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Tours You Can Take From Provincetown on Your Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 21, 2021

You'll rarely run out of things to see and do when spending your vacation in Provincetown. After all, this is perhaps Cape Cod's liveliest community, and its days and nights are full of activities for all ages.

While you could spend your entire vacation entertaining yourself without much trouble, embarking on a tour at some point during your stay is also a consideration. These tours can take you over land or into the ocean, depending on your preferences, and will give you access to an experienced guide along the way.

How you choose to spend your vacation is up to you, but Provincetown is home to some unique features that make it a great place to explore.

Here's a look at some of the most popular tour operators in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Whale Watching Tours

Some of the most sought-after tours departing from Provincetown are the whale watching vessels. These fleets leave Provincetown Harbor from the MacMillian Pier and generally head north to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. From there, viewing humpbacks, right whales, fin whales, minke whales, dolphins, and porpoises is remarkably common.

The largest of these tour operators is Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch, a company with four large boats and up to 12 departure times per day. This operator offers a whale sighting guarantee and has a very high success rate, as well.

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch has an onboard concession, and the tours take three or four hours to complete, giving you plenty of time to get a sighting in. An experienced naturalist will guide you through the outing and point things out along the way.

SeaSalt Charters is a smaller tour operator offering whale watching voyages from Provincetown. They have private and shared tour options available and also provide fishing charters. You can combine your private whale watching excursion with a deep-sea fishing trip, too.

Keep in mind that SeaSalt Charters only has a single boat, so you'll need to book well in advance if you have your heart set on using them.

Fishing Tours

Another option for doing some deep-sea fishing from Provincetown is Chas'n Tails Fishing Charters, which operates from a 28-foot custom ROS Downeast with an enclosed cabin and plenty of space for your entire group.

The crew will supply your bait and tackle, so you don't have to bring anything with you to the Cape, and they'll even clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day. That way, you can return directly to your vacation rental and cook up the freshest fish imaginable. 

If you take their tuna-catching trip, there's a good chance you'll see some whales on your excursion, too, because the vessel heads to the Stellwagen Bank. Chas'n Tails Fishing Charters also does sunset cruises into Provincetown Harbor, allowing you to end your day in style.

Tour the Dunes

Art's Dune Tours has been in operation for about 75 years and has provided countless Provincetown visitors with memorable experiences in that time.

The company offers daily tours of the Cape Cod National Seashore's protected dunes. These trips are their most popular option. The journey only takes about an hour, so you can quickly experience this one-of-a-kind landscape before carrying on with your day.

Other tours available through Art's Dune Tours include their sunset tours to Race Point Beach, including dinner and a bonfire, and their dune and water tours, which combine the traditional dune tour with kayaking, sailing, or speed boating.

No matter which excursion you select through Art's Dune Tours, you can trust that your day will be a memorable one.

Sailboat Tour

Dog Gone Sailing Charters operates a sailboat out of Provincetown Harbor that will take you on a few different cruise types, depending on your preferences.

Available options include a one-and-a-half-hour trip around the bay, a sunset cruise, a half-day excursion into Herring Cove, or a full-day trip that will take you to the Stellwagen Bank or Wellfleet.

If you love sailing, this tour operator might be an option for you.

Making the Most of Your Trip to Provincetown

There's an abundance of activity in Provincetown, and you might find yourself too busy to take one of these tours. However, they're well worth making time for because you'll get to see some things that most other Cape Cod visitors fail to experience. 

Few locations allow you to get up close to humpbacks and right whales with regular frequency or enjoy a bonfire on the dunes overlooking the ocean. Provincetown's tour operators provide both of those adventures and many more.

Provincetown is unique not only because of its vibrant Commercial Street but also the natural features surrounding it. Booking a vacation rental in this magical part of the world offers you the unprecedented opportunity to get to know this one-of-a-kind community.

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What's Open on Cape Cod?
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, July 27, 2020

There's a lot of uncertainty around the globe, as the COVID-19 pandemic forces closures to numerous businesses and makes air travel far more challenging and risky.

This issue has led to many people putting off their travel plans for the near future, choosing to stay close to home.

