Cape Cod Maritime Days, Spring Celebration

Visit P-town and the Cape during the month of May, 2012 and enjoy the variety of events celebrating Cape Cod Maritime Days.  Voted one of the Top 100 Events in North America in Destinations magazine, the activities during Maritime Days are sure to bring out the sailor in everyone!  And Provincetown inns welcome you with warm, New-England hospitality during this spring celebration.

Almost 560 miles of Cape Cod coastline brings to focus the Cape’s reliance on the sea, and vice versa.  History spanning from the Pilgrim’s stopping point in 1620 before making their final landing on Plymouth Harbor (commemorated by the recognizable Pilgrim Monument), to its establishment as the prime maritime and fishing/whaling site on Cape Cod in the 1800s, to fishing/whale-watching/leisure vessel activities in modern times has forever tied Provincetown to life made on the water.  The ocean is our history, or present, and our future here on the Cape!

To celebrate this amazing relationship, Provincetown is a very active participation locale in the Maritime Day festivities.  While the event dates are “officially” May 13 through June 10, 2012, Provincetown will be hosting activities through the entire month of May.  This year, over 70 events will be held all along the Cape Cod seashore for Maritime Days, and at least 10 of them are happening right here in Provincetown!

Daily:  Race Point Lighthouse open for visitors.
Daily:  Maritime Manitees film at the Province Lands Visitor Center.
Each Tuesday and Thursday:  Old Harbor Life-Saving Station open house.
May 5, 2012:  Pirates of Cape Cod at the Province Lands Visitor Center.
May 6, 2012:  The City That Lit the World film at the Province Lands Visitor Center.
May 20, 2012:  Tour of Race point Lighthouse and surrounding buildings.
May 20, 2012:  Around Cape Horn film at the Province Lands Visitor Center.
May 24, 2012:  Jim Coogan at the Province Lands Visitor Center telling tales of Cape Cod residents’ sea adventures.
May 26, 2012:  Campfire at Herring Cove Beach, hosted by the Cape Cod National Seashore rangers.
May 30, 2012:  P-Town walking Tour, hosted by the Cape Cod National Seashore rangers.
May 31, 2012:  Author and historian Richard G Ryder speaks on those who have saved lives at the Old Harbor Life-saving Station.

Besides these planned activities in honor of the event, there are plenty more maritime-related things to do in P-town!  Visit the P-Town Center for Coastal Studies to see the marine mammal exhibit, take a P-town Boat Tour, go whale-watching, and (as always) expect to experience some unexpected local happenings for the occasion!

The Innkeepers of The Distinctive Inns of Provincetown are happy to provide your Cape Cod lodging during Maritime Days, and we hope you enjoy your stay!

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