With there being so much to do on the Cape, you might never want to leave, but there are a couple of beautiful islands nearby that you might have heard about a time or two.
And with so many ferry options available, there has never been a better time to visit Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket for a day, a week, or anywhere in between.
As you can see, keeping cool when the mercury rises is entirely possible, no matter your budget. There are free facilities both on and off Cape Cod where you can avoid the beach altogether and still get in the water, in addition to venues that will charge you an annual membership fee but give you access to unparalleled amenities.
You’ll probably spend most of your time this summer on Cape Cod, and with good reason. A quick 15-minute drive from downtown Sandwich takes you to Scusset Beach State Reservation, however, and it's well worth checking out at least once this year, especially if you want to do some fishing, camping, swimming, biking, hiking, and ship-watching, all in the same day.
Cape Cod is full of great places to check out, but very few have as broad a range of activities in such a small area as Hyannis’ Inner Harbor.
Here, you have the chance to watch luxury yachts as they pass by, dine at some of the Cape’s top seafood restaurants, swim in the ocean, and go into Lewis Bay on a boat all in the same day. If you’re looking for something to do in the spring and summer, you could certainly do worse than a day on the Inner Harbor.
Before 1936, Strong Island didn't have any full-time inhabitants, although research suggests that the Monomoyick people spent their summers there before the arrival of Europeans, and would head to more protected inland areas for the winter. That all changed in 1936 when banker William H. Potter Jr. purchased the island and built a home on its banks.
Cape Cod might be known for its oceanfront beaches and deep sea fishing, but its freshwater bodies are also legendary because of their generally calm atmosphere and outstanding fishing opportunities. Get out there in the spring and summer because you’re unlikely to find better trout fishing anywhere than these stocked ponds and lakes.
What do Clearwater, Florida, Lahaina, Hawaii, Jekyll Island, Georgia, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Provincetown, Massachusetts all have in common? Why, they're home to some of the country's best beaches, of course.
Living on Cape Cod means being surrounded by history at every turn. Once you reside here, you won’t be able to escape the historic sites and venues that are seemingly everywhere, not that you’d want to get away from them.
Visiting some of the oldest buildings and sites on Cape Cod will give you an entirely new appreciation of what it means to be a resident of the Cape by allowing you to experience firsthand the lives of the people who first inhabited this wonderful part of the world.
The best thing about estate sales is that many of them feature antique tables, chairs, couches, dressers, and other furniture that is sure to fit right in with your Cape Cod home’s style. Most estate sales are at older homes with furniture and decor that has been there for decades, so if you’re looking to decorate your home like an authentic Cape Cod resident, this is the way to do it.
What we do know is that there are 246 total species of myctophid worldwide, they weigh between two and six grams, and are less than six inches long on average. At the same time, these fish make up 65% of deep-sea fish biomass throughout the oceans. This number is remarkable, provided the small size of each fish.
Myctophid are also crucial to the global ecosystem because they transport carbon from the surface to the deepest parts of the ocean. As a result, they are needed to complete the global carbon cycle.
Cape Cod Islanders play in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), which is a Tier III junior association for players aged 20 and under. They play at the Falmouth Ice Arena and it's always a good time because the Islanders have some highly skilled players and play an exciting brand of hockey.
Wondering about year-round dining options on Cape Cod? The Cape has many year-round restaurants that have been open for decades and that’s because locals continue to support them year after year because of their top-notch quality and outstanding service. These venues are open in every month and on every section of the Cape, leaving you with a vast assortment from which to choose.
Marion beaches are convenient yet secluded. Marion's beaches include Silvershell Beach, Planting Island Beach, Oakdale Avenue Beach and the Piney Point Beach Club. Visit them all and find your favorite.
Falmouth's Jazztober Fest Weekend takes place on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. This event, which is free unless you participate in a special Sunday brunch, brings regional and national jazz musicians and groups to Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod, making it well worth a visit.
Life in Dartmouth, MA. If you’re thinking about making the move to southern Massachusetts, Dartmouth should be high on your list of places to consider. This town of about 34,000 people is located in Bristol County and was one of the earliest settled locations in New England.
Capa Cod has numerous marinas. There are marinas with access to the Bays, Sounds, Ocean and rivers. The marina you choose is dependent on the type of boat you have and which activities you see yourself doing on a regular basis. Here are some of the largest marinas on Cape Cod and what they have to offer residents.
Bass River is the largest river on Cape Cod. On any given day in the summer, you’re sure to see people boating and fishing up and down the river, or using it as an easy entry to the Atlantic Ocean by traveling south through the waterway. The river was, at one time, considered as the location of a canal connecting Nantucket Sound to Cape Cod Bay, but local officials ultimately scrapped these plans. As a result, the river runs from Nantucket Sound in the south to Kellys Bay and Follins Pond in the north, with parking and entry points found all along its banks.
