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There is no wrong time of year to visit Cape Cod but the summer season will always be our favorite. The weather is beautiful and you will find there to be plenty of exciting activities and events taking place in the area. Take a look at the Cape Cod summer happenings below:

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Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest

Come enjoy the celebration of Cape Cod’s signature blue, white, and pink flowers, Hydrangeas, with the annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest taking place every summer. This 10-day festival features a variety of exciting activities including daily tours of private gardens that showcase these beautiful flowers. The rest of the festival features exciting workshops and lectures, painting demonstrations, and promotions with local nurseries. The Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest is the perfect event for those with a green thumb. The festival will take place July 7th through the 16th 2023 at a variety of locales around Cape Cod.

Shop Commercial Street

There is no place better to spend a few hours shopping than Commercial Street. This local neighborhood is home to a variety of locally owned shops where you can find practically anything. The summer season is when Commercial Street is at its busiest so you can expect each shop to be open for most of the day. Pick up some souvenirs or find some hand-crafted items to bring back home.

Take a Walk on Race Point Beach

Cape Cod is home to many beautiful beaches but one of the most popular ones to visit is Race Point Beach. This gorgeous area is always pristine and makes for the perfect spot for a summer walk. Enjoy the warm summer air and wade your feet into the cool ocean water. Take a look out in the distance for local birds flying in the skies or ships traveling in the distance. Race Point Beach is always a relaxing time when you visit.

Visit Heritage Museums and Gardens

Another spot for a relaxing yet memorable time is Heritage Museums and Gardens. These are not your standard gardens and instead are an incredible display of beautiful flora and flowers. The outdoor discovery center is perfect for children and will teach them a thing or two about the area. You cannot pass up a time to visit this beautiful location.

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Book a Stay Today in Cape Cod

The summer season will be here before you know it. Book a stay at one of our vacation rentals today and see the summer season for yourself.

Great News! When reserving a New England Vacation Rental you now have Down the Cape Concierge to take care of all of your vacation requests. Our mobile service is here for anything you may need prior to and during your trip. We hope this innovative approach to fulfilling guest requests provides a comparable digital experience to sitting at an actual concierge desk.

Stress-Free Vacation Planning With Local Experts

Down the Cape Concierge has partnered with a variety of local businesses to offer you the very best vacation services and amenities on Cape Cod. We have taken the time and worry away from you, by providing on-demand guest services wherever you are staying. 

Any Request You Have

To guarantee you’re ready for a relaxing vacation prior to getting over the Bridge, we offer multiple Pre-Arrival services. Want the house stocked when you get there? Need a midweek beer run? Last minute items for a family party? Our customizable “Shop & Stock” packages will ensure that the kitchen is filled with all the essentials. Planning any outdoor activities? We can have bikes, kayaks, or SUPs delivered right to your units. Just let us know what you need.

Dining Accommodations & Recommendations

We are also delighted to suggest and secure reservations to any of Cape Cod’s finest restaurants, as we specialize in organizing group dining events. As guests of New England Vacation Rental, you will have access to preferred seating at some of the best dining destinations on the Cape. In the event you will need local transportation, we can book any size or class vehicle you may need. 

Relax and Indulge

Care to indulge yourself in seaside relaxation?  Down the Cape offers a number of in unit spa services, including massages available at your convenience. Need to work off that Fisherman’s Platter? Many of our private service partners include trainers and yoga teachers. Please inquire with our concierge to secure a service prior to your stay. 

Chat With Your Personal Concierge

While you are planning your trip or even if you are already on the Cape feel free to chat with our concierge desk to adjust your itinerary, request assistance with organizing on the fly family parties, even local advice,and suggestions (even traffic shortcuts!).  All of our services can be done right on your phone! Just chat with our concierge desk and we can get started with your itinerary today. Make sure you have the rental address and your confirmation number handy!Down the Cape Travel Guide has curated the best beaches, kids activities, coastal dining, and unique experiences via the Happy Stays X app

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Once again, we are looking forward to having you as our guest here on the Cape and wish you a delightful and memorable stay.

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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!

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!

As Spring Break season rolls around, the thought of fighting crowds of partying students for blanket space on the southern beaches of our nation can leave us feeling less than thrilled about our getaway. You’ve grown, matured, and to be perfectly honest, can no longer “hang” like you used to. We get it, because we’re where you are in our stage of life as well. But just because you’re not the party animal you once were, it doesn’t mean you should just give up and stay home; we think it means you should come to Cape Cod and participate in these fun Cape Cod Spring Break things to do!

