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Top 10 Things to do in Provincetown

January 28, 2016

So you’re visiting Cape Cod? You can’t miss out on Provincetown, one of the US’s most famous gaybourhoods. Here’s my list of what you need to see whilst you’re there.

Paddleboard or kayak

Rent paddleboards and kayaks with Provincetown Aquasports, located on the waterfront. They also have paddleboard yoga for anyone who’s looking to challenge themselves on a new, extreme surface. Forget anti-gravity yoga, it’s all about SUP yoga now.


Visit the Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Like all hip, liberal towns, Provincetown has an art gallery and museum. This one has an emphasis on local artists and even has auctions and classes held in the summer.


See a drag show

Jinx Monsoon and Bianca Del Rio were performing the night I spent in Provincetown and I unfortunately never got to see them. If you’re in P-town for a night, don’t pass up the chance to see a drag queen perform. You are in the LGBT capital of Massachusetts after all.

Eat at Grab ‘n’ Go

New England, especially Cape Cod, go crazy for their fish-dishes. Grab ‘n’ Go is a vegan haven in amongst that with vegan soft serve, acai bowls, juices and smoothies and even raw vegan lunches and desserts.


Go on a walking trail

Whether you hike, bike or walk with a dog, there’s a trail for you. On the one that I did, I saw my first ever red squirrel. Sorry, I didn’t get any pictures, I’m an awful travel blogger.


View of Provincetown from Pilgrim Monument looking East (Wiki Commons)


See the Pilgrim Monument

If you can ignore the fact that the entire monument is tribute to a racist, genocidal idea, you can get pretty good views from the top of this thing, so it’s worth a visit. Wow, western culture is weird.


Watch whales and dolphins

You can catch a tour boat to see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. If you’re an animal lover, like me, you definitely won’t want to miss these opportunities.


Provincetown Public Library (Wiki Commons)


Visit the Provincetown Library

Although Provincetown Library doesn’t quite compare to the ones back home in the UK, this little gem is built with classic New England architecture and homes a half-scale replica of the Rosa Dorothea.


Visit a beach

Provincetown’s almost entire perimeter is beaches, so you’re missing out if you don’t visit at least one. Even in the winter, they are desolate with great views of the sunset.


See the shops

I’m not usually one for shopping or for endless amounts of town-themed merch, but I still have a soft spot for the shops in Provincetown. With the rainbow flags hanging across the roads and the day-time drag queens cycling down the street, P-town is permanently dressed for Pride and the shops get in on the celebrations too. This is a great place for people watching and to simply witness the happiness.

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