Cape Cod Attractions
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- Cahoon Museum of American Art - The museum is a showcase for a stellar collection of the folk paintings of the Cahoons, as well as a choice collection of 19th-, 20th-century and contemporary American art. Barnstable Superior Court
- Barnstable Comedy Club - A community theater, with a big emphasis on the word 'community.' Everyone is welcome at The BCC! In general we perform four main productions per season. As the oldest living community theater on Cape Cod, we strive to bring excellence to all of our patrons, volunteers, members, and community.
- Coast Guard Heritage Museum & Trayser -The Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the United States Coast Guard and its predecessor organizations. In addition to the museum building, which is a former US Custom House and was later a Post Office, the property includes the Village Smithy, a working blacksmith shop with daily demonstrations, and "The Oldest Wooden Jail in America
- Cotuit Center for the Arts - Over the last fifteen years, thousands of people have come through the doors of Cotuit Center for the Arts and experienced an art center unlike anything else. Offering a variety of educational programs, performances and exhibitions, The Center has established itself as a great place to celebrate the arts
- Barnstable Village Ghost Hunters Tour – Bring your camera, voice recorder and join us on a one of a kind tour. You will go on a walking tour of Barnstable Village with professional ghost hunters!
- Cape Cod Family Fishing Charters
- Sturgis Library - Sturgis Library, located in the oldest building housing a public Library in the country, is noted for its extensive research materials tracing families with roots or ties to Cape Cod. It is also known for its large library on maritime history and the fishing and whaling industries that made up the Cape's economy for several generations.
- Photography Center of Cape Cod - Created to help photographers develop their skills, share their passion, and to promote a greater appreciation of photographic arts.
- Long Pasture Wild Life Sanctuary - Long Pasture Wild Life Sanctuary is a division of the Massachusetts Audubon, Long Pasture sits at the end of a Bone Hill Road in the village of Barnstable, MA abutting Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. Over 100 acres of meadows, salt marsh, vernal pools, and ponds invite the visitor to linger longer and commune with nature. Along the 2.5 mile trail system you may encounter an abundance of flora and fauna. Long Pasture
- Four Seas Ice Cream - Four Seas Ice Cream on Cape Cod MA (Centerville, Massachusetts) has been serving the finest homemade ice cream since 1934. Located just a quarter-mile from one of the Cape’s beautiful beaches, the old blacksmith shop-turned-ice-cream-store is where generations of summer visitors and Cape Cod residents have taken their families for a memorable summer experience.
- Boat Transportation to the Islands: Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard
- The Cape Cod Canal, the town’s "centerpiece", is also the hub of activity in Bourne, all year round. It’s the perfect place for walking, biking, and in-line skating. The Canal offers great boating and fishing, too. Plus, bird watching, picnicking, and breathtaking photo opps too! For less active folks, bring your folding chairs and spend an hour or two watching tankers, tugs, cruise ships and pleasure yachts motoring by. There are access spots and viewing areas along the entire 7+ mile length of the waterway.
- Aptucxet Trading Post (24 Aptucxet Road in Bourne) is the site of the first-known business dealings between the native Wampanoags and the Dutch settlers, dating back to the 1600s. Tours of the Trading Post (a replica of the original), its nature gardens and saltworks, are guided by knowledgeable docents who engage children and adults alike in the history of the town and its first European settlers.
- Adjacent to the Trading Post is Gray Gables, the private railroad station of U.S. President Grover Cleveland, who had his "summer White House" in Bourne in the late 1800s. The station houses a nice array of photos and memorabilia of President Cleveland, and the tour guides do an excellent job of bringing the President’s days on Cape Cod to life.
- Spanning the entire width of the Cape Cod Canal, the Railroad Bridge is the second-longest vertical lift bridge in the world. This engineering marvel is quite a sight to see, and it’s especially fun to be there when the bridge lowers for a train to cross. From late May to early September, you can watch the bridge in operation whenever the train is approaching. A handy parking/viewing spot is at Buzzard’s Bay Park on Main Street.
- Brewster Historical Society Museum - For history buffs, the Brewster Historical Society operates a museum on Route 6A and offers summer walking tours, lectures and other special events throughout the year.
- Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Learn all about the Cape's flora and fauna at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The Museum offers exhibits, lectures and workshops all year for adults and children. There's an aquarium and three walking trails.
- Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum - The working grist mill is open in the summer and the herring run bursts with spawning alewives and hungry gulls early each spring.
- New England Fire & History Museum - The New England Fire & History Museum contains New England's largest display of firefighting equipment and memorabilia. Open daily between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, then weekends only until Columbus Day weekend.
- Brewster Ladies' Library - Founded in 1853, Brewster Ladies' Library serves as the public library for the town of Brewster, MA. In addition to its general holdings, the library has important special collections in the areas of Cape Cod and New England History.
- Nickerson State Park - There are more than 420 campsites at the 1,900-acre Nickerson State Park, allowing visitors to stay and explore all that this Massachusetts park has to offer. Swimming, canoeing, fishing, cycling and hiking are just some of the other activities available here
- Cape Cod Rail Trail - Biking enthusiasts and walkers will love the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Maintained by the state's Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22-mile former railroad, runs from Dennis, through Brewster to Wellfleet.
- Cape Rep Theatre - If you are into entertainment and the arts, check out the Cape Rep Theatre on Route 6A which features live plays and performances for adults year-round and for children in the summer
- Brewster General Store - The Brewster Store is a huge part of local history, open since 1866, with unique items like original glass bottles of Coke and unusual gifts.
