Originally founded in 1892 and constructed from 1907 to 1910, the Pilgrim Monument is a national monument that is not wildly known. It is commonly taught that Plymouth Rock was the first landing of the Pilgrims; however, after visiting this monument, you'll learn that this wasn’t the case. In November of 1620, the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown and spent about five weeks exploring the tip of Cape Cod before heading to Plymouth.
As you enter the monument, there is the Provincetown museum that has exhibits that highligh the arrival of the Mayflower, the town’s history, the early days of modern American theater at Provincetown, and the building of the Pilgrim Monument.
The Pilgrim Monument is a beautiful tower that stands 252-feet tall. It is known as the tallest granite structure in the United States with its 116 steps and 60 ramps to get to the top. Should you decide to make the trip, there are no elevators available, and it takes about 10 minutes to climb to the top. As you climb the stairs and ramps, you'll notice there are many interior stones that were donated by cities, towns and organizations from across the country. Once at the top, there is a lookout that goes all the way around the monument. Enclosed with granite walls and large, closed barred windows, it is very safe for children to walk around and take in the views. The views up top spread miles out across the town and ocean.
The grounds at this monument are quite lovely with a large tree and multiple benches that look out to the ocean. From May to October, this beautiful area is available for rentals for weddings or other event.
There is parking available for $15, which grants a free adult admissions ticket into the monument. The monument is only a few blocks away from the popular downtown area, so parking could also be an option if there is no additional parking elsewhere. The admissions fee is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $4 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children under 4 years old.
The Pilgrim Monument is a beautiful landmark that has a tremendous amount of history to offer. Although it is not ADA-accessible, it is a great historic destination that should be visited.