Updated: Jun 17, 2018
June 28th, 1970 marked the very first gay pride parade. It was the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots. The Stonewall Inn was a haven for gays and lesbians. It was the only place where they could show love for one another and slow dance. The uprising lasted for three days. Those who participated knew they could not let the moment pass. They were changing the direction of the gay movement. Fast forward decades later where the entire month of June celebrates the impact the LGBT community has had in the world. In honor of Pride Month, we will be giving a brief family-friendly overview of Provincetown, MA.
Provincetown is a multigenerational, multiracial, multicultural, open-arms community. And every year the Family Equality Council and Colage host a family week for LGBTQ families from all over the world. The event will be from July 28th through August 4th this year. The agenda is quite vast for parents and kids alike. Check out the list of proposed events here. Colage offers a week-long camp for kids ages 7+. Find their calendar here. If you are looking for an inclusive community experience, Family Week is it. Want to venture off the beaten path during Family Week? Cannot make it that week? Rest assure, Provincetown is home to some of the best restaurants, art galleries, shops, historical landmarks, and nature experiences anyone could desire.
Mother Nature. There are over 40 miles of sandy beaches in P'town. Your family could spend your entire vacation here if you wanted. Building sandcastles, laying in the sun (with sunscreen...sunburns are our bodies' fashion faux pas), searching for buried treasure, the fun doesn't stop there. Be sure to check out the marshes, dunes, head out to sea on a fish charter, or search for Dory's large-mammal friend on a whale tour. In the evenings, you can even spot some seals near shore as the boats come in to dock.
History. Did you know that Provincetown is home to where the Pilgrims first landed before settling in Plymouth? The Mayflower Compact was signed here in 1620. Visit the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum to learn more and climb to the top of the country's tallest granite structure. Play enthusiast? In the early 1900's, playwrights and actors would gather at a converted shed, named the Provincetown Playhouse, to put on plays. They were called the Provincetown Players. One of the most famous playwrights to participate was Eugene O'Neill, who managed to snag a Nobel Prize in literature and a Pulitzer Prize for drama. Offshore, Provincetown has been the sight for hundreds of shipwrecks dating back to the 1830's. Search for treasures washed ashore when touring some of P'town's lighthouses.
Eating and Shopping. Commercial Street has it all. Ice cream, salt water taffy, lobster rolls, burgers, clam chowder, or pretty much anything you and your little ones are in the mood for, you'll find it on Commercial Street. Pop into one of the many art galleries, souvenir shops, and quaint boutiques along your stroll down this street too.
Lodging. What is convenient about Provincetown is that everything is within walking distance. Depending on what you prefer, the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce offers a thorough list of family-friendly locations - imagine waking up in a lighthouse!
We hope this quick introduction to Provincetown gets you excited about your upcoming visit or entices you to plan your next family getaway there.
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