Fun Things To Do — Cape Cod & the Islands

Cape Cod has it all: internationally acclaimed beaches, rich Pilgrim history, incredible natural beauty and some of the best whale watching in the world. Hiking trails, bike paths and cranberry bogs abound. Miles of coastline make Cape Cod the perfect destination for swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding. The Cape and Islands' mild yet interesting climate provide a paradise for golfers, naturalists, and birdwatchers. The region has long been recognized for its artistic significance and its historic towns are still a haven for artists, fine theatre and museums.

What to do?  It is impossible to be bored on the Cape & Islands!  If you’re an active traveler, we have hiking, biking, or paddleboards, kayaks, boats and surfboards to rent.  Interested in marine life?  Take in a whale or seal watch – we have the finest in the world!  Golf at one of our over 50 courses and enjoy our extended warm weather.  Take a drive down one of our main streets and visit our world-class shops and galleries, or catch a show or exhibit at one of our many museums and theaters.

With hundreds of artists and galleries spanning the peninsula, Cape Cod is truly a great destination for art. Visit the many artist-studios and galleries to find work that reflects and honors the Cape's storied artistic heritage (Provincetown is famously America's oldest active art colony)  alongside contemporary pieces that continue and re-envision this historic exploration in dynamic new ways.

With 559.6 miles of pristine coastline, Cape Cod offers some of the finest beaches in the world, especially those along the Cape Cod National Seashore, a 40-mile stretch of unspoiled sandy beach in Outer Cape Cod. Cape Cod beaches are also known for being safe and family-friendly! Cape Cod’s constantly changing coastline has created new reasons to come and see our beautiful coasts.

Cycling enthusiasts flock to the region for our extensive network of on and off-road trails, including the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Join a guide or set out on your own to roam miles of paved bikeways, mountain bike trails and country roads that wind past historic lighthouses, working cranberry bogs, and weathered shingled cottages. Bike shops, shuttles, and rentals are available across the region!

With hundreds of miles of protected shoreline, marshes, sanctuaries, and National Park, Cape Cod is a world-class birding destination.  Shore birds of every variety, songbirds, hawks, osprey, snowy owls, and other rare species pass through our region on their migratory paths.

Boating on the waters that surround Cape Cod is why many visit, and why many stay! Area charter and tour boat companies transport hundreds of thousands of visitors out onto our waters each year for fishing, sightseeing, swimming and relaxation. Cape Cod marinas host scores of visiting yachtsmen and provide water access to countless recreational boaters from all over southeastern New England. Guided kayak tours, solo rentals and kayaking eco-tours are a popular option for exploring our peaceful salt marshes, bays and lakes!

Cape Cod is a true cultural destination with hundreds of arts and cultural venues from the Canal to Provincetown. Plan visits to museums inspired by the Cape’s nautical heritage and pristine environment, cultural centers that offer a wide-range of activities and events, and performing arts venues that reflect the unique arts community of Cape Cod. You’ll find well known places and hidden gems, displaying exhibits and performing work from the cutting edge to family friendly.

Cape Cod is home to some of the richest fishing grounds in the ocean!  From the rips off Provincetown to to Hyannis, Falmouth, and Monomoy, you can assure that you will not come home empty-handed when you join one of our many experienced captains on a fishing excursion or on a charter boat! 

With over 40 courses that are scenic, prisitine, challenging and fun - and a mild climate encouraging a long (often year-round) season - it is no wonder Cape Cod is one of the ten most popular destinations in the U.S. for golfing. With Cape Cod’s diverse selection of award-winning golf courses, you can be on a different course every day! 

Conservation and preservation are high priorities on Cape Cod, and our natural beauty can be appreciated best along our well-maintained nature trails, perfect for scenic walks and hikes. 

Kids of all ages love Cape Cod!  There is always something to make them smile - beaches, sandcastles, bike rides, mini-golf, ice cream, and one of the nation’s only remaining drive-in movie theaters! Climb aboard a pirate boat where children can pull up their own loot, take a boat cruise, hike through tidal pools, or explore one our many family-friendly museums. The options are endless!

