Kids Activities in Provincetown
Kids & Family Activities in Ptown
When you think about Ptown, many parents may not think ‘kids’. However, Ptown offers a rich variety of activities and events for kids. Here are some ideas to consider!
BTW, most shows in Ptown allow all ages, except the burlesque shows and “Brokelahomo”. That said, some content may be mature for younger children. If you have concerns, speak with the venue about the show.
Tours: Land & Ocean
Here’s a starter list of land & ocean tours you can take together as a family.
Art’s Dune Tours
About: Narrated tours of the Dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. A visually stunning experience combined with local history and folklore and facts about many other things!
Arts regular tour is a 1 hour tour. Times below. However, they have many other types of tours. Check their website for details.
Cost: Buy Tickets
- Adults: $32.00
- Children (6 – 11): $20.00
When: Daily, departures: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30 pm & 4 pm
Where: 4 Standish Street | Directions
Contact: 508-487-1950 | Art’s Dune Tours
About: The Mayflower’s narrated trolley tour is a great way to see and learn about Provincetown. Expert conductors navigate through town for you in comfort of the trolley.
Cost: Buy Tickets
- Adults: $20.00
- Children (12 & under): $10.00
Schedule: Daily, through 10/9
- Departing MacMillan Pier: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 3:00 pm, 4 pm | Directions
- Departing Standish Street: 1 pm, 2 pm | Directions
Contact: 508-487-8687 | Mayflower Trolley
Provincetown Ghost Tours
About:Pilgrims, pirates and people of the past fill the sights and sounds of this historical walking tour. Tour lasts 90 minutes.
Cost: Buy Tickets
- Adults: $18.00
- Children (12 & under): $12.00
- Sat, 5/26 & 5/27
- Nightly Tours begin Thu, 6/21
Where: 315 Commercial Street – Lopes Square. Directions
Ticket office is inside The Coffee Pot and opens at 8:30pm. Purchase tickets 10 minutes before tour time.
Contact: 508-487-4810 | Provincetown Ghost Tours
Historic Walking Tour (Wed AM Only)
What: The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum offers a 2 hour walking tour of historic sites in Provincetown. The tour begins at the base of the Monument with an overview of Provincetown history. The tour then heads into town to stop at sites and buildings of historic interest, and learn the stories behind their history.
The tour includes Provincetown Town Hall, and The Provincetown Library, which includes the half-scale model of the Rose Dorothea and the impressive Lipton Cup she won in the Fishermen’s Race. The $20.00 tour fee includes admission to the both Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Reservations recommended. 508-487-1310 | Buy Tickets
Note: The tour is not handicapped accessible as our visits to historic buildings include many steps.
Cost: $20.00 | Buy Tickets
When: Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11 am through 8/30
Where: Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, 1 High Pole Hill Road | Directions
Parking is available for $15.00.
Whale watching in Provincetown is guaranteed to give you an up-close view of these marvelous mammals. Whales are plentiful off the shores of the Outer Cape, and excursions leave daily.
Where: All whale watching boats leave from Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions
- Phone: 508-240-3636 | 800-826-9300
- Website: http://whalewatch.com/
- Phone: 508-746-2643
- Website: http://www.ptownwhalewatching.com/
Two large sailboats provide memorable tours of Provincetown Harbor and the town. Both leave from MacMillan Wharf. | Directions
Bay Lady II
Join Captain Bob Burns and the crew of the BAY LADY II for a memorable sail across Provincetown Harbor and into Cape Cod Bay. Depending on wind direction your 2-hour sail will take you either across the Bay towards the bluffs of Corn Hill, where the Pilgrims discovered a cache of Indian corn back in 1620, or round Long Point Light at the tip of the Cape in the direction of Wood End Lighthouse.
When: 12:30 – 2:30 pm; 3:30 – 5:30 pm; 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Sunset Sail)
Where: MacMillian Pier | Directions
- Daytime Sails: $30 for adults and $15 for children
- Sunset Sails: $35 for adults and $15 for children
The Hindu, a 79 ft sailboat, was built in 1925 in East Booth Bay Harbor, Maine. It has quite a storied history, which you can read about on the Hindu’s website. The charters run through October 1.
Where: MacMillian Pier | Directions
Cost: You can book tickets online.
- Daytime Sails: $37 for adults and $20 for children (90 minutes)
- Sunset Sails: $50 for adults and $20 for children (2 hours)
Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre & Cinemas
What: One of the last remaining drive-in theatres in the United States is located in Wellfleet. The theatre has been showing movies since 1957! Movies change on Fridays. Allow 30 minutes to reach the drive-in from Ptown.
Cinemas are right next door for those rainy nights or days!
Movies & Times for Week of 7/28:
- The Emoji Movie (PG); Starts approx.: 8:10 pm
- War for the Planet of the Apes (Rated PG13); Starts approx.: 9:40 pm
Future schedule: Check their the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre website.
