Seagull Beach is located in West Yarmouth, south of Route 28. With the warm sparkling waters of Nantucket Sound and the long sandy stretch of beach, Seagull is a family favorite. There is a large parking lot (with fee for parking in season), as well as snack bar and bathrooms (in season). Check with the front desk for discount tickets.
Directions: Take a right out of the parking lot onto Route 28. At the lights take a left onto South Sea Ave. (just before Molly’s). Seagull Beach entrance is approximately 1/2 mile on your left.
Smuggler’s Beach is a little closer to us in South Yarmouth. Smugglers has a kid’s playground as well as a beautiful beach.
Directions: Take a right out of the parking lot onto Route 28. Continue for approx. 1/8 mile. Take a left onto Seaview Ave. just before the new Moose Lodge. Continue to stop sign, take a left onto South Shore Drive, Smugglers beach is on your right. Public beach with parking fees.
Cape Cod National Seashore
A trip to the Cape is not complete without a visit to the beaches of the National Seashore. It is located in the outer Cape towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown. The National Seashore was established in 1961 during the Kennedy administration. With its pristine beaches, huge sand dune cliffs and exciting surf, the Cape Cod National Seashore is well worth the drive.
Directions: Take Route 6 East, continue through the Orleans rotary. Follow signs for Cape Cod National Seashore.
Biking is a great activity for the whole family. Some of our favorites:
- Cape Cod Canal: located on the canal, level, wide paved road with no vehicles, approximately 7 miles.
- Cape Cod Rail Trail: starts in Dennis near Route 134 and continues through Harwich and Brewster.
- Province Lands Trail: a paved 5 mile loop through the dunes with great views of Provincetown and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Shining Sea Path: located in Falmouth, the path follows the former Penn Central Railroad line
What a unique way to see the Cape and experience its natural beauty. Kayak tours offers many different packages, visit them at www.greatmarshkayaktours.com.
Bay Spirit Tours offers a Lighthouse Harbor Tour as well as a Sunset Cruise departing daily from the Ocean Street docks in Hyannis. They also offer a charter service for larger groups. Call 508-771-0107 for more information, major credit cards accepted.
Viewing a whale in open water is an awesome sight you will not forget. Cruises leave daily from Barnstable Harbor and Provincetown. Check at the front desk for coupons. You can also check out Hyannis Whale Watcher or the Dolphin Fleet.
Catch a big fish story to bring home while on the Cape. Hy-Line Cruises offers fishing trips from the ocean street docks.
Every summer the Cape Cod Melody Tent offers a great lineup. Check out the Dennis Playhouse too!
Yarmouth has a great variety of courses located on route 28. There’s Pirates Cove, a long time favorite, Bass River Sports world (that also has batting cages, a video arcade and a golf driving range) and Thunder Falls to name a few.
There’s the old reliable, Cape Cod Mall, but don’t forget The Christmas Tree Shops and Route 6A for antiquing and art galleries like Mary McSweeney’s Art Gallery filled with paintings of Irish landscapes and familiar scenes of Irish life. Of course don’t forget to check out The Irish Village shop for a complete selection of clothing and accessories!
If it’s not a beach day, you might like to visit the Cape’s various museums. Some of our favorites include:
- John F. Kennedy Museum: Photographs and exhibits of JFK and family.
- Sandwich Glass Museum: Exhibits of 19th century glass and demonstrations of the art of glass blowing.
- Cahoon Museum of American Art: Features folk art and marine paintings.
- The Whydah Pirate Museum: Explore the treasures of a pirate ship that sunk off the coast of Cape Cod.
Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are a short ferry trip from the Cape. The Hy-Line ferry is located in Hyannis on the ocean street docks. Departing from Woods Hole, you could also take the Steamship Authority ferry.
Cape Cod Baseball League
See the future stars of major league baseball. There are dozens of major league players that have played on the Cape, including Boston’s own Jason Varitek. www.capecodbaseball.org
Barnstable County Fair
The Barnstable County Fair is a great family activity for young and old. The fair runs for a week at the end of July every year. The dates for the fair this year are July 18th – 24th 2016. For more information click onto the link www.barnstablecountyfair.org. This is always a great time for the whole family with more than just midway rides. Be sure to check it out, especially if your vacation plans fall between these dates!