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Cape Cod Activities

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When staying at the Inn on the Sound in Falmouth, there are endless possibilities for spending time.  The Cape Cod Chamber is a helpful website for many of our guests.

Below are suggestions from some of our favorite sources. If you need specific recommendations for dining, shopping or sight-seeing, please ask us for help planning your stay.

“The best thing about Cape Cod is that it has something to appeal to every type of traveler. For beachgoers, the Cape Cod National Seashore is paradise, with its spectacular sand dunes and miles of pristine beaches like Race Point, Nauset, and Coast Guard Beach. And don’t miss some of Cape Cod’s other beautiful stretches, such as Chatham’s Lighthouse Beach. Adventurers will want to rent a bike and cycle along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which passes through some of the area’s most stunning scenery. For animal lovers, getting out on the water with a cruise to see dolphins, seals, and humpback whales is a must. There’s plenty for culture buffs, too: take in a play at the Monomoy Theater or visit the Cape’s many museums and galleries, including the Sandwich Glass Museum, which showcases the town’s glassmaking tradition. And then there’s the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, in Brewster, which celebrates the innate beauty of the area.” – Travel & Leisure

» See Travel & Leisure’s best things to do on Cape Cod.

Not to be outdone by Travel & Leisure, the Boston.com has 60 suggestions for things to do on Cape Cod! Here’s what they have to say … “Want to hoard that summer feeling? Take a trip to quaint, beautiful Cape Cod.”

» And here’s their TOP 60!

Everyone has heard that the best things in life are free, but here’s a list to prove it. Stumble upon a springtime fairy garden, tour a coastal winery, go leaf-peeping by bicycle, or look out from the top of a lighthouse—all you will spend is a perfect day.

1. Climb Scargo Tower (Scargo Hill Road, Dennis; 508-385-2232) on a clear day to see all the way to Provincetown.

2. Follow the self-guided tour at the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory (100 Breeds Hill Road, Hyannis) to see (and taste, of course) how farm-fresh potatoes become kettle-cooked gold.

3. On a Friday summer evening, spread a blanket on the grass at the Chatham Band Concert (512 Main Street), where the lamp-lit glow of Kate Gould Park and a sea of balloons will inspire you to bunny-hop.

4. Stroll the heaven-scented fields and wooded trails of the Cape Cod Lavender Farm (41 Weston Woods Road, Harwich) to discover a fairy garden—and the irresistible urge to peek in the tiny windows of the miniature stone tower.

5. Standing beneath the Chinese mulberry or among the sunlit rows at Truro Vineyards (11 Shore Road), you will agree such beauty calls for a toast. Complimentary tours of the winery and distillery are offered twice daily from Memorial to Columbus Day.

6. Salute life before cell phones on a free, guided tour of the 1891 French Cable Station Museum in Orleans (41 South Orleans Road, 508-240-1735).

7. Move on to modern advances at the Marconi Wireless Station site and ocean overlook in Wellfleet (508-771-2144), where Marconi transmitted the world’s first transatlantic wireless communication. What he sent: “cordial greetings and good wishes” to the King of England from President Roosevelt. What he could have sent: “I am standing at what is possibly the world’s most beautiful beach.” 

8. Catch one of the Movies Under the Stars at Peg Noonan Park (270 Main Street, Falmouth), where the fading backdrop of dusky sky is its own special effect. (Not in Falmouth? Mashpee Commons and the Chatham Community Center host outdoor movie nights as well.)

9. Don’t miss an open house at the stunning Crosby Mansion (163 Crosby Lane, Brewster), where you can daydream about life among the hand-carved walls.

10. The five-acre Spohr Gardens (45 Fells Road, Falmouth) is beautiful at any time of year, but visit during springtime Daffodil Days to admire the world in bloom with thousands of flowers.

11. See what’s brewing during the short daily tour at Cape Cod Beer (1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis; capecodbeer.com); there are games to keep the kids busy (and neighboring ospreys to spot) if you decide to stay for a tasting.

12. When you fall in love with the patients at National Marine Life Center (120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay), ask how you can adopt one of the rescued sea turtles, harbor seals or pups.

13. Step back in time on a walking tour of sea captain and patriot homes from the 1600’s.  Download a map and take your own self-guided tour of the Barnstable Village Cultural District at your leisure!