Cinema | Show times
- The Emoji Movie (REAL 3D & 2D) PG
- Dunkirk (PG13)
- Spider Man: Homecoming (REAL 3D & 2D) PG13
- The Beguiled (R)
Where: 51 State Hwy Rte 6, Wellfleet, MA | Directions
Province Lands Visitor Center
The Province Lands Visitor Center observation deck at this Visitor Center provides a 360-degree view of the Province Lands dunes, the Outer Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. From this location you can see Race Point Ranger Station, Race Point Beach, the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station and the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Exhibits about local plants and animals and the Pilgrim’s landing in Provincetown are featured.
The Center also has indoor theater showing five short films daily on a rotating schedule, and a bookstore with Cape Cod National Seashore related books, tapes, videos, toys and gifts.
Ranger-led Guided Tour of the Province Lands
Take a guided tour of the Province Lands led by a National Park Service Ranger. The walks vary in length and difficulty, and some require reservations. To make a reservation for a walk or hike, just call the Visitors Center at the number below. Check out a list some free hikes that are held weekly.
Province Land Visitors Center, 171 Race Point Rd. | Directions
With some planning ahead, you can have your own personal beach bonfire! Keep it simple with just your family or invite your friends along and bring dinner. Then watch one of the most stunning sunsets on the East Coast.
Check out our Beach Bonfire page for details about how and when to obtain a bonfire permit.
Day Trip to Boston
Take one of Ptown’s two fast ferry services and take a day trip to Boston. The day trip – leaving on the first ferry from Ptown and the last returning to Ptown – gives you about 4 – 4.5 hours in Boston.
Both Boston ferry docks are close to the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, the Children’s Museum, and Faneuil Hall. If you take a cab, you can visit the North End, Old Ironsides, or the Public Garden. Plus, you and your family will enjoy the ride along the Cape coast. And it’s not unusual for a whale sighting!
Check out Getting to Ptown for information about the ferries.
Provincetown Aquasports sells and rents kayaks and stand up paddle boards.
When: 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week for the season.
Where: 333R Commercial Street Unit 1, (Behind The Squealing Pig restaurant) | Directions
Flyer’s Boat Yard
About: In business now for more than 70 years, Flyer’s rents kayaks, sailboats, and powerboats. Additionally, Flyers offers sailing lessons for students of all ages. Their two-hour hands-on lessons give kids the confidence they need to start sailing.
Flyer’s also runs a boat shuttle to Long Point Lighthouse beach. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day on this remote and peaceful beach. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes from 9 am – 5 pm. There are two departure locations: MacMillan Pier, Boat Slip # 8, or Flyer’s Boat Yard at 131 Commercial St.
When: 8am – 6pm
Where: Flyer’s Boat Yard, 131 Commercial St | Directions
About: Venture Athletics rents kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. They also run Naturalist tours, led by an ACA certified guides and the Director of Marine Education from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. Groups of 6 or more may be scheduled by appointment.
Hours: 9am – 6pm, weather permitting.
Where: Beach end of Whalers Wharf, 237 Commercial Street | Directions
Since Ptown is surrounded on three sides by the ocean, there are numerous places to enjoy the sand, sun and salt water. We’ve divided the beaches into Ocean-side and Harbor.
Herring Cove Beach
Herring Cove Beach extends along the western shore of Provincetown from Long Point to Hatches Harbor. Because the beach curls around Provincetown, the waters are calmer and more suited for younger children than Race Point beach. Lifeguards monitor the beach from the right of the Pavilion small stretch of “New Beach” as the locals call it.
Parking is conveniently located in the middle of the beach, providing plenty of room for all the vacationers.
The site includes a Pavilion with modern restroom facilities and bath house showers, as well as a concession stand, Farland on the Beach, which sells food and drink.
Hatches Harbor requires some walking – or an off-road vehicle permit – to reach, but it’s worth the effort. It’s generally less crowded and offers a wonderful tidal area. The Race Point Lighthouse is at the tip of this beach. This lighthouse is open to the public to climb up to the top. It’s a very short climb.
Walking: You can access walking one of two ways:
- From Herring Cove: Enter at Herring Cove Beach to the right of the Pavilion, and walk towards the lighthouse. This walk is the shorter of the two, but you have to be mindful of the tides. Getting to and from Hatches Harbor from Herring Cove may require wading through water at high tide.
- Fire road in the National Seashore Park:
Off-road vehicle permit: Visit the National Parks website for costs and requirements.
Race Point Beach
Race Point Beach stretches from Hatches Harbor down toward Truro. Parking is available and it’s a short walk to the main beach are.
Because of its Northern exposure, the waves tend to be rougher, and there can be an undertow. Lifeguards are on duty on the stretch of the beach nearest the parking lot. However, it’s advisable for children and more inexperienced swimmers to stay in the shallow areas.
