Things to do in Cape Cod

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The best thing about Cape Cod is that it has something to appeal to every type of traveler. For beachgoers, the Cape Cod National Seashore is paradis... Read More

The best thing about Cape Cod is that it has something to appeal to every type of traveler. For beachgoers, the Cape Cod National Seashore is paradise, with its spectacular sand dunes and miles of pristine beaches like Race Point, Nauset, and Coast Guard Beach. And don’t miss some of Cape Cod’s other beautiful stretches, such as Chatham’s Lighthouse Beach. Adventurers will want to rent a bike and cycle along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which passes through some of the area’s most stunning scenery. For animal lovers, getting out on the water with a cruise to see dolphins, seals, and humpback whales is a must. There’s plenty for culture buffs, too: take in a play at the Monomoy Theater or visit the Cape’s many museums and galleries, including the Sandwich Glass Museum, which showcases the town’s glassmaking tradition. And then there’s the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, in Brewster, which celebrates the innate beauty of the area.

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  • Art's Dunes Tours in Cape Cod Courtesy of Art's Dunes Tours
    Art's Dune Tours

    Get off-road and explore the lunar landscape of the dunes beyond Provincetown. Art’s Dune Tours takes travelers out in old four-wheel-drive Suburbans.... Read More

  • Blue Claw Boat Tours in Cape Cod Courtesy of Blue Claw Boat Tours
    Blue Claw Boat Tours

    These cruises take adventurers from Orleans to Chatham Harbor to see seals in their natural habitat. On one of the beachcombing expeditions, you can... Read More

  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Courtesy of Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
    Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    At this museum dedicated to the pristine ecology of the Cape, naturalists and a resident beekeeper host demonstrations for guests. You can also explore... Read More

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    Cape Cod National Sea Shore Guided Tours

    We have John F. Kennedy to thank for his move to protect the Cape Cod National Seashore, which stretches 40 miles from Chatham to Provincetown. Besides... Read More

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    Cape Cod Rail Trail

    Built on an old railway bed, the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail is perfect for a daylong biking adventure: it has paved trails through the flat terrain, as... Read More

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    Catboat Rides

    Captain Marcus Sherman, a native Cape Codder, has been taking passengers sailing in Hyannis Harbor since 1989. Besides getting to hang out with the... Read More

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    Coast Guard Beach

    Eastham’s Coast Guard Beach is a must-visit for its large waves (great for boogie-boarding and surfing) and a boardwalk that runs right to the beach.... Read More

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    Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

    Trained naturalists take guests on four-hour boat trips off the coast of Provincetown to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which is the... Read More

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    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    There's something for everyone here: stroll the 100 acres of gardens, check out collections of antique cars and folk art, ride on a vintage carousel, or... Read More

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    Lighthouse Beach

    Set beneath the iconic lighthouse in Chatham, scenic Lighthouse Beach is the place for long walks, kite flying, and picnics by the shore. This wild... Read More

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    Monomoy Island Ferry

    Captain Keith Lincoln will take you aboard the Rip Ryder to tour the natural beauty of the Monomoy Islands, a protected area for migratory birds and a... Read More

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    Monomoy Theatre

    Summer stock theater generally gets a bad rap, but the repertory productions at Harwich’s Monomoy Theatre are first-rate. Read More

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    Nauset Beach

    This expansive strand in East Orleans is one of the more easily accessible parts of the Cape Cod National Seashore, since you can park just steps from... Read More

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    Race Point Beach

    At the tip of Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown is Race Point, a wide beach where dolphins and whales are often spotted offshore. Active types... Read More

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    Sandwich Glass Museum

    The town of Sandwich is the oldest community on Cape Cod and is known for its glassmaking heritage. This museum, housed in a red-brick building on Main... Read More

  • Skull Island Sports World in Cape Cod Courtesy of Skull Island Sports World
    Skull Island Sports World

    Families flock to this action-packed amusement area in South Yarmouth that will keep the kids entertained for hours on end. You’ll find zippy little go... Read More

  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium in Cape Cod

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    Woods Hole Science Aquarium

    A great place to visit on a rainy day, this small public aquarium is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has more than... Read More

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