Off the Beaten Path
Provincetown offers unique attractions and activities like nowhere else… Go on a Dune Tour, climb to the top of the Pilgrim Monument, or sail on the open waters.
Experience the history, culture, and ecology of the Provincetown Dunes in the National Seashore Park.
Art’s Dune Tours and Topless Tours Ptown offer a wide variety of memorable experiences that combine the natural beauty of the dunes with the Cape’s famous sunsets, dinners on the beach, boating, and even private celebrations created for you. Tour guides share the history and ecology of these beautiful and unique dunes that have inspired so many fine artists and writers.
Their daily tours roll through the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District Sand Dunes, catching sight of Pilgrim Lake nestled among the dunes and the famed artists’ dune shacks.
End your day with a sunset tour and watch the magnificent light and colors over the water and see why artists from all over the world have been drawn to the light on the outer Cape.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
The Pilgrim Monument was founded in 1892 to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620. The Pilgrims spent 5 weeks in Provincetown exploring the tip of Cape Cod, before they sailed on to Plymouth.
The pilgrims also drew up and signed the Mayflower Compact, which established the rule of law for the new land. A Commemorative sculpture the “Signing of the Compact” is located at the Bas Relief Park at 106 Bradford Street, and owned by the Town of Provincetown.
President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the monument in 1907. In 1910, President William Howard Taft dedicated the finished 252-foot tower. The Monument is the tallest granite structure in the United States. The Provincetown Museum opened at the base of the monument, to educate the public about Provincetown’s role in Pilgrim and American history.
In 2020, the museum debuted a new permanent exhibit, “Our Story: The Complicated Relationship of the Indigenous Wampanoag and the Mayflower Pilgrims.” The interactive and technological exhibit offers an accurate story of the Wampanoag Tribe’s history on Cape Cod, including the 1620 arrival of the Mayflower from England.
Clang, Clang, Clang, Went the Trolley...
Explore the sights and sounds of Provincetown from the comfort of the Mayflower Trolley. Expert conductors will take you on a 45-minute overview of all that Provincetown has to offer.
It’s a great way to start exploring America’s first destination. The tour includes driving through parts of Commercial and Bradford streets, as well as Herring Cove Beach, Race Point, Province Lands Dunes and more. Tours run 7-days a week.
Embark on a new adventure with Anne Hutchinson to embrace the LGBTQ Provincetown History Tour. This tour unique experience is for adults 21+ and is offered on the weekends at 3:30 PM.
Join the Captain and the crew of the Bay Lady II for a memorable sail across Provincetown Harbor and into Cape Cod Bay. A 2-hour sail will take you either across the Bay towards the Bluffs of Corn Hill or around Long Point Light at the tip of the Cape in the direction of Wood End Lighthouse.
Moment Sailing Adventures is outer Cape Cod’s only choice for deluxe private captained sailing day charters offering 2, 4, and 6-hour sails for groups of up to six guests (including children). Aboard the 47-foot Moment, you will experience the wildlife, beaches, lighthouses, and sunsets of this New England gem.
Flyers Sunset Cruises knows that Cape Cod’s unrivaled sunsets are best experienced on the water. Allow one of their licensed captains to drive you around Provincetown harbor while you take in the views, relax, or party the evening away!
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural institution that fuses the creative energy of America’s oldest continuous art colony with the natural beauty of outer Cape Cod that has inspired artists for generations.
PAAM was established in 1914 by a group of artists and townspeople seeking to build a permanent collection of works by artists of outer Cape Cod, and to exhibit art that would allow for unification within the community.
PAAM presents an ever-changing lineup of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and cultural events that seek to promote and cultivate appreciation for all branches of the fine arts for which Provincetown is known.