This hook-shaped peninsula located in the state of Massachusetts has been a popular summer destination for many generations. From lighthouses to seafood shacks and the quaint villages, every family member will surely enjoy a vacation to Cape Cod. Located near Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, many travelers enjoy all three locations while in vacationing in this area. Today I’m going to share 25 things to do on Cape Cod so that you can plan your itinerary before heading out to the open sea to visit this beautiful peninsula.
- Wellfleet Drive-in – Enjoy the vintage welcome reel, mini-golf and a playground for the younger kids at this drive-in location where movies show twice a night all summer long.
- Cape Cod Rail Trail – this is perfect 22 mile trail for bicycles, rollerblades, horseback riding or walking if you want to experience the natural attractions.
- Cape Playhouse – if you can handle sitting at pews to enjoy a theater, this is a must visit location if you don’t mind the price, as it’s said to be a little steep but well worth it.
- Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge – feel like a trailblazer as you visit this location where you’ll see a decommissioned light hours, dunes and fresh as well as saltwater marshes full of wildlife.
- Heritage Museums & Gardens – have a gander around and enjoy the amazing antique automobiles, a vintage carousel ride for the kids and gorgeous American folk art.
- Edward Gorey House – informative tours of the works of Gorey who’s known for his eclectic personality and illustrations in T.S. Elliott’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”.
- Pilgrim Monument – this is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States and is a wonderful piece of history that commemorates the site of the Mayflower pilgrims’ arrival.
- Sandwich Glass Museum – an old glass blowing facility that’s been preserved by the historical society and allows visitors to come tour with many hands-on activities to enjoy
- Cape Cod National Seashore – the East shore of the Lower Cape was designated as a national park in 1961 and is now known for some of the best beaches on Cape Cod.
- Art’s Dune Tours – enjoy a tour in old four-wheel style Suburban’s as you enjoy the lunar landscape and dunes of Provincetown.
- Blue Claw Boat Tours – take a boat tour where you can enjoy the view of seals in their natural habitats or enjoy a romantic sunset cruise for two.
- Cape Cod Museum of Natural History – learn more about the ecology of the Cape where you will find demonstrations from the resident beekeeper and naturalists.
- Catboat Rides – the native Captain Marcus Sherman has been taking people out sailing in Hyannis since 1989 where you can get closer to the island sites than on any other ship.
- Kennedy Compound – this property is still owned by the Kennedy family so it’s private property but you may enjoy sightseeing by venturing to its location to get a glimpse.
- Woods Hole Science Aquarium – operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with over 140 species on display this is the country’s oldest research aquarium.
- Lighthouse Beach – this is the perfect beach for long walks and some kite flying, seated beneath the iconic lighthouse in Chatham, this is a great place to relax.
- Nauset Beach – this is an easily accessed beach in the Cape that many enjoy because you can park close to the beach, with just a few steps to be on the warm sandy shore.
- Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch – enjoy a four hour boat ride that visits the humpback whale’s feeding area where you may spot some whales or native wild birds along the seacoast.
- Skull Island Sports World – this arena is a fabulous place for the kids when visiting Cape Cod, offering driving ranges, softball cages and little go-karts to enjoy.
- Bonatt’s Bakery & Restaurant – while this isn’t a site to see, we hear the rolls are just divine at this restaurant, a must dine location when in the Cape.
- Shining Sea Bikeway – rent a bike and enjoy this seacoast stroll of 11.5 paved miles of adventure with weaving paths and natural woodlands along the route.
- Beech Forest Trail – wind through fragile sand dunes as you enjoy this one mile walk anytime of the day to calm from an adventurous day in the Cape.
- Briar Lane Jams & Jellies – forget vegetable stands, this air-stand that sits along the highway is a great place to stop and enjoy some local jams and jellies.
- Chatham Squire – if you’re looking to enjoy some nightlife in the cape, this is the place to be, with live music and decorated license plates from around the world you’ll have a fantastic night.
- Coast Guard Beach – get out that boogie board because this beach is known for its high waves that allow surfers and boogie board enthusiast to have a little beach time fun.
Whatever you decide to add to your Cape Cod’s vacation itinerary this summer season, be sure to choose some of these popular locations I shared today. Cape Cod is a great summer vacation family tradition to start now because it’s fun for all ages.