Race Point Beach

Race Point Beach Summer Fun!


Cape Cod National Seashore Park



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 take a shuttle 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! Take the SHUTTLE boat from both MacMillan Wharf in the center of Provincetown and FLYER’S BOAT YARD in the West end of town. This is very handy for those families arriving by ferry or after a long drive and wanting to “get away from it all!” The SHUTTLE will drop you off and pick you up for a per person reasonable rate. Make your trip to Provincetown a memorable one.

Also check out PROVINCETOWN AQUASPORTS beach store for stand up paddleboard and surf board sales and rentals, guided kayak and paddle board tours… lots beach and watersport activities, even yoga!




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 CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY SAILING 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.

You can also rent a boat yourself from FLYER’S BOAT YARD, or you can join a sailing excursion from MacMillan Pier.

Kalmar Nyckel the Tall Ship of Delaware

Kalmar Nyckel the Tall Ship of Delaware coming to Provincetown

In July adventure awaits! KALMAR NYCKEL, the Tall Ship of Delaware, arrives in Provincetown July 21 to 29 for day sails from MacMillan Pier. Come aboard for a unique hands-on experience at the intersection of adventure and education. Haul lines, set sails, hear tales from the crew or simply enjoy the sail. Advance tickets recommended; purchase online: KalmarNyckel.org or call (302) 429-7447.

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!




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!






PROVINCETOWN AQUASPORTS beach store offers stand up paddleboards and surf boards sales and rentals, guided kayak and paddle board tours… lots beach and watersport activities, even yoga!


Biking is a most popular family activity… bring your own or rent from ARNOLD’S BICYCLE SHOP 329 Commercial Street, GALEFORCE BIKES 144 Bradford Street Ext., PTOWN BIKES 42 Bradford Street or THE BIKE SHACK 63 Shank Painter Road – all bike rentals have many kinds of bikes to accommodate families as well as 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 and restrooms (in season) at the Visitors Center and Beech Forest. If you choose to start from those locations both are located off 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.


Expedition Whydah Pirate Museum, located on historic MacMillan Wharf, displays artifact and treasure recovered from the only authenticated pirate ship which wrecked off Wellfleet in 1717. Docked next to the museum is the RV Vast Explorer, the expedition’s research vessel which brings in weaponry, canons, gold dust and coins every summer. Museum and store hours: daily 10am-5pm. Group rates for 10 or more. Grab-and-go-style café open daily at 8:30am. Baked goods, coffee, fresh salads, sandwiches, ice cream.


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!)

Also visit Highland House Museum. The museum is located right next to the Highland Light. The building was once a summer resort hotel which was built in 1907. They have exhibits that highlight Truro and the Lower Cape’s history including Shipwrecks and Native Americans. Museum also offers many free events throughout the summer which includes our Wednesday evening talks and concerts. You can learn more from our website www.trurohistoricalsociety.org


Entertainment in Provincetown, theater


Check 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!


Art in Ptown


Don’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…




All 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!


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!



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 on The MAYFLOWER TROLLEY. Tickets at Bay State Cruise Office (Chamber Building) or when you board in front of Town Hall. 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!

Come to Provincetown with your kids to experience great vacation.

Come to Provincetown with your kids to experience best vacation ever!

Sunset picnic with Art's Sand Dune Tours

Sunset picnic with Art’s Sand Dune Tours

Hot day at Herring Cove Beach

Hot day at Herring Cove Beach

West End Breakwater

West End Breakwater