Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod, MA

Things to do - general

Cape Cod is a peninsula off the mainland of Massachusetts that also includes the islands of Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket. There are 15 distinctive towns some of which are also broken down into villages and hamlets. These towns are grouped into 4 sections that include the Upper Cape, Mid-Cape, Lower Cape and Outer Cape. Provincetown is at the tip of the Outer Cape and is only about 70 miles from Bourne in the Upper Cape, closest to the mainland. Each of these areas offer things to do that not only represent their culture, heritage and history but also invite tourists to their area. One thing that you will find throughout are miles and miles of pristine beaches to enjoy. Cape Cod has become a popular year-round tourist destination boasting land and sea activities, historical sites, festivals and events, golf courses, restaurants and many other attractions.

Yarmouth is in the Mid-Cape section of Cape Cod and is a good starting point for exploring the rest of Cape Cod. You can get to Provincetown on the tip of the Outer Cape in less than hour and to Bourne, the closest town to the mainland in 30 minutes. Once you have finished exploring all that Yarmouth, the second oldest town on Cape Cod, has to offer you can easily travel to other areas of the Cape that interest you, as well.

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The Ocean Club on Smuggler's Beach

The Ocean Club on Smuggler's Beach

329 South Shore Drive, Cape Cod, MA
Located in South Yarmouth, in one of Cape Cod’s premier vacation spots, is the Ocean Club on Smuggle More info

Explore

The Great Outdoors
Cape Cod is home to pristine coastlines, natural beauty and plenty of outdoor recreation to keep you busy throughout your entire stay at the Ocean Club.

One of the most exciting activities offered in the Cape are the whale-watching cruises, offered by several different companies in the area. The focus of a whale-watching cruise is to increase awareness about whales, other marine life and their natural habitat – the ocean. Take incredible photos, learn some interesting facts about whales and spot some of the gentle giants that swim off the Cape’s coast.

In Cape Cod, there are more than 100 hiking, walking and biking trails open for public use. Some of the walking and hiking trails in the Yarmouth area include the Callery-Darling Conservation Area, the Dennis Pond Conservation Area, the Horse Pond Conservation Area, the Raymond J. Syrjala Conservation Area and the Sandy Pond Recreation Area, to name a few. Check out Sea Sports Cape Cod in Hyannis for bike, kayak, paddle board and equipment rentals, as well.

History
Cape Cod is also home to more than 10 lighthouses, towering high above the sea, and all with a story to tell. Most of the lighthouse locations can be visited and toured, while a few are unreachable – standing in the ocean, and only accessible by boat. Many of the lighthouses have a museum or information center near them. Spend a day or two getting to know about some of the history behind these towering landmarks.

If you enjoy seeing the lighthouses, you may also enjoy checking out all the windmills in Cape Cod. Due to the usually windy conditions near the shore, many windmills were constructed on the island during the time around the Revolutionary War. Many of them are still standing today.

Dine

If you’re dining out in Cape Cod you probably would not want to pass up an opportunity at some of the freshest and finest seafood in the country. If you aren’t a fan of seafood; however,  there are plenty of other options to choose from.

Breakfast
To start your day off, check out the Route 28 diner in South Yarmouth. It’s small and family-owned and operated, but you’ll find a breakfast there that just can’t be beat. The staff is friendly and unforgettable. While the menu is quite affordable, be sure to bring cash, as credit cards are not accepted.

Another nearby breakfast stop is The Pancake Man, also located in South Yarmouth since 1961. Serving breakfast and lunch, this restaurant is more of a traditional pancake house and very family-friendly. Offering an extensive menu with specialty items like Breakfast Nachos and Belgian Sugar Waffles, The Pancake Man is a winning way to start your day.

If you’d like to start your day off with a more eclectic meal, visit the Keltic Kitchen. Fashioned after an Irish cottage, this restaurant offers an authentic Irish spin to many of its menu dishes, among the more familiar dishes of eggs and pancakes. The Keltic Kitchen is three miles from the Ocean Club, and don’t forget to check out the Irish store located on the restaurant’s property.

Lunch/Dinner
If juicy, decadent lobster is calling your name, there are several dining options for you near the Ocean Club. The Riverway Lobster House is a must-stop for seafood lovers craving some fresh lobster. With a menu section devoted solely to the crustacean, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the options. You will find chilled lobster tail, boiled lobster – the possibilities do not stop there. Try the Riverway’s lobster ravioli, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, the lobster scampi and the baked stuffed lobster casserole. Of course, lobster is not the only item on the menu, but if it’s what you are in search of – you will hit the jackpot at the Riverway Lobster House.