Woods Hole is a small village in the town of Falmouth on the very southwest tip of Cape Cod. Woods Hole has a lot more going on than you’d expect to find in a village of just 781 people. And it doesn’t matter that Woods Hole is a little out of the way, being a fair distance from larger centers like Barnstable and Yarmouth, and 4.5 miles from downtown Falmouth, because the village is surprisingly packed with its own amenities.
The Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, is comprised of seven different villages each having its own unique flair. Barnstable stretches from Cape Cod Bay in the north to Nantucket Sound in the south, with a total area of 76.3 square miles. With a population of about 45,000, Barnstable is technically a city, despite being commonly referred to as a town.
Part of the charm of living on Cape Cod is the interaction that you'll have with wildlife and sea animals at any given time. That said, you should make an effort to see the North Atlantic right whale, which is an endangered species that makes its home in Cape Cod Bay in the late winter through the spring. While planning to see a right whale might be tricky, they tend to come close to shore, and there are hundreds of sightings annually.
There’s nothing more American than heading to the ballpark on a warm summer’s evening and catching a baseball game, and this is the exact lifestyle that Cape Cod has to offer its permanent residents. The Cape Cod Baseball League has long been one of the country’s top developmental associations. There are currently ten teams in the CCBL, each of which has its own home field. The league is broken down into two divisions, the East and West, with the winner of each division facing off in the championship series.
The Gray Gables is a neighborhood in the town of Bourne. Also, the region was once where President Glover Cleveland spent much of his free time, both while in and out of office. Grover Cleveland is responsible for starting the tradition of a Summer White House with his summer home in Gray Gables.
A sure sign of springtime on Cape is the annual herring run. The herring run occurs when these fish return from the ocean and swim up local rivers and streams to the area's freshwater ponds to spawn in the summer.
Wings Neck is a small area in the village of Pocasset, in the town of Bourne on Cape Cod. It jets out into Buzzards Bay, making it convenient for water-lovers, while still providing easy access to the highways heading to the mainland and other parts of the Cape. Wings Neck is a quiet and private peninsula that over time, has gained traction as one of the more exclusive areas on Cape Cod.
Plymouth gives you a little bit of everything. You can spend one day exploring some of the nation’s most important historical sites and the next golfing at one of the country’s top courses. That’s not to mention the outstanding local dining options on Main Street, Water Street, and Town Wharf, or the shopping at Colony Place and The Grove at Plymouth.
Falmouth is a beautiful town that attracts year round visitors as well as the summer crowd. Falmouth has plenty to do in the summer, with beaches, sunshine, and plenty of outdoor activities, but the town is also a year-round destination. Many Falmouth restaurants and attractions tend to stay open throughout the fall and winter, unlike on other parts of the Cape, ensuring residents always have access to all the necessary amenities.
An ode to ocean air: from yoga to personal health benefits from sand and salty ocean water, take a look at the what vacationers and locals alike love about beautiful Cape Cod and it's scenic beaches.
The town of Brewster has many exciting activities to offer families and lots of great historical spots for learning more about the area's history. With great surrounding schools and beautiful ocean scenery, learn why moving to Brewster is a great decsision.
What makes the small town of Cotuit a great spot for living? Take a look at great food, fun, and local treasures this beautiful, family friendly place holds.
Have you thought about the possibility of summering on Cape Cod? Take a look at why the Cape is becoming a popular spot for second homes, and what individuals are looking for when they settle here.
From the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich to the Annual Glassblowers' Christmas at the Sandwich Glass Museam, check out how Cape Cod celebrates the Christmas season.
With plenty of options to keep families and individuals busy and satisfied, prospective home buyers are finding there is much to offer in historic, yet eclectic Falmouth, MA.
The month of November is one of the best times to enjoy the arts on Cape Cod. As the cool fall air rolls in, discover what Cape Cod offers on and off the beach including an eclectic and entertaining display of performances, art shows, and local talent.
Caoe Cod, said to be one of the most haunted places in the country, is home to more than a few restless souls not quite ready to leave us. Read up on these classic Cape ghosts and their background.
There are countless stories of hauntings on Cape Cod but only one mixes both sorcery and piracy in a legend that continues to endure to this day. In this classic seasonal favorite, the legend of "Black Sam" and "The Witch of Wellfleet" is retold.
Barnstable, a historic Cape Cod town known for its hospitality and picturesque community is a wonderful spot to vacation with a family or even to explore for a day. With great shops for browsing and scenic warfs and beaches for relaxing, Barnstable is a family friendly town that offers plenty for visitors.
New to the Cape and Islands? This article is great for brushing up on Cape Cod native facts that even some locals don't know.
Looking for a fun and exciting way to explore the Cape? Take a look at the great bike trails the Cape has to offer for a great way to get the family out for a healthy activity.