As you begin to plan your exciting getaway to America’s favorite vacation place, chances are your itinerary is filled with outdoor activities and adventures you can’t wait to experience. From visits to the Cranberry Bogs to quiet walks along the picturesque beaches, your Cape Cod getaway promises to be everything you dreamed it would be. But what about our indoor attractions? Have you made time or space for the indoor sights we hold near and dear to our hearts? If you haven’t, this guide to our favorite indoor Cape Cod attractions should definitely change your mind, especially if you want to experience everything our island home has to offer!
This small museum located not far from your vacation escape in Brewster offers a quietly wonderful good time as you explore the natural side of the Cape. Featuring exhibits that cover everything from archeology to the Preserved Bird Collection, this indoor attraction is a favorite of everyone who visits!
Offering adventures previously only found on the high seas, checking out this museum celebrating everything pirate will put you on your child’s favorite person list for more than a few minutes! Featuring pirate treasures, artifacts, and stories of the pirates personal lives, it may only take a couple of hours to get through Whydah Pirate Museum, but those may end up being the most fun hours of your trip!
There’s nothing better than spending some time inside surrounded by beauty, and when you visit the Cape Cod Museum of Art, that’s exactly the adventure you will have. Offering works created by talented artists all over the world, guests will want to spend more than an hour or two here! Offering pottery studios, art classes, and of course, artwork to view or purchase, don’t be surprised if you run into one of our staff members during your visit; we absolutely love this place and hope you will too!
Open Thursday through Saturday from 11 AM until 4 PM and Sundays from 12PM to 4PM, the once the private residence of Edward Gorey, a famous playwright, author, illustrator, and puppeteer, is now a museum dedicated to his work. Working here until his death in 2000, it still feels as if Edward is going to walk back into the room and pick up where he left off. Fans of his work will be thrilled to stop in the gift shop and pick up a little something to remind them of their visit!
As the sun sets over each day’s adventures, coming home to your New England Vacation Rentals vacation escape will be the best part of your day! Offering comfort, style, and a sense of family, our dedication to our guests’ needs makes us the right choice for vacation accommodations. Reserve your stay today!
Family vacations can be the best experience of your life or the worst—there really is no in-between. When you choose to take your next family summer vacation on Cape Cod, we can promise it will be the best one you’ve ever taken! Offering adventures and activities that appeal to all ages, there will be so much to do during your Massachusetts getaway that you’ll have to come back next year to experience it all! This guide to summer on the Cape will ensure you can choose the Cape Cod family activities you absolutely can’t wait another day to try!
There’s something lonely and yet majestic about a classic Cape Cod lighthouse; standing tall and proud overlooking the waters, even after all our years on Cape Cod we still give a sigh of delight when we see one! Offering a romantic focal point and the perfect backdrop to all our special occasions, your Cape Cod getaway would be lacking if you missed out on viewing the Chatham Lighthouse or the Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham. If you’re on a road trip, be sure to stop at any of the lighthouses you see!
Offering natural history tours, seal watching tours, and of course their unforgettable Sunset Cruises, Blue Claw Boat Tours has something for everyone! It’s BYOB (or snacks for the younger crowd) as you glide across a saltwater river to where it opens into Little Pleasant Bay and the show of a lifetime! If you’ve never experienced a Cape Cod sunset, this summer promises to be the perfect time to start! This is one of our favorite Cape Cod family activities.
Summer theater has been a Massachusetts tradition for longer than we can remember, and the Cape Cod Playhouse is one of our favorite places to catch a Broadway show! This year’s celebrity line-up promises to outshine all other years as Tony-winning actors and directors perform The Importance of Being Earnest, Chorus Line, and Little Shop of Horrors for the delight of audience members from all over the world.
Every adventure doesn’t have to be a grandiose one. Sometimes, enjoying a delicious muffin from the best bakery in town is all the excitement you need, and Woolfie’s Bakery is the one we suggest. Only open in the summer and early fall, the blueberry coffee cake muffin is the one we dream about all winter long, but your littles may prefer the chocolate chip ones!
Not every moment of every day has to be filled with exciting Cape Cod family activities, and when you stay in one of our summer escapes, you will find the quiet moments may very likely be the highlight of your entire trip. Enjoy dinner al fresco as you watch the sun set over the horizon, listening to your children chatter happily and your spouse laughing aloud; these are the moments we all hope for and Cape Cod vacations aim to please! Reserve yours with New England Vacation Rentals today! Click here to browse our wonderful vacation rentals.
