I love me a good tour. Doesn’t matter if I’m a visitor to a new place or simply doing something new in my hometown. In my opinion, a good tour must be a) FUN & ENTERTAINING
- b) EDUCATIONAL, in the broad sense that it piques your curiosity and shows you something new, and c) FUN (Did I mention that already?). Ptown tours run the gamut, from the classic (the whalewatch, the trolley) to the quirky (see below!) and definitely have the FUN and curiosity piquing thing covered! Here are a few of my favs:
Can’t come to Ptown for the first time and NOT do it. Well, I guess you could, but why? The animals themselves are amazing creatures. You are out on the water. There are snacks and naturalists. What’s not to love?
Simply driving by Ptown’s crazy sand dunes is not enough. You have to get out there. Those silent windswept expanses also offer a welcome bit of peace and quiet¾and quite the contrast¾after the the buzz of Commercial Street. There is something for everyone¾adults, kids, families, singles (sorry, the pets have to stay behind though). In September and through the fall, their Sunset Tours are available almost every day (starts at 4:30pm) and include a traditional New England style Clambake, with alternative food offerings of course.
I lived in Asia about 10 years ago and pedicabs were an essential part of my daily existence. I am so happy that they have arrived stateside! Ptown Pedicabs offers customized tours of whatever you want: galleries, downtown, graveyards, history, and more.
See Provincetown by water! Provincetown Aquasports offers kayaking and paddleboard tours for all ages and experience levels of Provincetown Harbor, Herring Cove, and Long Point Lighthouse.
I have never done this tour, so I can’t speak from experience, but I have to say, this one is on my TO DO list! Take a ride with a private tour guide on a vintage 1986 Honda CMX motorcycle. You’ll have to fight over who gets to ride in the sidecar!
Want to see what it feels like on a 100-year-old wooden sailing vessel? I’ll answer for you: yes, you do. The Hindu, originally built in 1925 as a pleasure yacht, will always be one of my personal favorites (we spent the afternoon of our wedding on it) but there are others too. There’s a reason these sailboats never retire. A leisurely sail around Provincetown Harbor is magical and soothing—just about as timeless as it gets.