Visit Provincetown

Looking for a fun off-season day trip out of Scituate?  Consider visiting Provincetown on the very tip of Cape Cod. While we wouldn’t recommend enduring Cape traffic during the summer, it’s an easy off-season drive. Provincetown is historic, quirky and fun.  The Pilgrims originally landed in Provincetown in 1620, before settling in Plymouth.  The Mayflower Contract was signed in Provincetown and the town has erected a monument to the Pilgrims that dominates the skyline. (

It’s an easy 2 hour drive from Scituate down route 3 and across the Sagamore Bridge

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Along the way, if lighthouses are your thing, stop and see the Cape Cod light and the Highlands ( in Truro.  The lighthouse was commissioned by President George Washington.  It was moved 100 yards inland 30 years ago as its cliff edge home became unstable. You can climb to the top of the light for a spectacular view, and watch a movie about the moving process.

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The Highland house is co-located next to the Cape Cod light.  Ptown is less than 30 minutes from the Highlands.  Follow your GPS to Commercial Street and park near the pier ($4 per hour). 

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Start your visit in Ptown with a bit more history, and walk 2 blocks to the base of the Pilgrim Monument on High Pole Hill.  Ride the funicular on Bradford St ($20 including tower admission) to the museum & tower, re-learn the Pilgrim story and get a workout climbing 116 steps to the top!

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Commercial Street is lined with restaurants, boutique shopping, art studios, and tourist trinkets. There is something for everyone, Repurposed ( is especially unique.  The art studios on Commercial Street and along the pier are wonderful stops for art lovers of all types. 

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Lunch at Café Heaven ( can’t be beat.  Try the rosemary ham, provolone, arugula and fig jam sandwich!  Dessert at Provincetown Fudge Factory, ( hit the spot after lunch.  Their world-famous peanut butter cups are decadent, and the fudge is homemade, creamy and smooth.

With shopping bags in hand, full tummies and a renewed appreciation of early US history, it’s time to make the drive back to beautiful Scituate.