In the best of worlds, every vacation you take would be one that would last as long as you needed to see everything there is to see, but in the real world, time off is often limited and we have to make do with what our employers see fit. This means that although you would love to have at least a month to explore our wonderful Cape Cod attractions, you may have to do it in just three short days. We think if you follow this guide, your Cape Cod getaway is guaranteed to be a memorable one!
Forcing yourself to exit the comforts of our New England Vacation Rentals’ classic rentals each morning may be one of the most difficult things you have ever done, but you only have three days to see as much of the Cape as possible, so let’s get moving! Start with breakfast at one of the best spots in the mid-Cape area, Hangar B Eatery at 240 George Ryder Road in Chatham. The stack of lemon ricotta pancakes will keep you well fueled for your day of adventures! Staying close to Chatham to alleviate travel time, your first experience is going to be a visit to the Chatham Shark Center at 235 Orleans Road. Learn all there is to know about the most misunderstood creature of the sea as you explore the exhibits, displays, and interactive exhibits found here. The rest of your day should be spent exploring the Chatham Light and the beach it presides over! In the summer you can climb to the top, but we think it’s a great place to visit no matter what time of year; family pictures taken here will make you smile!
Although every season is the right season to play on Cape Cod, summer is when the Cape is hopping, and going on Dennis adventures is going to be an experience of a lifetime. Explore your inner artist with a visit to the Cape Cod Museum of Art at 60 Hope Lane, enjoy a Massachusetts classic lobster roll at the Sesuit Harbor Café at 357 Sesuit Neck Road, or enjoy a night at the theater and some of the best community theater plays featured at the Cape Playhouse on 820 Main Street, Route 6A. Starting with the Importance of Being Earnest, shown June 12 through June 22nd and ending with Death Trap, shown August 21 through August 31st, every performance is destined to be the best one you’ve seen all year! And if you just can’t get enough lobster rolls, the Lobster Roll Sunset Cruise offered by Cape Cod Lobster Cruises costs just $45 per person! This is one of the best Cape Cod attractions in the area.
It’s your last day on beautiful Cape Cod, but don’t feel sad, there are still many Cape Cod attractions to see and adventures to be had before you say bye to Brewster! Let’s take a step back in to the past with visits to the 1799 Elijah Cobb House, the 1659 Dillingham House, and the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum for a peek into Cape Cod’s early days; all these buildings and a few more can be found in Brewster, allowing you more sightseeing time and less travel time before you have to leave. Sunset at Point of Rocks Landing offers a stupendous sight you will never forget, and your farewell dinner at Chillingsworth—located at 2449 Main Street and considered the best restaurant on the Cape—will end your Cape Cod escape on a high note.
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The family vacation is something we look forward to all year long. Offering the opportunity to draw closer as we escape the toils and stresses of everyday life and face adventures together, it can be the best time of our lives. It would be unrealistic of us to assume that every member of your family has the same tastes and interests, and in the interests of a harmonic getaway, we at New England Vacation Rentals have created this family guide to ensure this Cape Cod vacation is exactly how you dreamed it could be!
Our favorite part of any vacation is getting to taste the flavors of the region, but when traveling with children, this can be a tricky proposition. You’ll probably want to avoid anything too fancy, too unusual, or too quiet. As a matter of fact, you should probably stay away from anything that is too much of anything! Some of our favorite family-friendly places include Wee Packet in Dennis Port, which is open all day, Ember Coal Fire Pizza in Harwich Port, because everyone loves pizza, and the Kream n’ Kone Restaurant in Chatham, famous for its tasty fried seafood and sweet dairy treats.
The natural landscape of Cape Cod is a wondrous one that invites you to stay outside as much as possible. From tours of the cranberry bogs in Harwich to short hikes along the many trails that traverse the Cape to explorations of the worlds of the tidal pools at Corporation Beach in Dennis, the fun that can be had outside is endless. In Brewster, Nickerson State Park offers an interesting change from the beach and ocean with forests and freshwater ponds; grab some poles and bait and spend a happy morning with the family fishing for the night’s dinner, or for the rest of the week’s dinners if you get really lucky! Cape Cod has beautiful nature, so make sure you visit these landscapes for your next Cape Cod vacation.
Museums aren’t always something that appeals to people of all ages, but there are some notable exceptions on Cape Cod. The Chatham Railroad Museum (153 Depot Road, Chatham)is an exciting place to explore, featuring exhibits from railway history that are both beautiful and fascinating, including authentic locomotives that were once used at the World’s Fair in 1939. Amp up the excitement prior to your visit by visiting the museum’s website for a chance to hear a steam whistle. The Chatham Shark Center, found at 235 Orleans Road, North Chatham, while not exactly a museum, offers the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating cold-blooded creatures that have been the topic of scary movies and nightmares for generations!
