Cape Cod

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.

The whimsical shop carries affordable housewares and furniture like an Offi birch coffee table for $180.

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

There’s no better way to explore the coast than by water, and Jack’s will outfit you with kayaks, canoes, and Sunfish sailboats. They’ll even arrange for a temporary license if you want to fish a nearby pond.

If you’re in the mood for a pint and live music, head to this gritty nightspot, decorated with license plates from around the world. Local bands perform here a few nights of the week, and the bar menu’s quite good.

Try the bakery's buttery, cinnamony, muffin-shaped Dirt Bomb donuts. (Faithful followers have sleuthed out the recipe and make them back at home.)

You can visit even when the shop isn’t open to wander through a peaceful sculpture garden.

Set in an old Victoria home, the stationary shop has a vast and well-edited selection of cards and journals.

The property isn’t quite a museum; rather, it’s the atelier of the artist, who creates 3-D paintings inspired by her travels and Cape Cod scenery.

In North Falmouth, the crescent-shaped Old Silver Beach has calm waters that attract families.

This fishermen's hangout is a mecca for townies. If you’re an exhibitionist you can sit in the window and be seen by passersby.

Those who are fans of nostalgia and good deli food should make a stop at this general store on Route 6 near Lecount Hollow Road and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Out front is a Coca-Cola sign with "So. Wellfleet General Store" above the logo.

Chatham Pottery sells heavy ceramic pieces emblazoned with mermaids, shells, and other maritime motifs.

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 changed a shoelace machine into a braided-rug machine and started his own company.

A pair of former New Yorkers owns this Eastham gallery, which sells Colonial-era benches and chests, and paintings of local landscapes.

Run by actor Tony Curtis’s ex-wife, Leslie Curtis Antiques & Design, in Dennis, specializes in wicker.