Provincetown Harbor with Monument decorated for Holidays

Provincetown Harbor with Monument decorated for Holidays

“Why is that tower there?” is probably one of the most often asked questions by children visiting PTown for the first time. “That tower” rising high above Provincetown is the Pilgrim Monument which commemorates that the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown BEFORE they eventually headed to Plymouth for permanent residence. Kids love to climb the monument for unparalleled views of the outermost points of Cape Cod.

While the Pilgrim Monument is the most visible attraction for families in PTown, a variety of very unique land activities await parents, teens and kids. Some of these include a pirate museum, dune tours, shops that appeal to kids of all ages, and a children’s section of the library that has a full-sized ship in the middle of it! Don’t miss hidden gem Beech Forest, with its short and gentle walking trails. Since Provincetown is 40 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, it is a migratory bird stop; Beech Forest is one the birds’ favorite spots and it might just end up being one of yours!

Provincetown has 2 wonderful playgrounds: East End Mildred Greensfelder Playground, intersection of Bradford and Howland Street and West End Chelsea Memorial Playground, intersection of West Vine and Bradford Street. Also kids love our Provincetown Skate Park, intersection of Jerome Smith and Shank Painter Road, located in parking lot across from VFW. Please note: kids must register before using at Community Center, 2 Mayflower St
Provincetown, MA 02657, 508 487-7097; hours Monday – Thursday 9am – 8pm, Friday 9am – 5pm. Helmets are required.

For more information visit Provincetown-MA.gov website Provincetown-MA.gov
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icon for Family GuideThere are many Provincetown businesses with rich offerings for all Kids, little ones and older. For more information about businesses listed below simply click on the business name.


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

Operating Hours:

April 13 through May 10
Lighthouse Climbs: 12 PM to 4 PM
Keeper’s Shop: 12 PM to 4 PM
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

May 11 through May 24 DAILY
Lighthouse Climbs: 12 PM to 4 PM
Keeper’s Shop: 12 PM to 4 PM

May 25 through September 2 DAILY
Lighthouse Climbs: 10 AM to 5 PM
Keeper’s Shop: 10 AM to 5 PM

September 3 through October 14 DAILY
Lighthouse Climbs: 10 AM to 5 PM Last climb goes up at 4:30 PM
Keeper’s Shop: 10 AM to 5 PM

Must be 48″ tall to climb.

27 Highland Light Road, North Truro, MA, 02652
508 487-1121

Cape Colony Inn

Last Minute Availability  Photo Gallery  Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Pool

At Cape Colony Inn, we are here to make your Provincetown vacation as relaxing and fun as possible. We offer the most comfortable beds and the best value in Provincetown.

Just two blocks from the public beach, with 57 renovated and immaculate rooms, Cape Colony Inn features Simmons Beautyrest Pillow top Mattresses and Pacific Coast Pillows. Air conditioning, heated pool, complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast including Belgian waffles, fresh fruits, yogurt, cereal, coffee, juices, pastries and more. A unique photograph adorns each room taken by local photographers of their favorite outer Cape spots.

Beds are triple sheeted with comforters and each room furnished with a flat screen TV, Keurig brewing machines, mini refrigerator with separate freezer, microwave, clock radios, in room safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, Beekman 1802 products and more.

Outdoor grill, picnic and games area features Weber gas grills, picnic tables, volley ball, ping pong, and shuffleboard.

Every guest receives complimentary breakfast featuring our delicious belgian waffles as well as WIFI and parking. Come learn why Cape Colony Inn is ranked among the highest in Provincetown lodging!

280 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-1755, 800 841-6716

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

Captain’s Choice

 Kid Friendly  Handicapped Accessible  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. Open for lunch and dinner. Inside and outside seating. Parking!​
4 Highland Road, North Truro, MA, 02652
(508) 487-5800

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

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

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Martini  Shopping  Whale Watching  Dining

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

Expedition Whydah Pirate Museum

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Handicapped Accessible  Shopping

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. The Whydah Galley, captained by Sam Bellamy, was discovered by internationally-known underwater explorer Barry Clifford and his dive team over thirty years ago – you may have seen its store with sweatshirts “T’s” and other authentic pirate-themed gear, books, gifts and games, portrayed on National Geographic. 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.
16 MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-8899

Flyer’s Boat Rental & Boat Shop, Inc.

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Fishing  Parking  Professional Services  Weddings

Boat rentals from luxury pontoon boats, skiffs, small sail boats to kayaks and paddle boards. Moorings with launch service, Long Point Shuttle to tip of the Cape, sailing lessons, seal tours in high season, parties and cruises.

Hold special events on the water: sunset cruises, weddings, memorial services or fun parties. Boats hold from 2 to 39 passengers.

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.

We also offer mechanical services and winter small boat storage.

P.O. Box 561, 131A Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-0898

Gale Force Beach Market & Bike Rentals

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Handicapped Accessible  Parking  Professional Services  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. Wheelchair accessible.
144 Bradford Street Ext., Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-4849

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

Highland House Museum

 Kid Friendly  Music  Handicapped Accessible  Art  Parking

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 to September, Monday to Saturday: 10am to 4:30pm. You can learn more from our website www.trurohistoricalsociety.org.
6 Highland Light Road North Truro, MA 02652
508 487-3397

Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Kalmar Nyckel Sails from Provincetown July 21-29, 2019

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.

Launched in 1997, Kalmar Nyckel serves as a floating classroom and an inspirational platform for recreational and educational experiences. The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-based educational organization that built, owns, and operates Kalmar Nyckel from Wilmington, DE.

