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Life is an experience that’s filled with plenty of requirements. The responsibilities we’re held to daily can seem overwhelming at times. That’s what makes a getaway somewhere scenic and exciting so enjoyable! Vacation is a chance to let go of stress, unwind in style, and explore a destination that’s new and inviting without any of those life demands following you around. Making it even more meaningful is often the fact that the choices are entirely yours when it comes to selecting a vacation destination that perfectly matches your interests and style.

While there are plenty of places on the map to choose from that are worth experiencing at one point or another, those with plans to travel this summer or fall who are looking for a place where simple pleasures are magnified at every turn will find everything they’re looking for and more on Cape Cod with our Cape Cod travel guide! Setting your travel sights on this one-of-a-kind destination is sure to be an inspiring choice that offers up much in the way of rest, relaxation, fun, and exploration too. There’s truly something for everyone on Cape Cod, whether you’re in town for the delicious seafood, historical stops, elevated shopping, or options to encounter nature at its very finest.

Cape Cod is a scenic peninsula located off the coast of Massachusetts that’s known as a popular summertime destination but makes just as much of a fun and scenic impact in the fall. Between the collection of quaint villages, towering lighthouses, mouthwatering seafood stops, and beautiful beaches, it’s not hard to see upon arrival why first-time travelers find themselves wanting to return year after year. While many famous names have made their way to Cape Cod over the decades to enjoy a luxurious getaway or two, it remains a place that feels familiar and welcoming, beyond its reputation for being a one-stop resource for luxurious retreating like no other. Across Cape Cod, small moments have the potential to becoming unforgettable life-long memories. Quaint beaches, charming seafood tops, historical sights, and breathtaking wildlife have a way of inspiring that’s unmatched. No matter what else your Cape Cod summer or fall itinerary entails, the following are a few activities and attractions that are sure to elevate the experience further and you definitely won’t want to miss out on while you’re here!

Things to Do While You’re Here

While Cape Cod is visited and referenced frequently by its umbrella name, the area itself is made up of several communities–each hosting its own identity, culture, and undeniable sense of charm! Chatham, Brewster, Harwich, Eastham, Orleans, Hyannis, Dennisport, Truro, West Barnstable, Centerville, Yarmouth, and Provincetown are among the many stops that travelers can make and enjoy when setting their vacation sights on Cape Cod. Because there are so many places to pick from, choosing those activities that speak most closely to interests and intrigue can sometimes seem overwhelming at first. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case! When you make your way to Cape Cod, you never have to travel that far to access the next destination, making it possible to pack a lot of fun into even a short stay with our Cape Cod travel guide.

One of those Cape Cod activities that is universally inviting no matter what village or town you happen to find yourself in is beach-hopping! Cape Cod’s ideal location on and surrounded by pristine waters makes it the perfect place for those with a passion for shoreline adventures to either settle into the sand and work on that amazing tan or jump in the water and go for a swim that puts you up close with some incredible creatures.

If you’re up for exploring some truly incredible sights, stick to the Cape Cod National Seashore, which shouldn’t be hard to do seeing as it stretches 40 miles between Provincetown and Chatham. For a super exclusive beach day, head to North Beach in Chatham which is definitely off the beaten path and only accessible by boat. Those more interested in pairing their tanning with hitting the waves will want to head to East Orleans and check out Nauset Beach which is typically a popular place amongst those with a passion for boogie boarding their way through a sunny summer or fall afternoon. Skaket Beach in Orleans is a great place to find yourself when you’re on the hunt for calm waters and would be interested in checking out smaller flats and tidal pools as well. Kingsbury Beach in Eastham is a good place to go for a beach walk and bring your camera along to capture seabirds along the way. Duck Harbour Beach in on Cape Cod Bay is popular amongst beach hoppers looking for a great view and appreciate warm waters.