Beach Time

It still can be pretty chilly in March and April on Cape Cod, so swimming is definitely off the menu, but there’s still fun to be had without entering the surf! Take pictures in front of the Chatham Lighthouse, grab a blanket and a good book and spend a few sunny afternoon hours escaping into the story, or bundle up and take a walk with your sweetie under the glow of starlight and moonbeams. These tranquil beach moments will be a reminder of how smart you were to choose Cape Cod—especially when you don’t have to fight for your piece of the sand!

Music Appreciation

A key element in an enjoyable spring break is the music. Whether itis headbanging rock, smooth sounding jazz, or in this case, the happy lilt of an Irish tune, your Cape Cod Spring Break will be a lot more memorable when spent listening to the music you love. O’Shea’s Olde Inne, a traditional Irish Pub located at 348 Main Street in West Dennis, holds Irish Music sessions every Sunday from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Open to all musicians,you can participate or simply enjoy your Guinness as you tap your toes to the old Irish favorites that make your heart beat faster.

Fill Your Stomach and Feed Your Soul

A good meal does more than just fill your belly, it feeds your soul,and when you dine at the restaurants we list in this guide, you’ll understand exactly what we are talking about! Whether you choose a former church in Chatham that now serves the best Italian style seafood you’ve ever tasted (The Impudent Oyster, 15 Chatham Bars Avenue),the fine French cuisine you’ll find (Chillingsworth Restaurant, 2449 Main Street in Brewster), or any of the other wonderful restaurants on the Cape, you’ll come away feeling peaceful, happy, and full!

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Gone are the days of rooming with a dozen other college students in cheap hotels with questionable hygiene issues. You’ve grown to expect the kind of service, style, and yes, cleanliness you will only find in a New England Vacation Rentals vacation hideaway! Reserve yours today and celebrate this Cape Cod Spring Break with style!

Whenever we start planning our next vacation, the destination is carefully chosen and decided by a number of qualifications: Is the scenery breathtaking? Are the attractions family friendly? How delicious is the food? And most importantly, what type of shopping expeditions can we expect? There’s nothing better than filling the empty spots in our suitcases and sifting through our treasures upon our return, reliving the vacation one trinket at a time. When you choose Chatham on Cape Cod for your once in a lifetime vacation getaway, you’re guaranteed an experience you won’t want to end—especially when you spend your time treasure hunting with our Chatham Shopping Guide!

Ducks in the Window, 507 Main Street

Quirky, charming, and destined to be the highlight of your Chatham shopping expeditions, Ducks in the Window offers a unique gift shopping experience. Featuring rubber duckies that match the personality of everyone you know, and the opportunity to personalize some for an extra special goodie, this special shop has been a Chatham tradition since opening day!

Mayflower Shop, 475 Main Street

Take a piece of the Cape home with you when you explore the wares of Mayflower Shop, offering a taste of everything that makes our village special. If you can’t find it here, you probably don’t need it anyway. While you are definitely going to enjoy the gifts, home décor, and hobby items you can find here, we bet you won’t be able to stop laughing at the selection of funny greeting cards they sell. Padding your schedule with extra time might be a wise thing when shopping at Mayflower!

Chatham Village Antiques, 471 Main Street

When you’re this close to where our county’s dreams began, you’re going to expect the antique stores in the area will be filled with artifacts and mementoes that bring that history to life. Chatham Village Antiques offers a fascinating glimpse into America’s past; the trinkets and treasures found here will look beautiful in your home or office.

Yankee Ingenuity, 525 Main Street

We finish our tour of Chatham’s Main Street with a visit to Yankee Ingenuity, another Cape Cod tradition. Featuring a little of this, a lot of that, and everything in between, it’s their selection of Cape Cod gifts that always bring a smile to the faces of shoppers. With soaps, jewelry, coasters, artwork and more, this special boutique should be moved to the top of your vacation bucket list and Chatham shopping activities!

Choose New England Vacation Rentals After Your Chatham Shopping Spree

As you’ll be needing a place to temporarily store your Cape Cod treasures, and knowing that the best vacations deserve the best vacation rentals, may we suggest our Chatham homes for rent? Located close to all the best shopping spots and designed to make you feel at home, we can promise THIS will be the best part of your Cape Cod escape. Reserve your stay with New England Vacation Rentals today!