- The Captains Golf Course - The Captains is Cape Cod's premier public golf course facility. The par-72 Port Course and the par-72 Starboard Course deliver 36 holes of enjoyment during your visit to Cape Cod.
- The Crosby Mansion – This grand Victorian mansion built around a Cape Cod cottage is a monument to an earlier time, a time of opulence, grandeur and painstaking craftsmanship. The former home features a 60 foot viewing tower, 15 fireplaces with imported tile, hand carved mahogany and oak walls, a parlor fashioned after one at the Palace of Versailles, an entrance duplicating one at Buckingham Palace, a two-story billiard room, marble sinks and floors in the baths, and gas lighting and heating throughout. The mansion’s crowning glory was a two-story 75x50 foot art gallery filled with valuable paintings and statuary, including works by Childe Hassan, El Greco, Albert Bierstadt and other famous artists.
- Drummer Boy Park - The Drummer Boy Park is an attractive park with a bandstand and children's playground, and the historic Higgens Farm Windmill and Harris-Black House.
- Harris-Black House and Higgins Farm Windmill at Drummer Boy Park - Located in Drummer Boy Park, near the Old Higgins Farm Windmill, Harris-Black House was built in 1795. The restored one-room house features simple antique furniture and original woodwork. The Higgins Farm Windmill was built in 1795 and ground grains until 1900. The restored windmill was moved to its current location in 1974. It is open to the public July through September.
- The Cape Cod Baseball League Brewster Whitecaps - The Brewster Whitecaps is an organization that seeks to enhance the community of Brewster by providing an entertaining, inexpensive way for people of all ages to share in enjoying quality collegiate baseball.
- Antique Shops and Art Galleries – Brewster is home to various wonderful and quaint shops and galleries, with most along historic Route 6A.
- Brewster in Bloom - Near the first weekend of May, the town of Brewster blooms to life, with an annual festival. Dancing, contests and children's activities take over the town for these jam-packed three days. A parade wraps up the festivities on the last day, with a historical themed march down Main Street.
- Breakwater - Off Route 6A on Breakwater Road
- Crosby Landing–Off Route 6A on Crosby Landing Road
- Ellis Landing Beach – Off Route 6A on Ellis Landing Road
- Linnell Landing – Off Route 6A on Ellis Landing
- Paines Creek – Off Route 6A on Paines Creek Road
- Robbins Hill Beach - Off Route 6A on Lower Road to Robbins Hill Road
- Saints Landing Beach - Off Route 6A on Lower Road to Robbins Hill Road
- Long Pond – Mammon Drive off Crowells Bog Road, Route 124
- Upper Mill Pond – Off Route 6A to Stony Brook then on Run Hill Road
- Boating, Sailing and Fishing abound in Chatham. Local boat charters are available.
- Seal tours are also available along Chatham Harbor, between North Beach, Chatham Light and the Break.
- Chatham Town Band Concerts – Every Friday evening of the summer at 8PM at Kate Gould Park. Enjoy the sounds of a forty piece town band offering dancing and singing for all ages!
- Updated Town Playground located adjacent to Veteran’s Field. Perfect for the little ones after a day at the beach!
- Chatham Angler's Baseball – Games of the Cape Cod Baseball League are played on Veteran’s Field. Experience truly old fashioned summer fun!
- Special Baseball Clinicoffered by the Chatham Angler’s throughout the summer. Come learn to play the game of baseball with the players!
- Seaside Links Golf Course located on Seaview Street. Beautiful town owned nine hole golf course.
- The Chatham Bike Trail can be accessed from several locations in town.
- Bird lovers will enjoy the Monomoy Wildlife Sanctuary. It provides nesting, feeding and resting grounds for over 285 species of birds. The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuse consists of North and South Monomoy Islands and a portion of Morris Island. Wonderful walking trails are available to the public!
- Chatham Lighthouse and the U.S. Coast Guard Station. Tours are schedules throughout the year for the lighthouse.
- Chatham Fish Pier is located on the corner of Shore Road and Barcliff Avenue. Guests can watch the fishing fleet come in and unload their catch from the visitor’s overlook.
- Atwood House Museum located at 347 Stage Harbor Road, is run by the Chatham Historical Society. This home provides a wonderful way to experience what life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries in New England.
- The Mayo House located on Main Street serves as headquarters for the Chatham Conservation Foundation. If offers a wonderful view of an antique home built in 1820.
- Chatham Railroad Museumis located on Depot Road. The building is over 100 years old and is located on its original site. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is located at 847 Orleans Road and overlooks Ryder’s Cove. The center welcomes visitors to the museum and education center.
- Chatham Orpheum Theater located at 637 Main Street was recently renovated and re-opened in 2013. Matinee and evening movies have returned to Main Street!
- Numerous Art Galleries and Antique Shops can be found throughout the Town of Chatham.
- Enjoy community theater with Chatham Drama Guild located at 134 Crowell Road where you can attend a spectacular play performed at the Monomoy Theater at 776 Main Street.
- Tennis anyone! Enjoy our public courts along Depot Road, at the High School on Crowell Road and at Forest Beach.
- Numerous Nature Trails, under the supervision of the Chatham Conservation Foundation, are available to the public.
- July 4th Independence Day Parade from the Corner of Shore Road to Veteran’s Field.
- Day or Night…….Enjoy a spectacular walk in our downtown area filled with unique shops, restaurants, bars, art galleries and more!
