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“P-Town,” which is perched on the very tip of Cape Cod, started to attract gays and lesbians in the 1960s when it was predominantly a colony for eccentric artists, radical politicos and anyone else who shunned the status quo. Today, Gay Provincetown is a diverse playground – specifically during the summer months—where gays and lesbians mingle with straight tourists. Among straight couples walking hand-in-hand, you’ll see LGBTQ couples pushing strollers and twenty-something gay club-kids ready to party. P-Town has always been known as a town that embraces its LGBTQ following and welcomes travelers from all over the world, so don’t hesitate to use our gay and lesbian travel guides when planning your next trip to P-town.
This vibrant community of Provincetown is comprised of a truly unique mixture of native and city slicker, artist and tourist, straight and gay. If you're looking for things to do during your stay, look no further!
Things to do in Provincetown from our friends at the beautiful boutique hotel, AWOL:
A well-known vacation destination and home to the iconic Kennedy Compound, a day spent on one of Cape Cod's many beaches takes top billing as the highlight of any summer activity. If you're looking for a classic beach day, head over to Race Point Beach where you can enjoy vistas of the coastline and the Cape's classic dunes. AWOL recommends a trip to Herring Cove Beach, which offers not only warm waters but the perfect location to take in a stunning sunset.
2. Explore Downtown
With an abundance of shops, museums, galleries, and eateries, you could spend hours exploring downtown's main drag. This stroll is a great way to take in a piece of Provincetown's culture and offers ample opportunity to pick something up from your usual souvenir shop. If you get hungry, grab a Street Pie from the beloved Connie's Bakery.
3. Provincetown History
Cape Cod has a rich history, most famously known as the location where the Pilgrims first landed back in 1620. There is much for the history buff to explore from a climb up the stairs of the 252-foot granite Pilgrim Monument to a visit to the 120-year-old Old Harbor Life-Saving Station or you can dive deep into the town's rich maritime history with a tour of the Provincetown Museum.
4. Tour by Sea
Explore Provincetown from the sea. With a season that runs from April to October, you can hop aboard a charter and head out on a tour from the Provincetown Harbor to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. With an emphasis on marine education, each trip is unique and you can never predict what you'll encounter from birds to dolphins, whales, and more.
5. Tour by Land
The sand dunes of The Cape Cod National Seashore are a part of the Cape's signature. Make your trip to Provincetown that much more memorable with a tour of these iconic dunes led by Art's Dune Tours. With both sunrise and sunset options, as well as daily group tours, don't miss this opportunity to explore the seashore's natural beauty.
6. The Art Galleries of Provincetown
Provincetown boasts a robust art community. The AWOL staff recommends visiting the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, where exhibits are continually changing and many of the displays are from local artists who have drawn inspiration from the Cape's natural beauty. Many of the galleries are located on Commercial Street which allows for plenty of time to explore various works and maybe even find a special piece to take home. On the short list not to be missed: the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (East End), for original works by Hawthorne, Motherwell, Hofmann and others who had put Ptown firmly on the world stage by the 1920s as a famous art colony. Arrive in time for Friday night gallery openings and meet the artists over a glass of wine. Live theater has been alive and well in Provincetown since 1915 when Eugene O'Neill's Bound East for Cardiff was staged here. It wasn't until 2004, though, that the Provincetown Theater Company finally had a home of its own. You might also drop into the Unitarian Universalist Church (a Christopher Wren Architectural beauty) for Sunday afternoon classical and operatic series and for performances by the Outer Cape Chorale.
7. Ice Cream Shops
What's a visit to the Cape without some good old fashioned ice cream? Head to PtownScoop for a classic cone or to Happy Camper for a scoop of something a bit more unusual like "Matcha"," Black Sesame" or "Burnt Honey Almond."
8. Day Trip to Boston
If you're looking to balance out your relaxing Cape vacation with some city fun (and avoid the infamous traffic that plagues the Cape), the Provincetown Fast Ferry offers rides to Boston every day of the week during the summer, with a limited schedule during the offseason. After a 90-minute boat ride, complete with snacks and a full bar, enjoy a day exploring Beantown.
9. Enjoy the Nightlife
Crown & Anchor, a Provincetown staple, is the town's largest entertainment venue. Enjoy a show in the Cabaret Room, which may include theater performances by Tony and Grammy-winning actors, or let loose at the Paramount, a waterfront nightclub, as international DJs play their best tracks. The nightlife in Provincetown is always buzzing and there is no shortage of places to go.
10. Cape Cod Provincelands Trail
Grab one of AWOL'S onsite Sole cruiser bikes or rent one from Provincetown Bike Rentals, before hitting this 5.25 mile paved trail (with an option to make it a longer ride if you'd like). You'll venture through sandy dunes, pine forests and even cranberry bogs. After you've seen the sights, take a dip and cool off at Bennett Pond.
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To give back, for every reservation that books a midweek stay of 3 nights or more during the 2018 season through this offer, AWOL will donate 5% of your total stay to the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
Provincetown Gay Scene
There are numerous bars and clubs here to keep LGBT travelers entertained. Atlantic House, the town’s first gay dance club, is still hopping with hot gay guys. The ladies like to kick back in the Lush Lounge at Vixen. In addition to a pulsing nightlife are sunny beaches (P-Town is a peninsula), sweeping sand dunes, nature trails, wharfs, and bikeable roads. Like all towns on the Cape, there’s ample shopping at quaint boutiques, especially along Commercial Street, which also is dotted with art galleries, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The other main drag in P-Town is Bradford Street, which houses many of the town’s B&Bs; and inns.
With such a huge LGBT community, it’s no shock that P-town has a ton of gay bars and clubs that will keep the party going all night long! Dancing is a big draw and several clubs cater to a raw explosion of energy. Don't miss afternoon tea dances and nighttime frenzies; they're an integral part of the summertime magic.
Enjoy a cocktail and meet both the locals and travelers; Crown & Anchor caters to a variety of scenes. Complete with several dance areas and seating areas to suit; friends can gather and enjoy one of Ptown’s finest social establishments.
You could spend two weeks in Provincetown, make a reservation at a different restaurant every night, and still have places that you didn't have time to sample. Local seafood, prepared in sophisticated nouvelle and traditional Portuguese or New England styles, is a major raison d'etre.
This P-Town classic has lots of delicious food and is a local staple all year round.
The food, service and atmosphereare top notch at this local eatery. Enjoy delicious seafood and a great vibe!
This bistro is set away from the main hustle and bustle of Commerical Street, providing a great location to enjoy craft beers and locally sourced beef burgers.
Local Tips and Tricks
Since Provincetown is only three miles long, it's very easy to get around. The summertime shuttle bus costs just $1 (as of the time of this publication Jan.2018) and you can flag it down anywhere on Bradford Street or at MacMillian Wharf. For $7 per person you can take a taxi anywhere in town. Bicycling is also a popular means of transport and rentals are available nearby.