Is Provincetown family friendly?

An online search of that exact phrase directs readers to my blog almost daily. I visited Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod, for one week last year with my family, including my daughter, Lucia, who was 18 months old at the time. I subsequently wrote a blog entry focusing on spots in and around Provincetown that I think are family friendly. But now, seeing so many search queries by folks wondering if Ptown (as it’s also known) is appropriate for families with children, it’s caused me to think: is Provincetown really that family friendly? My answer: yes and no.

Here’s the thing about Provincetown: the shops, nearby beaches, ice cream parlors and the like are fun and appropriate for children – during the day. But once the sun goes down, I’m told that Provincetown becomes a completely different place. I didn’t get to experience that side of Provincetown since I was traveling with my young daughter; I did not have the option of leaving her to go and revel in the bars on Commercial Street, to frolic and imbibe with the colorful local community. Therefore, my daytime experiences in Provincetown led me to the conclusion that, yes, Provincetown is family friendly. We had fun and made memories at the beaches, we were warmly received and kindly treated at restaurants; we had a very enjoyable time there. Just be warned, though, that the nightlife scene can be a little crazy. If you do not want your kids to be exposed to that, then either don’t go out with them at night in Provincetown, or simply choose a different town as your base from which to explore Cape Cod. Provincetown is worth at least a day trip, though; do not skip it entirely.

So, would I go back to Provincetown with my daughter? Absolutely.

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0 Responses to Is Provincetown family friendly?

  1. Patchie July 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    If the nightlife is something you want to keep kids away from, I’d also say be careful of Carnival Weekend – the nightlife is out tenfold midday. Don’t let the word “parade” fool you.

    As an adult that is still childless, I love going midday and staying late into the evening – it’s the best of both worlds!

    • Francesca July 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

      Thanks for the comment & the insight! I really did love Provincetown, partly because of the vivacious vibe. And believe me – if I’d traveled there without my daughter, I definitely would have been taking in the action on Commercial Street!

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