How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip to Provincetown

Love the city but searching for a quick trip to the beach? In less than two hours, you can get from Boston to Provincetown — the farthest-flung town on picturesque Cape Cod. Here’s how to have the perfect day trip to Provincetown.

How to get there

Catch the ferry at Long Wharf, steps from the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, and other popular Boston landmarks. Order a cocktail from the bar on board and watch the Boston skyline disappear in the distance as you head toward Cape Cod.

What to see

The monument to the Pilgrims (who arrived in Cape Cod from England in 1610) is the tallest all-granite structure in America. And there’s no better place for whale watching than Provincetown, which is the closest port to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary — the summer feeding ground for humpback whales.

What to do

Hit the beach! Swimmers will love the calm waters at west-facing Herring Cove Beach, where you’ll also catch the best sunsets. At the far tip of Cape Cod, you’ll find Race Point Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. This lovely spot promises crashing waves and Instagram-ready stretches of unspoiled dunes, sand, and surf.

What to eat

Try the American dishes, such as halibut with whipped potatoes and broccoli, at Joon, or the best martinis at Mews Restaurant & Cafe. For the classic beach experience, order lobster rolls at Canteen (with a side of crispy Brussels sprouts and cold beers) and bring them to the picnic tables on the sand. For even more lobster, Lobster Pot is true to its name. Whether you prefer the lobster bisque or the perfectly boiled lobster, head here in the mid-afternoon to beat the crowds.

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