Delicious seafood, beautiful beaches, one of a kind lighthouses, colorful characters, and the all American sport of baseball. There is nothing like summer oo the Cape! Here are 10 ways to enjoy Cape Cod for all it has to offer.
1. Whale Watching
Whale watching is one of the best experiences you will find on Cape Cod. Nothing can prepare you for seeing these big, beautiful creatures, up close in their original habitat. The typical tour lasts 3 to 4 hours as you have to go out pretty far, and it does get pretty cold, but at the end of the day, it is well worth it.
2. Visit the JFK Museum
Learn all about the life of John F. Kennedy and his family as well as their connection to the Cape. It takes you through his life growing up all the way through his assassination. It also goes deep into his personal life to show all sides of the former president.
3. Take in a Baseball Game
The Cape Cod Baseball League is one of the most famous leagues in the nation. It is actually considered the best amateur summer league in the country by college coaches and professional baseball scouts. Offering 10 different teams, it’s as if you can catch a game no matter where you are in the Cape.
The Cape Cod League Baseball museum is housed in the same building as the JFK Museum.
4. Take a Dune Tour
Art’s Dune Tours offers the only dune tour on the Cape. You can see sand dunes at several different beaches but the ones on Cape Cod are at a whole different level. Not only do they offer spectacular views for you to enjoy, as well as peace and quiet, but they are the inspiration behind many books you have probably read. Authors often rent shacks out on the dunes to write their next novel. You can go out any time of the day, but we recommend sunset.
Provincetown is known for it’s artsy and colorful vibe. Commercial street is filled with specialty shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and drag shows. It’s like a whole different world, one that you will enjoy thoroughly.
6. The Church of the Transfiguration
The Church of the Transfiguration at the Community of Jesus is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum as P-Town. It is a monastic Christian community that welcomes Christians from every background. Whether you are religious or not, a tour should definitely be on your to do list.
7. Heritage Museums and Gardens
Heritage Museums and Gardens has something for everyone. They offer everything from an auto museum to art galleries. They also have an outdoor playhouse for kids called Hidden Hollow as well as a zipline adventure park. All of this is surrounded by charming gardens that add just the right amount of color to the property.
8. Try the Seafood
The Northeast is notorious for their seafood. Not only is it the best seafood around, but it is extremely cheap, especially compared to other places. You can find little seafood shacks pretty much anywhere in Cape Cod but for us, one restaurant stands out, Skipper Chowder House. They are the only place you can find their famous fried clam chowder. It may sound disgusting but you will absolutely love it.
9. Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore
The Cape Cod National Seashore is made up of forty miles of marshes, ponds, and sandy beaches. Visiting the beach is a must. It’s a little colder than the beach weather we are used to in further down the East Coat but it’s not so bad. While you’re there, be sure to stop and see a few of the 14 lighthouses that call the Cape home. If you have the time, you can even climb a few.
10. Take a Day Trip to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard
Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are often considered the “islands of the Cape” and both make for great day trips. Both islands offer a different atmosphere. Nantucket is the laid back, quiet island. The streets are often cobblestone lined with restaurants and high end boutiques. It has fewer visitors than Martha’s Vineyard due to the fact that it is further away. Martha’s Vineyard is more vibrant and filled with harbor towns and lighthouses. Like Nantucket, their streets are filled with restaurants and shops, but mostly, people gravitate to Martha’s Vineyard to see the famous Gingerbread houses. Martha’s Vineyard is also the only place to try lobster ice cream. Yes, it is really filled with real lobster and butter. It’s not for everyone but it’s worth a try.