In a time of uncertainty, it is always nice to know that some things remain unchanged. The sun rises and sets every day, the ocean’s tide does its ebb and flow thing, and the natural attractions on Cape Cod offer a bright spot in a world that is sometimes too dark! The beauty of Cape Cod lies in its people and its natural landscape, and the serenity found in these spots can only be matched by the comfort discovered in our New England Vacation Rentals retreats!
More than your ordinary neighborhood park, all state parks are places with a natural allure, but we think Nickerson State Park, located at 3488 Main Street in Brewster, offers something extra special. The park is home to a variety of kettle ponds, including the 204-acre Cliff Pond, created over 18,000 years ago when the Laurentide ice sheet retreated from the surface of what is now considered Cape Cod. Over time, depressions in the earth filled up from a combination of groundwater and rain (or melted snow) and a kettle pond formed. They make excellent swimming holes once they are treated for alkalinity. In addition to the ponds, Nickerson State Park offers wooded areas lined with mature trees and trails that lead the way under canopies of green in the summer and brilliant oranges, reds, and golds in the fall.
If you have ever seen commercials where men in hip waders are standing in pools of ruby red cranberries, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not all a figment of television imagination; these bogs do exist and can be found on Cape Cod. Cranberry Bog Tours at 1601 Factory Road in Harwich offers the perfect example of these tangy berries we enjoy during the holidays, thriving in the acid peat soil from which they spring. Native to Massachusetts and pollinated by bees, farmers generally supply at least one beehive per bog, leading to pools of berries so beautiful they make visitors glad they made time in their trips to stop by.
The breathtaking Cape Cod National Seashore is a protected treasure that has attracted visitors to our rugged home for centuries, including esteemed writer Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau was so struck by the great outer beach he praised its merits in his writing, convincing travelers that this quiet place was something worth traveling to see. Today the seashore is known throughout the world for its pristine beaches and the majestic beauty of the ocean waves crashing against the shore. Primarily considered a summer destination, the seashore in the winter offers a desolate and wild beauty as the snow covers the sand and the nearby trees lose their leaves.
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Cape Cod is a unique peninsula jutting into the Atlantic from the Massachusetts coastline. The area acts as a haven for lovers of nature and wildlife in particular as there are countless opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the marvelous phenomenon of the natural world. Here you can experience Cape Cod wildlife encounters like nowhere else.
Cape Cod has been home to massive booms in population and development over the last few decades. However, the community has done its part in preserving some of the most astounding and beautiful ecosystems in the world. This is what the Audubon Preserves represent. There are multiple areas that have become preserves, such as the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Wellfleet Bay is 937 acres of untouched natural beauty spanning hills and shorelines overlooking Wellfleet Bay. You can see picturesque landscapes and countless species of wildlife. Long Pasture offers more of an inland experience with beautiful, sprawling meadows and woodlands. These places serve as a place to explore, learn, or simply lose yourself in the majesty of the natural wildlife in Cape Cod.
As the peninsula extends far out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod offers some of the best areas to whale watch in the country. Virtually any portion of the shoreline facing out into the ocean is a good place to hunker down and wait for the show of whales peacefully gliding through the water and breaching the surface. Specifically, the north end of the peninsula is a prime location for such endeavors. There are also countless services that will take you out into the ocean on a large boat to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.
To witness the carefree lives of countless sea birds, simply take a seat on the beach and watch as they dance around the tides and dive into the water in their endless pursuit of fish. To witness even more incredible variety, spend a day at one of the Audubon Preserves. The Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary located in Falmouth provides particularly diverse and spectacular bird watching.
The waters surrounding Cape Cod are rich with nutrients and as a result, attract numerous species of sea life. Anything from seals and whales to starfish and sharks. There are countless opportunities to sea how the creatures of the sea spend their days here.
Cape Cod is often hailed for its beautiful beaches and charming towns. But the real secret to the boundless beauty found here is in the natural landscapes and plentiful Cape Cod wildlife. Plan your next vacation here and immerse yourself in a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise!