The Best of Cape Cod
Collected by Alison Abbott, AFAR Local Expert
Head south from Boston for sand dunes and wind-swept beaches to find the best of Cape Cod. Quintessential New England charm, the Atlantic ocean and historic lighthouses will be waiting when you cross the bridge over the Cape Cod Canal. Estuaries, and coves provide calmer waters. The outer cape has waves and wind ready to welcome surfers and kite boarding. Weathered shingles, beautiful sunsets and lobster rolls are a short drive away in Cape Cod.
15 Hinckley Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601, USA
Hidden down a nondescript side road close to the Hyannis airport is a boulangerie and cafe that has no equal on Cape Cod. The bread and buttery croissants will transport you to France immediately. The cafe serves European-style breakfast, lunch...
Barnstable County, MA, USA
If you want to go somewhere with a nautical atmosphere then Cape Cod is perfect. There are countless harbors with boat-lined docks like this one. Whether you want to go on a whale watch, spend an afternoon on a fishing boat, or just paddle around...
830 Stony Brook Rd, Brewster, MA 02631, USA
Cape Cod has an abundance of historic buildings. It has old Inns, churches, Saltbox homes, and mills like this one in Brewster, Massachusetts. This is the Stony Brook Gristmill and Museum. During May you can see schools of herring swimming in the...
381 Lower County Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639, USA
My son had his own room with a big-boy bed in the rental house on Cape Cod. On the wall was a painting of an ice cream shop called Sundae School. Our 4-year-old atheist didn't get the pun, but he thought the old-fashioned ice cream truck was cool....
Nauset Light Beach, Eastham, MA 02642, USA
Nauset Lighthouse is located in Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The area around the lighhouse provides for some great pictures. Tours are offered on some days. Check online for schedules. The entrance to a beach is located across the street...
Chatham, MA, USA
My brother-in-law had dreamed of this since he was a 13-year-old attending Cape Cod Sea Camp: the Emack Attack. A 20-scoop ice cream sundae from Emack and Bolio's ice cream shop. Finally, in his 40th year, he had assembled enough family members to...
67 Grove St, Sandwich, MA 02563, USA
The Heritage Museums and Gardens has something for everyone. There is an antique car museum, educational areas for kids, and acres of interesting gardens to walk through. This Labyrinth hidden among tall trees is one of the many areas you can...
1 High Pole Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA
Provincetown is a tourist destination on the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. To get a good view of the surrounding town and harbor, as well as some exercise, you can climb to the top of Pilgrim Monument. The monument tower stands just over 250...
54 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA 02652, USA
Several years ago we were captivated by the colorful canvasses painted by Robert Cardinal, which we saw in a Provincetown gallery. So much so that my artist wife took the liberty of doing her own version of a Cardinal depiction of Highland Light....
45 Fells Rd, Falmouth, MA 02540, USA
Hidden at the end of a dirt road, Spohr Gardens is not the kind of place you can stumble upon, but once you hear about and discover it for yourself, you have to keep going back. After parking, you'll cross the dirt road and head down a grassy path...
Bray Farm Rd S, Yarmouth, MA 02675, USA
Bray Farm is located in Yarmouth Port, Mass on Cape Cod. There are some scenic walking trails there and a variety of animals. Just behind the farm is a nice Cape Cod marshy area. If you go there during mealtime the animals can get animated. These...
4 Grove St, Sandwich, MA 02563, USA
What better name for a town to draw self-proclaimed "foodies" from the far reaches of the world?! If you are visiting Boston, it is worth the hour drive or train ride south from the city to visit the "oldest town in Cape Cod". Better yet, don't...
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