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Looking for a Summer Weekend Getaway From New York? Take a Seaplane to Provincetown.

New York City News Airports + Flying
by Olivia Harden May 11, 2022

If you’re looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of New York this summer, a trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts, is what you’re looking for. But driving from Manhattan to Provincetown is quite the trek, taking anywhere from five to nine hours, depending on traffic. Tailwind has a solution: going from Manhattan to Provincetown via seaplane.

A flight on Tailwind from Manhattan to Provincetown significantly cuts down on the amount of time it takes to get there — down to only about an hour and 45 minutes. Seaplanes are small, offer more privacy than a larger plane, and can take off from a dock and land the same way. Tailwind also offers flights now from Boston to Provincetown, which takes only 25 to 35 minutes to get there.

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“We are the only seaplane operator in the Northeast with scheduled commuter service, allowing a semiprivate, super-fast experience to hard-to-reach popular summer destinations, while also continuing to serve our core Manhattan to Boston Harbor customers,” said Peter Manice, Tailwind Air co-founder and director of scheduled services, in a news release.

Provincetown has plenty to do this summer. The town on the tip of Cape Cod is often referred to as the country’s “gay summer capital,” making it a great destination to visit in June during Pride month. Herring Cove Beach is a popular outdoor spot with a lesbian and gay section. The town also hosts several themed weeks throughout the summer, including July 4th, Carnival, Girl Splash, and Bear Week. Guests on the island can also visit Commercial Street, which houses many art galleries, restaurants, clothing stores and live show venues.

Tailwind’s seaplane service opens on May 25 and closes on September 6, 2022. Tickets are now available for purchase. Prices vary depending on where you’re headed, but note that the best way to get to Provincetown doesn’t come cheap.

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