Things To Do

During your Cape Cod vacation, it’s easy to fill a day with lazy walks on the beautiful beaches, pass the time playing in the surf, or enjoy the sights and some fine dining.

Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Cape Cod, as well as some of the most popular attractions in the area.

Beaches: Guests can enjoy the use of the beach at the end of the block, or take a 5-minute walk to Englewood Beach where you can swim and watch the sailboats sway in the surf. If you have forgotten your beach chair or towel just let us know and we’ll provide you with one. Or, if you are planning a serious beach day, Seagull Beach is the perfect spot. It is located just two miles away.

  • Ballston Beach, Truro

  • Beech Forest, Provincetown

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

  • Coast Guard Beach, Eastham
    A great beach to hike, relax, and soak up the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

  • Fox Hill Beach, Chatham

  • Gray’s Beach, Yarmouth Port

  • Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown
    Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Herring Cove is Provincetown’s most popular beach.

  • Kalmus Beach, Hyannis
    Its convenient location makes Kalmus one of the Hyannis area’s most popular beaches.

  • Marconi Beach, Wellfleet

  • Sandy Neck Beach, Sandwich
    This scenic stretch of beach on charming Cape Cod is perfect for relaxing, birdwatching, and hiking

More of our favorites:

Sightseeing: There is so much to see from the oldest house on Cape Cod(The Hoxie House) in Sandwich to the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown . Each town on the Cape has much to offer, from quaint little shops to gourmet restaurants. If you take a trip down Route 6A you’ll be sure to see what Cape Cod looks like at its best. Plymouth is also just 40 minutes away where you can see for yourself where it all began by visiting Plymouth Rock , the Mayflower II, and Plimouth Plantation which is a working Pilgrim farm.

Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich especially at the end of May and beginning of June when all of the rhododendrons are in bloom.

  • JFK Memorial and Museum in Hyannis. If you want to see the Kennedy Compound the only way to see it is to take a Harbor cruise in Hyannis Harbor. If you enjoy sailing we recommend the Catboat which is stationed right at the Harbor. Cruises leave every two hours.

  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster- don’t miss the marsh cruises and seal watches.

  • Main Street of Chatham- mainly for shopping but also for a great view!

  • Scargo Hill Observatory in Dennis where you can see all the way to Provincetown on a clear day.

  • Salt Pond Visitors Center in Eastham, which is the beginning of the National Seashore.

  • National Marine Fisheries Aquarium in Woods Hole. Don’t miss the Titanic exhibit when you’re in Woods Hole. They have a bunch of interesting things to see.

  • Nature trails in Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Art’s Dune Tours- a beach buggy tour through the National Seashore and sand dunes.

  • Take a Bass River tour and learn lots of interesting history or a Duckmobile ride through the town and harbor of Hyannis.

  • Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown has a very interesting museum featuring historical relics and one entire section devoted to artifacts recovered from the pirate ship Whiddah. Then, you can climb LOTS of stairs to the top of the monument for a spectacular view of Cape Cod

  • Other popular Cape Cod attractions:

    Art Galleries/Theatres:

    • Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis
      This popular theater-in-the-round stages plays and concerts.

    • Cape Playhouse, Dennis
      One of America’s oldest playhouses, established in 1927.

    • Left Bank Art Gallery, Wellfleet

    • Provincetown Repertory Theater, Provincetown
      This acclaimed company presents a mix of classic and modern productions

    • Rice-Polak Gallery, Provincetown

    • Sydenstricker Glass Galleries, Brewster

    • Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Wellfleet

    • William Scott Gallery, Provincetown

    Museums:

    • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster
      Museum offers a day-long camp for kids.

    • Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis

    • Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich
      You can enjoy more than 70 acres of gardens after visiting the art and history museums at the Heritage.

    • John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, Hyannis
      This museum boasts a multi-media exhibit highlighting the at ease times former President John F. Kennedy spent with family and friends on Cape Cod.

    • Old Grist Mill Museum, Brewster
      Part of the Longfellow Wayside Inn, a National Historic Site, this is a replica of an early 1740s grist mill that is still used for grinding grains for use and sale at the Inn.

    • Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham
      Popular replica of an Indian settlement.

