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.


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

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 Art Association & Museum (PAAM)

 Open Year Round  Kid Friendly  Music  Handicapped Accessible  Art  Shopping

Anchoring the arts on Cape Cod for over 100 years, the objects and purposes of this association shall be to promote and cultivate the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts, to assemble and maintain in the town of Provincetown and environs a collection of works of art of merit, to hold exhibitions, and by forums, concerts and similar activities to promote education of the public in the arts and social intercourse between artists and laymen. To these ends it shall operate strictly within its charter as a nonprofit, education, artistic and cultural organization.
460 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-1750

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 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

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

Center for Coastal Studies

 Open Year Round  Kid Friendly  Waterfront  Fishing  Parking  Whale Watching

For over 40 years, the Center for Coastal Studies has served as Provincetown’s hometown organization for coastal and marine environmental awareness, research, and education, yet enjoys an international reputation for its extensive research on the humpback whale that is the basis of the town’s whale watching industry, and the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale that visits our waters January-May.

The Center is a pioneer in marine animal disentanglement, regional water quality monitoring, high resolution seafloor mapping, seal and fisheries research, marine debris and marine plastics studies, and some of the earliest and ongoing studies of land-sea interaction.

The Center’s newly renovated Hiebert Marine Laboratory is open year-round and features the only large whale skeleton on Cape Cod, that of Spinnaker, a 37-foot humpback whale who died of entanglement in 2015, as well as specialty books on marine science for sale. We also offer field walks, educational programs, beautifully designed apparel at our kiosk on MacMillan Pier in season, and the popular winter lecture series at Napi’s the last Wednesday of the month, October—May.

5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-3622

Provincetown Public Library

 Open Year Round  Kid Friendly  Handicapped Accessible

Located downtown on Commercial Street, the Library is both a literal and metaphorical center of the Provincetown community, housing nearly 40,000 items, more than 30 works of art from the Town’s Art Collection, and the Rose Dorothea Schooner model.

The second floor hosts a wonderful childrens section. It is well worth a visit upstairs for all ages to view the incredible full size fishing boat which won the famous Lipton Cup race in the early 1900’s!

Open Daily: Monday and Friday 10am-5pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10am-8pm; Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Please note: The doors are locked 15 minutes before closing time to ensure an empty and secure building. Thank you for understanding.

Free WIFI. Wheelchair accessible.

356 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-7094

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

Pilgrims, Pirates and People of the Past fill the sights and sounds of this historical walking tour.

90 minute walking tours depart nightly at 9pm (Summer) and at 8pm (Fall).

Call to make reservations. Tickets at the Coffee Pot, 315 Commercial Street.

315 Commercial Street on Lopes Square, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-4810

Boston Harbor Cruises

 Pet Friendly  Handicapped Accessible  Transportation

High speed passenger ferry service between Boston & Provincetown May-October. Check our web site for ferry schedule and pricing, whale watching and private events information.
MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA, 02657
877 SEE WHALE (733-9425)

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  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

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

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

The Bike Shack

 Kid Friendly  Parking  Professional Services  Shopping  Bicycle

The Bike Shack will re-open April 1 for 2020. 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

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

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  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

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

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

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

Captain John Boats Provincetown Whale Watch

 Martini  Whale Watching  Dining

You’ll be thrilled at the sight of the great whales of North Atlantic: Humpback, Finback, Minke, Right and Pilot whales. A first class on the water experience narrated by our talented naturalists who provide exciting commentary about each marine habitat and species you may encounter on the trip. Food, beverage and bar service available on board. Our boats ensure optimal comfort and enjoyment for all passengers. Departs daily at noon daily in July and August. Tickets can be purchased online at captjohn.com or visit us at our ticket booth on MacMillan Wharf.
MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 746-2643