For those that enjoying exploring new places on two wheels, Cape Cod in general promises to be a fantastic destination both in the summer and fall for renting a bike and hitting the trails in style. Not to worry, there’s no shortage of routes to pursue whether you’re an avid cyclist or excited to get out and enjoy the weather and views alongside the entire family. That said, one of the most inviting pathways to peddle is by far the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This cycling route is actually built on an old rail bed and offers up 26 miles of trail to be explored at your very own leisurely pace. The trail stretches between Dennis and Wellfleet but in between, there are plenty of stops to be made—many of which happen throughout Chatham. Even the most enthusiastic of cyclist will find it hard to resist the temptation of enjoying some time at one of the several cafes that dot this route. It’s particularly a fun way to spend a day if you find yourself in good company and are looking to balance out physical exercise with some well-earned treats along the way.

 

Cape Cod Travel Guide: Attractions to Check Out

The natural beauty and sensational scenery of Cape Cod isn’t lost on travelers or those who are local and spend their time on the cape year-round. One of the most mesmerizing destinations in which to take it all in is the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge—a place well worth checking out when you’re in the area in the summer or the fall. This massive wildlife refuge actually encompasses not one, but three entire islands that are situated fairly close to Chatham. Consisting of both salt and freshwater marshes, the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible habitat for protected seabirds and ecosystems that visitors can enjoy by walking the paths and taking in the sights at will. First established as a refuge in 1944, it continues to be a place that captivates visitor minds and imaginations today-not to mention, plays a vital role in protecting the landscapes and ecosystems that make Cape Cod such a marvel. While visiting the wildlife refuge, it’s entirely possible to set your sights on Piping Plovers, Roseate Tern, the American Oystercatcher, and Red Knots. While these protected birds roam the shoreline and skies, if you keep your eyes peeled on the surrounding waters, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter anything from gray and harbor seals out searching for a bite to whales and dolphins that might breach the waves within sight.

If you happen to find yourself exploring Falmouth in the summer or fall and could use a moment of rest and recuperation in a space that speaks to natural beauty and tranquility, head towards 45 Fells Road where you can spend some quality time Spohr Gardens. This inviting destination covers six acres of woodland terrain and is dotted with delightful daffodils that dot winding pathways complete with benches and natural artifacts and water features to enjoy. The garden was first established in the 1950s and today is owned by a charitable trust and functions as an open space for guests to spend a peaceful moment wandering or in contemplation of nature’s beauty.

For many travelers to Cape Cod, it’s hard to imagine a trip this way without some well-earned time spent at a lighthouse or two. While there are several to choose from, Chatham Lighthouse has that certain something special about it that shouldn’t be missed out on. Standing 43 feet tall, Chatham Lighthouse stands next to its shore station and is easy to identify thanks to its stark white façade. The lighthouse dates back to 1808 and is an incredible local attraction to enjoy, explore, and of course photograph!

On-The-Water-Fun

Getting out on the water is always a delightful way to spend a vacation on Cape Cod, but there’s something even more exciting about pairing those on-the-water adventures with options to spot a whale or two along the way. Cape Cod enjoys a firm place along many whales’ migration routes and if you find yourself here in the summer or early fall, there’s a good chance of catching a glimpse of a few if you book the right excursion. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is a good place to start when you’re excited to get up close to these incredible marine creatures. Humpback whales, finback whales, and even mink whales have been seen from these comprehensive cruises that include insight into whale migration patterns and behaviors. Tours with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises leave from Barnstable Harbor and guests enjoy the experience on board a 130-foot whale watching vessel designed without external propellers to ensure a safe experience for passengers and marine life below. With two captains on board at all times and over 50 years of Cape Cod guide experience, Whale Watcher Cruises offers up a sense of confidence and a legacy of excellence that travelers count on.

For summer and fall travelers to Cape Code looking for something with a bit more speed and adrenaline included on the water, the team at Cape Cod Power Boat Rentals in South Yarmouth is ready and waiting to answer the call to fun. This premier provider of all things powerboat rentals is located at 130 Pleasant Street and is happy to offer rentals that span a few hours, a half-day excursion, or a full day of excitement on the waves.

