Cape Cod is a big summer hot spot for tourists. It’s beautiful here and reminds me of the Caribbean, minus it being cold and snowy during the winter months. There is always something to do here whether it is summer time or the off season. Below I will share with you some of my favorite things to do here. You can check these places out if you ever visit.
- People come here for the beaches and there are plenty along The Cape Cod National Seashore. It encompasses 43,607 acres and includes ponds, woods and beachfront of the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion. It includes nearly 40 miles of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore of Cape Cod, in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham Orleans and Chatham. I have visited the Nauset light beach with my husband for a lunch date and saw so many seals. We had a long walk on the beautiful white sandy shore. This a popular beach during summer so be sure to go early because you might be turned away if it gets too full.
2. The Sandwich Heritage Museums and Gardens is perfect for a great picnic or just to wander around the beautiful gardens. There are also activities for kids to do here like rock painting and climbing a tree house. During the summer months you can see all the beautiful flowers and walk the grounds. There is also food available or you can take your own and have a nice picnic. There is also an amazing museum where you can see some classic cars. The grounds has another museum that showcases American history. During the Christmas season, the garden is decorated with lights and you can walk through the grounds and escape in all its beauty.
3. If you are looking for a great burger joint, The British Beer Co. (BBC) on main street in Hyannis will definitely satisfy those cravings. Their menu include burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, starters and entrees. They also serve beer and other alcohol.
4. The Embargo Restaurant is perfect for a night on the town. It is also located on main street and is a great location for casual dining with a big city atmosphere. Be sure to try their Pistachio martini. They are open Tuesdays to Saturdays.
5. Enjoy a more relaxed dining experience at the Yarmouth House Restaurant in West Yarmouth would be perfect for that. They have a full menu with wines and alcohol. You can even buy your loved ones gift cards to eat here. I love their selection of red wine and their salmon dishes.
6. Looking for a bit of history? Be sure to visit the Provincetown Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. This town is really lively during the summer months with lots of parties and other entertainment. The monument was funded in 1892. Its purpose is to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620. The tower is 252 feet, 7.5 inches tall and has 116 steps and 60 ramps all the way to the top. It should take about 10 minutes to walk to the top at a leisurely pace. When I visited I had to rest many times, it took me more than 10 minutes. Lol on my way to the top. The view from the top is breathtaking. There is also a museum at the entrance to the tower that shares the history of the town.
7. The Cape Cod Canal is is a great place to walk or bike or just to sit on the waterfront and enjoy the amazing restaurants. The canal (7 miles long) is an artificial waterway connecting Cape Cod Bay in the north to Buzzards Bay in the south and is part of the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway. Lots of people go here to fish or just to sit and watch the boats going by.
To finish off my list there are many hiking and biking trails across the Cape. I often times go walking with my husband. One of my favorite trails is at the Nickerson State park in Brewster. There is even a handbook with the trails that you can use. A quick google search will tell you where to find them. Or you can download the All Trails app to help you out.
Put the Cape on your travel list for when the world goes back to normal. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.