Cape Cod is one of New England’s most recognized beach destinations with 40 miles of the breathtaking National Seashore. There is however a lot more to do in area than exploring the beaches and soaking up the sun. There are enchanting shopping areas where you can purchase everything from fine art to Cape Cod shirts, wonder theater scenes starring the best of Broadway, wild life preserves and miles of bike trails showcasing exceptional views. Following are just a few things that should be on your “Things to Do” list when you visit Cape Cod.
Cape Cod National Seashore
With its 40 breathtaking miles of pristine sandy beaches, ponds, marshes and uplands and diverse variety of species, Cape Cod National Seashore in incredible. Things to do in the area include canoeing, snorkeling, hiking, checking out the charming lighthouses, touring historic buildings, swimming, biking, or just relaxing on the beach enjoying the views. There’s so much to do here that you’ll want to take sign up for a ranger’s program so that you don’t miss anything.
Heritage Museums and Gardens
Located in Sandwich, Massachusetts the 100-acre Heritage Gardens are known for many things, including its impressive collection of rhododendrons (bloom from Memorial Day to mid-June), their Hosta collection and more than 1,000 daylily varieties. Also impressive are the Heritage museums that include American folk art and a world class collection of American automobiles. There’s also a wonderful 1919 carousel with captivating carousel figures. The Heritage Museum and Gardens are open between April and October and weekend evenings during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays for the annual Aglow festival.
Shining Sea Bikeway
This popular paved bikeway curls approximately 11 miles past seascapes, marshes, woodlands and salt ponds. The Shining Sea bikeway stretches from County Route 151 in Falmouth, all the way to Woods Hole, a historic seaside fishing village which is also home to an internationally recognized scientific community. Be sure to visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Exhibit Center while you’re there. Woods Hole also offers shopping opportunities and is a great place to buy souvenirs including hats, cups, Cape Cod shirts and more.
Chatham Pier and Fish Market
The Chatham Pier and Fish Market is a one of a kind, laid back restaurant, known as one of the best lobster shacks on Cape Cod, boasting incredible views. Best of all, you can order fresh seafood to go and enjoy it on the pier, watching the fishing boats come in with the day’s catch.
Theaters performances abound in the Cape Cod area, including the Cape symphony, along with theater’s that include the legendary Cape Playhouse, America’s oldest summer theater. There’s also the Cape Cod Melody Tent which hosts comedians, national and international artists in season. There are also outdoor concerts to enjoy during the summer.
The Village of Chatham
Whether you’re looking for a unique souvenir, Cape Cod t shirts, fine art, or handcrafted jewelry for that someone special, you’ll find it in one of the Village of Chatham’s many shops along main street. Then, take some time to relax in one of the coffee shops or restaurants. Visiting the Village at Chatham should definitely be on your “Things to Do” in Cape Cod list and it’s a great way to wrap up your visit.