    • Thornton W. Burgess Museum, Sandwich
      Preserved in a 18th-century house, the life and works of Thornton Burgess, renowned children’s author and naturalist, are displayed

    • Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich
      The museum details the history of the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company

    • Whydah Museum, Provincetown

    Historical Sites/Monuments:

    • Captain Penniman House, Eastham

    • Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham
      One of the most famous and interesting lighthouses on Cape Cod.

    • Crosby Mansion, Brewster
      Grand Victorian mansion built around a Cape Cod cottage.

    • Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port
      Dedicated to the author-illustrator, Edward Gorey, and to raising awareness for animal welfare issues.

    • Fort Hill Rural Historic District, Eastham
      A scenic and historic walking trail managed by the Cape Cod National Seashore.

    • Highland Light, Truro
      This lighthouse was the first light sailors glimpsed when reaching this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

    • Hoxie House, Sandwich
      Built in 1637, this is believed to be the oldest house on Cape Cod.

    • Mayflower Steps, Provincetown
      A plaque beside these steps commemorates Provincetown as the first landing spot for the Pilgrims in the New World.

    • Nauset Lighthouse, Eastham
      Famous Cape Cod landmark.

    • Race Point Lighthouse, Provincetown
      This historic Cape Cod lighthouse has been in operation since 1816.

    • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Barnstable
      The church and its gardens offer quiet walks for visitors.

    • Scargo Hill Observation Tower, Dennis
      The highest point of land on Cape Cod, the view from this stone observation tower sweeps across Cape Cod Bay to Provincetown.

    • Sturgis Library, Barnstable

    • The Marconi Site, South Wellfleet
      The site of the first trans-Atlantic message, transmitted by the “Father of Radio,” Guglielmo Marconi.

    • Quaker Friends Meetinghouse, East Sandwich

    • West Parish Meetinghouse, West Barnstable

    • White Cedar Swamp, Wellfleet
      The site of Marconi’s wireless transmission station.

    Tours:

    • Art’s Dune Tours, Provincetown
      Explore Cape Cod’s scenic beaches and dunes in a driving tour with guide.

    • Cape Cod Glass Works, Sandwich
      Visit this special shop that makes unique hand-crafted glass objects.

    • Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory, Hyannis
      This busy assembly line produces 150,000 to 200,000 bags of chips a day.

    • Cape Cod Scenic Railroad, Hyannis

    • Cape Cod Winery, East Falmouth

    • Crystal by Pairpoint, Sandwich
      Tour the shop and factory that produces full lead crystal with the same methods used in 1837

    • OceanQuest, Woods Hole
      This research vessel’s educational cruises offer hands-on lessons in marine life.

    • Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, North Truro
      A New England vineyard on the Cape.

    • Starfish Bass River Cruises, West Dennis

    Educational sites:

    • Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole
      Marine biology center offering tours and exhibits for the public.

    • Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries, Woods Hole
      The oldest aquarium in the U.S. emphasizes learning activities for children

    • Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, East Sandwich
      This unique spot boasts beautiful gardens and nature trails, as well as a jam-making kitchen.

    • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole
      Internationally renowned marine biology research center.

    Gift Certificates: The Cape has 40 golf courses to call its own, the largest concentration being in Yarmouth. There are courses for all types of players from beginner to expert. Some courses require up to 7 days notice for reserving tee times.

    Golf Courses:

    Just for fun:

    • Bass River Sports World, South Yarmouth — A recreation center offering a wide variety of fun sports such as mini-golf, basketball, softball, baseball machines, and paintball.

    • Chatham Candy Manor, Cape Cod

    • Cape Cod Storyland Golf, Hyannis — Cape Cod history is the theme of this miniature golf course

    • Pirate’s Cove, South Yarmouth — This golf-and-games complex has a pirate/adventure theme.

    • Putter’s Paradise, West Yarmouth — The spouting white whale is this mini-golf course’s signature feature.

    • Sandwich Mini Golf, Sandwich

    Ferries:

    • Steamship Authority – From Woods Hole or Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard (the only ferry that accommodates cars) or Nantucket

    • Island Queen – Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard

    • Hy-Line Cruises – Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket (high speed)

     

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