Provincetown Sailing Schedule (times subject to change)
Sunday, July 21, 11:30 am -2 pm and 4-6:30 pm
Monday, July 22, 12-2:30 pm and 4:30-7 pm
Tuesday, July 23, 12:30-3 pm and 5-7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 24, 12:30-3 pm and 5-7:30 pm
Thursday, July 25, 10 am-12:30 pm and 3-5:30 pm
Sunday, July 28, 10 am-12:30 pm and 5-7:30 pm
Monday, July 29, 10 am-12:30 pm and 5-7:30 pm

1124 E. 7th Street, Wilmington, DE, 19801
302 429-7447

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

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (PMPM)

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Handicapped Accessible  Art  Shopping  Weddings

The Pilgrim Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620 in Provincetown Harbor where they wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact, the first written declaration of a democratic commonwealth.

At 252-feet, 7.5 inches tall and 353 feet above sea level, it is the tallest all-granite structure in the U.S. and includes 60 ramps and 116 steps.

The Monument is designed to resemble Torre Del Mangia, a 14th century tower in Siena, Italy, and is of the Italian Renaissance order of architecture.

The Museum collects, preserves, interprets, researches, exhibits, and publishes archival historical materials and exhibit materials depicting important events of Provincetown history.

1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA, 02657-1406
508 487-1310

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

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

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

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

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.

2019 Tours Schedule
You can get to the lighthouse by walking or your own four-wheel drive vehicle with the proper permit; we do not provide public transportation for the tower tours. Please note: The touring season will be suspended if any of the various federally-protected shore birds have nested and block access to the lighthouse. Once the chicks fledge, tours will resume.
May 19 – Special Tours Race Point Lighthouse for Mariner’s Day 9am-2pm
June 1 Public Tours of Race Point Lighthouse 10am-2pm
June 15 Public Tours cancelled due to the nesting plovers hatching
July 6 Public Tours of Race Point Lighthouse 10am-2pm
July 20 Public Tours of Race Point Lighthouse 10am-2pm
August 3 Public Tours of Race Point Lighthouse 10am-2pm
August 17 Public Tours of Race Point Lighthouse 10am-2pm
Sept 7 Public Tours of Race Point Lighthouse 10am-2pm
Sept 21 Public Tours of Race Point 10am-2pm
October 5 Public Tours of Race Point Lighthouse 10am-2pm

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

Sandcastle Resort and Club

 Photo Gallery  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Pool  Martini

This beachfront resort offers self contained studios and suites with fully equipped kitchens and private bathrooms. Select from a variety of room views, with or without balcony. The bayside rooms offer breathtaking unobstructed views across the bay towards Long Point lighthouse, and the coastline from Wellfleet to Provincetown Monument.
Heated indoor pool, hot tub, seasonal outdoor pool, tennis and fitness center are just a few of the many amenities available to guests.
Up to 10-15% discount at local restaurants, shops and activities, including Arts Dune Tours, whale watching, bike & kayak rental and Truro Vineyards, is also offered during stay.
On site parking and Wifi are free.
929 Commercial Street, P.O. Box 566, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-9300

Sea Salt Charters

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Fishing  Whale Watching

Sea Salt Charters offers private Whale Watching and Fishing trips and operates off of the Dolphin Fleet dock in Provincetown, MA, in Cape Cod. SeaSalt Charters provides a unique opportunity to explore the whales’ feeding and nursing grounds of Stellwagen Bank (just a few miles north of Provincetown) on a private, comfortable boat with just you, your family, and friends. Operated by some of the most experienced, licensed whale watch Captains in the world, you are assured of a memorable and meaningful experience. 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

Surfside Hotel and Suites

 Photo Gallery  Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Pool  Martini

Located on Cape Cod Bay, the Surfside Hotel & Suites serves complimentary breakfast and has a private beach, outdoor heated pool, bar & lounge area, fire pit and free parking. This local favorite is walking distance from downtown shops and restaurants. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the resort. Oceanfront guest rooms are available for reservation.
543 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
5084871726, 5084871726

The Bike Shack

 Kid Friendly  Parking  Professional Services  Shopping  Bicycle

Open 7 days, 7am-8pm Bike Shack Rentals include: a map of Province Lands & Truro Bike Trails, lock, helmet, basket, rear rack, front and rear lights. Every BIKE SHACK rental bike is thoroughly inspected before being issued to the customer and if necessary re-tuned on return guaranteeing flawless performance. We want you to thoroughly enjoy your bike experience. We are closest to the trails & we offer free parking on first come first serve basis.

Our in-house mechanics are the owners Liz & Steve. Liz attended the United Bike Institute and Steve who has been working on bikes for over 25 years challenges you to bring in your troubled bike to see what we 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 bicycle parts and accessories. If we don’t have the part we can order it and have it within 2 days.

We sell the best ebikes that are on the market today. We rent Mountain Bikes, Comfort Hybrid Bikes, Beach Cruisers, Off Road, On Road, Child Trailers, Dog Trailers, Tag-Alongs, in various sizes for adults & children. Come in and see our line of high-end sunglasses: Tifosi, Smith, Sun Cloud & Smith at 20% off. We welcome your business and know you will be happy you came here.

63 Shank Painter Road, Provincetown, MA, 02657
978 660-7183

West End Racing Children’s Community Sailing (WERCCS)

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Sailing program for children ages 8 – 14. 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 (WERCCS) non-profit organization offers children’s sailing program for ages 8-14 providing lessons and equipment for a seasonal registration fee of $100.

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.

Children must be able to swim unassisted for a distance of 100 feet. Parents/guardians must register children in person at the WERCCS.

83 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657