Things to Do in Cape Cod
The lively cultural hub of Cape Cod and among New England’s most beloved beach resorts, Provincetown’s popularity belies its small size and remote location. Perched at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula and reachable by land or sea from nearby Boston, the affectionately nicknamed ‘P-Town’ is the ultimate bohemian retreat, renowned for its eclectic nightlife, numerous art galleries and thriving LGBT scene.
Long a favored summer retreat for artists and writers, the creative Mecca is also home to 30 miles of sandy coastline, with pristine beaches, calm swimming areas and waters ideal for fishing or whale watching cruises. Spend time exploring the myriad of shops, bars and restaurants along the central Commercial Street, take a scenic stroll along the picturesque MacMillan Pier or enjoy a catamaran cruise around landmarks like Plymouth Rock, before hitting the bars to experience Provincetown’s legendary nightlife.
The JFK Museum in Hyannis offers a fascinating insight into the life of America’s 35th president. Dedicated to preserving the legacy of John F. Kennedy, who spent many summers on Cape Cod, the museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in Kennedy: the man and the president.
Detailing the long history of glassmaking in Sandwich, Massachusetts, the Sandwich Glass Museum allows visitors to explore locally made glass on display and see artisans blowing glass by hand in the workshop. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in glassmaking or the town’s history.
The Cornelia Carey Sanctuary—known to locals as The Knob—is a salt pond and bird sanctuary tucked away on a quiet peninsula on the coast of Massachusetts’ Quissett Harbor. This picturesque land preserve offers travelers the perfect escape from crowds typical of the Cape, thanks to a scenic network of hiking trails and walking paths. Visitors can wander through marshlands, forests and rocky shorelines where dozens of species of birds perch among the trees.
Locals suggest packing a swimsuit (in addition to the requisite camera) since the calm waters that greet travelers at the end of winding hiking trails are perfect for taking a dip. Scenic viewpoints and quiet overlooks offer ideal stops for relaxing picnic lunches and quiet sunsets, making Cornelia Carey Sanctuary the perfect place to spend a day at the Cape.
Designed to connect Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay, the Cape Cod Canal is a 7-mile-long (11-kilometer) artificial waterway built in 1914. Visitors and locals use it for both commercial and recreational boating and fishing, as well as walking and cycling along scenic paths on both sides.