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Provincetown : Town Profile

Robert Manz

Things to do

  • People-watching in front of Town Hall is as bona fide an activity in Provincetown as going on a whale-watch excursion. And why not? The longtime artists colony has been attracting people seeking freedom of expression for years.
  • Experiencing nature in this Cape tip town, known for its exquisite light and astonishing views, is another popular activity. Hike the mile-long breakwater in the West End out to the Wood End Lighthouse.
  • Experience the giants of the sea, particularly humpback whales, which grow as long as 52 feet, on a Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch (www.whalewatch.com, 800-826-9300). Browse one of the dozens of art galleries Provincetown is famous for, like the Packard Gallery (www.packardgallery.com, 508-487-4690), where the work of Packard family members (mother, Anne, and daughters, Cynthia and Leslie) is front and center.

Beach it

  • Chrissy Caskey For unforgettable sunsets, head to Herring Cove Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Because of its west-facing locale, the beach offers spectacular sunset views and the water here is warmer than north-facing Race Point Beach. Herring Cove also is one of two National Seashore beaches that is accessible for people with disabilities—the other is Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Both offer the use of wheelchairs capable of traveling over sand.
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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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