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 effectively value a gander. Belief me, there are such a lot of epic and greatest issues to do in Cape Cod that you simply gained’t wanna depart!
We love visiting Massachusetts and it’s the form of US states that’s a lot greater than Boston! Sure, it’s unimaginable (and one in every of our favorite cities within the US) however the state has heaps extra to see and do. From among the greatest hikes to discover, to the attractive rural areas of Mount Washington State Forest – it’s the form of state that’s full of variety…
… and that is no extra true than in Cape Cod!
So, that can assist you get probably 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 one of the best issues to do in Cape Cod. Have an incredible time exploring Massachusetts. We adore it!
1.) Martha’s Winery
Most likely one of many East Coast’s extra well-known islands, Martha’s Winery is a very 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 you can trip 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 Seaside. This attractive spit of sandy land that’s excellent to go to. We love the top close to Edgartown.
For an amazing 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 the whole lot!
2.) Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore
A go to to the nationwide seashore is definitely among the best issues to do in Cape Cod. In spite of everything, this peninsular is famed for its gorgeous coastal routes and guarded shoreline that’s simply too lovely to overlook.
Honestly, in the event you’re driving throughout Cape Cod, it’s kinda onerous to overlook the Nationwide Seashore. You see, it’s proper on the route between Namskaket and Provincetown and Cape Cod Bay. The truth is, you’ll positively spot it in the event you’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. A few of the loveliest are; Head of Meadow Seaside, Highland Seaside and Race Level Seaside (nearer Provincetown).
Although, to be sincere, the entire shoreline is gorgeous and you may’t actually go mistaken with any of them!
For probably the most attractive trails, head over to Wooden Finish Lighthouse that dates all the way in which again to the 1800s. From right here, you’ll get to ramble in the direction of Lengthy Level Seaside.
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 would possibly seem to be a sleepy little spot however that’s its appeal.
Plus, it’s received heaps to see and is definitely among the best issues to do in Cape Cod if you’d like extra time inside its cities.
After arriving, be sure that to go to the John F. Kennedy Memorial. It is likely 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 domestically. 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 Seaside. It is likely one of the fashionable 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 value a glance in the event you’re already in Hyannis.
For those who’re planning an extended keep in Hyannis (or the Barnstaple space), be sure that to go to the Cape Cod Museum of Artwork, too. It’s an iconic spot that displays some fairly unimaginable seasonal collections.
Simply in the beginning of the Cape Cod peninsular (going through into Cape Cod Bay), Sandwich is a cluster of little settlements that you simply’ll virtually actually cross alongside your street journey.
It’s among the best issues to do in Cape Cod in the event you fancy a bigger city or don’t fancy driving all the way in which round to Provincetown itself. Although, to be sincere, I’d all the time suggest attending to Provincetown.
After spending somewhat time strolling the streets, head over to tour the Sandwich Glass Museum. It’s a very 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 be taught 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 effectively value a stroll. The gardens are attractive and a traditional 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 the whole lot in Cape Cod is all in regards to the cities and seashore; there’s additionally heaps of trails to comply with that crisis-cross the peninsular itself.
The Cape Cod Rail Path is one in every of these!
Connecting Dennis and Wellfleet, this 25 mile (or so) path is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Cape Cod in the event you’ve introduced your bike. You see, the paths are well-paved bike and is ideal to have a pleasant afternoon bike trip.
Oh, and don’t neglect to incorporate Shining Solar Bikeway in Falmouth, too. It’s an amazing little spot to seek out extra coastal routes on two wheels!
Most likely probably the most well-known city in Cape Cod, Provincetown is true on the finish of Cape Cod Penisular and completely picturesque to go to.
With an old-school appeal 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 non-public tons close to MacMillan Pier. I believe we used Grace Corridor Parking Lot and it was completely straightforward and never fairly as costly as some others.
As you wander, be sure you 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 among the tastiest grilled halibut and lobster pot pie in all of Cape Cod.
7.) Race Level Seaside
Simply a favorite seashore in Cape Cod, Race Level Seaside is well-known on the peninsular for having among the best seashores. It’s completely superb.
At sure occasions of the 12 months, you would possibly even spot some seals and whales from the shore itself. Oh, and on that observe, all the time be careful for wildlife on the shores right here; there will be rays and generally 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 Seaside
Speaking of seashores, don’t neglect to cease off in Wellfleet and go to Marconi Seaside, 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 unimaginable to discover by foot!
Although, it will possibly get windy on sure days so all the time take layers with you.
Very easy to go to earlier than or after a ship journey to Martha’s Winery, Falmouth is a beautiful city to discover in Cape Cod.
It’s the form of spot that’s received somewhat one thing for everybody, particularly with the historic Nobska Lighthouse, Falmouth Seaside and one other Seafood Sam’s (in the event you didn’t get your fill in Sandwich).
Additionally, for a tasty dinner, e book 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 1,000,000 miles away from the close by cities. It’s virtually like somewhat retreat in Cape Cod, particularly when strolling the Cliff Pond Loop Path.
South going through, overlooking the ocean to Nantucket, visiting Chatham is likely 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 Heart that’s simply north of the primary a part of the city.
Additionally, for among the greatest Oysters this aspect of Massachusetts, pop into Impudent Oyster. Their contemporary oysters and littlenecks are too good to overlook.