Emergent Gravity :: August 25-29, 2008 / Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Center for Theoretical Physics (6-304)
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Provincetown Excursion

On Wednesday we will escape the Boston heat and will go on a ferry and (optional) bike ride to the sand dunes, beautiful ocean beaches and laid back cafes of Provincetown, on the very tip of Cape Cod. 

An historic fishing port, Provincetown is situated at the tip of Cape Cod in an area of spectacular natural beauty, surrounded by miles of dunes and beaches. Provincetown has a diverse and singular history. The Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown in 1620, and signed the Mayflower Compact, a declaration of self-determination and radical thought that characterizes the history and people of Provincetown, even today. Provincetown has been home to sailors, pirates, fisherman, painters, and authors for centuries.
In the 1800s Provincetown, with the largest and safest natural harbor on the New England coast, was one of the greatest and busiest sea ports in the country. The rich texture of cultural, period, and social influences has produced a sense of place that is uniquely Provincetown. These special qualities have, for over a century, attracted the artists, tourists, and bohemians that have blended with the local population and produced the community's character.

Of course, there will be plenty of time for informal discussions, on the ferry, at the restaurants and cafes of Provincetown, on the bike ride or the beach.  Just bring sunscreen and make sure that you make the ferry back or you'll miss the conference dinner!!

The excursion is free for registered participants.  Companions can be accommodated for $75 but please let us know in advance to secure a spot!

Ferry to Provincetown

We will take the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry from Boston harbor to P'town:

"BHC, Boston's oldest and largest ferry operator, offers the first, fastest and most luxurious 90-minute high speed catamaran service from Beantown to P-Town. You'll enjoy the coast's historic and scenic sites while relaxing in the refreshing sea breeze. Our ferry is the largest and fastest passenger-only catamaran in the U.S., landing in the heart of Provincetown in just 90 minutes".


7.45am:  Coach departs Kendall Hotel

9.00am:  Ferry departs Long Wharf, Boston

10.30am:  Arrive P'town

3.30pm:  Meet at McMillan Wharf, P'town.

4.00pm: Ferry departs P'town

5.30pm: Arrive Long Wharf, Boston.

Coach transfer to Kendall Hotel.

7.00pm: Refreshments served at Legal Sea Foods

7.30pm: Conference Dinner at Legal Sea Foods


Bike tour

Provincetown has several miles of bike paths through the wild and windswept land of dunes and dense woods, ponds and ocean beaches.

It is possible to rent bikes in town ($14 for 2-4 hours) and Olaf will lead a bike tour of the dunes.  It should take about 2 hours and it is a fairly easy paved path through the rolling dunes (see right).  Please let us know if you are interested so we can reserve a bike for you. Availability cannot be guaranteed, this is a first come, first served add-on to the trip!

The cyclists can join the rest for late lunch and the afternoon.  Provincetown is quite compact, with almost all establishments along Commercial St.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place at Legal Sea Foods at 7.30pm. We will serve refreshments and drinks starting at 7.00pm also at Legal Sea Foods. The address of Legal Sea Food is

5 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142

Phone: 617.864.3400

The restaurant is located directly in front of the Kendall hotel:






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