The plus of the Northern exposure is that the sun shines on the beach the entire day.
If you decide you and the family have had enough of the beach, you can always visit the Province Lands Visitors Center on your way back, and catch the spectacular 360 degree views of Provincetown and Outer Cape.
The Harbor beaches are easily accessed, and close to town – with the exception of Long Point Beach. However, check for warnings about water quality, which will be posted at the entrance to these beaches.
The staff at Ptownevents.com are swimmers, swimming in the West End harbor most days during the summer. Warning are rare in the West End.
Long Point Beach
Consider making your to the very tip of the Cape – Long Point. Pack a picnic lunch – and plenty of water – and spend the day on this remote and peaceful beach. Built in 1826, and rebuilt in 1875, Long Point Light is an unmanned lighthouse that marks the entrance to Provincetown Harbor. The adjacent oil house was built in 1904. If you walk further down this secluded beach, you’ll come upon Wood End Lighthouse.
A shuttle boat is available to Long Point, or you can hike the West End Breakwater, known as the jetty.
Boat Shuttle: Flyer’s Boat Rentals offers a shuttle across the harbor. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes from 9 am – 5 pm. There are two departure locations: MacMillan Pier, Boat Slip # 8, or Flyer’s Boat Yard at 131 Commercial St.
Hike: To make the hike, go to the jetty – or West End Breakwater – at 1 Commercial Street, the very end of the street in the West End. (Map) Walk across the water to the outer beach. Hike east toward the lighthouse. The trip will take a good 1.5 hours each way. Be sure to bring water and pack a snack or lunch. Wear footwear that has traction since the rocks can be slippery at times.
Important: Very high tides can cover a portion of the jetty. Check this tide chart to plan your trip accordingly!
Provincetown Inn Beach
There’s a small beach behind Provincetown Inn that is open to the public. High tide isn’t a problem at this beach since the beach extends far above the tide line.
Parking is more difficult since the jetty and Pilgrims First Landing Park are located nearby. There are some free spaces around the park, and metered spaces between the Red Inn and Provincetown Inn.
West End Landing Beach
This small beach is a favorite, and it can get crowded at high tide due to the high tide line. It includes a launching ramp for boats, but it’s a very family-friendly beach.
Johnson St Landing
Located off the Johnson St parking lot, this beach extends eastward pretty much to the eastern town line. This beach is nice for a walk, especially at low tide. You can often walk quite a distance and out quite far into the harbor. High tide covers most of the beach, so be sure to check the tide chart.
401 Commercial St Landing
This entrance is further down the east end at 401 1/2 Commercial St, next to Yolqueria. It’s the same beach that’s accessible from the Johnson St parking lot, so again, it’s a great beach for a long walk at low tide. Tide Chart
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
What: The Pilgrim Monument commemorates the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims, their arrival and stay in Provincetown Harbor, and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. It is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. The Pilgrim Monument commemorates the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims, their arrival and stay in Provincetown Harbor, and the signing of the Mayflower Compact.
It is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States: 252 feet, 7.5 inches (77 meters) tall and rises 350 feet above sea level. The walk to the top on 116 steps and 60 ramps only takes about 10 minutes at a leisurely pace.
The Provincetown Museum is a charming mix of the old and the new. The permanent exhibits retain the charm of an old-fashioned history museum. Exhibits highlight the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history, the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown, and the building of the monument.
Cost: Tickets available on site or buy online.
- Children (4 – 12): $4.00
- Adults: $12.00
- Seniors (65+): $10.00
When: Daily, 9 am – 7 pm
Where: 1 High Pole Hill Road | Directions
Rose Dorothea Schooner: Provincetown Public Library
About: While the library isn’t a museum, it houses a half-scale model of the fishing schooner, Rose Dorothea. The Rose Dorothea was built as a tribute to the fishermen of Provincetown and to New England’s ship-building tradition.
In addition to its extensive book and media collection, the library’s art collection is displayed throughout the museum floors. This collection contains works from some of Provincetown’s most notable artists.
Wander through this wonderful building and enjoy the beautiful schooner and their collection.
Mon & Fri: 10 am to 5 pm
Tue – Thu: 10 am to 8 pm
Sat & Sun: 1 pm to 5 pm
Where: 356 Commercial St | Directions
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
About: The Provincetown Art Association and Museum is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural institution that fuses the creative energy of America’s oldest active art colony with the natural beauty of outer Cape Cod that has inspired artists for generations.
- Adults: $10.00
- Children 12 and under: FREE
Fridays after 5 pm – Free admission for everyone
Mon – Thu, 11 am – 8 pm
Fri, 11 am – 10 pm
Sat, 11 am – 6 pm
Sun, 11am – 5 pm
Where: 460 Commercial St | Directions