Cape Cod

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  • 1. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    West Brewster | Museum/Gallery

    A short drive west from the heart of Brewster, this spacious museum and its pristine grounds include a shop, a natural-history library, and...Read More

  • 2. Cape Cod National Seashore

    Information Center

    The region's most expansive national treasure, Cape Cod National Seashore was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, for whom Cape...Read More

  • 3. Heritage Museums and Gardens

    Sandwich Center | Garden/Arboretum

    These 100 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking the upper end of Shawme Pond are one of the region's top draws. Paths crisscross the grounds...Read More

  • 4. Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    South Wellfleet | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Encompassing nearly 1,000 acres, this reserve is home to more than 250 species of birds. The jewel of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the...Read More

  • 5. Race Point Beach


    Race Point Beach, one of the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches in Provincetown, has a wide swath of sand stretching far off into the distance...Read More

  • 6. Woods Hole Science Aquarium

    Woods Hole | Zoo/Aquarium

    This impressive facility displays numerous large tanks and many more smaller ones filled with regional fish and shellfish. Rooms are small,...Read More

  • 7. Bass Hole Boardwalk


    Taking in one of Yarmouth Port's most beautiful areas, Bass Hole Boardwalk extends over a swampy creek, crosses salt marshes, and winds around...Read More

  • 8. Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Hyannis Harbor | Museum/Gallery

    This waterfront museum stands as testament and tribute to the bustle of the harbor that it overlooks. Changing maritime art exhibits, classes...Read More

  • 9. Coast Guard Beach


    Coast Guard Beach, part of the National Seashore, is a long beach backed by low grass and heathland. A handsome former Coast Guard station is...Read More

  • 10. Corporation Beach


    Once a privately owned packet landing, this is a beautiful crescent of white sand backed by low dunes on Cape Cod Bay. Between the upper parking...Read More

  • 11. First Encounter Beach


    A great spot for watching sunsets over Cape Cod Bay, First Encounter Beach is rich in history. Near the parking lot, a bronze marker commemorates...Read More

  • 12. Fish Pier


    Smells and sights are abundant here; keep an eye out for the many lingering seals who are hoping for a free meal. The unloading of the boats...Read More

  • 13. Harding's Beach

    West Chatham | Beach–Sight

    West of Chatham center, on the calmer and warmer waters of Nantucket Sound, Harding's Beach is very popular with families. It can get crowded...Read More

  • 14. Herring Cove Beach


    Herring Cove Beach is relatively calm and warm for a National Seashore beach, but it's not as pretty as some because its parking lot isn't hidden...Read More

  • 15. Kalmus Park Beach

    Hyannis Harbor | Beach–Sight

    This wide, sandy beach has an area set aside for windsurfers and a sheltered area that's good for kids. It's a great spot for watching boats...Read More

  • 16. Nauset Beach

    Nauset Heights | Beach–Sight

    This town-managed beach—not to be confused with Nauset Light Beach on the National Seashore—is a 10-mile sweep of sandy ocean beach with low...Read More

  • 17. Nickerson State Park

    East Brewster | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    These 1,961 acres were once part of a vast estate belonging to Roland C. Nickerson, son of Samuel Nickerson, a Chatham native who founded the...Read More

  • 18. Ocean Science Exhibit Center

    Woods Hole | Educational Institution

    Here visitors can get a glimpse of the extraordinary scientific marine research that goes on within the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute....Read More

  • 19. Old Silver Beach

    North Falmouth | Beach–Sight

    This long, beautiful crescent of soft white sand is anchored by the Sea Crest Beach Resort at one end. It's especially good for small children...Read More

  • 20. Rock Harbor


    This harbor was the site of a War of 1812 skirmish in which the Orleans militia kept a British warship from docking. In the 19th century Orleans...Read More

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