Restaurants to Enjoy

While getting out and exploring the best of Cape Cod is always a delight whether you’re traveling this way in the summer or fall, no adventure can truly be considered complete without taking some time to enjoy the savory stops along the way as well. Fortunately, Cape Cod is packed with delicious dining destinations to choose from. While it’s possible to find nearly every type of food item one could crave somewhere in this area, there’s something particularly appealing about the fresh-caught fare that’s straight from the sea when you’re visiting a place that showcases the waters at nearly all times. That’s what makes a meal enjoyed at Mac’s Chatham Fish & Lobster so enjoyable and memorable!

This savory stop can be found at 1291 Main Street Route 28 in Chatham and is open to the dining public daily between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm. Here, guests are invited to indulge their tastebuds by selecting from various fresh-caught fish and seafood dishes that are bound to delight. Whether you go with the Wellfleet oysters, tuna, salmon, calamari, or shrimp, the menu has something for every seafood lover that drops by. The atmosphere is fun while the service is notoriously friend at Mac’s Chatham Fish & Lobster, making the experience that much more worthwhile!

Places to Stay on the Cape

After a day of exploring Cape Cod, knowing you’re booked into rental accommodations that are not only comfortable and luxurious but conveniently located near those places you can’t wait to explore can elevate your experience even further! When you partner with the property professionals at New England Vacation Rentals, guests can pick and choose from a vast portfolio of property options that span the entire cape and can be customized to meet every traveler’s need and exceed expectations too. Whether it’s a charming bungalow by the water or a multi-level residence complete with a specific view that would make your trip complete, New England Vacation Rentals has the homes and properties to fit every budget and lifestyle. Reach out today to learn more!

In a world that seems to be made for couples only, it’s refreshing to head off on a solo adventure every so often. Your schedule is your own, you can sleep as long or as little as you like, and you get to choose what food you want to eat at the time that suits you best! Breakfast for dinner? Lunch for breakfast? Middle of the night feast? This is your journey, your adventure, and you have to answer to no one but yourself! This guide to Cape Cod activities for the solo traveler will ensure that your expedition will be as perfect as you want it to be!

Walk the Dunes

Just because you are alone doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate the beauty of a Cape Cod beach; the National Seashore offers miles to explore and photographic opportunities you won’t want to miss. A selfie by the Chatham Lighthouse, a shot of the sun setting over the sea at Crosby Landing Beach in Brewster, or maybe, just maybe, you keep the camera in your pocket and you simply enjoy the moment. Your thoughts and those views are the perfect companions to this perfect moment.

Take in a Live Performance

The Cape Playhouse in Dennis offers a chance to escape into the magic of theater world as well as to enjoy a peek at the architecture of the 19th century. The building was a Cape Cod meeting house in the 1800s! Today, the magic of music and laughter is brought to you by talented actors who make the stories they perform come alive and viewing one of the shows during your solo journey ensures you won’t miss a single word of dialogue, something that may not have happened if you were with someone else.

Watch the Whales

You don’t have to have a partner to enjoy the stunning beauty of a whale surfacing from beneath the sea. With a whoosh of air and a flip of a tale, these aquatic beasts somehow manage to look graceful in spite of their size, and when you book a whale watching cruise through Monomoy Island Excursions in Harwich Port, you’ll be sure to experience the best show of your lifetime.

An Endless List of Fun and Excitement – Cape Cod Activities

If you still have questions about what a solo traveler can do while on Cape Cod, we have one very simple answer: A solo traveler can do whatever a couple or family would do, only he or she will be spending a lot less! Our New England Vacation Rentals guide to solo activities is just the start to all the fun you can have on Cape Cod! Contact us!

Cooler temperatures, shorter days, and colorful decorations hanging in the windows of local businesses are all signs that the new season is upon us, and although the end of October generally signifies the end of the tourist rush, it also signifies the start of our favorite time of the year! Late fall and winter, and the accompanying activities and events that take place during these seasons, offer a chance for visitors to experience the true beauty of Cape Cod. This is the time when peace and tranquility take the place of the rush and noise of our still beautiful summer days, and when you take part in these in upcoming seasonal Cape Cod events, you may discover that this season is your favorite as well!

