MacMillan Wharf
MacMillan Wharf
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KeithLampmanPerlman
Provincetown, MA89 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The wharf is filled with tourists coming and going on the two ferries to/from Boston. Just that, is often a sight to see!
It is lined with boats (a couple of yachts, in season), kids swimming, shacks where artists sell their crafts, and excursion opportunities.
Written December 15, 2019
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,983 contributions
May 2019 • Family
The wharf itself was just average for us. There were small shacks selling locally produced items, some decent places for group photos (I.e. a large whale statue and a bench with a backdrop of fishnets and buoys), a view of Provincetown, a big pay parking lot (park for free at the Pilgrim monument instead of paying the flat rate here), trucks with their loads of lobster cages, and rusting equipment. We spent maybe 15 minutes here before heading back to the main walking areas in Provincetown.
Written May 22, 2019
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Brandon R
Enfield, CT432 contributions
Aug 2010
I think it sad that nobody has reviewed this necessary and extremely useful Provincetown landmark. While it is merely a conduit to many activities, the beautiful restoration that was done about a decade ago, turned this multi-use property into a gentle work of art.

While fishing vessels, sailboats, whale watch boats, pleasure cruises, high-speed ferries, and such, are the expected users of a maritime wharf, this wharf also houses the Whydah Museum, which is home to authentic relics from a real pirate vessel, as well as several small artist sheds, from which local artisans showcase their wares. The end of the pier, near the Ferry launch, is often home to concerts, bazaars, themed events, even weddings, and the numerous comfortable benches allow for photography, thoughtful sea viewings, even nighttime strolls in the gentle breezes.

Local and visiting kids are ofen spotted jumping cannonballs into the water or skateboarding up the boards, and fishermen, fresh with the day's catch, can be spotted with what might be the next day's daily specials. The harbormaster's office building houses restrooms, which people fresh off sailing cruises or whale watches will appreciate.

The first thing many visitors see (as so many arrive via ferry or bus, and the buses arrive right in front of the wharf), deserves to be at least mentioned for its simple beauty, its multi-use functionality, and its legacy in a town reliant upon its water access.
Written March 29, 2011
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thedeb W
Boston, MA143 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
I love MacMillan Wharf because it isn't a disneyfied, shiny perfectly clean fake pier. It is a real working fish pier. There are old boats that go out every day, and bring back real fish. That is on the left side as you walk out the pier. On the right side are boats for hire to go out fishing and the Dolphin Fleet to go Whale watching! There are also little shacks along the pier selling artwork and Italian ice... walk to the end and take a look across the water at the photo exhibit of fisherman's wives "They too, faced the sea". I took my niece who is 14 and she was fascinated to look at the water and see to the bottom. We could see fish and sea urchins very clearly.
Written May 31, 2016
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Woopiedo
New England160 contributions
Oct 2012 • Solo
Walk out on the Wharf late at night in summer and watch people fishing for squid. Very unique expereince.
Written October 24, 2012
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mindanao15
New York City, NY22 contributions
Aug 2019
In Ptown's artist-colony heyday, artists would line MacMillan Wharf the way they do the outskirts of Central Park, ready to proffer a portrait for eager tourists. Today, there's a line of shacks offering artisan souvenirs -- and no shades above the sporadic benches for those walking the long wharf -- but the main attraction has become the gangways leading to excursions anyway. At the pier's end is a miniature version of the Whydah Pirate Museum (the main collection has decamped to Yarmouth in the old ZooQuarium facility), and along the wharf are entryways to any number of schooner sailing, fishing or whale watching excursions. And in high summer season, the boat-watching is abundant with 100-foot yachts parked here and at the adjacent Provincetown Wharf. The Fast Ferry to/from Boston docks at the very end of the pier with a fleet of pedicabs at the ready to take those who don't want to wheel their suitcases down the boardwalk to town. The Town Crier at the town end of the pier in Lopes Square greets walkers and riders alike. The walk back to town offers some gorgeous picture spots in the early morning and evening hours... the Ptown "skyline" is delightful.
Written August 10, 2019
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Herve D
Frisco, TX112 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a nice and short walk but nothing exceptional to see....beside small shops and cruise team trying to sell you a tour. I was expecting something different when I was told to go to the pier....
Written June 26, 2019
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Bill P
Coventry, RI18 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
A bit pricy to park your car, but it is right down town in the middle of all the action. Staff is very helpful and will take good care of you.
Written June 16, 2019
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Robert H
Framingham, MA22 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Ok, it is a working wharf so it may not be on the must see list; but it does have some interesting shops and sites (both boats and the town) would be worthwhile to stroll along the wharf.
Written June 27, 2018
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY6,683 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
The Macmillan Wharf is a very nice place to take a walk and enjoy the harbor view. It's the Provincetown chief gateway with the whale watching tours, fisherman and even an express ferry to Beantown...enjoy!
Written August 13, 2015
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