Coming together at the end of a long day of Cape Cod explorations and adventures is a warm and wonderful experience when done in the comfort of our classic vacation homes; reserve your Cape Cod vacation today! Click here to learn more about us.
Traveling to Cape Cod at any time is always a good time, but when the holidays are here, your Cape Cod expedition becomes a magical one, and from New Year’s to Christmas, nearly every month offers a new holiday and a new reason to visit. Even when you do the same things you can do every visit—for example, exploring the cranberry bogs in Harwich—visiting the Easter Bunny afterward amps up the fun values even higher, and this guide to our upcoming special holiday activities will ensure you don’t miss out on a single adventure during your Cape Cod holiday!
Not many people think of traveling during the Easter holiday, but in our minds, it’s the perfect time to visit Cape Cod! The weather is starting to get warmer but the crowds haven’t arrived yet, allowing you to enjoy your stay in Brewster living as a local! And because your children would not be happy if the Easter Bunny didn’t bring eggs for them to hunt, the Anglican Church of the Resurrection sponsors an annual Easter egg hunt; all you need to bring is a basket to put them in! After the eggs have been collected, a walk along the Cape Cod Rail Trail allows you to enjoy the beauty of a spring day on Cape Cod.
Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend; it’s a day set aside to remember those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. When you stay in one of our Dennis vacation homes, you can start off the day with a parade and a ceremony. Starting at 8:45 AM at Signal Hill Road and ending at 9:30 AM, that leaves plenty of room in your day for a trip to the Cape Cod Museum of Art at 60 Hope Lane!
What better place is there to celebrate our nation’s independence than right here on the Cape? We’re less than an hour away from where it all began on Plymouth Rock! Held on a Thursday this year, we think an extra long weekend may be just what’s needed to make sure you get it all in. Start the day with a parade commemorating our country’s service men and women and end with fireworks over the water. In between, you can stake your claim on Lighthouse Beach and spend the day frolicking in the surf! This is definitely the best Cape Cod holiday.
No matter what the holiday or what your reason is for visiting Cape Cod, celebrating in style in one of our New England Vacation Rentals holiday escapes will add an extra shine to your sparkling getaway! Comfortable, stylish, and designed for the way families live, your Cape Cod holiday in our home will be a memorable one. Reserve yours today!
It may be difficult to tell from the temperatures outside where you live, but Halloween is just a short time away, and we are so excited to get the chance to celebrate with you again this October! As the days grow shorter and we start to detect the first signs of autumn coolness in the air, we notice the candy in the stores and we have already started to plan our costumes. If you’re considering a spooktacular vacation at the end of October, here’s a list of things to do in Harwich this Halloween during your stay!
What better way is there to celebrate the spookiest time of the year than with a talk by local author, Jack Sheedy, covering the topic of the supernatural on Cape Cod? Our favorite place on Earth has a long and rich history dating back to even before the pilgrims first landed on Plymouth Rock, so is there any doubt there may be some lingering spirits? Held October 28th, from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Brooks Academy Museum on 80 Parallel Street, the topic is even more frightening because it could be real!
Halloween wouldn’t be nearly as fun without that big orange gourd that serves so many purposes, and the Pumpkin Patch, held every day in the month of October at First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street in Chatham, is the place to get them. Proceeds from the pumpkins sold benefit the Chatham Children’s Fund, so you’re doing a good deed as you celebrate the holiday!
Among the other things to do in Harwich, our neighbors in blue feature an annual run with participants being encouraged to dress in their Halloween finest! Eating too much candy and other goodies isn’t so bad when you decide to take part in the 5K, held on Sunday October 28th at Mayflower Beach in Dennis. And even if you don’t want to run, it’s not hard to get into the “spirit” of things when you watch goblins, ghouls, and other spooky specters howling their way to the finish line.
Staying close to home is fun when you stop by the Harwich Community Center’s Annual Halloween Party to play some games, trick or treat, and eat your weight in delicious goodies!
However you choose to spend your Halloween on Cape Cod, the best part of your entire trip will take place inside your cozy New England cottage. Divvy up the candy you received trick or treating, prepare some mulled wine, and sit back for a night of scary movies on the large flat screen television found in your comfortable living room! Reserve your stay today and enjoy more amusing things to do here in Harwich!
The best way to enjoy a Cape Cod vacation is by dividing your stay into segments. Spend two days in Chatham, taking family photos at the Chatham lighthouse, and then head to Harwich for another couple of days, making time to ride along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, and for a grand finale, take at least two days to explore the adventures that Brewster has in store for their visitors. Here’s some ideas on how to best spend your 48 hours in Brewster—enjoy!
