Sailing daily from MacMillan Wharf and stretching 39 feet lengthwise and 16 feet abeam, the Coast Guard–approved Viking Princess accommodates up to 42 passengers and two crewpersons per cruise. Several different cruise formats introduce water wanderers to coastal views of varying sites, such as Cape Cod’s prime real estate, well-known lighthouses, and hidden Provincetown gems. The Princess also embarks on festive holiday-themed voyages, such as Fourth of July or Tax Day cruises. Cape Cod Life's 2010 Gold winner for Best Kids' Activity, the Critter Cruise invites wee ones to pull up lobster pots and bottom dredges from the waters and safely inspect and handle the findings— such as blue fish, sea turtles, or humpback whales—alongside an expert naturalist. The Princess is wide enough to facilitate groups dancing to the sounds of the ship’s overhead stereo or to the tunes of local musicians during live-music cruises.
Captain Mike, a Coast Guard?licensed boater, takes singles, pairs, and groups of three onto the water in a boat built in 2011 and checked daily for safety. Parasailers prep for their ascent by strapping into equipment garnered from the world's leading parasail equipment manufacturers. A multicolored parachute then pulls them soaring into the blue firmament for a thrilling ride and views typically only seen while inside a paper airplane.
The six different parasailing experiences cater to varying tastes, with the Wet 'n' Wild option guaranteeing a dunk in the water and the Elevator Gone Mad flight promising patrons a quick shot into the air before falling gently back to earth. For another means of taking in the sights, the crew sets up beach-goers with safe, speedy jet skis that can hold up to three passengers.
In November of 1620, a modest sailing ship touched the shores of what would become Provincetown, bearing a group of Pilgrims who would create and sign the Mayflower Compact. Both the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum were built to commemorate that historic event and preserve Provincetown history for future generations.
Eye Catcher: The Pilgrim Monument was dedicated in 1910 to the Mayflower Pilgrims. Standing 252 feet tall, it's the tallest US structure made of granite. Visitors can venture up the 116 steps and 60 ramps to the top, a full 350 feet above sea level.
Permanent Mainstay: Many of the exhibits celebrate the area's maritime history, such as the recreation of a 19th-century sea captain's quarters at sea. Others celebrate the area's culture, including the Art Colony, American Theatre, Admiral MacMillan?s voyages, and much more
Don't Miss: FORGOTTEN PORT: Provincetown?s Whaling Heritage, a special exhibit through November 30
Past Exhibits: The Playwright of Peaked Hill Bars told the tale of how Eugene O'Neill's early life in Provincetown impacted his creative voice.
Special Programs: In the summertime, the museum sponsors weekly historical walking tours of the surrounding area. At the end of November, in a century-old tradition, they light up the during a lighting ceremony that celebrates the Pilgrims' 1620 landing.
The Cape Cod Museum of Art celebrates the work of artists from Cape Cod, southeastern Massachusetts, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard, many of whom achieved lasting influence around the globe. Highlights from the museum's seven galleries include plein-air paintings by John Joseph Enneking and Joseph Eliot Enneking ? famed American Impressionists ? and an original piece by Hans Hofmann, the Provincetown artist some call the father of Abstract Expressionism.?
Of course, not all kinds of art hang neatly on walls; the museum also features an extensive outdoor sculpture garden, a screening room showing independent films, and ceilings primed and ready for whenever someone invents floating antigravity canvases. The museum's staff always looks for new and varied kinds of work to add to their collection, even from amongst visitors: they use their space to run year-round art classes for adults and children, cultivating the very local talent that their galleries celebrate.
Such scenes, part of Cape Cod?s natural magic, are not lost on Bob Wilds. A retired whale watcher, Bob resides in the Cape year-round. He founded Great Marsh Kayak Tours in hopes of sharing the beauty that surrounds him daily. Bob leads family-friendly adventures, such as the Naturalist?s Dream tour, which immerses groups in the majestic salt marshes and explores how early Cape Cod settlers used this environment to survive. All tours employ the services of the Esperanto, a comfy, easy-to-paddle kayak with ample storage capacity for personal belongings and the native kettle chips found floating in the water.
In 1958, Ryan Family Amusements founder James A. Ryan opened a simple, eight-lane bowling alley, planting the foundation for a slew of entertainment centers throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. At 10 locations, visitors enjoy a variety of arcade and skill games in addition to traditional candlepin, tenpin, or duckpin bowling. Every Friday and Saturday evening from 9 p.m. until midnight, bowling lanes take on an incandescent glow, allowing bowlers to experience futuristic entertainment without the inconvenience of rising jetpack-fuel prices. Bumper bowling is available for younger players, and an onsite concession stand refreshes responsible adults with glasses of beer and wine (though not available at Cape Cod Mall, Newport, or Oak Bluffs locations).