- Cape Cod Rail Trail – Mid, Lower & Outer Cape: When freight rail cars stopped rolling around the Cape years ago, someone had the brilliant idea of pulling up those miles and miles of track and paving it over as a bike trail. Now, every year, thousands of cyclists of all ages don their helmets and hop on the Rail Trail. It begins in Dennis: access on Rt 134 -- look for signs across from the Mid Cape Home Center. It roams through forests, fields, marshes and cranberry bogs all the way to Wellfleet. It's a nice, safe place to ride ... but remind your kids to stay on the right! Harwich: access on Rt 124, near the parking area adjacent to Rte 6, or off Great Western Road. Brewster: access and parking on Underpass Road at the Rail Trail Bike Shop, or at Nickerson State Park on Rt 6A. Orleans: access on Main St. beside the Mid-Cape Home Center store or on Rock Harbor Rd. Eastham: access and parking at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, Wellfleet access behind the South Orleans General Store, free parking available. The terrain is flat and straight, good for walking, biking and horseback riding. There is a gradual slope.
- Dennis Highland Golf Course, 825 Old Bass River Road, South Dennis, MA 02660, 508.385.8347
Dennis Highlands Golf Course is a par 71, sixty five hundred-yard championship golf course. It is situated on 175 acres of pine and oak covered rolling ground on the north side of Dennis in the Village of Dennis. Designed by Jack Kidwell and Mike Hurzdzan and opened for play in 1984, Dennis highlands may be the "Crown Jewel" in the traditional list of fine Cape Cod golf courses. It is a course marked by an impressive entrance way among wild flowers and trees, leading to a beautiful clubhouse. It boasts one of the most spectacular practice ranges in golf and culminates in eighteen of the most visual and enjoyable golf holes in sequence anywhere. Visit www.dennisgolf.com
- Dennis Pines Golf Course, 50 Golf Course Road, East Dennis, MA 02641, 508.385.8347
Dennis Pines Golf is a par seventy-two, seven thousand-yard championship golf course. It is situated on 170 acres of pine forest land on the north side of Dennis in the Village of East Dennis. Designed by Henry C. Mitchell and opened for play in 1966, Dennis Pines has long been noted as one of the toughest layouts on Cape Cod. Tree lined corridors place a great premium on accuracy rather than distance. Water comes into play on four holes, and the twelfth hole is recognized as one of the most difficult par fives anywhere.
- Boating - Fishing supplies and sports fishing charters on Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay. Dennis' Sesuit Harbor boasts many sport fishing charter boats.
Playgrounds, Parks, and Beaches
- Corporation Beach, Corporation Road, East Dennis: Corporation Beach has lifeguards, a concession stand, restrooms, showers, and even a swing set for children set on a bluff overlooking the bay.
- Mayflower Beach Large beach that connects with Bayview Beach. Nice sand and lots of pools at low tide. Small waves and great for all ages. Large parking lot with boardwalk. Attendant on duty. Short walk to beach. Snack bar and bathrooms.
- Ezra Baker School, Route 28, West Dennis: playground with swings.
- Johnny Kelley Recreation Area, Corner of Bob Crowell Road & Old Bass River Road, South Dennis: basketball and tennis courts, ball field, two playgrounds (small & large), handball court pavilion, public bathrooms, and Braille trail for the sight impaired.
- Mike Stacy Park, 29 Hall Street, Dennisport: playground with swings.
- Nathaniel Wixon Middle School, Route 134, South Dennis. Basketball court, tennis court and field.
- Seaview Park, Lower County Road, Dennisport: passive-recreation area with a playground, walking paths, community gardens, picnic tables, and a breathtaking view of Nantucket Sound.
- Village Improvement Society Playground, Route 6A, East Dennis. playground.
- West Dennis Beach: Families journey to West Dennis Beach in Dennis for kite-flying, sand castle-building, swings and aquatic games; college students play volleyball, and local adults swim in the warm water. At the beach is the Old Bass River lighthouse. A well-equipped snack bar concession, restrooms, and showers provide all the comforts while 10 lifeguard stations make this a safe, secure haven.
- West Dennis Graded School House, School Street, West Dennis. full playground with two level swing set, two obstacle course with slides, climbing wall, etc., handicapped accessible.
Dennis has several shopping districts, all of which offer everything from antiques to gifts and souvenirs. Whether you're a recreational or professional shopper, our friendly merchants will help you find what you need. Both Rt 28 and Rt. 6A offer everything from surf boards to antiques.
For culture buffs there's the Cape Cod Museum of Art with its art openings,
- Eventide Arts 713 Route 6A, Dennis 508.398.8588
- Dennis Art Walk - Stroll along historic Main Street and experience the diversity of the Art Galleries of Dennis Village during the Saturday Art Walks. Meet the artists, hear live music and enjoy refreshments.
Oceanside Beaches: Requires National Seashore Sticker or pay by the day
- Coast Guard Beach – Parking lot is at the Little Creek Staging Area, located on the road leading to the beach and a shuttle runs continuously throughout the day to the beach.
- Nauset Light Beach – Parking is available but fills up quickly in the summer
Bayside Beaches: Requires Town Sticker or pay by the day at most beaches
- Boat Meadow, Campground, Cooks Brook, First Encounter, Herring Brook Landing, Sunken Meadow and Thumpertown
- Pond Beaches (Requires Town Sticker)
- Great Pond, Herring Pond, Wiley Park
- The Cape Cod Rail Trail – 24 mile ride from Dennis to Wellfleet
- The Nauset Bike Trail – 2-1/2 mile ride from Salt Pond Visitor Center to Coast Guard Beach
- Bay - Boat Meadow Beach (Portage), Rock Harbor (Boat Ramp)
- Marsh- Hemmingway (Boat Ramp), Salt Pond (Portage), Town Cove (Portage)
- Freshwater - Great Pond (Boat Ramp), Herring Pond (Portage)
Fine Dining and Family Restaurants, Donut Shops, Sandwich Shops, Ice Cream Shops, and Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar and Mini Golf, home of the “Best Fried Clams in the World” (Food & Wine Magazine).
