Massachusetts’ Cape Cod is the ideal east coast vacation destination. Visitors will find sandy beaches, warm weather, beautiful ocean, recreation, shopping, history and culture. This idyllic spot has everything required for the perfect summer vacation. Cape Cod, although not known as a year-round destination, has plenty for visitors to do throughout the year and can be an amazing destination during the off-season when the area is less crowded and a bit quieter.
Cape Cod Camping
The beautiful summers on this part of Massachusetts’ coastline really do make it an amazing summer destination. Visitors will find many beaches to enjoy, including many public beaches, and the 40 miles of pristine coastline and sandy beaches on the Cape Cod National Seashore. The sandy beaches of Cape Cod are amazing for relaxing, swimming and enjoying the sun. Cape Cod National Seashore also has walking paths for those visitors that want to explore the beaches beyond relaxing in the sun.
Throughout the area, there are plenty of recreational opportunities including golfing, biking, boating, fishing and even whale watching. Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, is an excellent spot to enjoy whale watching. Tours take visitors to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary where visitors can catch glimpses of many different species of whale including humpback, minke, fin and others.
Sport fishing is another popular activity at Cape Cod. The waters are a good spot to find striped bass, bluefin tuna, flounder and more. Cape Cod has many different spots that are great for fishing, including the outer edge of the cape, the harbours, shoals and bays. These habitats are great for game fish species and during the summer months, there are many options for sport fishers to enjoy the waters of Cape Cod.
The islands south of Cape Cod also have there own unique culture and are great summer destinations like the Cape itself. These islands include Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and a few privately owned islands. One must-see stop is the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Whaling was an essential part of Cape Cod’s economy for a long time. Today visitors can learn about the history of this industry and see artefacts and more at the Nantucket Whaling Museum.
Another museum that features an important piece of Cape Cod history is the Mashpee Wampanoag Museum. The Wampanoag tribe lived on Cape Cod before any other settlers arrived, and this museum commemorates the historical importance and culture of this tribe. Art lovers should be sure to spend some time exploring the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, one of the most popular art museums on the Cape.
Another way visitors can explore and enjoy the varying vistas of the Cape is by train. The Cape Cod Central Railroad offers a variety of train trips, including regular excursions, lunch tours and dinner tours. Whether taking a dinner train or the scenic excursion, this trip allows visitors a peek into the unique and beautiful landscapes of the Cape.
Vacationers at Cape Cod can also explore some of the lighthouses around the Cape. There is an abundance of lighthouses on a per mile basis. Altogether there are eight working lighthouses on the Cape. Lighthouses on Cape Cod have warned sailors for hundreds of years about the dangers in the waters below. Today visitors can visit the oldest and highest of these lighthouses, Highland Light. From the observation deck, there are amazing views of the ocean and surrounding landscape.
Visitors can also enjoy a variety of festivals and dining that celebrate the delicious agriculture industries of Cape Cod, including shellfish, cranberries and wine. One great activity is a tour of the Cape Cod Winery. At the Winery, visitors can taste their delicious varieties of wine throughout the year, or during the summer take a tour of the winery. Visitors can take tours of the cranberry bogs at the Cape Cod Bog and Cranberry Company. The fall also offers Cape Cod visitors the Bourne Scallop Festival, where there is plenty of entertainment and delicious scallop dinners. Another fall festival is OysterFest in Wellfleet.
Throughout the year Cape Cod has many different and immensely enjoyable activities to offer all of its residents and visitors. The summer offers beautiful weather and is the most popular and busy season. During the off-season, the crowds die down, and although the weather may not be quite as delightful many of the activities that make a trip to Cape Cod so much fun are still possible when the high season ends.
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