Sailing daily from MacMillan Wharf and stretching 39 feet lengthwise and 16 feet abeam, the Coast Guard–approved Viking Princess accommodates up to 42 passengers and two crewpersons per cruise. Several different cruise formats introduce water wanderers to coastal views of varying sites, such as Cape Cod’s prime real estate, well-known lighthouses, and hidden Provincetown gems. The Princess also embarks on festive holiday-themed voyages, such as Fourth of July or Tax Day cruises. Cape Cod Life's 2010 Gold winner for Best Kids' Activity, the Critter Cruise invites wee ones to pull up lobster pots and bottom dredges from the waters and safely inspect and handle the findings— such as blue fish, sea turtles, or humpback whales—alongside an expert naturalist. The Princess is wide enough to facilitate groups dancing to the sounds of the ship’s overhead stereo or to the tunes of local musicians during live-music cruises.
Such scenes, part of Cape Cod?s natural magic, are not lost on Bob Wilds. A retired whale watcher, Bob resides in the Cape year-round. He founded Great Marsh Kayak Tours in hopes of sharing the beauty that surrounds him daily. Bob leads family-friendly adventures, such as the Naturalist?s Dream tour, which immerses groups in the majestic salt marshes and explores how early Cape Cod settlers used this environment to survive. All tours employ the services of the Esperanto, a comfy, easy-to-paddle kayak with ample storage capacity for personal belongings and the native kettle chips found floating in the water.
Captain Mike, a Coast Guard?licensed boater, takes singles, pairs, and groups of three onto the water in a boat built in 2011 and checked daily for safety. Parasailers prep for their ascent by strapping into equipment garnered from the world's leading parasail equipment manufacturers. A multicolored parachute then pulls them soaring into the blue firmament for a thrilling ride and views typically only seen while inside a paper airplane.
The six different parasailing experiences cater to varying tastes, with the Wet 'n' Wild option guaranteeing a dunk in the water and the Elevator Gone Mad flight promising patrons a quick shot into the air before falling gently back to earth. For another means of taking in the sights, the crew sets up beach-goers with safe, speedy jet skis that can hold up to three passengers.
Maybe it's an untamed jungle, or a space ship where astronauts encounter alien life forms. Or perhaps it's a medieval castle under attack from evil knights. The multi-tiered play set, which stretches across much of the indoor center, can be anything kids want it to be. That?s probably why it?s Bonkerz Party Zone's most popular attraction. Young adventurers can unleash their imaginations as they climb, swing, and bounce their way across the sprawling red and blue levels. Parents, meanwhile, keep an eye on their little tykes through the see-through mesh siding?that is if they don't jump into the play set themselves.
The fun spills over into other attractions, such as a moon bounce and an ocean-themed climbing wall, which forgoes traditional handholds for ones that look like fish. Electronic beeps ring out at the arcade, where kids and adults can compete in air hockey or play nonviolent video games. To fuel family play time, an onsite snack bar churns out New York?style pizza, and staffers supply themed birthday cakes for special occasions.
With names like "Red Hot Chili Pepper," "Moves Like Jagger," and "Rolling in the Deep," the specialty sushi rolls listed on The Monkey Bar - Johnny Thai's menu affirms its staff members' silly side. They channel this sense of humor into their creative takes on traditional Asian food. For example, the Big Red roll layers tempura shrimp with ten slices of tuna, while the Lady Gaga roll bowls over patrons with salmon and tuna that is tempura-fried, just like its namesake's outfit at the last red-carpet event. Traditional dishes such as General Tso's chicken and teriyaki plates can be ordered, but dishes such as Hawaii 5-O, which mixes chicken, beef, shrimp, scallops, and lobster, are a hallmark of the kitchen staff's inventive style.
Groupon Celebrates Pride Month
Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement?like Groupon?is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.
At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.
This month?and throughout the year?we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.
In November of 1620, a modest sailing ship touched the shores of what would become Provincetown, bearing a group of Pilgrims who would create and sign the Mayflower Compact. Both the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum were built to commemorate that historic event and preserve Provincetown history for future generations.
Eye Catcher: The Pilgrim Monument was dedicated in 1910 to the Mayflower Pilgrims. Standing 252 feet tall, it's the tallest US structure made of granite. Visitors can venture up the 116 steps and 60 ramps to the top, a full 350 feet above sea level.
Permanent Mainstay: Many of the exhibits celebrate the area's maritime history, such as the recreation of a 19th-century sea captain's quarters at sea. Others celebrate the area's culture, such as the collection of tools used by the Wampanoag tribe.
Don't Miss: An apprentice of Paul Revere built the town?s first fire engine in the 1830s, which today stands on exhibit in the museum.
Past Exhibits: The Playwright of Peaked Hill Bars told the tale of how Eugene O'Neill's early life in Provincetown impacted his creative voice.
Special Programs: In the summertime, the museum sponsors weekly historical walking tours of the surrounding area. At the end of November, in a century-old tradition, they light up the during a lighting ceremony that celebrates the Pilgrims' 1620 landing.