- Turnip Festival: Eastham is best known for its great turnips. Enjoy all kinds of turnip fun in November at the Nauset Regional High School.
- Windmill Weekend: 3-day Festival during the first weekend after Labor Day in September with an Arts and Crafts Show, Car Show, Cook-out, Live Music, Parade, Raffles, Sandcastle Contest, Talent Show and more.
- Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival: Three weeks of exceptional music by exceptional artists throughout Cape Cod – Main Street Mercantile.
Excellent freshwater and saltwater opportunities. Striped Bass and Bluefish are common on both Ocean and Bay beaches. Find Trout, Bass, and Pickerel in freshwater.
Willy's World Gym & Fitness Center – 4730 State Hwy, N. Eastham
Public Welcome and no membership required. Offers; Pure Salt Pool, Kids Play World, Rock Wall, Indoor Turf, Indoor & Outdoor Tennis Courts, Aerobics Classes, Strength & Cardio Facilities, Personal Training, Tanning, Sauna, Jacuzzi & Steam Rooms, Kembali Spa and Martial Arts.
- Buttonbush Trail (1/4 mile loop designed for the blind), Doane Trail, Fort Hill Trail, Glacial Ponds Trail System (Cottontail Acres – 18 acres, The Nickerson Property – 25 acres, Wiley Park’s Lady Slipper Trail), Nauset Marsh Trail, and Red Maple Swamp Trail
Museums, Nature, and Historic Sites
- Cape Cod National Seashore Visitors Center: Museum, Indoor Theater for Movies, an Outdoor Stage, Lectures, Concerts, Bookstore and Ranger-Guided Programs.
- Massachusetts Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary: In Eastham and Wellfleet with five unique walking trails all starting at their Nature Center and crossing through forests, meadows and marshes, including a boardwalk out to Cape Cod Bay.
- Chester Rantlett Tool Museum - Displaying hundreds of unusual and unique tools.
- Cove Burial Ground – The final resting place of three Mayflower passengers.
- Eastham Windmill – An actual working windmill. An early colonial artifact, the windmill operated for over two-hundred years as a vital economic resource. Originally built around 1680 in Plymouth Colony by Thomas Paine, moved to Truro, near the Salt Pond and finally to its present spot.
- Indian Rock at Skiff Hill – Native Americans used this rock for centuries to sharpen their weapons.
- Old Coast Guard Station - Built in 1871 and rebuilt in 1937 as a lifesaving station.
- Old Schoolhouse Museum – Post Civil War one-room schoolhouse built in 1869 which served Eastham for over 70 years.
- Penniman House – Captain Edward Penniman’s house built in 1868 in the Second Empire style, making it a favorite of both architectural and history buffs.
- Swift Daley House Museum – Built in 1741 and completely furnished with period items.
- Nauset Light – In 1923 The Lighthouse Service replaced “the Beacon” (one of the three sister’s lighthouses) with one of Chatham’s cast iron and brick lined towers built in 1877. Threatened by erosion, the Eastham residents formed the Nauset Light Preservation Society to save and restore the lighthouse.
- Three Sister’s Lighthouses – These lighthouses were part of the Nauset Beach Light Station built in 1892 to replace the original brick towers built in 1838. They have been restored and moved to Cable Road not far from Nauset Light.
Permits Required. Sundays only at Salt Pond (low tide) where the area is stocked with quahogs, littlenecks, and steamers.
Gift Shops, Bike Shops, Hardware, Antiques, Food Markets, Fish Markets and more.Back to Top
- Shining Sea Bikeway – 10.7 mile paved pathway that weaves through four of Falmouth’s eight villages from Woods Hole, on Vineyard Sound, through salt marshes, cedar swamps, and open waters of Buzzards Bay.
- Falmouth Farmers Market – Every Thursday local farmers will sell fresh produce, flowers, and home baked goods at Margaret E. Noonan Park.
- Falmouth Theatre Guild – local musical theater at its best. The Falmouth Theatre Guild is a first-rate community theater that presents four plays a season.
- College Light Opera Company – is among the very best of American summer stock companies. CLOC is an independent nonprofit educational theatre. Founded in 1969 The Company provides fine Broadway stock musicals to summer audiences on Cape Cod, while giving young talent a chance to begin a career in music theatre.
- Falmouth Commodores Baseball– recognized as the best amateur summer leagues in the country by college coaches as well as professional baseball scouts. Players from around the USA and all college divisions are recruited to play in the ten-team loop.
- Coonamessett Farm – 20 acre combination farm, attraction and restaurant that sells home grown foods with 10 acres of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Weekly Jamaican Buffett of locally produced foods.
- Falmouth Town Band Concerts – every Thursday evening at Marina Park, next to Falmouth Harbor. All concerts are free of charge and open to the general public.
- Falmouth Museums on the Green – explore Falmouth’s past. Stroll through colonial gardens, tour two 18-century houses with period furnishings, view exhibits on whaling and maritime history.
- Walking Trails – more than 3,500 acres of dedicated conservation land.
- Golf – three scenic public courses: Cape Cod Country Club, Falmouth Country Club, Paul Harney Golf Club.
