16 Superb Things to Do in Cape Cod, MA

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 10, 2019
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The beautiful maritime community of Cape Cod has routinely attracted many of USA’s luminaries and great artists to its peaceful shores. It has a lot to offer to those who have a seafaring spirit.

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New England’s Cape Cod is dotted with 15 major towns – each having a unique vantage point on wide sweeps of the Atlantic Ocean. There are many ways to explore Cape Cod.

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The Cape Cod Rail Trail (a 22-mile paved pathway) is every cyclist's dream. Never straying far from the shoreline, it cuts through patches of greenery and 6 towns.

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Before long, you'll be drawn to Cape Cod's pretty beaches. And there are so many to visit along Cape Cod National Seashore: White Crest Beach, Nauset Beach, Corn Hill Beach and so on.

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Can't resist the siren call of the Atlantic? Charter a boat from one of the town wharfs, and set sail on open water.

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Wave-chasers visiting Cape Cod in the summer will not be disappointed. You can surf the waves as they crash onto Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Beach.

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For a more intimate seafaring experience than sailing, you can just rent a canoe or a kayak and set off rowing on the Atlantic.

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You can join whale-watching tours from just about every town in Cape Cod. Sightings of majestic wild whales and dolphins are guaranteed.
Back on land, you should go on a tour of Cape Cod's many stunning lighthouses, including: Race Point Lighthouse, Highland Light, Chatham Lighthouse.
For a change of pace, visit the JFK Museum in Hyannis to learn about the rich legacy of the Kennedies and how it came to be entwined with that of Cape Cod.

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Check out the biggest local musical event: the Naukabout Music Festival in Falmouth. It brings together people from all corners of Cape Cod every August.
Step back in time at the Wellfleet Drive-In Theater for a retro movie-going experience. You won't find many drive-in theaters still left in the USA.
In the town of Sandwich, drop by Heritage Museums and Gardens to peruse their collection of vintage cars and folk art. There's also a huge rhododendron garden to stroll through.

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And while you're in Sandwich, go fishing on Cape Cod Bay at the fishing pier in Scusset Beach State Reservation. This is your chance to hook some big ones!
You must try the variety of seafood cuisine in Cape Cod. Most towns in Cape Cod serve classic lobster dishes with their own unique take on the recipes.
Immerse yourself in the thriving art scene of Provincetown's historic arts colony. Inspired by its natural beauty, notable artists have always flocked to Cape Cod in droves.

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Familiarize yourself with the historic roots of Provincetown (aka P-town), by visiting the Pilgrim Monument, which is the tallest granite structure (77m) in the USA.
Don't miss P-town's Mardi Gras festivities which last a full week. Art fairs, parties, costume balls and LGBT pride parades take over the city during the Provincetown Carnival.