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What to see on Cape Cod

Barnstable

Cahoon Museum of American Art - The museum is a showcase for a stellar collection of the folk paintings of the Cahoons, as well as a choice collection of 19th-, 20th-century and contemporary American art. Barstable Superior Court.

Barnstable Comedy Club - A community theater, with a big emphasis on the word 'community.' Everyone is welcome at The BCC! In general we perform four main productions per season. As the oldest living community theater on Cape Cod, we strive to bring excellence to all of our patrons, volunteers, members, and community.

Coast Guard Heritage Museum & Trayser -The Museum  is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the United States Coast Guard and its predecessor organizations. In addition to the museum building, which is a former US Custom House and was later a Post Office, the property includes the Village Smithy, a working blacksmith shop with daily demonstrations, and "The Oldest Wooden Jail in America.

Cotuit Center for the Arts - Over the last fifteen years, thousands of people have come through the doors of Cotuit Center for the Arts and experienced an art center unlike anything else. Offering a variety of educational programs, performances and exhibitions, The Center has established itself as a great place to celebrate the arts.

Sturgis Library - Sturgis Library, located in the oldest building housing a public Library in the country, is noted for its extensive research materials tracing families with roots or ties to Cape Cod. It is also known for its large library on maritime history and the fishing and whaling industries that made up the Cape's economy for several generations.

Photography Center of Cape Cod - Created to help photographers develop their skills, share their passion, and to promote a greater appreciation of photographic arts.

Long Pasture Wild Life Sanctuary - Long Pasture Wild Life Santuary  is a division of the Massachusetts Audubon, Long Pasture sits at the end of a Bone Hill Road in the village of Barnstable, MA abutting Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. Over 100 acres of meadows, salt marsh, vernal pools, and ponds invite the visitor to linger longer and commune with nature. Along the 2.5 mile trail system you may encounter an abundance of flora and fauna.

Four Seas Ice Cream - Four Seas Ice Cream on Cape Cod MA (Centerville, Massachusetts) has been serving the finest homemade ice cream since 1934.Located just a quarter-mile from one of the Cape’s beautiful beaches, the old blacksmith shop-turned-ice-cream-store is where generations of summer visitors and Cape Cod residents have taken their families for a memorable summer experience.

Brewster

Brewster Historical Society Museum - For history buffs, the Brewster Historical Society operates a museum on Route 6A and offers summer walking tours, lectures and other special events throughout the year.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Learn all about the Cape's flora and fauna at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The Museum offers exhibits, lectures and workshops all year for adults and children. There's an aquarium and three walking trails.

Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum - The working grist mill is open in the summer and the herring run bursts with spawning alewives and hungry gulls early each spring.

New England Fire & History Museum - The New England Fire & History Museum contains New England's largest display of firefighting equipment and memorabilia. Open daily between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, then weekends only until Columbus Day weekend.

Brewster Ladies' Library - Founded in 1853, Brewster Ladies' Library serves as the public library for the town of Brewster, MA. In addition to its general holdings, the library has important special collections in the areas of Cape Cod and New England History.

Nickerson State Park - There are more than 420 campsites at the 1,900-acre Nickerson State Park, allowing visitors to stay and explore all that this Massachusetts park has to offer. Swimming, canoeing, fishing, cycling and hiking are just some of the other activities available here‚Äč.

Cape Rep Theatre - If you are into entertainment and the arts, check out the Cape Rep Theatre on Route 6A which features live plays and performances for adults year-round and for children in the summer

Brewster General Store - The Brewster Store is a huge part of local history, open since 1866, with unique items like original glass bottles of Coke and unusual gifts.

The Captains Golf Course - The Captains is Cape Cod's premier public golf course facility. The par-72 Port Course and the par-72 Starboard Course deliver 36 holes of enjoyment during your visit to Cape Cod.

The Crosby Mansion – This grand Victorian mansion built around a Cape Cod cottage is a monument to an earlier time, a time of opulence, grandeur and painstaking craftsmanship. The former home features a 60 foot viewing tower, 15 fireplaces with imported tile, hand carved mahogany and oak walls, a parlor fashioned after one at the Palace of Versailles, an entrance duplicating one at Buckingham Palace, a two-story billiard room, marble sinks and floors in the baths, and gas lighting and heating throughout. The mansion’s crowning glory was a two-story 75x50 foot art gallery filled with valuable paintings and statuary, including works by Childe Hassan, El Greco, Albert Bierstadt and other famous artists.

Drummer Boy Park - The Drummer Boy Park is an attractive park with a bandstand and children's playground, and the historic Higgens Farm Windmill and Harris-Black House.

Higgins Farm Windmill at Drummer Boy Park - Located in Drummer Boy Park, near the Old Higgins Farm Windmill, Harris-Black House was built in 1795. The restored one-room house features simple antique furniture and original woodwork. The Higgins Farm Windmill was built in 1795 and ground grains until 1900. The restored windmill was moved to its current location in 1974. It is open to the public July through September.

The Brewster Whitecaps - is an organization that seeks to enhance the community of Brewster by providing an entertaining, inexpensive way for people of all ages to share in enjoying quality collegiate baseball.

