Provincetown Facts

Provincetown, cr-Wikipedia

Provincetown, cr-Wikipedia


Total area:                               17.47 sq. miles

Total land area:                     9.66 sq miles

Year round population       3,500

Seasonal population            30,000

Provincetown is home to:

  • America’s oldest art colony
  • Legendary theater, including the birthplace of modern American theater and the contemporary Provincetown Theater featuring new & innovative production.
  • Incredible dune shacks, where famous artists and writers, including Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams, sought inspiration
  • Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony offering fellowship and creative writing workshops in Norman’s house where he lived for over 25 years
  • Province Lands National Seashore (Cape Cod National Seashore) and some of some of America’s best beaches, bike trails, and nature walks
  • 250 species of birds and water fowl making for a bird watcher’s paradise
  • The Dolphin Fleet Whale Watches featuring excursions to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and incredible whale sightings.
  • Old Harbor Life Saving Station at Race Point; one of 13 original life saving stations on Cape Cod and the only station where life saving history is preserved.
  • The Pilgrim Monument, which commemorates the Pilgrim’s first landing, and is also America’s tallest granite structure.  Visitors are able to climb to the top of the Monument for incredible views of the town and the harbor.
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), which was founded in 1914 to collect, exhibit and honor the work of Provincetown’s artists.  Today, it houses one of the most important 20th century American art collections and was the first LEED certified museum in the U.S.
  • The Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) where hundreds of artists participate in the renowned fellowship program and attend workshops for the visual arts and creative writing.
  • The Gallery District comprising dozens of galleries featuring work by local artists
  • “World famous” Commercial Street brimming with 200+ shops, restaurants, art galleries, street performers and night clubs
  • Over 80 unique bed and breakfasts and hotels at all price points
  • Fourth of July fireworks celebration on Provincetown Harbor
  • Carnival Week in August, week-long Gay Pride celebrations and Mardi Gras parade


  • Best beaches in America:  Herring Cove and Race Point
  • “Best Museum”: Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum by Cape Cod Life Magazine (2008)
  • Best Gay Resort Town by PlanetOut (May 2006 & May 2007) & Out Traveler (November/December 2005); Top Five Gay-Friendly Destinations by Travel Industry Association of America – December 2006; Named Top Five Gay Resort Towns by Out and About Travel Awards – 2005; Best Summer Vacation Destination by Lavendar Magazine – 2006; one of the “50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live” in Gregory Kompes’ book by the same name (2005); Favorite Resort Town by the travel awards-2005-2009;

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