Posted by: 6x6pix | August 22, 2009

Cool Shooting: Fast Ferry to P-Town

We know we can’t fool you into thinking it’ll be any cooler at the beach on days like these. But today’s idea for beating the heat while giving your eye and your camera a workout is more about the journey than the destination. We’re sending you to Provincetown for the day, not by car via stultifying Route 6… but by sea!

Having gotten your sea legs on the George’s Island ferry as we suggested earlier, maybe you’re ready for a glorious 90-minute cruise at speed across open ocean. Granted, there’s not that much to photograph on the boat itself, but you’ll be so busy enjoying the strong, cool wind in your hair, you really won’t mind.

There are two high-speed ferry options to P-Town, Bay State Cruises and Boston Harbor Cruises. Cost and schedules are about the same, so it probably comes down to whether the Seaport dock or Long Wharf is more convenient for you. In either case, the ferries are large and comfortable, with lots of seating inside and outside, as well as bathrooms and a small snack bar. Once beyond the harbor islands, these boats really book along, so no matter how hot and miserable the day is, you will find relief from the heat out on the bow of the boat.

Once in P-Town, the beaches are certainly an option. But Commercial St, the town’s busy main drag, offers quaint shopfronts with hundreds of photogenic details for every photographic interest, as well as endless opportunities for lunching and people shooting. Or people-shooting while lunching, even :-)

If it’s not too hot to move, walk up and down the streets running perpendicular to Commercial to shoot in the tightly-packed, often beautifully-landscaped residential neighborhoods, or head off the beaten path a bit to the  West End, Wood End Lighthouse and the breakwater, or tour the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Whatever you like to shoot, P-town offers plenty of options.

When day is done, board the last ferry home at McMillan Wharf, and enjoy sunset over the ocean on the cool, windy ride back to the city heat. Your wallet will be a little slimmer after this indulgence, but you’ll no doubt feel refreshed and have some great photos to show for it.



  1. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  2. Cheers from New York!

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