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Things to do in Cape Cod

This vibrant tourist destination is always thrumming with activity and offers a selection of sights and activities for every type of traveler. Nature lovers looking for things to do in Cape Cod should begin by taking in the spectacular sand dunes, salt marshes and cranberry bogs of the Cape Cod National Seashore, with its miles of pristine beaches. Then, charter a fishing boat to try your luck or take a whale-watching cruise from Provincetown, which rides out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the feeding ground for humpback whales. Cap off an active day by renting a bike and cycling along the popular Cape Cod Rail Trail, which passes through some of Cape Cod’s most spectacular scenery.

Culture lovers looking for things to do in Cape Cod can enjoy a show at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, where a young Bette Davis once worked as an usher, or indulge in a little nostalgia by visiting an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater in Wellfleet. Visit some of the peninsula’s many museums and galleries, from the hundred-year-old Provincetown Art Association and Museum, which collects works from hundreds of artists inspired by the Lower Cape, to the small galleries in Wellfleet, which sell fine art and handcrafted trinkets from local artisans. Enjoy the history lesson at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, where you can climb to the top of the nation’s largest all-granite structure and then become immersed in the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Most importantly, don’t forget to relax on one of Cape Cod’s many beautiful beaches, like Sandy Neck Beach, Craigville Beach, or Lighthouse Beach.

  • Art's Dune Tours

    Art’s Dune Tours, in Provincetown, take travelers off road through the lunar landscape of the dunes outside town; in the distance you can see the s... More
  • Aunt Lydia’s Cove

    Lying between the Chatham mainland and Tern Island, Aunt Lydia’s Cove and its sandbars and island beaches can be viewed from Shore Road and the Cha... More
  • Beachcomber Boat Tours

    The bright-yellow vessel operated by Beachcomber Boat Tours offers seal-watching tours or drop-offs of passengers at North Beach (and pickups later... More
  • Beech Forest Trail

    Walk the mile-long Beech Forest Trail, which winds through fragile sand dunes. More
  • Bike Cape Cod's Trails

    With its relatively flat terrain and its network of paved bike trails, the Cape is perfect for family cycling outings. The seven-mile path along th... More
  • Bird Watcher’s General Store

    A symphony of chirping welcomes you to this bird-lovers paradise. The staff has tons of personality—if you tell them a joke, they’ll give you a fre... More
  • Bonatt's Bakery & Restaurant

    Bonatt’s Bakery & Restaurant, in Harwichport, is nothing to look at—but its sugarcoated Meltaway rolls are dreamy. More
  • Brewster Store

    The Brewster Store was converted from a church into a general store in 1866 and still has the requisite porch, coal stove, penny-candy display, and... More
  • Briar Lane Jams & Jellies

    This open-air stand on the side of the highway is your stop for beach plum jelly, rosehip jam, and cranberry marmalade. More
  • Candy Manor

    This sweet shop serves fudge in every flavor, from plain vanilla to Marshmallow Fluff to Reese’s. More
  • Cape Cod Braided Rug Company

    Home to the region’s largest selection of braided rugs, this Harwich company has a history dating back to 1910, when factory worker Romeo Paulus ch... More
  • Cape Cod Lavender Farm

    In a small outbuilding with an honesty box, the farm shop sells a heavenly lavender-lemon marmalade. More
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    Attend demonstrations by naturalists and a resident beekeeper, plus explore the three nature trails through protected woodland and salt marshes and... More
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    The protected Cape Cod National Seashore stretches 40 miles, from Chatham all the way north to Provincetown. It was set aside in 1961 by John F. Ke... More
  • Cape Cod Province Lands Bike Trail

    For a more active adventure, catch the eight-mile Cape Cod Province Lands Bike Trail at Race Point. It passes through sand dunes and forests and en... More

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