Brewster Baptist Church Holiday Fair, November 2, 1848 Main Street #1827

This annual event is coming up rather soon, and although you may miss it this year, it’s never too soon to start planning for 2020! This is one of the biggest holiday fairs on Cape Cod, and it offers the perfect opportunity to begin your Christmas shopping that you swore you would start early this year! Also featuring a farm stand and a silent auction and lasting from 9AM until 3PM, proceeds go to a worthy cause, allowing you to do a good deed as you have a good time!

Dennis Maritime Museum Christmas Open House, December 14, 67 School Street

Offering the chance to celebrate the holiday and to explore the maritime history of the area, the Dennis Maritime Museum Christmas Open House is a fun and festive event guaranteed to be enjoyed by the entire family! The non-shoppers can explore the exhibits while shoppers pick up the little gifts and treasures that give vacationing more purpose!

Chatham’s Christmas by the Sea Stroll Weekend, December 13 & 14, Downtown and Kate Gould Park

As the snow falls gently onto the Cape Cod landscape, the stores of Chatham band together to offer a seasonal selection of Christmas merchandise that make perfect gifts for the family back home. This straight-out-of-a-Christmas-card event offers sweet treats, carolers, horse drawn carriages, a tree-lighting ceremony, and a chance to meet Santa at the bandstand. It’s our favorite way to get into the holiday spirit, and it will soon be yours too!

Enjoy This Season’s Cape Cod Events

Choose fall or winter for your Cape Cod getaway and a stay in our New England Vacation Rentals classic escapes for a vacationing experience you will never forget. Contact us today to reserve your rental and to learn more about Cape Cod events!

You may not normally think of Cape Cod as a place to travel during the winter, but it happens to be one of our favorite times of the year in the area, and we think it will be yours too, once you try it! The crowds dwindle as the temperatures fall and the sense of community rises, and although many places do close the doors to the snow and cold, the ones that stay open offer that inimitable spirit that only comes from experiencing the wonder that is a Cape Cod winter. And when you realize that Cape Cod is most beautiful during this chilly season, staying in one of our New England Vacation Rentals winter escapes will make your Cape Cod getaway a warm, cozy, and exciting adventure!

Staying Warm with Style

Our homes offer warmth and style even on the coldest days of the year! Fireplaces in many aren’t just for romance and beauty; they warm up the room and those who occupy the space! Sitting on the comfortable sofas with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book can be a vacationer’s favorite activity when the snow is falling heavily. Bake a batch of cookies to go with that cocoa in our fully equipped kitchens, put together puzzles on the large dining tables, and when night falls and your eyes are slowly drifting closed, sleep deeply under heavy blankets, staying warm and cozy through sunrise the next morning.

Venturing Out

If you remember to bundle up, your adventures beyond the boundaries of our winter escapes will be fun, exciting, and varied! Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa made by someone else at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow (5 Old Colony Way in Orleans), or take in a movie at the historic Chatham Orpheum Theater located at 637 Main Street. Since its opening day in 1916, this theater has been the center of fun in town, offering live events, new release movies, and a café serving many of our favorite winter dishes. Days spent exploring the Cape’s museums can take you to Brewster for the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History or to Dennis for the Cape Cod Museum of Art, while your after sunset adventures could be as simple and as enjoyable as enjoying a beer and some pub grub at the Hot Stove Saloon located at 551 MA-28 #4 in Harwich Port.

Choose a Cape Cod Getaway for Winter

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Capturing the essence of beautiful Cape Cod can be done in a number of ways. For travelers with hearts for spending time amongst towering lighthouses, there are plenty of photographic and historical moments waiting. Those who prefer to hop from one savory seafood establishment to the next will find the heart of Cape Cod on each and every dish. Whether you’re a guest to Cape Cod who loves the beach, shopping, sightseeing or simply enjoying the view, this is a destination that never fails to please. When you’re here and looking for an insightful and comprehensive way to enjoy Cape Cod, be sure to sign up for a tour that takes you straight to the vibrant soul of this amazing place. Whether you’re a solo traveler or in town with the family, here are three Cape Cod tours not to miss.

Falmouth Food Tour

Make an exceptional culinary experience the highlight of your trip to Cape Cod when you book a spot on the Falmouth Food Tour. Culture, community and delectable eating come together in perfect harmony for guests who choose to participate in this celebration of food and drink. As you walk from restaurant to restaurant, a local and friendly guide is happy to offer up insight as to the area’s history as well as delicious details about the fare you’ll be trying next. Participants love this tour for its friendly ambiance, educational value and opportunities to try some of the food that defines the region.

