Maritime Days



Tours of Highland Lighthouse

Saturday, April 14, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
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".  Operated by Eastern National. $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Must be 48" tall to climb lighthouse.

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
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! 

Explore the Whydah Pirate Museum!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
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. 

Cape Cod's Largest Scrimshaw Collection

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
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.

Sea Captain's Row Self-Guided Walk

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018

Did you know that in the 1800’s there were over 150 Sea Captains that called Hyannis home? Welcome to the beginning of a historical walk between the train & the ferries - two modes of transportation in Hyannis that have inspired Cape Cod visitors for decades! Walk by Pleasant Street and delve into one of the most historic areas of Hyannis.

Coast Guard Heritage Museum Opens for the Season

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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. Open 10 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Saturday!

Chatham Lighthouse Tours: May 2 and May 16

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 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 2 and Wednesday, May 16 from 1 to 3:30 pm.  For a full schedule, click here. Proper footwear required. Free admission. 

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Opens for the Season

Friday, May 11, 2018
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, 847 Orleans Road, North Chatham

Opening for the 2018 season on May 11!  This museum tells the story of Guglielmo Marconi, whose company built the wireless maritime station, and how the station's Morse code operators were able to communicate with ships across the world even a hundred years ago.  During Cape Cod Maritime Days in May, exhibits are open from 1-4 pm Fridays, from 10:30 am-4:30 pm Saturday, and from 1-4 pm Sundays.  Visit the website for hours of operation starting in June!

Spring Crocker Neck Walk

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Santuit Road, Cotuit

Join Prof. Gil Newton, ecologist and author, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town-owned Conservation Area. Learn about salt marsh ecosystems and the flora and fauna that thrive here. Optional purchase of Gil’s guide, The Ecology of a Salt Marsh: A Tour of Crocker Neck ($12), benefits BLT. Meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road). Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.