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Cape Cod in Late October

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Heading to Boston for a wedding in late october and thinking of taking a week vacation on the Cape beforehand. At that point we will have a 3 yr old and a 3 month old and we live in a resort town in Delaware so we are looking for a quiet family getaway but definitely want to have restaurant choices and some shopping would be nice. Don't need a bunch of planned "activities", are happy to walk, play outside, enjoy local food/scenery with the kids. Any recommendations on which towns/villages are best during the shoulder months would be most helpful! Thanks!

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    A lot of places will be very quiet by late October, but there will still be some life in the Provincetown area and also in many other towns, the Falmouth/Woods Hole area has the ferry to Martha/s Vineyard, so has a more active shoulder scene as does Hyanis, which has the Nantucket ferry.

    It is a wonderful time to explore the Cape. The crowds are gone and you can park at the beaches, while not swimming weather are great for playing in the sand and finding treasures.

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    Although late September is a lovely time on the Cape, late October can be blustery, cold, and rainy. It's a crap shoot, really. Much of the Cape shuts down after Labor Day; Chatham is a lively year round community that will still be buzzing. Stay at the Wayside Inn on Main Street and enjoy quick access to the Lighthouse Beach, family dining at the Squire Restaurant, and a quick drive to see the seals at the Fish Pier on Shore Road.

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    Agree with Emily that weather in late Oct. is a crapshoot. Last October was lovely with still some foliage to admire. Also be aware that the Cape seems to have a lot of "miniclimate areas". I have been in town shopping when a squall with drenching rain blew over, yet have come home (6miles) to find laundry on the line bone dry. Vice versa as well. Likewise fog and clouds/sun and warmth.

    Sandwich has beaches for the kids to play and dig. The boardwalk (damaged in nor'easter this past winter) is a great place to explore. The old down town has lots of interesting little shops-crafts, consignment, thrift-and places to grab a sandwich and soda or fancier lunch and dinner places. The eateries on the street have outdoor eating areas is kind to you or indoor. Visitor center at the canal (free) shows history, geology, flora and fauna of the canal. At the fish hatchery (also free) you can feed the fish and their pools, watch hawks overhead, maybe even an osprey if they haven't left tfor warmer climes by then. The shopping plaza has chain grocery store (where you can pick up sandwiches or other picnic makings), post office, drugstore, two banks, barbershop, little shops, etc. Seafood Sam's near the canal has seafood fresh off the boat, salads, small selection for nonseafood eaters. Eat inside or out. Watch the canal traffic.

    Falmouth also has beaches right in town. Lots more shopping on Main St. as well as two shopping plazas with chain stores and fast food. A branch of Seafood Sam's on rte 28 north of town. Betsy's Diner downtown has good comfort food at reasonable prices. WoodsHole has neat places to explore and is a quick ferry ride (under an hour) to Marthas Vineyard. (WoodsHole is actually a village in the town of Falmouth.)

    Buzzards Bay (village of Bourne) while I can't think of a place to stay might be an interesting visit. There are little shops on the Main St. and parking near the canal to enjoy the comings and goings of boats and maybe a chance to see the railroad bridge lowered and raised.

    Barnstable Harbor has a good little beach sheltered by Sandy Neck. Lots of sand for digging and lots of gulls to watch. The village of Barnstable has some shops and a few local eateries on the Main St. County courthouse is up on the hill with two canon overlooking the harbor.

    Lots of other places to see and play. These are just the ones with which I am most familiar. Have a wonderful trip!

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