Things to Do in Cape Cod

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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

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... Read More

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

Walk the mile-long Beech Forest Trail, which winds through fragile sand dunes. Read More

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 the... Read More

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

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

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

This sweet shop serves fudge in every flavor, from plain vanilla to Marshmallow Fluff to Reese’s. Read More

Home to the region’s largest selection of braided rugs, this Harwich company has a history dating back to 1910, when factory worker Romeo... Read More

In a small outbuilding with an honesty box, the farm shop sells a heavenly lavender-lemon marmalade. Read More

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

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

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. Kennedy... Read More

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 ends at... Read More

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

The emphasis here, also home to the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, is on Broadway musicals. Bette Davis famously began her career here, as an usher. Read More

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

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

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... Read More

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

The tiny cottage is crammed with every kind of antique lamp imaginable. Read More

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

Craigville Beach, the place to see and be seen in Hyannis, is sometimes called Muscle Beach for its concentration of buff beachgoers. Read More

Sisters Ann Hill and Margaret Hill combined their backgrounds in design and fashion to create this eclectic boutique, which sources from abroad ... Read More

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

The rambling former residence of the famous illustrator has been turned into a museum. The first floor has an ample display of his pen-and-ink drawings,... Read More

Flyer’s Boat Shop & Rental, in Provincetown, runs a funky service out to the wild, sandy spit where the Atlantic and the bay meet. If you'd... Read More

Rent a bike at Gale Force Bike Rentals in Provincetown, pick up a map, and ride five miles along scenic High Head Road to the Cape Cod Highland... Read More

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

One of the secret springs left over from the Ice Age, hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky. Read More

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

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&rsquo... Read More

To find shabby-chic cottage décor, check out Joan Peters of Osterville. The owner’s signature Cape Cod toile design appears on fabrics,... Read More

Jobi Pottery, in Truro, has been making its retro pieces, decorated with small black fish, since 1953. Read More

A bronze statue of John F. Kennedy stands in front of this brick Colonial building, a museum dedicated to his Cape Cod life. It looks as if he had... Read More

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

Of the hundreds of galleries across Cape Cod, one of the best is this 46-year-old arts space, occupying a Greek Revival-style house with gardens. Stop... Read More

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

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

One of the secret springs left over from the Ice Age, hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky. Read More

Parking is nearly impossible at this picture-perfect cliffside beach. Read More

Map sells clothes and gifts, and has guest DJ’s like the writer Michael Cunningham. Read More

A raised platform wends its way through an amazing light-dappled swamp. The result is magical. Read More

Located on Main Street in West Chatham, this little gray cedar, cottage-style shop with a blue awning and front porch has a big customer following due... Read More

Owners Missy Smith and Sarah Rhinesmith Buckley have a great sense of style. One of the front rooms in their ship captain’s house is devoted to... Read More

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

Spread across three islands near Chatham, the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a protected area for migratory birds and a popular place to walk. If... Read More

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

Peter O’Donovan relocated from Ireland to open Chatham’s Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse, where he cures heavenly organic salmon on... Read More

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

North Beach is the topic of Henry Beston’s Outermost House and Tim Wood’s Breakthrough: The Story of Chatham’s North Beach. A flat... Read More

This one-room shack carries every kind of hammock imaginable, including crocheted models from Brazil and travel versions that fold up into a backpack. Read More

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. Read More

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

For simple fare, try the Osterville Cheese & Sandwich Shop, with a white-and-yellow awning out front and a wide selection of cheeses and wraps. Read More

This two-story house in downtown Wellfleet is the go-to place for brightly colored plates, napkins, glassware, and rugs. Read More

In the city with the highest concentration of bookstores on Cape Cod, this tiny shop stands out for its wide selection and long history, which dates... Read More

Located in a red-brick building just outside the city center, this bicycle shop is easily recognizable by a round white sign with the word “bikes... Read More

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

Rock Harbor in Orleans has planted trees in the surf to mark the channel for boats, and they make for a striking silhouette against the colorful sky. Read More

Whether you want furniture painted by Peter Hunt or vintage firearms, this comprehensive shop has it all. Read More

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

The six-mile-long, dune-capped Sandy Neck Beach, in West Barnstable and Sandwich, is populated by more piping plovers than people. Read More

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

Set in a former 1844 schoolhouse, the galery focuses on photography-but also exhibits prints and paintings by area artists, as well as modern furniture,... Read More

The four-mile Shining Sea Bike Path, from Falmouth to Woods Hole, follows the ocean and runs through woodlands, marshes, and salt ponds. Read More

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

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... Read More

This unvisited secret spring was left over from the Ice Age and is hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky. Read More

One of the hidden gems of Cape Cod is Falmouth’s Spohr Gardens, laid out in the 1950’s by Margaret and Charles D. Spohr and now owned by a... Read More

For picnic supplies, check out the Brown Jug, a gourmet grocery in Sandwich. They’ll also put together a basket for you, complete with cloth... Read More

The colorful display outside the beachfront shop makes for a popular photo spot in P-town. Read More

To get there, take the car ferry from Wood's Hole, MA, to Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a short, pretty trip through calm waters. ... Read More

In the center of Sandwich, the Weather Store carries barometers, thermometers, and everything else weather-related, both old and new. Read More

It’s not Napa Valley, but during a tasting you can try some decent wines that are cultivated in the area, plus (for adventurous palates) a special... Read More

Operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the network of trails here extends some five miles, encompassing woodlands, salt marsh, barrier beaches,... Read More

The only drive-in theatre still operating on Cape Cod, this nostalgic landmark first opened on Route Six in 1957. Every night from late May until Labor... Read More

Performances have included productions by David Mamet and Sam Shepard. Last summer, W.H.A.T.—as it’s commonly known in these parts&mdash... Read More

Located on the end of MacMillan Wharf, this small museum showcases artifacts from the only verified pirate shipwreck ever found: the Whydah, an 18th... Read More

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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