Seriously. Do it. You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy a trolley tour, and you’ll probably learn something you didn’t know along the way. And if you’re visiting Provincetown, there’s no better introduction than to get an overview of the town, past and present, before delving into the wonders of Commercial Street and the beaches yourself.
A subsidiary of the Bay State Cruise Company, which brings you the fast ferries from Boston, the Mayflower Trolley runs several times a day from two locations: mornings and afternoons out on MacMillan pier, and afternoons behind Art’s Dune Tours on Standish Street. Can’t make it down the pier? They’ll pick you up.
For $20—a bargain—you’ll take a 50-minute narrated tour down Commercial Street and out into the Seashore on a 10-mile loop. Tour guides are all about Ptown’s history, eccentricities, and quirkiness, and are able to answer most questions, including the classic, “What do you do with the Monument in the winter?” (I’m not telling you the answer. Take the tour.)
Bay State Cruise Company’s Michael Glasfeld and Mayflower Trolley’s Raphael Richter are “amazing to work with,” says trolley driver and tour guide Pat Medina. “They’re flexible in accommodating the needs of the public and of their workers, and they treat everyone with respect.”
This isn’t Medina’s first experience: she worked for the now-defunct Provincetown Trolley for 23 years before spending the past two with Mayflower, and is excited about what she does. “I am in love with Ptown and the National Seashore,” she says. “I love its history, I love its people, the ebb and flow of the tours… there’s no greater joy than to share that with people and helping them understand who we really are.”
Sounds like a plan.
Mayflower Trolley in Provincetown