- Birthplace of Katharine Lee Bates, author of America the Beautiful.
- Falmouth Fireworks – voted one of the 10 best fireworks displays in the country by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
- Historic Walking Tours • Lobsters on the Lawn • Movies Under the Stars • Highfield Hall • Spohr Gardens • Woods Hole Science Aquarium• Cape Cod Marathon • Falmouth Road Race • Barnstable County Fair Grounds • On the Water Striper Festival • Arts & Crafts Street Festival • Woods Hole Film Festival • Hyannis Sound – an a cappella singing group • Feasts of Falmouth & Beyond • Cape Cod Maritime Days • Falmouth Dog Park • Nobska Light House • WHOOSH Trolley Service
- Walk the Town of Harwichport and check out the shops, top the evening off with an ice cream from Sundae School
- Take the Freedom Ferry to Nantucket, daily trips/ reservation required
- Take a boat ride to Monomoy Island to see the seals(and maybe a shark if your lucky!)
- Deep sea fishing, private excursions or afternoon sailings out of Saquatucket Harbor
- Music in the Port- Street bands along Harwich Port Main St every other Wednesday in July & August
- Monday Night Summer Concerts at Brooks Park
- Ride the Go-Karts, jump on the trampolines, go to the batting cages or bumper boats all close to each other.
- Watch The Cape Cod Baseball League- Go Harwich Mariners!
- Walk Harwich Port Village with the many shops and restaurants
- Walk the several miles of walking trails through out Harwich, Wander along historic pathways through forest and meadow and explore more than 615 acres of trails and protected areas at the Harwich Conservation Trust.
- Shellfishing in Pleasant Bay- License required/ daily and weekly licenses available at Harwich Harbor Master
- Bike riding on The Cape Cod Rail Trail- Goes through conservation areas, around fresh water lakes and ponds. Starts in Dennis Go through Harwich and ends in Eastham. 15 miles long!
- Harwich’s number one attraction is its beaches and with 22 salt and fresh water beaches it’s easy to see why. Parking passes required-check with Harwich Chamber of Commerce.
- Catch a play at Harwich Junior Theater in West Harwich
- Art in the Park every Monday in Harwich Port, featuring works by local artists, also several art galleries throughout Harwich Port.
- Brooks Park Arts & Crafts Festivals – Several weekends throughout July, August & September
- Golf the 9 hole course at Harwich Port Golf Course or the more challenging 18 hole course at Cranberry Valley Golf Course.
- Go for ice cream, fried seafood or upscale dining, Harwich has it all!
- Tennis, baseball, basketball and a playground are at Brooks Park- Free!
- 5th Annual Harwich 5K Road Race – Saturday June 21/ register online
- September is The Harwich Cranberry Festival!
- Christmas in Harwich - Harwich Port Stroll
- Go to Kinlin Grover Real Estate office @ 476 Main St and check out some of our listings for Sale and Rent!
Oceanside and Bayside Beaches: Requires Town Sticker or pay by the day to park
- Nauset Beach – Parking is available but fills up quickly in the summer, off road access with permit, fishing and surfing areas, snack bar, lifeguards, changing rooms, bicycle racks, outside showers and foot wash, picnic tables and restrooms. A bandstand features a variety of free concerts on Monday night during the summer.
- Skaket Beach – When the tide is out Skaket offers miles of flats. Sunsets are spectacular. Bike rakes, lifeguards, restrooms, outside showers and foot wash, benches, picnic tables, and a summer snack bar.
Pond Beaches: Requires Town Sticker to park
- Pilgrim Lake, Crystal Lake, Baker’s Pond
- The Cape Cod Rail Trail – 24 mile ride from Dennis to Wellfleet. Easy access and parking near the center of town.
The ponds, bays, river, cove and marshes offer numerous and varied places to be explored in kayaks canoes, rowboats, sailboats, and small powerboats. Larger boats will find Pleasant Bay and Cape Cod Bay enjoyable. There is access to the ocean via inlets at Nauset or the Cove.
- Rock Harbor (Boat Ramp)
- Town Cove (Boat Ramp), Asa’s Landing (Boat Ramp), Snow’s Shore (Boat Ramp) Mill Pond Road (Boat Ramp), Meeting House Pond (Boat Ramp), River Road (Boat Ramp), Kescayogansett (Boat Ramp), Paw Wah Pond (Boat Ramp), Quanset Pond (Boat Ramp), and Route 28 on Pleasant Bay (Boat Ramp)
- Crystal Lake (Boat Ramp)
- Charter & Tour Boats: A fleet of Cape Cod Bay charter fishing boats at Rock Harbor and Sightseeing Tours; 90 minute seal cruises daily from other Orleans locations.
Fine Dining and Family Restaurants, Bagel and Donut Shops, Sandwich Shops, Ice Cream Shops, Pizza Shops and more.
Excellent freshwater and saltwater opportunities. Striped Bass and Bluefish are common on both Ocean and Bay beaches. Find Trout, Bass, and Pickerel in freshwater.
Baker’s Pond Conservation Area, Kent’s Point, Paw Wah Point, and Sea Call Farm
Parks & Monuments
- Academy Place – It has benches, Coast Guard buoy bell, and memorials to the veterans of Work War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
- Civil War Monument – At the corner of Main Street and Monument Road. Dedicated to those who died during the War Between the States.
- Eldredge Par – With lighted field for soccer games and the Orleans Firebirds baseball team, a concert shell, three tennis courts, fenced children’s playground, picnic tables, and restrooms.
