Things don’t always go as planned when it comes to vacation weather, but don’t let a little rain get you down on your next Cape getaway. Here are some rain-proof ideas for family fun that won’t disappoint.
Ten Pin Eatery, Hyannis
Ryan’s Ten Pin Eatery (pictured above) offers all-day entertainment for families, including 11 bowling lanes with with couches, table seating and food service. The fun also includes a giant arcade room, laser tag, a virtual golf simulator, three escape rooms and virtual reality. Parents of older kids may prefer to take a backseat to the action at the 45-seat bar, while their kids play. Ryan's also has other entertainment centers around the Cape, including their newly renovated space in South Yarmouth!
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster
This museum is like nature’s playground, and no kid will mind sloshing around in the rain on its 400 surrounding acres of beaches, salt marshes, mudflats, and nature trails. But if you opt to stay dry, head inside the museum to explore 8,000 years of natural history. Two floors of exhibits include an aquarium, lifelike displays of native and migratory birds, a science lab, and an Osprey Cam, giving visitors a close up of one of the area’s most majestic creatures.
House of Hatchets, Hyannis
Hyannis is now home to Cape Cod’s first and only axe-throwing destination. Billing itself as “more exciting than a book club, safer than a fight club,” House of Hatchets is open to kids age 10 and older, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Taking the older kids axe-throwing is a fun, physical activity you can do together.
Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee
This is the largest (and only) museum on Cape Cod dedicated just to children, aimed at kiddos from ages 6 months all the way to 8 years old. The 20+ hands-on exhibits spark tiny imaginations and get kids moving; they can explore everything from a farm stand and life-size replica to music and STEM rooms, a fishing exhibit and an indoor planetarium.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium, Woods Hole
Nestled in the quaint fishing village of Woods Hole, this aquarium features over 140 marine animals from the northeast region and is the oldest marine aquarium in the nation. Learn more about Woods Hole science and history, marine mammals, sea turtles, and local fish species. Touch tanks include small fish, crabs, sea stars and shells. At the outdoor seal habitat, watch as staff trains the mammals to engage in behaviors critical for survival (and perform a few tricks, too!)
Wydah Pirate Museum, Yarmouth
Cape Cod’s nautical history goes back a long way, and the Wydah Pirate Museum provides a unique look at early 18th century pirate culture and the people aboard the shipwrecked vessel, the Wydah. More than 250 years later, Barry Clifford and his team of divers painstaking collected artifacts and displayed them in the museum for the world to see. View actual pirate treasure, in addition to cannons, belt buckles, buttons and pistols.
Lanes Bowl & Bistro, Mashpee
Get the kids moving with some bowling at Lanes' state-of-the-art ten pin bowling. Relax on couches with lane-side service from the bistro as you bowl, or parents can watch the kids bowl from a nearby high top table. When you’re done, Mashpee Commons offers plenty of great shops to occupy the rest of your rainy day.
Water Park at Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis
If you don’t want to get wet outdoors, but don’t mind getting soaked indoors, the Water Park at the Cape Codder Resort is a great option. Kids will love the two 160-foot high-speed water slides, along with a “stormy” river with waterfalls and rapids, a pirate-themed kiddie spray pool, and a wave pool with 2-foot waves. Water Park admission is included with each stay at the hotel, though limited daily passes are available for purchase by non-guests, based on availability.
Falmouth Cinema Pub, Falmouth
Rainy days and movies go hand in hand, and you can kick your movie-going experience up a notch at Falmouth Cinema Pub. Enjoy concessions (and beer and wine, for adults) while catching a first-run flick in cozy swivel chairs at your own private table.
A little rain can’t damper a game of miniature golf, so brave the sprinkles and find one of the Cape’s mini-golf and entertainment complexes, many of which dot Route 28 in Yarmouth. Putt through caves, under waterfalls and around iconic Cape Cod scenes including lighthouses, roaring sharks and pirate ships.