Sandwich Boardwalk - credit Greta Georgieva

Autumn Checklist

Technically, fall lasts until December 21st, but the season always seems to go by so fast. Maybe that’s because it’s one of the prettiest times on the Cape, whether you’re bundled up for a walk at the National Seashore or watching the leaves turn along the Rail Trail. Here’s your quick to-do list to make the most of the autumn months.

Cape Cod Canal credit Greta Georgieva

Best Fall Bike Rides on Cape Cod

This time of year, Cape Codders trade beach towels for sneakers to trek or bike around foliage-lined trails, scenic hills and quiet ocean paths. Here are the best routes for bikers who want easy rides along paved paths, or more challenging mountain bike trails within forested conservation areas.

Paved Trails

View from Route 6A, Sandwich

The Best Leaf Peeping on Cape Cod

Often overlooked for showier parts of New England, Cape Cod is the perfect place to take in rich autumn colors. Here are a few of our favorite ways to experience the change in season along Cape's quaint back roads, nature trails and pristine coastline.

Take a Hike

Tobey Farm, Dennis - credit Courtney Wittenstein

4 Great Ways to Experience Harvest Season on Cape Cod

It’s no surprise. Most people imagine going to the beach and fried seafood when they think of Cape Cod. However, there’s a small, but devoted few who know autumn, particularly around harvest time, is when this cornucopia of fresh fruits and veggies really shines. Read on to learn where you can pick your own pumpkins, tromp along a cranberry bog, and embrace the season’s bounty.

Vinegrass Festival, credit Paul Blackmore

9 Fall Fests We Love on Cape Cod

Local artists, succulent oysters and homegrown brews set the stage for some of autumn's most celebrated festivals on Cape Cod. Fall is also one of the best times of year to visit - with its crisp air, crimson cranberry bogs and winding nature trails -  so mark your calendar now for these best bets.

Sea Bags

Where to Find the Perfect Cape Cod Souvenir

The quaint Main Streets of Cape Cod are home to a number of boutique gift shops carrying locally made and distinctive items that make memorable souvenirs or gifts for friends and family back home. Here are a few of our favorite places to pick up the perfect mementos of your treasured seaside holiday.

Handcrafted Gifts and Jewelry

Photo courtesy of Ellie Leaning

Local Farmers' Market Brings on the Lobster

A middle-aged man wearing a striped polo and khaki shorts was strolling through the farmer’s market in Brewster. He passed stalls of vegetables, looked at the honey, and after he passed a display of local yarn he did a double take. He had just seen a sign advertising fresh lobsters for $8 a pound.

“Are you here all the time?” he asked.

Woods Hole Aquarium - credit Dan Cutrona

Explore Cape Cod on a Budget

From epic ocean vistas to marsh-lined pathways, Cape Cod’s array of natural wonders draws travelers in and makes this popular destination affordable for nearly any budget.

With a little bit of planning and a comfortable pair of shoes, you’ll be well on your way to experiencing the riches of the Cape without a Kennedy-esque budget.

SIGHTSEEING

Ocean House Restant - Dennisport

Great Date Night Ideas on Cape Cod

While summer days on Cape Cod are made for flip flops and fried clams, the destination also sets a romantic backdrop for quality time with your significant other. Here are some romantic (and fun) ideas for a great Cape Cod date.

Table for two

Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar

48 Hours on Cape Cod

You’ve got 48 hours on Cape Cod with your kids—now what do you do? Follow this itinerary or use it as a jumping-off point for your own unique family vacation. Either way, your two days on Cape Cod are sure to be filled with lasting memories.

DAY ONE

Accommodations

Dining

Attractions

Transportation