- Meadow on the Cove – An open field with benches on the Town Cove.
- Parish Park - Amid the shops of downtown is this haven of flowers and shade with benches and restrooms.
- Town Cove Park – Overlooks Town Cove and is the site of the Jonathan Young Windmill.
- Village Green – Next to the Snow Library, it has picnic tables, benches and a beautiful rhododendron display garden.
Permits Required. The Town Cove and Pleasant Bay where quahogs, mussels, and steamers may be found.
Gift Shops, Clothing and Shoe Stores, Jewelry Stores, Bike Shops, Hardware, Antiques, Food Markets, Fish Markets, Art Galleries and more.
- Baseball - Cape Cod Baseball League; The Orleans Firebirds host 22 home games under the lights at Eldredge Park
- Tennis – 3 Courts each at the Elementary School, Middle School, and Eldredge Park
- Playgrounds – A fenced playground at Eldredge Park and a community built playground at the Elementary School
- Skating – Year-round skating at the Charles Moore Arena
- Academy of Performing Arts – 120 Main Street (508-255-3075)
- The Elements Theatre Company – 45 Anchor Drive (508-255-3999)
Other Events & Activities
- French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum– This station provided the first direct communications link from Europe to North America. The museum contains a collection of original cables, instruments and memorabilia.
- Jonathan Young Windmill – Jonathan Young Windmill must be one of the oldest if not the oldest windmill in the United States. It is believed to have been built in 1720 in South Orleans. The mill was moved in 1839 before settling at the hill overlooking the Town Cove.
- Orleans Bowling Center – Candlepin bowling on 14 alleys. New restaurant and bar added.
- Cape Escape Adventure Golf: 18 holes of Mini Golf in a nautical setting with Authentic Cape Cod Fishing Boats, a live Koi Pond and beautiful waterfall.
- Fourth of July– Main Street Parade and Fireworks at Rock Harbor
- Pops in the Park: Annual summertime event in August. The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra with Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor.
Cape Cod Children’s Museum, A non-profit organization, the Cape Cod Children’s Museum is a place where families can learn and play together. Come and explore our facilities located in Mashpee. With lots of hands on Exhibits, Programs, and Gift Shop you’ll find plenty to do! Make new friends and learn about our many events and programs while your child is free to explore, touch and discover.
- Mashpee Commons. A true shopper’s delight, this open air shopping center is home to an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, entertainment, galleries, a movie theater and a bowling bistro. If you haven’t had your fill—South Cape Village is just down the road.
- Wampanoag Indian Museum Through the door of our Museum the history and culture of the Wampanoag from the Stone Age to the present is carefully detailed through a range of exhibits. First established under the guidance of the Mashpee Historical Commission, the Museum is the only one in existence devoted exclusively to Wampanoag history. Housed in a fine example of an old half Cape Cod house, the Museum contains displays of ancient artifacts and other Native American heirlooms that form a chronological commentary on life among the Wampanoag for thousands of years. Displays include a variety of tools, baskets, hunting and fishing implements, weapons and domestic utensils. The focal point in the exhibits is a large diorama depicting a typical scene from an early Wampanoag settlement.
- Artfully Yours, A Paint Bar: We supply the canvas, paint, instructor and of course the wine and beer is available to purchase. If you are looking for a memorable night out, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, our classes will be perfect for you. No experience necessary! In a relaxed, social group setting, our instructor will guide you step-by-step through that session’s featured painting. Whether you are an aspiring Picasso or just looking to explore your creative side, at the end of the session you will be amazed at the artwork you have created.
- Lowell Holly Reservation, Wander along carriage roads and foot trails as you pass through groves of American holly that embellish this unique peninsula. Lowell Holly’s most intriguing features may be its two peninsular knolls, one of which juts out into Mashpee Pond and the other into Wakeby Pond. Both vantage points offer spectacular views over these large ponds.
Mashpee BeachesSouth Cape Beach, at the end of Great Oak Rd. from great Neck Rd. off the rotary. Fresh Water: Attaquin Park - Mashpee/Wakeby Pond, Lake Ave. John’s Pond, Hooppole Rd. Back to Top
- Art Galleries– Provincetown is an art lover’s dream, with more galleries than you can imagine featuring the works of local and visiting artists. Throughout its history, the town has been gathering spot artistic folks.
- Cape Cod National Seashore – A natural and unspoiled gem, the Cape Cod National Seashore is home to magnificent beaches, nature trails and historical sites. When in Provincetown, be sure to check out Race Point Beach, Herring Cove Beach, Province Lands Visitor Center, the Beech Forest Trail, the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station and the other trails and historic sites.
- Carnival Week – Colorful, lively and fun is the best way to describe the annual Carnival Week in Provincetown in August. The highlight is a themed parade on Thursday during the week. This event draws thousands from near and far.
- Commercial Street – Commercial Street is the very vibrant center of Provincetown. Throngs of people join the cars (one way only), bikes, scooters and pedi-cabs that fill the roadway. Shops and galleries burst with interesting offerings. Grab a hotdog, enjoy a gourmet dinner or just about anything in between. The hardest part will be deciding which restaurant is your favorite.
- Clubs, Pubs & Restaurants – Provincetown is a fun town, home to tons of fun clubs, cabarets, bars, pubs and restaurants. Have a delicious dinner or a tasty cocktail, enjoy a live show or dance the night away. Very gay-friendly, you can be yourself in Provincetown.
- Expedition Whydah – Scallywags of all ages will enjoy this museum dedicated to the shipwreck Whydah and the infamous pirate Captain Sam Bellamy.
