Striped bass, bluefish, cod, tuna and shark are a few of the sports fish you may reel in while vacationing on Cape Cod. Sign up for a full or half day on a professionally chartered boat. Small family-run operations, fishing excursions are with licensed captains who have navigated Cape waters for years and can insure a safe and bountiful trip. Cape Cod Sport Fishing
Bikers will find access to Cape Cod’s beautiful Rail Trail, a paved path that runs for the most part over the abandoned rail bed of the Old Colony Railroad, right on property. Stretching from Dennis to Wellfleet, the bike path is twenty-six miles in length and offers a back country view of Cape Cod. The newly finished Chatham spur is a very doable day excursion. Head off in the morning for lunch and some of the best boutique shopping on all of Cape Cod. Or take one of many water tours out to Monomoy’s seal colony. The playful seals are sure to entertain.
The headquarters of the National Seashore is newly renovated and offers natural and historical information about the Park. Informative movies highlight a wide range of topics from Guglelimo Marconi, Henry David Thoreau to the history of the Coast Guard. This marks the entrance to arguably the finest beaches – Coast Guard and Nauset Light. Here the waves roll in with great force making swimming, surfing and body boarding popular. You may even find yourself alongside a seal as they are frequent visitors to this rough surf.
Twenty six miles of paved paths from Dennis to Wellfleet offer a healthy way to explore the natural beauty of Cape Cod. Along the way are many great places to stop for fun and a picnic as the Trail winds its way through the Outer Cape.
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There are large colonies of Harbor seals living on Monomoy Island off Chatham. Tours to their playground take about two hours. The seals are expressive and entertaining, often swimming under and around your boat or gently bobbing with their dog-like heads poking out of the water.
Don’t miss taking a trip out to see the whales. Whether from Hyannis or Provincetown this is an excursion you won’t soon forget. The giant Humpbacks have lots of fun out on the water, breaching, diving, spouting and seemingly carrying on without a care. You may also spot the Finback, Minke or rare North Atlantic Right Whales, and even a dolphin or two. Sunset cruises are especially spectacular. Mid-April through Late-October.
Starting around mid-April the Herrings can be spotted making their arduous runs up the falls to breeding grounds. It is awe inspiring to see these fish jump through the air as they swim upstream and over falls to inland waters. There are many runs throughout the Cape. In West Harwich check out Depot Street and all along the Herring River and its tributaries.
A great family activity is digging for clams including steamers, quahogs, mussels and more. There are a lot of rules surrounding this activity and you do need a rake and bucket, so your best bet is probably going with a guide. They can take you to the choicest areas, help you harvest according to the rules, plus they’ll likely offer great suggestions for preparing your catch.
Located in Brewster on Route 6A, the Cape Cod Natural Museum of Science showcases the flora and fauna of Cape Cod. The surrounding eighty acres of and and abutting three hundred acres of conservation property provide the backdrop for hiking trails through salt marshes and dunes to Cape Cod Bay. Watch the tides, as some trails submerge during portions of each day.
On the Herring River in Harwich, high tide is a great time to explore this beautiful waterway lined with lush green marsh grass. On view, Egrets, Blue Herons and Ospreys among other wildlife. Guided tours lasting hours are available throughout Cape Cod, even some at sunset on the Bay.
World renowned for its dedication to marine science over seventy years, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is located in Woods Hole. During the summer, free guided tours through the docks and restricted areas of the facility are a little over an hour long. There is also an Exhibit Center which provides information about the Institute’s research and vessels. Learn more about Alvin and the wreck of the Titanic.
Most people interested in touring the Islands take a ferry. Nantucket is compact and upscale featuring a picturesque downtown with cobblestone streets, boutique shopping and excellent restaurants. The newly renovated Whaling Museum is a must see. There is a direct ferry from Harwich Port to Nantucket available at Saquatucket Harbor. Martha’s Vineyard is larger with six distinctive towns, rolling hills and the breathtaking cliffs by Gay Head Lighthouse. Taking your car has its benefits, but you need to plan ahead for ferry reservations. Bikes and trolley tours are available on arrival. Both Islands are definitely worth a visit.
Enjoy eighteen holes of championship golf on the public Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich. There are many challenges for golfers in the towns along Cape Cod, so pack your clubs.
This is baseball at its best. College stars from around the country are invited to play in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball summer league each year. There are ten teams that play games nearly every night of the week. Whitehouse Field is home to the Harwich Mariners. Games are free and the atmosphere is good old fashion fun.
The September Harwich Cranberry Festival takes place over ten days on Oak Street and honors the cranberry, a unique fruit still grown and harvested in bogs across the Cape. There is something of interest for the whole family including crafts, beach parties, carnival rides, fireworks, traditional foods, live music and more. Drawing nearly 100,000, its popularity makes it one of America’s top small town festivals.
Harwich Junior Theatre offers some wonderful plays all summer long right here in town. In addition, there are many shows in Dennis, Chatham, Orleans and Provincetown that star famous actors and actresses from around the country. You’ll enjoy old favorites as well as novel new stories by talented local playwrights.
Watching a double feature on a giant movie screen outdoors brings many of us back to childhood. There are not too many of these old drive-ins left around the country. Lucky for us, the Wellfleet Drive-In is alive and well. Enjoy the summer block busters from your car. You may want to bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray for extra comfort. A great snack bar serves everything from burgers and fries to popcorn and of course there is a modest playground for the kids to enjoy before the show and during intermission.
Lining most of the major thoroughfares are mini golf opportunities with pirate, shark and seaside themes. These are busy and popular so plan on a few hours depending on the crowds.
Not far from the center of Harwich on Route 28 is a variety of activities that kids just love. Tiny trampolines provide high jumping fun while bumper cars on water with squirt guns add a twist to an old carnival favorite. The batting cages are great practice for anyone looking to improve their swing or just hit a few “over the fence”. For the perfect ending, cross the street to the A & W Restaurant and a delicious root beer float.
Commemorating the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown, the Pilgrim Monument was completed in 1910. It stands 252-feet high and is constructed of granite. Visitors are welcome to climb to the top using an indoor stairway where they are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. If you’re here around Thanksgiving an added treat is the lighting of the Monument. Holiday lights strewn from the top to the bottom create a giant Christmas tree which glows bright through New Year’s Day. Spectacular. In addition to information about the Pilgrims, a museum on site provides the history of Provincetown.
There are many lighthouses dotting the coast from Falmouth to Provincetown offering great photo opportunities. Some are open and welcome visitors to take a tour inside. If you get an opportunity, it is worth the vertical scare. Guides are usually entertaining with stories about the role of these important beacons to ships navigating the Cape’s notoriously treacherous waters.
Held every summer in July, the Barnstable County Fair celebrates the region’s pastimes. There are landscape displays, livestock shows, horse and oxen pulls, blacksmith demos, 4-H exhibits, arts and crafts, petting zoos, carnival rides and amusements, outdoor concerts plus plenty of hot dogs, fried dough and cotton candy! The fairgrounds are located in Falmouth and are open from 4 to 10 pm during the week with longer hours on the weekend. Parking is free.