14. The next time the kids are bored or your spirits are low, report immediately to Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port (108 Bray Farm Road, taylorbrayfarm.org) and be cured, whether by baby lambs at the June sheep festival, fall hearth-cooking and hayrides, or the beauty of a snow-dusted farmhouse.

15. Breeze along the 22 miles of the Cape Cod Rail Trail (508-896-3491) and marvel that quiet stretches of solitude are somehow never too far from the eateries, shops and beaches of the towns along the way.

16. On hot days, the coolest kids in town are playing in the sprinklers, jets and sprays at Mashpee Splash Pad (520 Main Street) in Heritage Park.

17. Perfect summer night: Root for the home team at a Cape Cod Baseball League game and watch the future pros swing for the stars. Bonus for Y-D fans: the mythical Donut Burger really exists.

18. If you think you don’t like fishing, the one-mile, wooded walk along the trout stream in the sprawling Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (149 Waquoit Highway, East Falmouth; 508-457-0495) could convert you. First, you’ll need to tear yourself away from canoeing on Cable Pond.

19. Costumed guided tours or self-guided scavenger hunts at the Josiah Dennis Manse (77 Nobscussett Road, Dennis; 508-385-2232) are kid-friendly; let them decide whether the 18th-century classroom was too.

20. If you’re in Hyannis, you’re already following in the footsteps of American royalty. Go the full distance on the 1.6-mile Kennedy Legacy Trail (397 Main Street, Hyannis), starting at the JFK Hyannis Museum.

21. There are 140 species at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium (166 Water Street, 508-495-2001), from bearded sea ravens to rescued harbor seals. Talk with the staff as they feed the animals in the open work area, or reach into the touch tank for a live encounter.

22. Wander the trails at the Green Briar Nature Center (6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich), founded in honor of author and Sandwich native Thornton Burgess, to inspire your childhood love of nature. Also inspiring: The scent of fresh preserves cooking in the nearby jam kitchen.

23. Catch air at one of the free local skateparks in Chatham, Falmouth, Hyannis Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich and Wellfleet. Find addresses for each park at whycapecod.org/bike-trails-and-parks!

24. You will recognize the iconic red-and-white Nauset Lighthouse from your bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips. Late fall weekends are a beautiful time to take a free tour.

25. There’s free, and then there’s priceless: the 43,500 acres of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Start at the year-round Salt Pond Visitor Center (50 Nauset Road, Eastham) to plan your course. Favorite spots include the otherworldly White Cedar Swamp in Wellfleet and the sweeping vistas of Fort Hill in Eastham (check for tours of the Captain Penniman House). Whichever trail you follow, you’re never far from something unexpected, whether a trio of lighthouses in the middle of the woods (a.k.a. “The Three Sisters”), a golden carpet of leaves in the Beech Forest, or 40 miles of coastline you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

(Compliments of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce)

Absolutely fantastic. The place is beautiful and the staff could not be more welcoming. Their service is right for the place. We had an inconvenience with the key, which the staff solved in 5 mins and with the best attitude and professionalism. The Inn is absolutely impeccable (extremely clean and organized) which I so much appreciate. The house is right in front of the beach. Close to the Main Street – you’ll find great shopping and restaurants. The view from Inn on the Sound is breathtaking. You’ll wake up in the best mood looking and having breakfast in front of the ocean. You will not want to leave (ever).
– Mariana, Yelp

ABOUT CAPE COD

Cape Cod is a geographic cape extending into the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern corner of mainland Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States. Its historic, maritime character and ample beaches attract heavy tourism during the summer months.

As defined by the Cape Cod Commission’s enabling legislation, Cape Cod is conterminous with Barnstable County, Massachusetts.[2] It extends from Provincetown in the northeast to Woods Hole in the southwest, and is bordered by Plymouth to the northwest.

Since 1914, Cape Cod has been separated from the mainland by the Cape Cod Canal. The canal cuts 17.5 miles (28.2 km) roughly across the base of the peninsula, though small portions of the Cape Cod towns of Bourne and Sandwich lie on the mainland side of the canal. Two highway bridges cross the Cape Cod Canal: the Sagamore Bridge and the Bourne Bridge. In addition, the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge carries railway freight and limited passenger services onto the Cape. Cape territory is divided into 15 towns with many villages.

To the south of Cape Cod lie Nantucket Sound; Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, both large islands; and the mostly privately owned Elizabeth Islands.