If you live somewhere in the Northeast, you're likely within driving distance of Cape Cod, and the good news is that many outdoor venues are open to visitors.

Here's a look at some of the top activities you can participate in while following social distancing protocols and staying safe on Cape Cod.

The Beaches

If you're going to be around people during a COVID-19 outbreak, you should stay outdoors, and the beaches of Cape Cod provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy the weather. All six beaches on the Cape Cod National Seashore are open for visitors, as are other popular destinations like West Dennis Beach, Kalmus Beach, Bank Street Beach, and Breakwater Beach.

Depending on the beach you visit, you can also rent a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or jet ski, giving you even more activities during your time on the Cape.

Cape Cod has enough beach space that you can spread out without feeling overcrowded, allowing you to enjoy your vacation without the risks of higher density locations.

Hiking Trails

There are hiking and walking trails everywhere on Cape Cod, and you can walk all day in some of these areas without encountering another human being. These trails are maintained by groups like Mass Audubon, MassWildlife, the Barnstable Land Trust, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and various local groups, giving you all kinds of variety.

Some of the paths, such as Great Island Trail, go through coastal marshes while others, like the Lowell Holly Reservation, take you through the woods around the area's kettle ponds. Other hiking areas that you'll want to explore include Beebe Woods, Sandy Neck Beach Park, and the Knob, depending on how far you want to walk and your preferred destination.

Bike Paths

The trails on Cape Cod aren't all reserved for hiking, as there are over 114 miles of bike paths to explore that will take you through some of the region's most secluded environments.

The biggest name of this list is the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which runs 25.7 miles between South Yarmouth and South Wellfleet, passing ponds and forests along the way. The trail makes it easy to socially distance while seeing some of the Cape's most beautiful locations.

For a more urban bike ride, you can cycle on the Cape Cod Canal's 7 miles of trails. These paths are on both sides of the canal, as are easily accessible for beginners because they're mostly paved.

In the Falmouth area, the Shining Sea Bikeway takes you from North Falmouth to Woods Hole while providing Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound views. The trail is less than 11 miles long, with numerous access points throughout Falmouth.

Smaller bike trails like Head of Meadow Trail in Truro, Nauset Marsh Trail near Coast Guard Beach, the Chatham Loop, and the Province Lands Trail in Provincetown also provide excellent opportunities to explore Cape Cod's natural environment and avoid the crowds.

Pop-Up Drive-Ins

You might think that going to the movies is out of the question when socially distancing, but Cape Cod has a solution for you: the drive-in.

For years, the Wellfleet Drive-In was the only venue of this nature on the Cape, and it's still the only permanent one. However, there are pop-up drive-ins in West Yarmouth, Hyannis, and Falmouth that provide another way to spend your time in the evening on the Cape.

The cost of these venues varies, but they're generally an affordable way to see a movie without the risk of sitting beside a stranger in a crowded theater.

Fishing and Whale Watching Charters

If you're driving to Cape Cod, you'll have the opportunity to bring a boat with you, if you have one at home. Otherwise, there's still the opportunity to get on the water because numerous fishing and whale watching charters are open for business.

Cape Cod Whale Watch in Provincetown and Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises are operating with enhanced safety protocols, giving you the chance to see rare sea mammals in their natural environment.

As for fishing charters, most of the boats are currently operating, including Affordable Cape Cod Charter Fishing in Chatham, Reel Deal Fishing Charters in Truro, and Helen H Deep Sea Fishing in Hyannis.

Check around because many other charter companies are operating with enhanced sanitizing and safety procedures in effect.

Staying Close to Home

Cape Cod isn't closed for tourism, as many businesses have taken it upon themselves to keep their customers safe during this challenging time.

The Cape's beaches and parks are also open and offer a low-risk destination on your vacation.

Remember that there could be quarantining protocol in effect if you're from outside of Massachusetts, but many other northeastern states are considered "safe" by state officials.

COVID-19 has made travel more difficult, but several of the Cape's top attractions are up and running, giving you the rare opportunity to experience some of the country's most beautiful locations without the crowds.

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