Celebrate New Year's Eve on Cape Cod...outdoors

Ring in the New Year in a brisk way
A view of the Coast Guard Station at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Park rangers will lead a beach walk there the day after New Year's. Photo by John Fitts.

Sure, it's nippy outside. But you have to admit, here on Cape, we get a bit more of a pass weather-wise in the winter. Maybe it's our New England heartiness. Maybe it's our proximity to the ocean. Maybe it's a bit of both.

Cape Codders can be seen golfing and taking to nature paths even in the coldest months of January and February. We grill year-round and rarely button all the way up to get the mail or take out the trash.

New Year's is typically a time to reflect on the previous year, remember the entertainers who have passed away and make every effort to watch the ball drop on television or the cod drop in person in Chatham.

But there's no better way to welcome the New Year than with a snootful of fresh, brisk Cape Cod air and a promise to get more exercise!

For the truly brave, there is a polar plunge in Harwich. For those who prefer to enter the great outdoors bundled in layers and mittens, there are guided walks and other activities offered by the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Waquoit Bay Reserve.  All your favorite local town and nature center trails will also be open for your enjoyment.

Check out the CapeCodToday.com calendar here to see what's planned over the next few days. The calendar will also be updated in the coming months with walks and hikes and birding programs presented by several local nature organizations.

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