A wise lyricist once sang about the changing of the seasons, and although we may be throwing a different spin on one of our favorite songs, the changing of the seasons on Cape Cod are usually followed by an exciting event that must not be missed! If you are planning a visit to our town in the next few months or so, this list of Dennis Port Attractions will give you something special to do during your stay; just plan your stay in our New England Vacation Rentals Cape Cod escapes to take place during your favorite!

A Gathering of Poets, September 13th

Pretty much everyone remembers writing poetry during their oh-so-dramatic teen years. On September 13th, when you visit Dennis Port’s Gathering of Poets, held at 5 Hall Street, you can try it again (maybe without so much drama!) at an open mike event held from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Read what you have written, or read some of your favorite poetry written by others in a nurturing environment. Costing nothing to participate in, we’re sure you’ll find your stay on Cape Cod contributes to your creativity!

Dennis Port Attractions: Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival, September 15

September is really the perfect month on the Cape, still warm enough to enjoy some time at the beach, but with the promise of fall in the air, cool enough to not feel sticky and hot, making it the perfect time for the Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival! Held at Nauset Beach, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, you can enjoy the perfect September day with good music, food, and drink and do a good deed at the same time!

4th Annual Farm & Sea-To-Table Dinner & Auction, October 6

Fall’s bounties bring a smile to our face every year, and this dinner and auction is a big reason why! Costing $35 for adults, $15 for students, and taking place at 100 Cable Road in nearby Eastham, this is your opportunity to experience Cape Cod life like a local. Featuring delicious foods prepared by students from the culinary arts department as well as from local restaurants, there will be music and more to keep you happy and occupied. Learn about local wines and keeping a garden, bid on awesome prizes in the silent auction, and of course, eat until your stomach can’t handle another bite at the 4th Annual Farm & Sea-to-Table Dinner & Auction.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a beautiful seaside area in New England that is one of the most sought after vacation destinations on the East Coast. In addition to the breathtaking scenery and the abundance of amazing restaurants to choose from, Cape Cod also boasts a rich history. One of the best ways to experience both the natural and historical world of Cape Cod is to visit the museums of the area. Below are our top picks of museums on Cape Cod!

Family Friendly Museums

Bringing the entire family on vacation to Cape Cod? There are several family friendly museums in the area that are sure to keep the kids entertained while they learn! The Cape Cod Children’s Museum, located in the town of Mashpee, Massachusetts, is dedicated to the mission of having families learn together, all while having fun. They have hands-on exhibits that explore science as well as arts and crafts. There is a special area for toddlers to play and learn, a pirate ship for older children to explore, and a planetarium! The Children’s Museum is open 7 days a week all year long, so no matter when you visit Cape Cod, you can make it part of your trip.

If you are interested more specifically in the natural world, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA has a range of exhibits and activities that explore the ecosystem of the area. Families can explore nature trails, visit the fresh and salt-water aquariums, or participate in one of the many family programs that the museum offers. You are guaranteed to leave the CCMNH with a renewed appreciation for nature!

Arts and Culture

The Cape Cod Museum of Art, founded in 1980, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting exceptional works of art that have a connection to the Cape Cod area. Located Dennis, MA, the Cape Cod Museum of Art displays exhibitions of pieces from their permanent collection, borrowed artwork from other institutions, and juried pieces from contemporary artists. Their collection ranges from traditional New England paintings to abstract modern works. No matter what style of art you prefer, there is something for every at the Cape Cod Museum of Art!

Perhaps the most unique museum on Cape Cod is the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. This museum, situated on the waterfront in Hyannis, MA, is devoted to preserving the historical maritime history and culture of the region. Wholly unique, even for Cape Cod, the museum has exhibitions on marine art, boat building, and currently boasts the largest collection of scrimshaws that tell the tales of the area’s whaling history. As you can see, Cape Cod has a wide variety of museums to explore, no matter where your interests lie!

