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A trip to Cape Cod with kids is a treat, but keeping everyone entertained requires some planning. The following are a few of the many places you’ll want to be sure to explore!

Explore the Cape Cod Children’s Museum

When you’re visiting Cape Cod with kids who could use some hands-on learning and fun during a stay, head over to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum at least once. Located at 577 Great Neck Road South in Mashpee, this one-of-a-kind stop hosts indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces as well as year-round educational programming on-site. From displays that encourage creative thinking to those that highlight everything from nature and wildlife to weather and shorelines, kids will find something they love and plenty of reasons to return.

Discover Pirates at the Whydah Pirate Museum

Let the kids access their inner pirate in Cape Cod with a visit to the Whydah Pirate Museum when you’re in the area. Found at 674 MA-28 in West Yarmouth, this museum is Cape Cod’s authentic pirate ship exhibition where guests can explore artifacts, discover treasures of all types, and interact with pirates too! A visit introduces kids to the story of the Whydah Gally and dives into details around seafloor research, diving, and archeology. There are educational programs hosted here throughout the year as well that bring the rich history of the Cape Cod shorelines to life!

Visit the Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Come be a part of the adventure at the oldest aquarium in America when you bring the kids to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Established in 1875, this aquarium is home to 140 species of marine animals hailing from the Mid-Atlantic U.S. waters. It’s a great place to enjoy a self-guided tour with the family and there are options to include behind-the-scenes looks at aquarium operations too. You’ll find the Woods Hole Science Aquarium located at 166 Water Street in Woods Hole.

Watch a Glass Blowing Demonstration

The Sandwich Glass Museum is a wonderful place to enjoy a unique glass-blowing demonstration experience with the kids while you’re in town. Situated at 129 Main Street, the museum offers guests a chance to see molten glass drawn from the furnace before being blown into stunning shapes by professionals. This hands-on demonstration is designed for adults and kids alike for over 20 minutes and includes information about the glass industry in the area dating back to the early 19th century.

Spend Time at a Local Fish Hatchery

The Sandwich State Fish Hatchery is another stop worth adding to the list when you have little ones who are interested in nature and wildlife alike. Located along route 6A, the hatchery is an easy place to bring little ones and hosts thousands of fish on-site. Feeding options are available and there are plenty of opportunities to learn how the hatchery boosts wildlife numbers in and around Cape Cod.

Check Out Butterflies of Cape Cod

Infuse some color and whimsy into your kid’s Cape Cod experience with a stop at the Butterfly Sanctuary at 26 Herring Pond Road in Bourne. This native butterfly habitat offers up education on butterfly conservation as well as a chance to explore pollinator-friendly gardens throughout.

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There are a variety of routes to making the most of sightseeing across Cape Cod. Whether you’re a traveler that loves land-based excursions or can’t wait to get out on the water, there are options to suit every preference. The following are a few you won’t want to miss out on while you’re here!

Find Time to Cast a Line and Enjoy Fishing

A fantastic way to spend time when visiting Cape Cod is to get out on the water and cast a line. Beneath the waves, the waters are home to a variety of fish species, and waiting to reel in something exciting is always a treat. Independent anglers will find places like Scargo Lake in Dennis, Mystic Lake in Barnstable, and Buzzard’s Bay ideal for catching everything from bass and stripers to trout alike. Of course, if you prefer a guided experience on the water, there are plenty of chartered fishing experiences in Cape Cod to go around. Consider companies like Cape Cod charters for fly fishing, Reel Grit Sportfishing when you have your sights set on bluefish and tuna, or Albatross Fishing for bottom fishing trips across Cape Cod Bay just to name a few!

Sail Your Way to Fun on Cape Cod

The land-based fun across Cape Cod is always a treat for travelers, but there’s something special about taking it all on from a vantage point on the waves as well. When you’re visiting and looking to make the most of fun on the water, booking a sailing charter is certainly the way to go. Companies like Sunset Sail offer up stunning evening experiences for groups of 12 while Cape Sailing Charters is happy to help guests book a half or full day of fun. Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals as well as Cape Cod Catamaran Sailing Charters can customize time on the water to suit sightseeing or nature-viewing preferences too!

Add a Train Ride to Your Itinerary

While a train excursion may not come immediately to mind when travelers think of time on Cape Cod, an experience at the Cape Cod Central Railroad is truly one of the most unique routes to relishing the terrain! With a depot located at 252 Main Street in Hyannis, the Cape Cod Central Railroad is a heritage railroad that operates on the line known as Cape Main. It’s operated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and a highlight for visitors is often the chance to book a scenic ride complete with onboard dining. A trip on the Cape Cod Central Railroad is a chance to savor the sights of dunes, marshes, and cranberry bogs along the way. Daytime rides include narrated histories of the areas you’ll pass by while weekends are for train rides that showcase brunch and lunch alike. There are even options to book sunset rides when you’re looking to infuse a little wonder and romance into the experience. Trains run rain or shine making this a great addition to any itinerary.

