Vacation Guide


Cape Cod has been known as a vacation destination for generations and has a ton to offer families when it comes to summertime activities.  Below are just a few of the highlights, but take a look at our Recreation Links page for even more ideas.

Active Family Fun

If you’re looking for active family fun, you can start with hiking, biking or kayaking. The Cape Cod National Seashore offers 27,000 acres of paradise for all. Hikers can explore the dunes and pine forests, while the 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail is perfect for cyclists.  If paddling is more of your style, head down to one of the many inlets, marshes and ponds along the coast and enjoy the saltwater.  Pack your hiking boots, strap your bikes to the top of the car and bring your favorite water shoes for an unforgettable adventure.  If you do not have a kayak, don't worry, there are plenty of places rent one while you are here

There are 15 distinctive towns to explore while you are on Cape Cod and they all offer a new adventure. Treat your family to a whale watching tour out of Provincetown into Cape Cod Bay, a traditional feeding ground for whales.  In the evening, don’t miss the chance to bring your kids to the Wellfleet Drive-in Movie Theatre for a classic American experience...Don't forget the popcorn!

If you prefer an exploring adventure, take the family on a tour of the picturesque lighthouses of Cape Cod; They can be found by walking, driving, cycling and boating.  A great time not to be missed! 

A Day at the Beach

Many visitors plan Cape Cod travel after hearing gushing praise for the local beaches, which are often considered some of the best in the country. With over 550 miles of coastline, it will be difficult to decide where to get cozy in the sand. Each of the 15 towns of Cape Cod boast great beaches. During your Cape Cod vacations, make it your mission to find your own favorite beach. Wherever choose you to put down your beach chair and umbrella, you will enjoy the pleasures of sunshine, surf and a good book!

On Outer Cape Cod, the National Seashore claims fame for its 40-miles of unspoiled sandy beaches that are especially well-known for their beauty.  While mid-Cape gives you the opportunity to get your feet in the sand at Kalmus Beach in Hyannis, Breakwater Beach in Brewster and, for an off the beaten path location, spend a day at North Beach off of Chatham, accessible only by boat. If you are looking for the sandy flats of Cape Cod Bay, try a beach from Dennis to Eastham because you will be impressed by the long, sandy shoreline.  Or, if you are looking to make a stop before you cross the bridge onto Cape Cod, stretch out on Sagamore Beach in Bourne.

Pack a good book and get ready to soak up the sun from Falmouth to Provincetown. Choose a vacation rental right on the beach and enjoy close proximity to the refreshing water’s edge. At night, watch the stars come out from your own balcony. With a vacation rental, you will experience Cape Cod as it was meant to be seen!

Hit the Water

Any quality Cape Cod travel guide will suggest that you hit the water and explore the surrounding islands, and we agree with that. Beyond Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket offer plenty to see and do. Climb aboard one of the island ferries and spend an afternoon exploring the quaint streets of the Cape’s neighbors. From art galleries and historic houses to candy stores and antique shops, you'll get a greater feel for the atmosphere of this section of Massachusetts by visiting Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

If you would rather stay closer to the Cape, don’t miss the opportunity for a day of fishing. No matter where you are staying, there are several options for sport fishing expeditions. Or, you can always hop on a seal cruise and see the thousands of seals that claim Monomoy Island as their summer home on Cape Cod. Don’t forget your camera! With options for every budget, there is no excuse not to enjoy the water during your Cape Cod travels!