Perched throughout the attractive shoreline of Massachusetts, Cape Cod is a dreamy peninsular to go to while exploring the northeast of the USA. Not solely does it have heaps of seashores, gorgeous little cities nevertheless it additionally has a load of historical past that’s properly price a gander. Belief me, there are such a lot of epic and greatest issues to do in Cape Cod that you just gained’t wanna go away!
We love visiting Massachusetts and it’s the form of US states that’s a lot greater than Boston! Sure, it’s unbelievable (and one in all our favorite cities within the US) however the state has heaps extra to see and do. From a few of the best hikes to explore, to the attractive rural areas of Mount Washington State Forest – it’s the form of state that’s crammed with range…
… and that is no extra true than in Cape Cod!
So, that will help you get essentially the most out of your time, I wished to share some completely epic gems you may’t miss while visiting Cape Cod.
Have a look, under, at the most effective issues to do in Cape Cod. Have an incredible time exploring Massachusetts. We like it!
1.) Martha’s Winery
In all probability one of many East Coast’s extra well-known islands, Martha’s Winery is a completely gorgeous little spot to discover that’s simply south of Cape Cod Peninsular. Better of all, it’s completely straightforward to go to from Woods Gap (Falmouth) or Hyannis and excellent for a number of days journey.
As soon as right here, it’s important to stroll the streets at Oak Bluffs (which is often the place the boats arrive). After taking within the quaint little harbour, head over to the Flying Horses Carousel. It’s the oldest, nonetheless working carousel which you can experience in the entire nation. Courting again to the 1800s, it’s an epic slice of historical past you may’t miss.
If it’s seashores you’re after, then head throughout to Joseph Sylvia State Seashore. This attractive spit of sandy land that’s excellent to go to. We love the tip close to Edgartown.
For an awesome sundown, head over to Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook. The views throughout Winery Sound and the Atlantic are simply breathtaking.
Plus, you may simply go to Homosexual Head Lighthouse which’s a stone’s throw from the overlook itself.
Lastly, for a chilled-out (and completely yummy) chunk to eat, head over to the Seafood Shanty in Edgartown. Their New England clam chowder is all the things!
2.) Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore
A go to to the nationwide seashore is definitely among the finest issues to do in Cape Cod. In any case, this peninsular is famed for its gorgeous coastal routes and guarded shoreline that’s simply too stunning to overlook.
In truth, if you happen to’re driving throughout Cape Cod, it’s kinda exhausting to overlook the Nationwide Seashore. You see, it’s proper on the route between Namskaket and Provincetown and Cape Cod Bay. Actually, you’ll undoubtedly spot it if you happen to’re already following Route 6 within the automobile.
With over 40-miles of shoreline, Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore is a spot you make for the attractive seashores. Among the loveliest are; Head of Meadow Seashore, Highland Seashore and Race Level Seashore (nearer Provincetown).
Although, to be sincere, the entire shoreline is gorgeous and you may’t actually go fallacious with any of them!
For essentially the most attractive trails, head over to Wood End Lighthouse that dates all the best way again to the 1800s. From right here, you’ll get to ramble in direction of Lengthy Level Seashore.
Plus, in good climate, you may cross the rocky Provincetown Causeway that stretches throughout the bay from Provincetown to Wooden Finish itself.
A part of the cluster of villages that make up the broader Barnstaple space, Hyannis may look like a sleepy little spot however that’s its attraction.
Plus, it’s bought heaps to see and is definitely among the finest issues to do in Cape Cod in order for you extra time inside its cities.
After arriving, be certain to go to the John F. Kennedy Memorial. It is without doubt one of the most iconic museums in Cape Cod that may’t be missed.
Getting peckish? Head into Spanky’s Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon for his or her freshly-made lobster bisque and fried oysters which can be all caught regionally. It’s so yummy for lunch.
Lastly, you may simply hop on one of many Hy-Line Cruises from the harbourfront at Hyannis, too. These are nice for his or her Harbour Cruise Tour or taking a visit to Martha’s Winery. It’s all completely straightforward!
For a seashore spot within the village, stroll on over to the cosy Kalmus Seashore. It is without doubt one of the standard white-sand seashores in Cap Code that’s inside a village itself.
Yeah, it’s smaller than most (and never fairly as breathtaking because the seashores across the nationwide shoreline however nonetheless price a glance if you happen to’re already in Hyannis.
Should you’re planning an extended keep in Hyannis (or the Barnstaple space), be certain to go to the Cape Cod Museum of Art, too. It’s an iconic spot that reveals some fairly unbelievable seasonal collections.
Simply at the beginning of the Cape Cod peninsular (dealing with into Cape Cod Bay), Sandwich is a cluster of little settlements that you just’ll virtually definitely go alongside your highway journey.
It’s among the finest issues to do in Cape Cod if you happen to fancy a bigger city or don’t fancy driving all the best way round to Provincetown itself. Although, to be sincere, I’d at all times suggest attending to Provincetown.
