Active Adventure New Year's Resolutions

With a new year comes new hopes, dreams and beginnings. We set goals that we want to accomplish, some realistic, others more idealistic.

And so it is on Cape Cod, where there is always more to do. A place you haven’t explored. An activity you haven’t experienced. An adventure that awaits. With that in mind, here are our suggestions for your 2016 Cape Cod bucket list!

Aerial Adventure Park
Climb and zip your way to fun at the new Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens, which opened last year in Sandwich.
Covering four wooded acres on the museum’s property, the park provides a bird’s eye view of the natural habitat below. There are five aerial trails all of varying difficulty - including rope bridges, zip lines, moving planks and cargo nets - offering excitement like no other on Cape Cod.

For the less adventurous, a walking path still allows you to connect with nature and enjoy the colorful shrubs, flowers and trees that make Heritage Museums so unique. 

Whether you bring your bicycle or rent one, there are numerous trails on Cape Cod devoted solely for this purpose. Those bike trails start at the Cape Cod Canal and include the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth, a 10-mile bike path that extends from North Falmouth to the quaint seaside village of Woods Hole, providing amazing views of the water not accessible by car.

To get a flavor of several Cape towns, travel further East to the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which covers 22 miles and traverses Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. The trail also passes through Nickerson State Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore, which both serve as invitations for you to take a moment to stop, relax and soak in the beauty of the region.

Charter Fishing
There may be nothing more enjoyable on Cape Cod than spending a day on the water with your friends, especially when you throw in some bait, lures, a few fishing poles and maybe a cooler of beer.  Regardless of where you leave from, the crews onboard know exactly where the fish are biting, giving you an excellent opportunity to bring home a great meal (or at least a great story when you return to shore).  

Aboard the Lucky Lady II out of Barnstable Harbor, trips are either half day (four hours) or full day (eight hours), allowing you plenty of time to pull in a prize-winning tuna, mackerel, striper, blue or cod. In addition to making sure you don't go home empty-handed, Captain John Carty will help you learn about the local populations of fish you catch on your journey.

With 20 years of experience under his belt, Captain Mort Terry of Harwich Port’s Fishtale Sport Fishing brings a keen knowledge of the region’s waters, as well as a love of boating and fishing to his tours aboard the 33’ Fishtale, a vessel that was featured on the cover of the Winter 2012 edition of On the Water magazine.

Moon Paddle
Over the past decade, SUP has become an increasingly popular activity for those who want to explore Cape Cod’s waters...even after the sun goes down.

That’s right, there are several companies that offer full moon paddles, using that bright night object in the sky to illuminate the way! When the full moon comes up, Stand Up & Paddle Cape Cod takes SUP enthusiasts down the peaceful Centerville River, providing an entirely different way to enjoy the sport.

With its electro paddle nights, SUPfari Adventures Cape Cod takes the concept a step further, relying on lights underneath its boards to create a serenely beautiful effect as you paddle on Cape waters. 

Provincetown Dune Tour
Part of the beauty of the Lower Cape lay in its relative seclusion from the hectic pace of society. While Provincetown’s Commercial Street turns this concept on its head, especially during the summer months, a trip along its coastline will give you the peace and serenity you desire.

Thanks to Art’s Dune Tours, you can do just that, getting a unique perspective of the seaside topography of Cape Cod’s most vibrant community. Tours begin in April and run through November, providing enough time for you to plan a ride over Provincetown dunes and along its scenic beaches. With trips throughout the day and a variety of offerings that include a lobster clambake and a fishing excursion, there is something to satisfy everyone’s interest.

The most popular trip happens to be the last one of the day because there is nothing like a Provincetown sunset. That's a bucket list item on its own!