Dennis

Cape Cod Rail Trail – Mid, Lower & Outer Cape: When freight rail cars stopped rolling around the Cape years ago, someone had the brilliant idea of pulling up those miles and miles of track and paving it over as a bike trail. Now, every year, thousands of cyclists of all ages don their helmets and hop on the Rail Trail. It begins in Dennis: access on Rt 134 -- look for signs across from the Mid Cape Home Center. It roams through forests, fields, marshes and cranberry bogs all the way to Wellfleet. It's a nice, safe place to ride ... but remind your kids to stay on the right! Harwich: access on Rt 124, near the parking area adjacent to Rte 6, or off Great Western Road. Brewster: access and parking on Underpass Road at the Rail Trail Bike Shop, or at Nickerson State Park on Rt 6A. Orleans: access on Main St. beside the Mid-Cape Home Center store or on Rock Harbor Rd. Eastham: access and parking at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, Wellfleet access behind the South Orleans General Store, free parking available. The terrain is flat and straight, good for walking, biking and horseback riding. 

Johnny Kelley Recreation Area, Corner of Bob Crowell Road & Old Bass River Road, South Dennis: basketball and tennis courts, ball field, two playgrounds (small & large), handball court pavilion, public bathrooms, and Braille trail for the sight impaired.

Harwich

Freedom Ferry Daily trips to Nantucket  reservation are required. Let FREEDOM CRUISE LINE take you back in time... to the historic whaling port of Nantucket. On a short cruise you will see Cape Cod disappear and the island they call the "Grey Lady" appear ahead of you on the horizon.

Monomoy Island Freey: Take a boat ride to Monomoy Island on our new vessel will take you and your family on a 90 minute tour along the entire west side of the Monomoy Islands. Giving us the opportunity to show your family more of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, including the Monomoy Lighthouse never seen on our cruises before.

Deep sea fishing, private excursions or afternoon sailings out of Saquatucket Harbor.

Music in the Port Street bands along Harwich Port Main St every other Wednesday in July & August.

Concerts at Brooks Park on Monday Nights all Summer.

Ride the Go-Karts, jump on the trampolines, go to the batting cages or bumper boats all close to each other. 

Harwich Mariners: Watch The Cape Cod Baseball League.

Walk Harwich Port Village with the many shops and restaurants.

Walk the several miles of walking trails through out Harwich, Wander along historic pathways through forest and meadow and explore more than 615 acres of trails and protected areas at the Harwich Conservation Trust.

The Cape Cod Rail Trail: Mid, Lower & Outer Cape: When freight rail cars stopped rolling around the Cape years ago, someone had the brilliant idea of pulling up those miles and miles of track and paving it over as a bike trail. Now, every year, thousands of cyclists of all ages don their helmets and hop on the Rail Trail. It begins in Dennis: access on Rt 134 -- look for signs across from the Mid Cape Home Center. It roams through forests, fields, marshes and cranberry bogs all the way to Wellfleet. It's a nice, safe place to ride ... but remind your kids to stay on the right! Harwich: access on Rt 124, near the parking area adjacent to Rte 6, or off Great Western Road. Brewster: access and parking on Underpass Road at the Rail Trail Bike Shop, or at Nickerson State Park on Rt 6A. Orleans: access on Main St. beside the Mid-Cape Home Center store or on Rock Harbor Rd. Eastham: access and parking at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, Wellfleet access behind the South Orleans General Store, free parking available. The terrain is flat and straight, good for walking, biking and horseback riding.

The Harwich Cranberry Festival is in September.

 

Yarmouth

Yarmouth has several walking trails including Nature Trails that are operated by the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth.

The Bass Hole Boardwalk: at Gray's beach is on the north side of Yarmouth and is a beautiful spot for a walk.

The Taylor-Bray Farm: is a rare survivor of a type of property that once characterized the agricultural north side of Cape Cod. It is located on 23 acres of town owned property in the Hockanom section of Yarmouth Port adjacent to Black Flats Marsh and Chase Garden Creek. Taylor-Bray Farm is operated by the Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association.


Flax Pond Recreation Area: is located just off White’s Path in south yarmouth.

Biking enthusiasts and walkers will love the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The Cape Cod Rail Trail, is 22 miles of former railroad, that runs from Dennis to Wellfleet.  Yarmouth has its own 3 mile bike trail that runs from Higgins Crowell Road to the park at Old Townhouse Road.

Yarmouth boasts four golf courses that enjoy stunning scenic views while you test your skill on the links.  Two Municipal Courses:  include Donald Ross-designed Bass River Golf Course with beautiful views of Bass River and the 27 hole Bayberry Hills Golf Course featuring a 9 hole links style track.  Both of Yarmouth's private courses are open to the public. Blue Rock Course, designed by golf course Architect Geoffrey Cormish is meticulously maintained and named as one of the Top 5 Par-54 courses in all of America. The Club at Yarmouthport is a par-59, 18 hole course featuring some of the best views of Cape Cod Bay.

Those who are looking for a little history there is the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth: The historical locations includes the Capt. Bangs Hallet House Museum, the Judah Baker Windmill and the Baxter Grist Mill.

If you are looking for some entertainment check out the Cultural Center of Cape Cod: The Cultural Center offers a wide range of events and programs related to Exhibition, Education, and Entertainment.

For Over 30 Years, the town has hosted the Yarmouth Seaside Festival: on Columbus Day Weekend in October with fun activities and entertainment for all.

The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: are part of the Cape Cod Baseball League. For more than 100 years The Cape Cod Baseball League: has showcased the up and coming talents of top amateur players and future major leaguer.

For Family Fun - There are plenty of ways to entertain kids of all ages.  You'll find arcades, go carts, Bowling:, and 2 mini golf courses.

Bass River Farmers Market: - Locally grown produce and hand-made items for a real taste of Cape Cod.

Fishing- You can find a perfect fishing hole or venture out on a charter for a day of deep sea fishing from packet landing next to the bass river bridge.

 

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