Cape Cod Things to Do
You could easily spend weeks exploring all the interesting things to do on Cape Cod. From Cape Cod whale watching and sightseeing tours to beachcombing along the Cape Cod National Seashore to exploring the history of the Kennedys in Hyannis, you'll have a hard time choosing what Cape Cod attractions to see first.
Hop on the Martha's Vineyard Ferry located near our hotel and visit this beautiful island. Each of the Island's six towns provides access to spectacular beaches, harbors, shops, restaurants, performing arts and attractions. Local town bands as well as visiting bands hold concerts here in the summer.
Journey down the rural roads of Martha's Vineyard, past field and farm, to the simple fishing hamlet of Menemsha. The town beach at Menemsha, overlooking Vineyard Sound, offers views of the Elizabeth Islands and is considered the perfect spot to watch the sunset. [Top]
Cape Cod Whale Watch.
Whale watching crews leave regularly from Plymouth, Barnstable and Provincetown Harbors, and most guarantee a sighting. No matter where you embark, your cruise will take you to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the Atlantic whales' favorite feeding grounds. Each year, beginning in late winter, whales return to the Sanctuary, which encompasses more than 600 square nautical miles. Since the water is shallow here, plankton upon which whales feed, rises closer to the surface. You'll see whales breaching (leaping straight out of the water into the air), spyhopping (holding their heads high out of the water as if having a look around) or sounding (executing a dive). Enjoy summer sunset whale watches, expert commentary from on-board naturalists and private charters. Provincetown is the closest port to the densely populated Stellwagen Bank making it an ideal whale watching departure point. Board one of the whale watching vessels in Provincetown Harbor, for a 3-hour whale watch into the waters of Stellwagen Bank.
Wellfleet Bay's 1,100 acres of salt marsh, sandy beach, pine woodland, freshwater pond, and rare heathland attract a wide array of wildlife, especially songbirds and shorebirds. Discover the true nature of Cape Cod as you amble along the five miles of trails that traverse these habitats. The scenic trails are complemented by the Nature Center's beautiful butterfly and hummingbird garden. [Top]
The Cape Cod National Seashore offers ranger-led activities, hour-long programs for children ages 6 to 12, including environmental games, explorations and activities, and beach browsing on the Outer Cape to find clues to the marine life offshore and the forces that shape the land during an hour-long walk. Take an hour-long tour of the Province Lands dunes to see what plants and animals call this changing land home and how they need to be protected or a two-hour open house, including information about the shipwrecks of Cape Cod and the heroic work of the life savers inside the historic Old Harbor Life Saving Station.
Take advantage of the Cape Cod cell phone tour, a cell phone interpretation program provided by the National Park Service that gives short guided messages about everything from seals to shipwrecks. Pick up a program description at the Salt Pond Visitors Center in Eastham. Access the cell phone interpretation program by calling (508) 718 - 6054.
Cape Cod Scenic Railroad.
The Cape Cod Scenic Railroad offers four scenic and exciting excursions. The Food Network featured the award-winning Elegant Dinner Train as one of the country's top three dinner trains. Recapture the romance of a by-gone era while you enjoy a five-course gourmet meal served on crisp white linen by a friendly and attentive staff as you journey through scenic Cape Cod. For a less formal train ride, try the Scenic Excursion Train. Named one of the top ten scenic train rides in the country by USA Today, the two-hour scenic excursions are perfect for all ages. You'll pass beautiful cranberry bogs, natural woodlands, and lush marshes as you make your way between Hyannis and the Cape Cod Canal on this popular Cape Cod attraction. Contact: (508) 771-3800. http://www.capetrain.com [Top]
Cape Cod Melody Tent.
Located in Hyannis, the Cape Cod Melody Tent features concerts, music, plays, events and shows, For more than 50 years, it's been one of the Cape's best places to see a concert.
Located in nearby Dennis, the Cape Playhouse is America's Oldest Professional Summer Theatre, offering a variety of Broadway plays, comedies, mysteries and musicals with matinee and evening performances and a children's theatre. [Top]
Reel Deal Fishing Charters are extremely popular in the Cape Cod area. In fact, Field & Stream magazine notes that Cape Cod has become what many saltwater anglers consider the premier striped bass fishing destination in the world. The majority of Reel Deal Fishing Charter trips go out of Pamet Harbor, Truro, however Falmouth and Martha's Vineyard are also options in their rate structure. This Cape Cod tour specializes in striped bass and blues fishing but tuna, codfish and fluke are also commonly caught. Call today to schedule a trip: (508) 487-3767, or visit www.fishreeldeal.com. Blue Claw Boat Tours
is the only Seal Cruise company from Orleans to Chatham. Call today to schedule a trip: (508) 240-5783, or visit www.blueclawboattours.com.
Eastham, Cape Cod Landmarks.
Nauset Lighthouse. Located within the Cape Cod National Seashore, Nauset Light is one of the most famous lighthouses on the east coast. Originally built in 1887, it was moved to Eastham from Chatham in 1923 to replace the Three Sisters. The upper portion of the beacon was painted red in 1940 to distinguish it from Highland and Chatham lights. Nauset Light was in danger of being lost to erosion, and in 1993 the Coast Guard proposed decommissioning the light. The light was saved, however, by the Nauset Light Preservation Society, which financed a project to move the light further inland and was finally completed in 1996. This working lighthouse is visible 15 ½ miles out to sea. [Top]
Old Eastham Windmill.
Located on the Town Green at Route 6 and Samoset Road (across from Town Hall), the Eastham Windmill was originally constructed by Thomas Paine in Plymouth in 1680. Moved to Eastham in 1793, this windmill is the oldest working historical windmill on Cape Cod, and is still occasionally used to grind corn.
Three Sisters Lighthouses.
These are located 1/2 mile from Nauset Light Beach on Cable Road. In 1837, a lighthouse station was established at Nauset Beach - halfway between the single light at Highland, and the twins at Chatham. To distinguish the Nauset Station, a keeper's house and three small towers of brick were constructed 150 feet apart. Two towers were taken out of service in 1911 and the third was replaced in 1923 with the "New Nauset Light." In 1975, the National Park Service purchased all of the Three Sisters Lights and conducted a $510,000 restoration that was completed in 1989. The Three Sisters now rest together and can be viewed with a short walk from Nauset Light Beach. [Top]
Wellfleet Drive In.
Enjoy first run double features every night starting May 23rd at the only Drive-In Theatre on Cape Cod. Built in 1957, the Wellfleet Drive-In hosts a 100' x 44' screen, and a state-of-the-art FM stereo sound system that decodes modern sound tracks. Don't have a radio? That's OK! Mono original speakers are available for your listening pleasure. There's a playground and snack bar too! The Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre is open from late April through mid September.
Wellfleet Flea Market.
Wellfleet Flea Market is truly Cape Cod's Biggest and Best! Up to 200 vendors sell it all! Shop for new items, Cape Cod memorabilia, antiques, and much more. The entire family will surely find bargains galore. There is a snack bar, playground and restrooms for your convenience.. [Top]