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The annual family vacation is more than just an opportunity to visit places you have never seen before; it’s about spending time with your spouse, your children, and tightening up bonds that can loosen during the other 11 months and 51 weeks of the year. We lead such busy lives in today’s world, busier than at any other time in history, especially with the advent of cell phones that make it easy to multi-task. We can keep up with the news, text our friends, and play our favorite games while doing homework, taking a meeting, or eating dinner, and now is the time to stop, breathe and unplug. These fun New England family activities are going to give you the opportunity to get to know your family again as you enjoy a week (or longer!) on Cape Cod!

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Rediscover Board Games


Each of our properties are different, but all will offer some way of enjoying the company of your family and friends. Board games are provided in some of our homes, allowing hours of fun. Monopoly championships and Scrabble tournaments may be what keeps you from exploring Cape Cod, at least for a few hours! For families traveling with younger children, Candyland never goes out of style and can be purchased at the local department store. If board games aren’t included, it’s ok; jigsaw puzzles take up very little space in your luggage and can be spread out on the coffee table or island to be put together as you come and go. Today’s puzzles are designed to be a little more difficult, coming in all shapes and sizes, including some really fun three-dimensional ones!


Game Rooms for the Super-Competitors


Some of our more luxurious family rentals come with game rooms that offer full-size pool or air hockey tables for even more hours of entertainment! Teens don’t always get that their parents had a life before them, so whooping them soundly at a game of pool can give you “street cred” that will linger long after you’ve returned home. A game of pool also offers time to talk and catch up on what is going on in your opponent’s life. Take advantage of these little moments; you never know when you will have another opportunity like this!

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The Family That Plays Together Stays Together


A trip to Cape Cod can help you build memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you stay in or go out, you’re sure to love your stay with New England Vacation Rentals! Contact us today if you have any questions!

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!

A Taste of the Town

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 Great Outdoors

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.

Indoors Can Be Fun, Too!

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!

Family Friendly Cape Cod Vacation Escapes

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.