Things to do on a rainy day in Provincetown

Rainbow over Provincetown

Sometimes it does rain in paradise! But that means rainbows - and an opportunity to check out indoor fun that you may not have otherwise experienced if you’d spent the day at the beach.

Grab an umbrella and head out to Commercial Street.


There are so many unique shops in town that it can be a bit overwhelming. Check these out:


  • Tim’s Used Books, 242 Commercial Street (down the walkway)

  • Provincetown Bookshop, 246 Commercial Street

  • Provincetown Public Library Book Sale, 356 Commercial Street (foyer & lower level). Browse the book carts for some incredible deals on hardcover and paperback books that you’d pay much more for elsewhere.

  • East End Books, 389 Commercial Street. Curated selection with visits, talks, and signings by local and national authors.


There are over 60 galleries throughout town, and these are my favorites:

History & Exhibits

  • Edith Windsor Exhibition Hall at The Commons (free), 46 Bradford Street. Rotating exhibits of art by local artists.

  • Town Hall Art Collection (free), 260 Commercial Street. The town offices are chock full of amazing paintings and history exhibits. Check out the auditorium upstairs to see the stunningly restored space that was purpose-built to seat 700+ voters for the annual Town Meeting. Open from 9 am to 5 pm M-Th, 9 am to 12 pm on Friday (closed weekends).

  • Provincetown Public Library Art Collection (free), 356 Commercial Street. Grab the printed guide at the circulation desk for a self-guided tour of the art hanging throughout the library. (Opens at 10 am weekdays, 1 pm on weekends)

  • PAAM (Provincetown Art Association & Museum), 460 Commercial Street

  • Province Lands Visitor Center (free), Race Point Road. You’ll need to take the shuttle bus ($2 from MacMillan Pier), ride your bike, hike, or drive. Daily films, talks, and a permanent exhibit on the animals and plants of the park.

  • Provincetown Museum, at the Pilgrim Monument, 1 High Pole Hill Rd. Local history, from the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620 through to the present day.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep you busy while a storm passes. Don’t forget to look for a rainbow over town as the rain stops - the best vantage point is usually from the harbor beaches.

Rik Ahlberg