- Long Point Lighthouse & Wood End Lighthouse – Provincetown is home to three lighthouse and these two are worth checking out. The grounds are open to the public, but the lighthouses are not Long Point is accessible by boat and Wood End is accessible by foot—although it can be quite the journey.
- MacMillan Wharf – The wharf is the heart of Provincetown’s seafaring life. Always active, the wharf bustles with activity, both recreational and commercial. Fishing charters and commercial fishermen, along with whale watch boats and passenger ferries constantly come in and out of Provincetown’s busy harbor.
- Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum – Commemorating the Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown in 1620 (not Plymouth), the 252’ granite Pilgrim Monument was built in three years and dedicated in 1910. Climb to the top of the monument and take in the magnificent panoramic views—on a clear day you can see all the way to Boston. The Provincetown Museum at the base of the monument houses an impressive collection of historical artifacts documenting Provincetown’s maritime history.
- Provincetown Art Association & Museum – PAAM is a collaborative of artists including painters, sculptors, poets, writers, filmmakers and more. Enjoy concerts, special exhibits, film screenings, classes and workshops.
- Provincetown International Film Festival – This annual film festival draws filmmakers, actors and aficionados each June. Take a workshop, see a new film or two (or three) and don’t miss the feature film sing-a-long and the night at the drive in in Wellfleet. You just might see a star or two as well.
- Provincetown Portuguese Festival – Celebrate all things Portuguese at this annual June festival. Food, entertainment and colorful customs speak to Provincetown’s rich Portuguese culture. The weekend culminates with the Blessing of the Fleet at MacMillian Wharf on Sunday.
- The Provincetown Theater – Take in a live stage show at Provincetown’s premier theater.
- Race Point Lighthouse – Open for tours on Saturday during the summer, you can get to this historic restored lighthouse by walking or your own 4x4 vehicle (with proper permit).
- Whale Watches – You would be remiss to come to the Cape’s tip and not go on a whale watch. Dolphin Fleet and Provincetown Whale Watches leave MacMillan Pier daily in season. You’ll cruise out to Stellwagen Bank to the feeding grounds of these majestic giants. On-board naturalists will answer all your whale questions.
- Heritage Museum & Gardens - serves more than 100,000 visitors annually who come from around the world to visit. Three gallery buildings house special and permanent exhibitions. Other additions to the grounds include a Labyrinth, Hart Family Garden Maze, Flume Fountain and Hidden Hollow.
- Sandwich Glass Museum - and Sandwich Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of the Town of Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. A large part of Sandwich history is involved with American glass production.
- Historic Sandwich Village is home to some of Cape Cod's most historic accommodations, with historic inns like the Dan'l Webster dating back to Pilgrim times and antique B&Bs around every turn and One-of-a-kind motels and cottages.
- Dexter Grist Mill is an early American mill in the center of Sandwich at the end of a lovely mill pond (Shawme Pond) complete with ducks, and next to a cool, splashing mill race and an old pump.
- Boardwalk stretches through the marsh and out to Boardwalk Beach which is a wonderful stretch for walking.
- Hoxie House is one of the oldest houses in Cape Cod
- Route 6A Drive (The Old Kings Highway) allows you to explore the scenic and historic landscape and architecture of cape cod
- Sandy Neck'sscenic stretch of beach on charming Cape Cod is perfect for relaxing, birdwatching and hiking.
- The Sandwich Fish Hatchary has a long and very interesting history, and serves important roles in environmental education and enhancing recreational fishing opportunities in the Commonwealth. The facility produces almost 75,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout annually and stocks the fish into 35 rivers and streams and 50 lakes and ponds in 27 cities and towns in southeastern Massachusetts.
- Shawme Crowell State Park is a year-round campground at the beginning of Cape Cod and has over 285 sites in a wooded setting.
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- Cape Cod National Seashore – A natural and unspoiled gem, the Cape Cod National Seashore is home to magnificent beaches, nature trails and historical sites. When in Truro, be sure to check out the Pamet Area Trails, Pilgrim Spring Trail and the other trails and historic sites.
- The Highland House Museum is the home of the Truro Historical Society. The museum is home to an impressive collection of historical artifacts, images and documents. Gallery talks, tours and programs for kids are offered in the summer as is the Museum’s impressive speaker series. Overlooking the Highland Links Golf Course, the Museum is only steps away from Highland (Cape Cod) Lighthouse.
- Highland (Cape Cod) Lighthouse is the oldest and tallest lighthouse on the Cape. Authorized by George Washington in 1797, the original wooden tower was replaced with the current tower in 1857. Tour this active lighthouse in the spring and summer and enjoy the panoramic views it offers. Threatened by erosion, the lighthouse was moved further inland in 1996. The lighthouse is adjacent to the Highland Links Golf Course and only steps from the Highland House Museum.
- Highland Links Golf Course, operated by the Town of Truro, is the country’s oldest links course. The course offers 9 holes of play on a traditional Scottish-style links course. Tee off with views of the Atlantic and the Highland Lighthouse.
- The Payomet Performing Arts Center draws some big names each year including the likes of Darlene Love, Rosanne Cash, Leon Russell and the Zombies. The stage is also the home to live theater, local acts, themed festivals and film screenings. Summer performance are under a large tent and off season offering typically take place at venues in Wellfleet.
- The annual Truro Agricultural Fair, held in August, is a celebration of agriculture, aquaculture, fishing and farming on the Cape. Shop at the amazing harvest market and enjoy the hometown fun including harvest contests, entertainment and kids races, games and pie-eating contest.