Chatham Walks

Take a step back in history while gaining an entirely new perspective on Chatham when you book a spot on a Chatham Walks tour. Led by a local Chatham resident and journalist, this tour is a budget-friendly option beginning at $15 per participant that offers up insightful information on some of Chatham’s most notable and perhaps less notable landmarks. This tour caters to locals, summer residents or first-time visitors in equal parts. Those who spend ample time in Cape Cod will be pleasantly surprised at the new information available. First-time visitors will be thrilled with the comprehensive look at such a stunning and historical destination.

Cape Cod Learning Tours

If you’re traveling through Cape Cod with little ones, be sure to book everyone a spot on a Cape Cod Learning Tour in Sandwich. These educational and engaging tours let children learn about marine habitats as they splash and explore tide pools alongside a friendly guide. Whether your children are learning about crabs or marching through marshland, this is an inspirational tour that will have families returning time and again. Customized tours can be booked for daytime or evening hours upon request.

A Cape Cod Escape for the Record Books

There’s nothing like a trip to Cape Cod to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. When you’re here, let the team at New England Vacation Rentals handle your accommodation details. We’ll make sure you’re close to those places you’re ready to explore and live in style and luxury from the moment you arrive. Contact us for more information and to start planning.

Although it may seem as if school has barely started, it’s time to start planning your Fall Break getaway to Cape Cod, and believe us, you’ll be ready for it once that time gets here! The beginning of the school year is often the most difficult part of the year as we get back into the routines we let go slack over the summer—early wake-ups, school meetings, after school activities—it’s tiring just writing about it, let alone living it! Knowing you have a break from the pressure and stress, however, makes it bearable, and when you follow our guide to a family Cape Cod vacation this fall, your return to the real world after will be much easier to handle!

Yarmouth Seaside Festival, October 12-14

When an event has been going on for over 40 years, you know it must be doing something right, and the Yarmouth Seaside Festival is a prime example! Offering loads of exciting activities geared towards families, the festival allows guests to feel a part of the Cape Cod community as they take part in boat races and sandcastle contests. Also featuring kids’ activities, delicious foods, and a bonfire on the beach, your weekend on the Cape keeps getting better!

Cranberry Bog Tours

Fall is such a beautiful time on Cape Cod and getting outside to enjoy it will be the best part of your Massachusetts getaway—especially when you take part in a Cranberry Bog Tour in Harwich! In our experience, children love to learn how things are built or grown; seeing the process from seed to harvest gives them an exciting insight to the world and the farm store allows you to continue their education with a taste of the sweet stuff! The jams, honeys, and soaps (yes, we said soaps!) offered are the perfect finishing touch to your tour! Make your reservations today on their website.

The Atwood Museum

Children and museums aren’t always the best pairing, but a visit to the Atwood Museum in Chatham is one everyone will enjoy! Offering a peek into the past that will fascinate the adults and the opportunity to play with paper dolls, make music from bells, and win a prize in a scavenger hunt for kids, Atwood is the perfect spot to kill a few hours on a chilly or rainy fall day!

Bringing Families Together

When the sun begins its final descent for the day, coming home to our New England Vacation Rentals fall escapes ensures that the good times will continue. Reserve your stay with us today and enjoy a wonderful family Cape Cod vacation for fall!

The crisp nights and lack of summer crowds are just part of why the fall is one of our favorite seasons to experience Cape Cod. The city opens up with a variety of activities and attractions that are perfect for all ages. Here are some of our favorite Cape Cod fall activities for you to enjoy:

Annual Cape Cod Brew Fest

Let’s start with the adults. Each year the citizens of Cape Cod get together to celebrate their love for craft beer. This exciting festival takes place at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, letting you soak in the perfect temperature outdoors. The Cape Cod Brew Fest even features plenty of live entertainment, live music, food trucks, local vendors, and so much more. Best of all, attendees will take home a custom pint glass to show off at home. Enjoy this year’s Cape Cod Brew Fest on September 21st.

