I went to Provincetown on a Fast Ferry boat that runs from Boston It leaves the World Trade Center dock on a daily schedule. Boats are not the only way to Provincetown. There are motor coach bus routes and charters going there too.
I stepped off the fast ferry and headed to the Provincetown Sightseeing Trolley Tour ticket window to sightsee the town. It is right there on the wharf. I had traveled with a group of professional tour and leisure concierges from Boston, courtesy of Brush Hill Transportation Gray Line Tours. These people don’t like to recommend things to do unless they have been there. This was our collective moment to get to know who sells what in Provincetown to plan trips. I stopped off at the library, which is an amazing tourist attraction itself. On the second floor I scoured books about early African American live on the Cape and there were many to read.
I had never been to this part of Massachusetts before. This speed boat was exciting. Along the way, we zipped past islands surrounding Boston. We out ran huge ocean bound oil and cargo ships. The ferry was equipped with comfortable lounge chairs inside and out. There’s a bar and sun deck. At the speed we were going it felt fast – very fast! The weather was sunny but the wind was a bit cold. I hung out on the deck facing forward as long as I could before reentering the cabin to warm up.
We got to Provincetown in about 53 minutes. We offloaded and walked up to the pre-arranged trolley tour passenger service station near the wharf. Business was booming all along the wharf. You will see signs for taking fishing trips and sail boat rides. A lot of things are being sold to you as you walk that plank. I saw Black people running the trolley business, checking tickets, assisting with boarding and such. I had seen the same thing on Nantucket Island where the public bus transportation system is mostly staffed by Black people with various dialects and accents.
Once we boarded the trolley bus it rolled at a fast clip passing street walkers who waved and cheered. The windows were all down and if we wanted to, we could lean out and touch a flag pole or slap a tourist on the head. The bus was that close to the curb. I felt like a little boy riding in an oversized fun wagon. The wooden seats on the trolley bus added to the enjoyment. There are some cute storefronts in Provincetown/ Art galleries are everywhere. Eventually the trolley bus ended up way outside downtown on a country road where when you looked out the window to the left, there was the ocean. The main attraction of Provincetown’s natural resources is the Cape Cod National Sea Shore.
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Provincetown is at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The seaside town is on the site of the Mayflower’s landing in 1620, commemorated by the towering Pilgrim Monument and neighboring Provincetown Museum. P-town is known as a longtime haven for artists, lesbians and gay men. Numerous galleries plus restaurants, nightclubs, cabarets and specialty shops are clustered on and around lively Commercial Street ― this was WikiPedia’s description and I think its right.