With miles and miles of shoreline featuring over 130 beaches, Cape Cod is definitely a beach destination. But it offers so much more. The past and present blend together to offer vacationers new and exciting adventures that highlight the history and culture of the region. Use this list to help you plan your vacation this year.
What’s the weather like? Average Temperatures in Spring are High: 53° and Low: 39° / Average Temperatures in Summer are High: 76° and Low: 61° / Average Temperatures in Fall are High: 62° and Low: 47° / Average Temperatures in Winter are High: 30° and Low: 25°
Pack your bags: Bring a swimsuit for the beach in summer and indoor pool in winter, beach towel, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and layers of clothing so you can adjust easily to the temperatures.
Things to Do in Cape Cod
2. Visit Cape Cod Lavender Farm, a 12 acre farm with over 14,000 plants. Be sure to walk through their Enchanted Garden and shop their store for products and plants.
3. Go see a movie at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. This state of the art non-profit theater offers concessions, wine, beer and a full menu in their lobby cafe.
4. Wind-powered mills had a significant impact on the livelihood of the residents of Cape Cod throughout history. There are at least eighteen still standing, some public and some private. Each offers its own unique characteristics.
5. Learn about and explore the history of The Pilgrim Story at the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth (closed in January) through exhibits and collections.
6. Help support visual, literary and performing arts by visiting the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Events, exhibits and educational opportunities are available for all ages.
7. Cape Cod consistently ranks as one of the world’s top 10 whale watching destinations so don’t miss your chance to see these magnificent creatures. Book your reservation with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises.
8. Explore how hand-crafted beers are made by touring either Cape Cod Beer or Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. Don’t miss your opportunity to see how beer is made and taste some different brews. Check their websites for specific details.
9. Are you a baseball fan? Support the local league by attending a game or two of the Cape Cod Baseball League. See website for specifics on time and locations of games.
10. You can’t eat just one, potato chips, that is! Take a self-guided tour of the Cape Cod Chips Factory to see how the famous local chips are made and packaged. While there take advantage of their on-site store to buy a variety of flavors.
11. Learn about the cable communication process that was used between America and France in the late 1800s and early to mid 1900s. The French Cable Station Museum houses a historic collection of memorabilia.
12. Scargo Tower is an observatory that is 30 feet high. The view is of the lower cape to Provincetown and west to Plymouth.
13. An unusual variety of activities can be found at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Check out the Automobile Gallery, explore the nine Secret Shelters in an outdoor exhibit, ride a carousel in the American Art & Carousel Gallery and/or challenge yourself to one of five aerial courses at their Aerial Adventure.
14. Step back in time when you visit the Plimouth Plantation. Costumed role players portray the townspeople of an English Village and share their unique stories. Natives will share the history and culture of the Wampanoag as you stroll through the Wampanoag Homesite.
15. Skull Island Sports offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. Play miniature golf, ride in the go-carts, play games in the arcade or practice batting in the cages. There is something here for everyone in the family.
16. Cape Cod Inflatable Park is a unique park featuring a variety of wet or dry inflatable rides. A separate Toddler Park is offered for children under 42″ only. The park also offers an arcade room, a cafe, a gift shop and miniature golf.
17. Rained in and need to expend some energy, then visit Ryan Family Amusements. This bowling alley offers three different kinds of bowling. Pizza and snacks are available and there is a game room on-site, as well.
18. Pirates Cove Miniature Golf Course has two golf courses. There are two 18-hole championship courses to choose from, the Captain’s Course or Blackbeard’s Course. Whichever course you choose, have fun getting through the caves, over the footbridges, and through the waterfalls to complete the course.
19. Cape Cod Pirate Adventures is a swashbuckling good time! Children will be transformed into miniature pirates. They will have to hoist the flags, blast the water cannons, and read treasure maps. If they make it back to the port with their bounty they will share in the treasure.
20. Rent some bikes and ride the Cape Cod Rail Trail. It consists of 25 miles of relatively flat terrain and great scenery. Visit their site for a copy of the map.
21. Cape Cod Scenic Tours offers a choice of five 7-8 hour tours. You must contact them to see the availability of each tour. Each of the sightseeing tours offer history, outdoor fun, beautiful sights and a picnic lunch.
22. Hy-Line Cruises offers seven different ferry cruises. Cruise to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Deep Sea Fishing, or through the Cape Cod Canal. Visit the website for specific information on each cruise, dates, and time available.
23. Pairpoint Glassworks is the oldest operating glassworks in the country. It was founded in 1837 and is still thriving today. Call the company to find out when the glassblowers are working.
24. Spend the day at South Cape Beach State Park where you might go swimming, hiking, fishing or canoeing.
25. Watch a 20-minute glass blowing demonstration, attend a special event or just browse the exhibits at the Sandwich Glass Museum.
26. Woods Hole Science Aquarium features marine animals found in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic waters. It is a small, public aquarium that is free but welcomes donations.
27. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a non-profit that studies all aspects of the ocean. Visit the Ocean Science Exhibit Center, take a Summer Walking Tour, or attend a lecture to see how the Institution does their research.
28. Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is one of eight refuges in Massachusetts. Monomoy is comprised of 7,604 acres of a variety of habitats of salt and freshwater marshes, dunes, and freshwater ponds for a variety of animals.
29. Attend an event or brush up on your ice skating or hockey skills at the Tony Kent Arena located in South Dennis. This full service arena also includes a snack bar offering a full service menu.
30. Help your child grow using discovery play through interactive exhibits at the Cape Cod Children’s Museum.
31. Stroll through the showroom or watch as authentic lighting designs are reproduced by hand at Cape Cod Lanterns.
32. Cape Cod Museum of Art offers the opportunity to explore the heritage and culture of Cape Cod through art with a focus on famous artists native to the area.
34. Cranberries are important to the Cape Cod area. Schedule a tour to learn about the history and cultivation of cranberries and to see them during blooming, growing or harvesting, depending on the season.
35. Attend a free concert at one of the local bandstands or town greens. Check the Cape Cod Music in the Park website for specific details on the dates and times of concerts.
Festivals & Events
- Taylor-Bray Farm Sheep Festival
- Arts Alive Festival
- Orleans Historical Society Antiques Show
- Strawberry Festival
- Carousel of Light
- Quahog Day Festival
- Yarmouth Summer Celebration
- Harwich 5K Road Race
- Cape Cod Scallop Fest
- Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival
- Seaside LeMans Race
- ClamBQ – Orleans Food & Music Festival
- Yarmouth Seaside Festival
- Pumpkin Day at Bourne Farm
- Taylor-Bray Farm Fall Festival
- Wellfleet Oysterfest
- Cape Cod Marathon Weekend
- Cape Cod Symphony: Greatest Songs of the 70’s
- Historic Bass River Holiday Cookie Stroll
- The Polar Express Train Ride
- Spectacle of Trees
- Taylor-Bray Farm Holiday Festival
- Country Christmas Open House
- Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll
- Mashpee Christmas Parade