Some other excellent restaurants you may be interested in trying include The Skipper Restaurant & Chowder House, located less than a mile from the resort; Seafood Sam’s Restaurant, a mile and half away; the Hearth ‘n Kettle, two miles from the resort; the Scargo Café – a romantic, colonial-style restaurant located 20 minutes from the resort; The Marshside, also located 20 minutes away in Dennis; the Yarmouth House – a fine dining experience under five miles away; and finally, Captain Parker’s Pub, two miles away from the resort.

While it seems this list could easily cover all the dining in the area, don’t be afraid to ask the resort staff for their recommendations!

 

Spring

Popular This Time of Year: Visit nearby Boston, attend a festival or event, go whale watching, take a walk or hike to enjoy flowers in bloom, and/or tour a local brewery

Temperature

  • Average High: 53°
  • Average Low: 39°

Spring Events

Summer

Popular This Time of Year: Build a sandcastle on the beach, visit the lighthouses, race your friends in go-carts, support local baseball by attending a game and/or play golf

Read: 25 Things to Do at Cape Cod in Summer »

Temperatures

  • Average High: 76°
  • Average Low: 61°

Summer Events

Fall

Popular This Time of Year: Take a scenic drive to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves, plan a golf game, take the ferry to a nearby island, and/or look for seashells on the beach

Read: Enjoy Leaf Changing Season Along the East Coast: Popular Festivals, Activities & Fall Weather »

Temperatures

  • Average High: 62°
  • Average Low: 47°

Fall Events

Winter

Popular This Time of Year: Tour the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory, challenge friends & family to a game of bowling, learn about native sea animals at the aquarium, and/or watch glass blowing and shaping

Read: 20 Things to Do on Cape Cod in the Winter »

Temperature

  • Average High: 30°
  • Average Low: 25°

Winter Events

Pinterest Vacation Guide

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The Main Events

Races
The Annual Cape Cod Marathon, which generally takes place in October, was started in 1978 and is still run today. The event includes a full marathon, half marathon and a relay event, and is located in Falmouth, only 25 miles from the resort. Enjoy one of the most scenic marathons you’ll ever run, and sign up early for next year’s event!
Festivals
Cape Cod is home to annual festivals of all kinds, at which you may find tasty seafood, homemade crafts, international music and culture, and much more. While you’re visiting South Yarmouth, check out some of these area events:

Less than 10 miles from the resort is the town of Harwich, which is home to the Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival, held in the fall. This fundraising event is an effort to raise money for the town and its residents, and to provide scholarships and other financial support. The festival features music, handmade crafts, a parade and food vendors. Beer and wine are also served at the festival.

About 30 miles from the Ocean Club is the town of Wellfleet, which hosts the annual OysterFest, and draws crowds from all over. Held in mid-October, this festival celebrates the end of summer, and is a weekend affair. Local merchants and artists set up booths along the streets and there is music, a shucking contest, and even a 5K road race.

For more exciting events happening near the Ocean Club, check with your front desk staff or visit Cape Cod Travel.

Shop

With the central location of South Yarmouth, guests of the Ocean Club have multiple options for shopping along the coastline. From small villages to large shopping malls, the Cape has plenty of potential for you to shop ‘til you drop.

  1. Hyannis Main Street is a downtown shopping district featuring restaurants, bars, specialty stores and galleries. Additionally, shoppers can take a break at a local salon, or escape in a books and music store. The Hyannis shopping district is only about five miles from the Ocean Club. While you’re in the area, check out the many museums.
  2. Provincetown is another shopping stop for many Cape visitors, and is only about an hour’s drive from the Ocean Club. Shopping in quaint Provincetown can provide a pleasant afternoon. Shoppers will find antiques, art, home and garden, books and music to be plentiful, among other items like teas and spices, candy and lobster.
  3. Shopping in Chatham, MA is also a must while you are staying on the Cape. Only about half an hour from the resort, Chatham is a picturesque, small town with idyllic shops and restaurants. Once you park, all the businesses in Chatham are accessible by foot. Check out the Chatham Lighthouse while you are visiting, and take a stroll down the fishing pier. Chatham is also the home to a Railroad Museum and the Godfrey Windmill.
  4. Other fantastic shopping opportunities can be had just 30 minutes away at the Mashpee Commons, and at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis. For grocery items, head to Shaw’s Supermarket, only five minutes from the Ocean Club.