New England Vacation Rentals wants to make it easy for you to forget that you only have two days to explore Brewster, so wipe the sleep out of your eyes, slip into your walking shoes, and start the adventure with breakfast at Brewster Coffee Shop. Offering outdoor seating, hearty breakfast choices (including a strawberry and banana waffle that will give you the energy for your day ahead) and strong, dark coffee to keep the caffeine headache away, Brewster Coffee Shop is a local favorite. And don’t forget the famous Brewster General Store for old fashion cool treats and Cape Cod souvenirs.
After breakfast, you’ll head to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for a morning of education and entertainment. Located at 869 Main Street, Route 6A, the museum is a smaller one, but it packs a punch inside its four walls. Featuring everything from an Archeology Exhibit to a Butterfly House, an Osprey cam, live honeybees and Pollinator Path, families with younger children will really appreciate the exhibits offered here.
Exploring the natural wonders found at the museum will make you hungry, so lunch at Cobie’s, a local institution since 1948, is the best way to stave the hunger pangs. Try the lobster roll; it will change your life!
An afternoon at Breakwater Beach finishes off your first day of fun in the sun in Brewster. If you’re too tired for dinner, Stone L’oven Pizza serves pasta, pizza, calzones, and more, and because they offer take-out, you can enjoy it in your jammies back at your NEVR vacation escape!
Because you were smart yesterday, chances are you stopped in Eat Cake 4 Breakfast and picked up some pastries for this morning’s meal, allowing you to start in on the day’s exploration immediately. Today is about museums, so again, make sure to wear your walking shoes!
We’ll start with a visit to The Crosby Mansion, only open on Sundays in August and located at 163 Crosby Lane in the morning. Built in 1888 and known for its famous visitors, which included Hellen Keller, the Crosby Mansion is also known for its extensive art collection.
In the afternoon we’ll visit another grand manor, the Nickerson Mansion, built in 1907 and located at 2871 Main Street. Finishing off the day with a romantic dinner at the Brewster Fish House, your time in Brewster must draw to a close.
Make sure you make time to visit Ocean’s Edge for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a sunset cocktail and enjoy the views and top service.
Nickerson State Park in Brewster is famous for its 1900 acres of nature and beauty. Take a walk, take a swim, take a bike ride around –you decide.
As the stars twinkle brightly in the night sky, your time in Brewster will remain a shining moment in a vacation filled with wonders. Your last night’s sleep in one of our classic New England cottages will be the best one yet—reserve yours today!
Cape Cod is the go-to New England vacation destination if you love to experience places from America’s early history, and also if you love exploring quaint towns with lots of local hidden gems. One of the biggest trends in dining across the country is local wine bars. These places are wonderful for grabbing a high-quality glass of wine, usually in a more low-key atmosphere than traditional bars. If you are a wine lover, be sure to check out our top wine bars on Cape Cod during your next vacation!
The “gallery” in Harvest Gallery Wine Bar is more than just a name; it’s a part of the heart and soul of this wine bar. Here is where food, wine, art, and entertainment all come together to create one of the best local places on all of Cape Cod! At Harvest Gallery Wine Bar you can order wine by the glass, carafe, or bottle. Can’t decide on which to order? They have wine flights available so that you can try a little bit of everything! Also, unlike most wine bars, Harvest Gallery offer a full dinner menu, from tapas and charcuterie, to entrees and desserts. While you dine, enjoy decor filled with works by local artists. Also, most nights offer live music. Harvest Gallery Wine Bar is a must visit!
Chatham Wine Bar prides itself on the fine dining experience they offer. Unlike many wine bars, the food plays a pivotal role. Not only do they offer an extensive wine menu, but their dining menu offers some of the best food you will find on Cape Cod. Located in the Chatham Inn at 359 Main, you have the option of dining in their elegant dining room or the more casual al fresco seating. Either way, you’ve got the opportunity to enjoy 32 wines by the glass, over 150 wines by the bottle, and also enjoying high quality food prepared with the best seasonal ingredients! Reservations are highly recommended and accepted up to 90 days in advance.
This wine bar and bistro in the heart of Dennisport is great for a night out with your friends. At Etzy, you can sit at the large central bar or grab a table indoors or on the front patio. Enjoy a menu filled creative cocktails, 20+ beers on tap, and of course an extensive variety of both domestic and foreign wines! They offer small plates and large portions for dinner or snacking in a casual atmosphere. Make a night of it as they often have live music!
Enjoy a delicious glass of wine on Cape Cod at one of these favorite wine bars!
