watching on the East Coast in 1975 taking passengers of all ages to see magnificent whales. Today all trips are designed to enhance awareness of whales, marine life and habitat that surrounds Cape Cod. We have highly trained Captains and Naturalists. The cabins are heated and air-cooled with food service; breakfast, lunch, snacks, soda, beer and cocktails available.
307 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
800 826-9300, 508 240-3636

Ptown Pedicabs

 Kid Friendly

Ptown Pedicab is Provincetown’s premier bicycle – taxi business. We are a fun-loving, energetic bunch who specialize in every service from pick-ups/drop offs to history tours of the town, to special occasions. Customers are welcome to pay whatever they like and as Ptown’s “Chariots for Hire” We are sure we’ll Sweep you off your feet!
Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-0660

Sea Salt Charters

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Fishing  Whale Watching

Sea Salt Charters offers private Whale Watching and Fishing trips ot of Provincetown, MA in Cape Cod. SeaSalt Charters is owned and operated by the Avellar Family pioneers of Whale Watching on the East Coast.
MacMillan Pier, P.O. Box 908, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 444-2732

Chequessett Golf, Tennis & Sailing Club

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Whether you live on the Cape or are here on vacation stop by Chequessett Yacht & Country Club, located on the picturesque Wellfleet Bay, to enjoy golf, tennis, or sailing. We offer short and long-term memberships depending upon your interests and time. We are also open to the public! Our Pros are always eager to share their experience and knowledge with you through private lessons or clinics. During the summer we offer a popular kids camp that will disconnect your children from technology and get them excited about golf, tennis, and sailing. We are a premier waterfront destination for your Wedding or event. Our bayside boathouse couldn’t get your reception any closer to the water and our private beach will be perfect for your ceremony!
680 Chequessett Neck Road, Wellfleet, MA, 02667
508 349-3704

The Bike Shack

 Kid Friendly  Parking  Professional Services  Shopping  Bicycle

Open 7 days, 8am-8pm Rentals include: a lock, helmet, basket, rear rack, front and rear lights (required by MA Law) Every BIKE SHACK rental bike is thoroughly inspected before being issued to the customer and tuned up upon return guaranteeing flawless performance. We want bikers to thoroughly enjoy your bike experience. Our in-house mechanics have been working on bikes for over twenty-five years. Steve challenges you to bring in your troubled bike to see what he can do for you at a very reasonable price. No repairs are too big or too small. We stock a variety of tubes, tires, wheels and many other bicycle parts and accessories. If we don’t have what you want we would be happy to place an order for you. Most items are delivered within 2 days. Hybrids, Mountain Bikes, Comfort Bikes, Beach Cruisers, Off Road, On Road, Child Trailers, Tag-Alongs, Various sizes for adults & children. Come in and see our line of high end sunglasses: Tifosi, Smith, Sun Cloud & Oakleys are all 20% off.
63 Shank Painter Road, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-0232

Gale Force Beach Market & Bike Rentals

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Parking  Shopping  Bicycle

Gale Force Bikes is the only bike shop in Provincetown with direct access to the bike trails. Conveniently located closest to the bike trails and the beach at Herring Cove. Free parking available for hourly rentals. Open 7 days a week from April through October. Offering the widest selection of Cannondale rental bicycles including hybrids, comfort bikes, road bikes, fat-tire sand bikes, mountain bikes, tandems, tag-alongs, child trailers, pet trailers, and one speed or multi-speed beach cruisers. All rentals include a lock, helmet, headlight and taillight. Advanced reservations suggested for July and August and can be made online or on the phone. We sell new and used Cannondale, Schwinn and GT bikes. Our experienced mechanics perform all manner of bicycle repairs and service including tune-ups and flat repair. Guided bike tours available in season. We offer sandwiches, beverages, beach supplies and convenience items from our Beach Market and sandwich shop.
144 Bradford Street Ext., Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-4849

Mayflower Trolley

 Kid Friendly  Weddings

Seasonal May-October, daily sightseeing tours, private charters for wedding and group events. Visit us at www.mayflowertrolley.com for more information and online ticketing.
Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-TOUR (8687), 617 748-1435

Provincetown Aquasports

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Shopping

Kayak, stand up paddleboard and surf board sales and rentals. Guided kayak and paddleboard tours. Beach store. Paddleboard yoga. Beach and watersport activities. Boat rental.
333R Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 413-9563

Captain Ralph Wilkins FV ODYSEA

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Fishing  Whale Watching

CHARTER fishing trips for adults and kids: Stripped Bass, Tuna. CRUISES: Sunset, Lighthouse, Whale Watch
MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA, 02657
917 440-0934

Highland House Museum

 Kid Friendly  Music  Art

The museum is located right next to the Highland Light. The building was once a summer resort hotel which was built in 1907. We have exhibits that highlight Truro and the Lower Cape’s history including Shipwrecks and Native Americans. We offer many free events throughout the summer which includes our Wednesday evening talks and concerts. Open June 1 to September 30, 2016, Monday to Saturday: 10:00AM to 4:30PM. You can learn more from our website www.trurohistoricalsociety.org.
6 Highland Light Road North Truro, MA 02652
508 487-3397

Blue Claw Boat Tours & Seal Watching

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Welcome Aboard! We cruise daily in season from Nauset Marina in East Orleans thru Pleasant Bay to Chatham Harbor. Our fully narrated Seal Watch Adventure Cruises are filled with humor and historical facts including stories of Pilgrims, Pirates, Seals, Sharks, Shipwrecks and Buried Treasure. We have three Sea Blue USCG certified boats to carry the whole family in comfort to visit Seal Colonies, Beachcomb on an island, view a glorious Pleasant Bay Sunset or enjoy a magical Full Moon rising over Nauset Beach. We can also tailor a Private Custom Cruise just for you. All of our tours are in Bay and Harbor waters, suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Join us for a memory making adventure aboard Blue Claw Boat Tours!
Nauset Marina, 235 Main Street, Orleans, MA, 02653
508 240-5783

Captain’s Choice

 Kid Friendly  Fishing  Parking  Dining

At Captain’s Choice we pride ourselves on being a true sea-to-table eatery specializing in food that speaks of Cape Cod. Our menu features fresh fish, shellfish and more from ​Cape Tip Seafood. Our Know-How Comes From Those Who Knew How! Close to Beach Point 6A Motels and just a couple of miles from Provincetown. Inside and Outside seating. Parking!​
4 Highland Road, North Truro, MA, 02652
(508) 487-5800

Puzzle Me This

 Open Year Round  Kid Friendly  Shopping

Unique and interesting brain teasers, mind bogglers, games, books and puzzles for all ages. Super fun store to explore.
290 Commercial Street, P.O. Box 1549, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-1059