Day 1 You'll See:
- Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
- Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise
- Commercial Street at Provincetown
Day 2 You'll See:
Get ready for two great days in Cape Cod, this fun, quick trip allowing you to see the best local attractions, from the best shopping in historic Provincetown to the most exciting and educational oceanic wildlife opportunities with Woods Hole!
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Learn all about the Mayflower Pilgrims first landing in the New World in 1620 by visiting the Pilgrim Monument, the 252-foot granite monument that is considered to be the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Climb to the top like the millions of other visitors over the past 100 years and learn about how President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone here in 1907, and then about how President Taft officially dedicated the tower later in 1910. After you've climbed the tower head down to the Provincetown Museum, the building first built in 1910 to 'educate the public about Provincetown's role in Pilgrim history and American history'.
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise
Get ready for a spectacular whaling adventure with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises. This company has over 30 years of experience showing guests the marine residents of Cape Cod waters, with an average of a 99% sighting rate. The waters of Cape Cod have been consistently ranked as one of the World's Top 10 Whale Watching Destinations. During your cruise, you will see mostly Mysticetes/Baleen whales, vs Odontocetes/Toothed Whales. Baleen whales you may see include Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Right Whales, Humpbacks, or Minke. Your onboard naturalist will explain these creatures as you see them, providing 'engaging, entertaining, and educational narrative' throughout your cruise.
Commercial Street at Provincetown
This 3-mile stretch holds numerous noteworthy attractions, historic sites, and places to shop. Explore all the restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, local shops, and art galleries throughout the area with your group, then spend some time relaxing and people watching on any of the many waterfront patios (the views are unbeatable)! When it comes to shopping you will be able to find unique local souvenirs, books, jewelry, furniture, and other gifts. Some shops to try and visit include Atlantic Accents, Cabot's Candy of Cape Cod, Cool as a Mouse, and Monty's of Provincetown. Next, grab an ice cream cone or a more substantial bite to eat at places such as The Nut House, Provincetown Portuguese Bakery, or Mac's Fish House.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Educational, fascinating, and better yet, free, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium is a must-see stop on any Cape Cod trip! Stop by and see seals rollicking in their habitats, visit the touch pools and see lobsters and sea stars up close, or explore the science of marine biology via the educational exhibits showcasing bones and fossils. Most of the animals housed here find their natural homes in New England, including the Atlantic fish such as haddock and white bass, or the strange looking blue lobsters. You can visit the only outdoor habitat to see the seals, or learn more about the ocean and its inhabitants through the "dry exhibits" and more!
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Stop by WHOI's Ocean Science Discovery Center and Gift Shop, the institution's educational facility that teaches them about the institute's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by the WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research. Explore various exhibits and programs, such as the interactive exhibit on the discovery and exploration of the Titanic. Step inside a full-size model of the inner sphere of Alvin, learn about sea-floor pressure, and explore life at hydrothermal vents. You will also have the chance to learn about toxic algae such as Red Tide, see a sediment core from the ocean floor and learn about how it relates to climate change, and much more