Maritime Days



Tours of Highland Lighthouse

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 6:00pm
Highland Lighthouse, 27 Highland Light Road, North Truro

A visit to Cape Cod National Seashore isn't complete until you've visited the historic Highland Light in North Truro. The 69-step climb up a narrow staircase rewards visitors with spectacular views of Cape Cod and beyond. On a clear day views extend more than 20 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and bay of Cape Cod. To ensure the safety of all visitors, the minimum height requirement to climb the lighthouse is 48". From April 17 through April 23, tours are offered 10 am to 5:30 pm. From April 24 through May 26, tours are offered weekdays noon to 4 pm and weekends 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Cape Cod Maritime Days

Monday, May 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Enjoy a month-long celebration of Cape Cod's rich maritime history! Lighthouse & walking tours, nautical art exhibits and lectures on maritime lore, boat-building exhibits, kayaking excursions and the Maritime History Symposium.

Explore the Whydah Pirate Museum!

Monday, May 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Whydah Pirate Museum, 674 MA-28, West Yarmouth

Experience Cape Cod’s newest interactive science museum featuring real pirates and real treasures! A must-see attraction for all ages where you will touch, see and interact with the worlds only authenticated pirate treasure, discovered in 1984 off the coast of Wellfleet.Visit for hours of operation in May.

Guided Kayak Excursions with Great Marsh Kayak Tours

Monday, May 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Great Marsh Kayak Tours, Yarmouth

Led by well trained guides and naturalists, tours offered during Cape Cod Maritime Days have included the Sunset Spectacular, Naturalists Dream Tour, Tidal Tour and the Nauset Marsh Tour, among others. For more information or to book a trip, email [email protected] or call 508-328-7064. 

"Something Fishy" exhibit at Cape Cod Children's Museum

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 12:00am to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:30am
Cape Cod Children's Museum, 577 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee

The Fish Market is a fun, interactive area where children and families learn firsthand about aquaculture, seafood, marine life and the fishing industry on Cape Cod.  The permanent exhibit includes a fishing trawler with tide pool, lobster trap, herring run and much more! 

Cape Cod's Largest Scrimshaw Collection

Monday, May 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Cape Cod Maritime Museum, 135 South Street, Hyannis

Come view Elizabeth H. and William Graham's personal Scrimshaw collection, which is the largest on Cape Cod. The collection is on display at the front of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum across from the newly remodeled gift shop. Come see the handmade teak cabinet that they are displayed in, and shop for the perfect nautical book, child's toy or CCMM clothing gift.

The Lure and Lore of Marine Art Exhibition

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:00pm
Cape Cod Maritime Museum

The goal of this exhibition is not only to display a representative series of mainly 19th century marine paintings (some pieces are 20th century), and discuss their artistic merit, but also, via carefully researched descriptions, point out their historical and geographical connections. These are features that transform maritime art from pretty paintings to actual historic documents.

Coast Guard Heritage Museum Opens for the Season

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
3353 Main Street, Barnstable Village

Exhibits feature the origins of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Life-saving Service, and those involved in the greatest small boat rescue in USCG history, the rescue of the Pendleton and Fort Mercer.

Elizabeth Mumford: New Works Exhibition

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 to Sunday, June 25, 2017
Cahoon Museum of American Art, 4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, MA

Liz Mumford’s nostalgic paintings of New England scenes and seaside life reflect a contemporary take on the simple pleasures and traditions of our American heritage. This exhibit highlights both Mumford’s signature style of painted tableaux with lettered borders drawn from such sources of New England wisdom as Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richards Almanac, bible verses, and sea shanties and presents a new direction in her creative work, that of large-scale circular watercolors. Opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Chatham Light Tours: May 3 and May 17

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 3:30pm
Chatham Lighthouse, Shore Road, Chatham

Located on the grounds of Coast Guard Station Chatham, Chatham Light has a long and rich history. Tours offered during Cape Cod Maritime Days are on Wednesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 17. For a full schedule, click here. Proper footwear required. Free admission.