- The Truro Farmers Market is held weekly in season at Veterans Park. Shop an impressive selection of local produce, baked goods, meats, fresh flowers and seafood.
- Truro Summer Concerts on the Green takes place each Thursday during the summer at Snow’s Park. Bring your chair or blanket and a picnic and enjoy these free concerts featuring some of the best performers on Cape Cod.
- Truro Treasures Weekend is a celebration of all things Truro. Held each September, the weekend is packed with fun things to do including an arts & crafts fair, car show, treasure hunt, 5K run/walk and much more. This fun event ends with a Grape Stomp & Jazz Festival held at Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod.
- Wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss a tour and a tasting at Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod. Take in the vineyard’s serene setting while sipping on a signature wine.
- Art Galleries – A true art gallery town, Wellfleet is home to several exquisite art galleries and studios.
- Cape Cod National Seashore– A natural and unspoiled gem, the Cape Cod National Seashore is home to magnificent beaches, nature trails and historical sites. When in Wellfleet, be sure to check out the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail, the Great Island Trail and the other trails and historic sites.
- Cape Cod Rail Trail– The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a paved walking and biking path along a former rail road. Twenty-two miles long, the trail stretches from Dennis to Wellfleet with many convenient access points along the way.
- Chequessett Yacht & Country Club – Enjoy nine holes of golf (two sets of tees for 18 hole play) at this semi-private club.
- Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary – This Mass Audubon sanctuary features a green nature center, a wildflower garden and five miles of trails. Lectures, workshops and guided walks and tours are offered along with children’s programs and a summer camp.
- Wellfleet Drive-In – Wellfleet is home to one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in the United States. Open in the spring and summer, the outdoor theater shows first run films at dusk. There is also a multi-screen indoor movie theater on site.
- Wellfleet Farmers Market - In season, local farmers and artisans gather at the weekly Wellfleet famers market. Purchase fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods, seafood and more.
- Wellfleet Flea Market – Weekend in the spring, summer and fall, the Wellfleet Flea Market is the place to find items on the cheap and hard to find antiques and collectibles.
- Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT) – WHAT is Wellfleet’s premier live stage theatre. During the summer, the little ones will love WHAT for Kids. WHAT also screens films and MET opera performances.
- Wellfleet Historical Society – The Wellfleet Historical Society’s museum houses an impressive collection of historical records, photographs and artifacts. During the summer, the historical society offers guided historical walking tours, a lecture series and a Wellfleet house tour.
- Wellfleet OysterFest – The annual October celebration of all things oysters. Thousands of people descend upon the town’s Main Street to enjoy oysters from the many raw bars, local brews, entertainment and the annual shuck off contest.
- Wellfleet Preservation Hall – This redesigned and renovated community center, once the former site of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, offers an impressive array of lectures, concerts, film series, classes, dances and more year-round.
- Wellfleet Town Pier – Grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants on/near the pier and watch the recreational and commercial boats stream in and out of the harbor. The pier is home to some interesting festivals and activities including the weekly summer square dance.
- The Bass Hole Boardwalk at Gray's beach is a beautiful spot for a walk.
- Taylor-Bray Farm operated by the Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association is always a wonderful day with the kids.
There is also plenty to do at the Flax Pond Recreation Area (access from White’s Path)
Biking enthusiasts and walkers will love the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Maintained by the state's Dept. of Conservation and Recreational, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, 22 mile former railroad, runs from Dennis to Wellfleet. Yarmouth has its own 3 mile bike trail that runs from Higgins Crowell Road to the park at Old Townhouse Road.
Yarmouth boasts four golf courses, offering something for duffers of all ages and abilities. Enjoy stunning scenic views while you test your skill on the links. Two Municipal Courses include Donald Ross-designed Bass River Golf Course with beautiful ocean views and the 27 hole Bayberry Hills Golf Course featuring a 9 hole links style track. Both of Yarmouth's private courses are open to the public. Blue Rock Course, designed by golf course Architect Geoffrey Cormish is meticulously maintained and named as one of the Top 5 Par-54 courses in America. The Club at Yarmouthport is a par-5i9, 18 hole course featuring some of the best views of Cape Cod Bay and coastal estuaries.
Those who like history there is the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. The historical locations includes the Capt. Bangs Hallet House Museum, the Kelly Chapel, the Judah Baker Windmill and the Baxter Grist Mill.
If you are into entertainment and the arts, check out the Cultural Center of Cape Cod offering exhibitions, concerts, lectures, workshops and more.
For Over 30 Years, this Mid Cape town has hosted the very popular Yarmouth Seaside Festival. Columbus Day Weekend in October will be bursting with fun activities and entertainment.
Folks in Yarmouth are also big baseball fans supporting their home team, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League. For more than 100 years The Cape Cod Baseball League has showcased the talents of top amateur players. Cheer on your team and watch for a future major leaguer.
Bass River Farmers Market - Locally grown produce and hand-made items for a real taste of Cape Cod.
Find a perfect fishing hole or venture out on a charter for a day of deep sea fishing. You're sure to come back with a whale of a tale to share.
Get as active as you choose, with outdoor sports and recreation in Yarmouth. Kayaking, parasail high above the ocean or enjoy the scenery from a charter cruise.
If dinning is your preference Yarmouth has many reasonably priced restaurants as well as the Anthony's Cummaquid Inn one of the Anthony Pier 4 family of restaurants. This gorgeous restaurant overlooks Cape Cod Bay and is best known for its abundance of fresh seafood.Back to Top