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The icy beauty of a cold winter’s day on Cape Cod is a sight you’ll never forget, and if you’re one who doesn’t believe in following the crowds, a winter getaway to Cape Cod is the perfect adventure for you! Offering lower prices, fewer crowds, and the opportunity to live like the residents do (if only for a week!), this season is our favorite time of the year. Take the chance to discover all of the things to do on Cape Cod for the best time of year!

Snowy Beaches Photograph Beautifully

In case you wondered, a snow-covered beach photographs just as beautifully as one on a summer’s day; the tan sand peaking through the white blanket, the steel gray skies matching the steel gray waters, and if you are in Chatham, the crisp white of the lighthouse rises strong and proud, next to the keeper’s house with its brick red roof. The stark beauty of a winter beach will shine through even on a cell phone camera and may change your mind as to when your favorite time to visit may be!

Learn to Ride a Horse

Vacations are about trying new things, right? So why not take advantage of the horseback lessons offered by Emerald Hollow Farm in Brewster? A one-hour private lesson costs $70 and involves all aspects of riding. Grooming, tacking, and handling is included in this lesson, but if you just want to ride, a 45-minute private lesson, still costing $70, is completely devoted to riding. And who knows? Maybe this will be a hobby you can take up in earnest upon your return home!

Warm Up from the Inside Out with a Visit to Devil’s Purse Brewing Co

When the mercury is dropping and the snow is falling, staying warm may be of utmost importance, and when you explore the beers brewed on the premises of Devil’s Purse Brewing Co, you’re sure to be toasty! Located at 120 Great Western Road in South Dennis, the only food served here is chips and jerky, but they do offer food truck events every so often. But if the beer is what you are here for, their taps are ever-changing and include delicious brews such as Handline Kolsch, Pity Party IPA, and Shore Laddie Porter! Also offering growler refills and kegs for rent, your winter nights on the cape promise to stay quite warm after a visit to the Devil’s Purse.

Beauty in All Things to Do on Cape Cod

Cape Cod offers a different kind of charm in the winter, but it’s one we welcome with open arms. Warmer weather is just around the corner, and we can’t wait for you to join us on the Cape for another memorable vacation in one of our waterview rentals! Call us today and book a stay today and enjoy all of the things to do on Cape Cod!

We’ll be the first to admit that most people don’t think of Dennis Port, or of Cape Cod for that matter, as a place to spend their winter vacations. However, if you’re looking for someplace different to vacation this season, we think you should consider a Cape Cod family vacation! Anyone can visit a tropical locale (and many do) during the coldest months of the year, but some of us prefer winter to actually feel the cold! For out-of-the-box thinkers looking for something new, here’s a list of winter events and activities to keep you excited during your Massachusetts vacation—time to bundle up and get out there!

Field of Honor Display, Johnny Kelley Park

It may be a little early for winter on the mainland, but Cape Cod starts getting cold in October. Luckily, there are still plenty of things to do in Cape Cod in October. The Field of Honor Display, held at Johnny Kelley Park, runs from November 9th through November 12th; it is a winter event worth seeing. Honoring those who sacrificed so much for our freedom, the field displays over 350 American flags spread out over the park. You can sponsor a flag, enter a drawing for a custom American Icon motorcycle, or simply enjoy the feeling of Americana as you make your way through the sea of flags.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane

Arts and culture are very important to us, and when you visit the Cape Cod Museum of Art, you have the opportunity to experience the finest of Cape Cod culture. Featuring the best of local artists and offering free admittance on Thursday’s from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, exploring this local spot may end up being the highlight of your entire vacation in Dennis Port. This is the place to go for a perfect Cape Cod family vacation!

A Cape Cod Family Vacation for Christmas

Traditionally, you may not have traveled far during the Christmas season, but we think this year you should consider a Cape Cod family vacation. Imagine, if you will, spending a snowy Christmas Eve in one of our New England Vacation Rentals’ classic Dennis Port Cottages. As the sun sets over the ocean, the landscape outside your window becomes a magical winter wonderland, with snow sparkling under twinkling stars. Hot cocoa enjoyed by a roaring fire, Christmas movies playing on the television, sitting by a decorated tree, purchased earlier at the Christmas Tree Shops (425 Main Street, Christmas Crossings Plaza, West Dennis). These are what holiday moments are made of. Our homes are designed for your family to enjoy, and we can’t think of a better way to spend a wintry Christmas Day than right here on Cape Cod in a NEVR home—reserve yours today!