After spending just a little time strolling the streets, head over to tour the Sandwich Glass Museum. It’s a completely fascinating museum that includes historic and trendy shows of glass artwork, in addition to 6,000 items of glass produced within the nineteenth century!
You’ll study and discover the historical past and strategies of glassmaking and sandwich glass that’s fairly distinctive.
Not solely that, in Sandwich you may discover the Heritage Museums & Gardens that’s so peaceable and properly price a stroll. The gardens are attractive and a basic automobile assortment besides!
For a hearty lunch, get your self over to Seafood Sam’s; their lobster rolls can’t be missed on a Tuesday!
5.) Cape Cod Rail Path
Not all the things in Cape Cod is all in regards to the cities and seashore; there’s additionally heaps of trails to observe that crisis-cross the peninsular itself.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is one in all these!
Connecting Dennis and Wellfleet, this 25 mile (or so) path is without doubt one of the greatest issues to do in Cape Cod if you happen to’ve introduced your bike. You see, the paths are well-paved bike and is ideal to have a pleasant afternoon bike experience.
Oh, and don’t neglect to incorporate Shining Solar Bikeway in Falmouth, too. It’s an awesome little spot to seek out extra coastal routes on two wheels!
In all probability essentially the most well-known city in Cape Cod, Provincetown is correct on the finish of Cape Cod Penisular and completely picturesque to go to.
With an old-school attraction and eccentric little streets, it’s the form of place that feels prefer it belongs in storybooks. Yeah, I understand how tacky that sounds nevertheless it’s the reality!
After driving up, past Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore, park up at one of many personal heaps close to MacMillan Pier. I feel we used Grace Hall Parking Lot and it was completely straightforward and never fairly as costly as some others.
As you wander, you should definitely discover the city’s lengthy historical past at Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Each are superb to go to and also you kinda can’t miss them when within the space.
Plus, the Pilgrim Monument is the tallest construction which you’ll be able to climb and see the superb views of the broader Cape Cod space.
If the climate isn’t holding up, pop into the Provincetown Museum which options the exhibition of the city’s lengthy historical past.
For a tasty deal with, head into The Lobster Pot; which is one thing of an establishment within the city. Completely relaxed, it serves up a few of the tastiest grilled halibut and lobster pot pie in all of Cape Cod.
7.) Race Level Seashore
Simply a favorite seashore in Cape Cod, Race Level Seashore is well-known on the peninsular for having among the finest seashores. It’s completely superb.
At sure instances of the 12 months, you may even spot some seals and whales from the shore itself. Oh, and on that notice, at all times be careful for wildlife on the shores right here; there may be rays and typically sharks that frequent the waters.
Plus, because it’s inside straightforward attain of Provincetown, you may completely pop over for a half-day wander earlier than heading again to city.
8.) Marconi Seashore
Speaking of seashores, don’t neglect to cease off in Wellfleet and go to Marconi Seashore, too. It’s round a mile away from the historic Marconi Wi-fi Station and completely straightforward to go to as you drive throughout Cape Cod Bay.
Not solely is the seashore itself a complete gem however the dunes listed below are one-of-a-kind. Their so tall and unbelievable to discover by foot!
Although, it could get windy on sure days so at all times take layers with you.
Very easy to go to earlier than or after a ship journey to Martha’s Winery, Falmouth is a stunning city to discover in Cape Cod.
It’s the form of spot that’s bought just a little one thing for everybody, particularly with the historic Nobska Lighthouse, Falmouth Seashore and one other Seafood Sam’s (if you happen to didn’t get your fill in Sandwich).
Additionally, for a tasty dinner, ebook a desk at Landfall Restaurant. Their fisherman’s platter is a complete deal with.
10.) Nickerson State Park
Fancy staying away from the shoreline? Then park up at Nickerson State Park. Nestled in between Brewster and Namskaket, it’s a tranquil little spot to discover by foot and even camp for a number of nights.
The entire space round Cliff Pond is gorgeous and appears like one million miles away from the close by cities. It’s virtually like just a little retreat in Cape Cod, particularly when strolling the Cliff Pond Loop Path.
South dealing with, overlooking the ocean to Nantucket, visiting Chatham is without doubt one of the greatest issues to do in Cape Cod for its centuries of historical past.
It’s a historical past buffs dream spot to go to, particularly with the protected websites and museums that line the streets. As soon as right here, take a gander across the Chatham Lighthouse and the Godfrey Windmill (that was constructed within the 1700s).
Oh, and don’t neglect a go to to the Chatham Railroad Museum and the Chatham Marconi Maritime Middle that’s simply north of the primary a part of the city.
Additionally, for a few of the greatest Oysters this aspect of Massachusetts, pop into Impudent Oyster. Their recent oysters and littlenecks are too good to overlook.