Cape Cod is normally depicted as a beautiful coastal area with sunshine and sandy beaches, but believe it or not, every once in a while, rain clouds do appear on the Cape. These clouds force us to seek alternate plans from lounging on the beach. But much of what makes Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard great is the multitude of other outdoor activities not requiring sunshine. Here are a few ideas for fun rainy day activities in Cape Cod.

Go to the Beach

No, we are not joking, go to the beach. Grab an umbrella, raincoat and rain boots. The beach is beautiful and interesting even when the sun is not shining. As long as it’s not raining hard, take a walk, hunt for shells, play Frisbee, or make sandcastles. There is plenty to do at the beach even on a gray day. This is also a great opportunity to see some different sea life poke their head out when the beaches are quieter. You might not be able to go in the water, but you can still enjoy your time on the shore!

Game Day

Most vacation rentals provide board games, puzzles, and decks of cards. Playing board games is a fun way to pass the time on a rainy day. Some properties even have game rooms that include a pool table, ping-pong, and foosball. Grab a seat next to a large glass window and spend time watching the rain and making memories with friends and family.

Explore the Lighthouses of Cape Cod and the Islands

If the fog has rolled in, consider visiting any of the 15 working lighthouses to see and hear them in action. Some, like the Edgartown Lighthouse on the Vineyard, even offer a lighthouse keeper happy to answer any questions. These are a staple of the Cape Cod area and are made even better by the rainy weather.

Go on a Pirate Adventure

Has your sunny vacation day been pirated by some rain? You might want to head to the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth and learn about the pirating life of Sam Bellamy and the shipwreck of the Whydah. The rain will only increase your pirate experience aboard this amazing Cape Cod adventure. If pirates are not your game, then try another museum. There are numerous other museums in the area to explore where you can learn about everything ranging from maritime history to author and naturalist Thornton Burgess.