Pick Out a Pumpkin

Nothing says fall quite like picking out your favorite pumpkin to carve or make a delicious pie with. Take your family pumpkin picking at local Cape Cod farms. Cobwebb Farm is located in West Barnstable and lets you pick out a pumpkin, enjoy a hayride, and much more. Other local farms include Coonamessett Farm and Bourne Farm, where you can spend hours picking local pumpkins and produce. This is a great activity to get your kids outdoors and truly enjoy the gorgeous fall temperatures on Cape Cod.

Take a Ghost Tour

The East Coast is the root of our nation, and with that storied history comes several reports of haunted locations around Cape Cod. Barnstable Village is the perfect place to enjoy a Haunted History Tour which will take you through multiple locations known for their spooky ghost stories. Stops along the way include the Cobb’s Hill Cemetery, Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant, and more. Tickets start at just $15 for adults and $8 for children.

Tour the Cape Farm & Cranberry Company

Everyone loves cranberries, so take advantage of the fall season and tour the Cape Farm & Cranberry Company. This local bog and farm is open throughout the year but the tours are truly special during the fall season. See how these delicious berries are foraged and the large role they play in Cape Cod’s commercial industry.

Cape Cod This Fall

These fall activities and more are waiting for you on Cape Cod. Let our vacation rentals keep you comfortable during your incredible stay in the area. Luxury amenities and more await you and your family on Cape Cod when you stay in our Chatham short-term rentals!

The carefree days of summer must always come to an end, usually way before we are ready, but we manage to stay happy and smile because we know there’s one last hurrah still to come before we have to trade our flip flops for boots! A Cape Cod Labor Day Weekend is how we bid farewell to the fun of summer, and when you spend your last weekend of the season on Cape Cod, you’re guaranteed to have a celebration you will never forget—especially when you choose New England Vacation Rentals for your vacation accommodations!

Chatham Farmers’ Market, 1652 Main Street in Chatham

While not exactly considered a Labor Day Weekend activity, visiting the Chatham Farmers Market offers a chance to stock up for your own celebration and enjoy the beautiful weather at least one more time before summer’s end! Featuring the freshest of local produce, the tastiest of local baked goods, and so many other treats and surprises, your Tuesday afternoon in the sun promises to be a fantastic one!

It’s Never Too Late for a Beach Day

Stake your claim on your personal piece of paradise and spend much of the weekend enjoying the sun as you frolic in the waves! Take photos in front of Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, surf the waters of Nauset Beach in Orleans, and enjoy snacks from the concession stand of Seagull Beach in West Yarmouth. This weekend is all about summer fun and forgetting the cold days that lie ahead!

Shop ‘Til You Drop at Lemon Tree Village in Brewster

Our favorite part of any vacation is participating in a little retail therapy, and Lemon Tree Village offers a variety of shops that will help while away the hours over the warm Labor Day Weekend! Offering toys, sweets, art galleries, and Café Alfresco to feed you when hunger pangs start, in our eyes, shopping ‘til you drop is the perfect way to celebrate how hard we work throughout the year!

Celebrate the Holiday in Comfort and Style

Your New England Vacation Rentals Labor Day escape offers the perfect place to celebrate comfortably. Fire up the grill and toss your favorite meats on the heat as you gulp down the first of a few ice-cold beers during your stay in one of our Harwich holiday rentals! This weekend on Cape Cod will be everything you dreamed it could be—as long as you reserve your favorite rental home today!

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!

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A in Brewster

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!

Whydah Pirate Museum, 674 MA-28 in West Yarmouth

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!

Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane in Dennis

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!

Edward Gorey House, 8 Strawberry Lane in Yarmouth Port

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!

The Choice of Comfort

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!

Tour of Lighthouses

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!

Blue Claw Boat Tours

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.

Cape Cod Playhouse, 820 Main Street Route 6A, Dennis

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.

Woolfie’s Bakery, 279 Lower County Road, Dennis Port

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!

Enjoy These Cape Cod Family Activities from Your New England Summer Escape

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, including our five-bedroom and six-bedroom rentals perfect for large groups!