Explore Provincetown by Bike
A guide to Provincetown, accessible by bicycle.
Whether bringing your own bike or renting one while in town, you’ll want to ditch the car to truly explore Provincetown, Massachusetts. A weekend of biking in Provincetown starts with an early ride through the incredible Cape Cod National Seashore. This 7.3-mile paved trail winds around the Province Lands - delicate and breathtaking dunes that shelter the town from the North Atlantic. Keep an eye out for any box turtles that may cross your path, as they nest and lay their eggs on the Seashore.
If you prefer to rent a bike during your stay, stopping in at Provincetown Bike Rentals is particularly useful. This bike rental shop is conveniently located a short ride from Herring Cove.
Once you’ve decided whether you’d like to rent for the day or the entire weekend, set out for a ride through the Province Lands and choose to ride up to Herring Cove, or further down to Race Point Beach. This relatively flat and easy trail winds through sand dunes to the visitor’s center where riders can stop in for more information on the National Sea Shore before heading back into town.
When you work your way back from the Seashore, Provincetown Bike Rentals owner Mike Riley suggests riding up Commercial Street to Lopes Square in the heart of Provincetown for breakfast. “There’s the Coffee Pot, as well as the Post Office Café,” Riley says. “Don’t sit around the square, though. Go out to the pier to sit and eat, and watch the fishermen come in.” For the best views of the Cape, the Pilgrim Monument overlooks the center of town and is easily accessible by bike.
A tour to the top will reward you with spectacular 360 views of Cape Cod Bay as well as a refreshing ocean breeze. You can learn more about the Pilgrim Monument as well as the first pilgrim landings in Massachusetts when you stop at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Useful information on where to find public restrooms, the best places to park, and a map of local bike trails can be found at the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce, just down the road.
For a weekend afternoon ride, Riley suggests venturing just outside the limits of Provincetown for a rewarding wine-tasting tour. Truro Vineyards, less than 6 miles by bike, will treat you with a tour of the vineyards as well as a special selection of locally made wines.
Relax for the afternoon in the vineyard retreat before heading back into Provincetown for a fantastic sunset. When deciding where to turn in for the night, cozy bed & breakfasts can be found on any street corner.
For B&Bs of 6 rooms or less, Riley recommends the John Randall House, or The Gas Lamp. You can also turn in at the 8 Dyer Hotel if you prefer a stay on a quiet street near Commercial and Bradford Street.
By Digital Content Coordinator, GREG MILLER
Photo Credit: Nina Cantor, Anthony Fuccillo (Provincetown Chamber of Commerce), Mike Rilley (Provincetown Bike Rentals)
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