Cape Cod boasts over 25 local theaters, with an exciting line-up of musical revues, Broadway productions and beloved classics.  Performances at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis - America’s oldest professional summer theatre - attract some of the nation’s finest stage, television and film actors. The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra is a polished and professional ensemble of 75 musicians. And Cape Cod Melody Tent is headlined by some of the finest popular musical acts from yesterday and today!

Shopping is a favorite activity on the Cape & Islands and the region offers variety like nowhere else, up and down main thoroughfares, off the beaten path, in quaint downtown villages as well as larger shopping centers like Mashpee Commons.  Our chic boutiques, unique shops, bookstores, specialty gift shops and art galleries will make you want to shop local! And historic 6A is a treasure trove of antique finds and galleries, offering some of the best antiquing around.

Cape Cod is the perfect place to build in a little “me time.” From a quaint backyard massage studio surrounded by hydrangea to the unsurpassed luxury of a day spa, you’ll find an unrivaled level of expertise, intuitiveness and professionalism from the practitioners who call Cape Cod home. Enjoy the benefits of a reflexology, massage or energy treatment and you might just find yourself unwinding on Cape Cod in a whole new way!

Many don’t know that the Cape has its own "Fields of Dreams." The region boasts the premier NCAA-sanctioned summer baseball league in the country - the Cape Cod Baseball League - with 183 alumni now performing in the major leagues. Spectator sporting events throughout the year range from celebrity golf tournaments and ice skating expos to collegiate soccer tournaments and road races, lincluding the Falmouth Road Race, which attracts elite and amateur runners from around the world. And Cape Cod is home to brand new state-of-the-art sporting venues like the Hyannis Youth & Community Center!

Need direction checking out the sites?  From duckboats and trolleys to trains, boats and coaches, our expert tour guides can show you around and make you an expert on the region!  Boat and dune tours are available to show you the Cape Cod you can’t reach! Here's a great three-day itinerary on Cape Cod, which helps you pack a bunch of really fun stuff into a short stay. Are you a history or film buff? Check out this map of Cape Cod locations featured in the 2016 Disney film "The Finest Hours!"

Cape Cod is a world-class destination for whale watching, with a rich feeding ground offshore that attracts a large percentage of the world's whale population annually.  In fact, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod was named the "Best Place to See Aquatic Life" in 2016 by USA Today!  Daily whale watch excursions are offered in season, led by experienced naturalists. Guided seal tours are another fun way to get up close and personal with the Cape's marine life in their natural habitat!

Explore Cape Cod by video, or check out our YouTube channel to explore Cape Cod through our video library! Watch videos about the Cape Cod Baseball League, the Massachusetts Cultural Coast, Quahog Day, the Canal Centennial and more, along with videos on staying, playing, eating and shopping on Cape Cod. Share your love of Cape Cod with friends by sharing our videos on your social media channels!

The ArtsApp Cape Cod is the best way to create your own Arts Trail, and find great Cape Cod artists, craftspeople, galleries, museums, art centers, theaters, concerts, and more! Download to your mobile device to find what’s near to you while you wander around the Cape. Also find companion ArtsApps for Martha's VIneyard and Nantucket!

Check out the artistic rendering of our mobile ArtsApp Cape Cod, your guide to studios, galleries, theatres, museums, art and antique shops, and more. The map divides Cape Cod into the North side (Cape Cod Bay) and the South side (Nantucket Sound). For specific directions or to create your own trail, download the free ArtsApp Cape Cod!

Follow the Arts Trail every fall season during Fall for the Arts, a month-long event showcasing the best in arts & culture on the Cape & Islands! Live performances by local musicians, special exhibits, arts activities for kids, readings & lectures, guided art & heritage walks, plein air painters and more. Join the fun!

Celebrate Christmas on Cape Cod every December and rediscover all that is magical about the holidays! Every town and village puts their special stamp on holiday strolls, carols, parades, and festive harbor lights that will draw you into the heart and soul of this special place.

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