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The season may be drawing to a close, but there is still plenty happening on Cape Cod. While stores may have begun to sell back-to-school gear, most people are getting in as much beach time and enjoyment as they possibly can before reality sets back in after Labor Day.
If you are visiting Cape Cod with your family, now is definitely a great time to take advantage of some of the fun summer activities available to children. Here are some wonderful upcoming shows on the Cape to check out before fall arrives!Scene from the WHAT for Kids play "The Surfside Snoops and the Ghost of Great Island". Photo courtesy of Michael and Suz Karchmer / WHAT For Kids.
If you want to see a different side of Cape Cod while on vacation, consider visiting one of the many local farms. Although not all farms are open to visitors, the ones that allow visitors are well-worth the trip. Here are some of the best farms to visit on the Cape!You never know who you will meet down on the (Cape Cod) Farm. Here, a Taylor-Bray Farm rooster. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.
People flock to the Cape in the summer to take advantage of the gentle surf, sandy shores, and gorgeous outdoor scenery. But not every day can be sunny and spectacular, so what are visitors to do when it is gray and gloomy out? Here are some ideas for fun things to do on a rainy day on Cape Cod!The Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich has wonderful exhibits and activities for adults and children. Don't miss a tour of the jam kitchen. Photo by Jane Booth.
As fun as summer is, it can also be exhausting! Whether you have been at the beach all day and are wiped out from all the sunshine or you have been trying to wear out your kids and have managed to wear yourself out too, some nights you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of cooking dinner (if you are staying somewhere with a kitchen) or wading through traffic, reservations, and crowded restaurants. Some nights, you just want to stay in, have something quick and easy, and watch a movie or play games (or pass out!).The sand sculpture in front of Peterson's Market in Yarmouth Port says it all: PIZZA! Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the Cape Cod Canal and the week of July 25th to August 3rd will be one of celebration! The Canal officially opened on July 29th, 1914. During the Centennial Celebration, there will be many different events at the area surrounding the Canal. Most of the events and exhibits will feature maritime themes as a nod to the Canal.From bridge to bridge an everywhere in between (including Mass Maritime Academy shown here), Bourne will be celebrating the Cape Cod Canal's 100th anniversary. Photo by John Fitts.
While vacationing on Cape Cod, families will almost certainly want to get out on the water as much as possible. Be it fishing, boating, or just a simple dip, here are some of the best water related activities on Cape Cod!Fish is on the menu after a day out on the water with Predatuna! Photo courtesy of PredatunaSportfishing.com.
It’s almost essential when visiting Cape Cod to have a tasty seafood dinner. With so many options, it can be almost overwhelming!
If you are renting a home, you may consider picking something up from a local fish market and making it yourself either on the stove, in the oven, or on the grill (or you may even bring home your fresh catch of the day and prepare a meal that you caught).
Others may opt to dine out at a clam shack, getting fried scallops, fish and chips, lobster rolls, or other staples of summertime.You can always go traditional with your Cape Cod seafood dinner. But don't be afraid to try something a little different, with a little flare. iStockPhoto.com/© og-vision
There is no shortage of restaurants, theatres, and other venues on Cape Cod to make a night out truly special. After a night of drinking, dancing, taking in a show, or eating out, it can be nice to unwind on the sandy shores of the Cape and listen to the waves lap against the beach. Some may even opt to jump in for a swim.
So what are the best beaches to cap off your night? Some of them are listed right here, so read on!
Nothing beats a stroll along the water's edge by the light of a full moon. NASA/Sean Smith.
Some days are just made better by having an enjoyable picnic in a serene setting. Whether laying out your wares on a picnic table or pulling out a blanket, picnics are the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer day.
Whether you like to picnic on the beach or in the woods, there are plenty of phenomenal spots to have a picnic on Cape Cod. Most of the picnic spots on Cape Cod are also great places for a walk or swim, so whether you want to make a day of your outing or just go out for a light lunch, there is something for everyone! Here are the best spots for a picnic on Cape Cod.Indian Lands Conservation Area is a lush, tranquil spot, perfect for an easy hike and a snack. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.
There are many amazing facets of Cape Cod to explore when vacationing here, but some of the most enjoyable are the Main Streets of the various towns. From fabulous restaurants to art galleries to lively bars to locally-owned and operated shops, the Main Streets of Cape Cod have something to offer everyone.Commercial Street is Provincetown's "main street"--busy, bustling and always a blast. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.
If you will be on the Cape this summer, be sure to check out the fabulous theatre scene! With shows put on at various venues Cape-wide, there is something for everyone, no matter the style you enjoy or the town you are in. Here are some of the sure-to-be hit shows coming to the sandy shores of the Cape this summer!"Cabaret" is one of the lively shows you can see on Cape Cod this summer. Academy of Performing Arts/Orleans graphic.
As the weather starts to warm up and the sun becomes a regular guest in the sky, focus turns toward the water. With beaches, ponds, lighthouses, and sweeping dunes, Cape Cod has no shortage of outdoor, watery summer fun. However, if you really want to experience the maritime heritage of Cape Cod while having fun with your family, consider going on a deep sea fishing excursion.Everybody was going home with a big striped bass after this trip aboard Predatuna. Photo courtesy PredatunaSportfishing.com.
As fun as beaches, ice cream, shopping, and first-class restaurants are, some visitors may want to get a peek into another part of the Cape. Whatever your interests, there are plenty of fascinating and enjoyable tours to partake in. Here are some of the best tours to take part in on the Cape!You just might see (or hear) a ghost near the country's oldest wooden jail in Barnstable Village during the spooky and informative ghost hunter tour. Maggie Kulbokas photo.
The Cape Cod Melody Tent is well-known for bringing marvelous talent to the sandy shores of Cape Cod and this year is no exception. Shows at the Melody Tent have been known to sell-out, so get your tickets while you can! Here are some of the wonderful acts and events that can be seen this summer.On August 2, don't miss the Temptations (above) performing live with the Four Tops. Photo courtesy MelodyTent.org.
It is never too early to start planning your Cape Cod vacation, and – to be honest – sooner tends to be better given how hectic the summer season can be. Whether you are an old hand at summering on the shores of the Cape or you are new to the game, here are some helpful hints for getting the most out of your time on the Cape.Plan ahead to take it all in. In Chatham, for example, you can take a seal tour, charter a fishing boat, tour the Chatham Lighthouse (above) or sunbath at Chatham Light Beach (above) all in the same trip. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.