The culture on Cape Cod is probably one of the most unique in the entire country. A blend of amazing history and just about every type of person imaginable makes it a great place for anyone to visit. As it features such a vibrant community, the Cape really comes to life for holidays. This is definitely true for the nearest holiday Halloween, when you will find fun and excitement for everyone.
There are a dozen towns to trick or treat in, so you could come back for trick or treating every year and never explore all the great neighborhoods. There are also plenty of trick or treating opportunities in public places. The Safe Trick or Treat events held in various Cape Cod towns offer kids the opportunity to trick or treat safely with plenty of events going on such as costume parades in Chatham and Brewster to trick or treating at local vendors along Main Street in Hyannis.
Cape Cod is the best place in the world for the pumpkin patch enthusiasts out there! This is because each of the towns on the Cape features their very own pumpkin patch. If you are so inclined, you spend an entire day exploring unique pumpkin patch after pumpkin patch.
This is the most horrifying and fun dance party on the entire Cape. Being here, you will feel as if you are spending a night at the museum, except the art has come to life! Great live music, endless dancing, refreshments, and good people make this a night to remember. The fun is kicking off on October 28th at 7:30 pm in the town of Falmouth.
The Cape has a rich history, and with that comes plenty of spooky ghost stories. There are several tours in the area that explore this history along with the tales of spirits of yore. Harwich is offering a Haunted Graveyard Tour on Saturday October 14th and Saturday October 21st presented by the historical society. You can also check out the Haunted History Tour in Barnstable along 6A with tours nightly through November 15th, or the Provincetown Ghost Tour on October 27th and 28th for their Halloween Tour. Both of these run throughout the summer season as well so if you miss them now, you haven’t totally missed your chance!
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster comes to life every year with this classic Halloween celebration. This year the fun is happening from 10 am to 2 pm on October 28th. You can enjoy the entire museum along with new special features like mazes, crafts, games, tricks, treats, and so much more.
There is never a bad time to visit Cape Cod, but Halloween offers a Cape experience unlike any other. The streets are spooky, but the energy and the goodwill throughout the towns is amazing. This is the perfect place to celebrate your next Halloween.
Sometimes, you look around at your life and your best girlfriends and know that it’s time for you all to take a break and escape to a gorgeous locale for a relaxing weekend of girls-only fun. When you start to feel the siren call of a girl’s vacation, consider visiting Cape Cod’s scenic New England beauty!
Between its stunning seaside setting, its lush natural surroundings, its bevy of quaint and charming homes, and its old-fashioned main streets lined with cute shops and delicious local restaurants, Cape Cod is a vacation destination that is as blissful as it is refreshing.
Kick off your trip by renting an immaculate New England home for your girls’ getaway—an East Coast oasis ideal for unwinding and hanging out together in between sightseeing and exploring around Cape Cod. New England Vacation Rentals has an incredible variety of vacation rental properties to fit vacations of all sizes, itineraries, and budgets. Whether you want to rent out a home on the beach or be a little closer to town, we’ve got you covered!
Once you’ve picked out a place to stay, the fun really begins. Immerse yourself in the jaw-dropping splendor of Cape Cod’s Audubon Preserves, which feature acres and acres of thick forests, pristine beaches, and picturesque plant- and wildlife. Charter a boat and sail along the cape, seeing the New England coastline from the breezy comfort of the glittering ocean waves. You can find all sorts of equipment rentals and charter services along Cape Cod if you want to try out surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and other water-based activities, or you can just head to the beach to swim and lay out on the sand!
Treat yourselves to a pampering spa session at one of the many spas located on Cape Cod, including Solstice Day Spa in Hyannis, La Petite Day Spa in Chatham, and more. Grab drinks on the beach at Beachcomber in Wellfleet, or dance the night away at Sundancer’s in West Dennis. Trader Ed’s and The Chatham Squire are also worth checking out if you’re looking for a lively party scene.
For the perfect New England brunch, your options are endless. Red Cottage is an old-fashioned diner in South Dennis that has brunch for cheap, while Sea Street Café in Hyannis has breakfast all day and authentic New England cuisine. When dinner comes around, stop by Ocean House for fine dining Asian and New American food (though you may want to save this one for a very special occasion, as the menu is pricey). Cheaper and equally delicious menus can be found at the Impudent Oyster (which is housed in a former church) and Oyster Company Raw Bar & Grill. Gerardi’s Café is also well-known for their Sicilian menu, relaxed ambiance, and great selection of Italian cocktails and wines.
Contact our reservation specialists to find out more about these fantastic activities and attractions, as well as the other amazing things that Cape Cod has in-store for you during your stay when you reserve your trip in one of the charming vacation rental properties that New England Vacation Rentals has to offer today!