Your vacation to the Cape is coming up next week, and aside from staying in a luxury New England Vacation Rentals home, and maybe going to the beach, you really don’t have any plans for while you are there. The nice thing about Cape Cod is that you don’t need to spend your trip participating in activity after activity after activity; a Cape vacation tends to be about slowing down and discovering the beauty that is Cape Cod. But because it is fun to do things on vacation, we have provided a list of top activities occurring next week on our island. Don’t feel pressured, though, the only thing you absolutely have to do while staying on Cape Cod is to enjoy yourself!

Barnstable Village’s Haunted & History Tour 

Some of us can’t pass up the chance to be frightened, while some of us are eager to learn the history of whatever place we are visiting, and the Barnstable Village Haunted & History Tour offers the opportunity to do both, meaning everyone in your family can enjoy this spooky event! The tour begins at the US Coast Guard Heritage Museum at 7:00PM on August 7th, 10th, and 13th, allowing you a few chances to participate during your stay on the Cape. Costing $15 for adults and $8 dollars for Children 8-12 (kids under 8 are free!), this two-hour tour features 10 stops along the “Old Kings Highway,” including a cemetery!

Peter Rabbit’s Animal Day

Held on August 10th from 10:00AM till 3:00PM, this charming event takes place at the Green Briar Animal Center. If you have young children, they won’t want to miss this fun-filled event, especially as they have the opportunity to meet the famous Peter Rabbit himself! You and your family will experience the thrill of animal meet & greets, story time, and even play games of chance geared towards the interest levels of your youngsters! This free event is held at 6 Discovery Hill Road in East Sandwich.

Provincetown Jazz Festival

In our humble opinions, you can’t consider a vacation to be an excellent one unless you’ve spent some time enjoying top notch live music, and the Provincetown Jazz Festival, held August 11th & 15th, has been a premier way to spend your down time for 12 years. Featuring musicians from all over the world, including Europe and New Zealand, the $30 ticket price is extremely reasonable, meaning this event has sold out a few times over the years! Being a non-profit event, your dollars will go to a worthy cause, so you can feel good about yourself as you listen to the best Jazz music around. The August 11th event will be held at the Crown & Anchor at 247 Commercial Street in Provincetown.

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Cape Cod is our favorite spot on Earth and the events listed are just a few of the many reasons why we love this place so very much. Book your New England Vacation Rentals luxury vacation property today and start exploring the wonder of Cape Cod!

The upside to vacationing in the summer is it generally means no responsibilities, no work, no stress or deadlines, and you still get paid! Kind of a cool deal when you think about it—you get paid to play!

The downside to vacationing in the summer is the heat. Dry and fierce, or damp and smothering, summer heat can drain the energy and enthusiasm out of a body and leave you tired, cranky, and in need of a nap. Fortunately, there are creative ways to stay cool, and the top way is to go to Cape Cod on your summer break!

Cape Cod’s average highs in the summer range between 68 and 78 degrees! But because it can, very rarely, top 90 degrees in the summer here, our wonderful staff at New England Vacation Rentals have compiled a list of 5 Cape Cod summer activities to keep you cool.

Go to the Beach

The waters off the coast of the Cape can range from just right to icy cold depending on where you are. Cape Cod Bay tends to have the warmest temperatures, generally reaching around 70 degrees in the hottest days of summer, while Nauset Beach runs the coldest!

Sandwich Glass Museum

On the hottest of the dog days of summer, staying inside is often the wisest way to survive, and visiting a museum—any museum, although we are partial to the Sandwich Glass Museum—can be both engaging and fun! The Sandwich Glass Museum offers beautiful exhibits of glass art, glass blowing exhibitions hourly, and many interactive “hands on” activities to fascinate even the youngest in your group.

Cape Playhouse

Continuing with the staying indoors theme, why not see a play? The Cape Playhouse is home to our nation’s oldest professional theater group, and having the opportunity to not only watch a finely acted production, but to also get a glimpse inside a historical landmark (church pews serve as patrons’ seats!) makes staying inside a really good thing!


We never miss out on a good shopping spree, and if it means staying cool while you do, well, there is NO down side! Cape Cod offers shopping opportunities of all kinds: kitschy souvenir stores, art galleries, charming boutiques with adorable handmade items that are just begging to be owned by you, and endless antique stores that will have you amazed at the age and quality of their inventory!

Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Spend the day admiring the exciting world of undersea life at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Laugh at the antics of the rescued seals, marvel at the beauty of the sea life that makes their home in the northeast and middle Atlantic waters, and stay cool while you’re doing it!

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