A Visit to Cape Cod
One of my absolute favorite vacation spots in the U.S. is Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 1620, the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact when they arrived at the harbor in Provincetown, before settling in nearby Plymouth Rock. The outermost portion of Cape Cod enjoyed an early reputation for its valuable fishing grounds, so expect to see a lot of fishing boats along the coast. I can’t personally recommend a place the stay because my family has a home in Wellfleet, but you might want to check out some of the cottages along the beach. The Beachcomber looks like a happening place, if you stay there let us know how you like it!
Our Favorite Cape Cod Spots!
Our favorite place to visit on the Cape is Provincetown. P-town is so much fun to walk around, as it is full of kitschy little shops and restaurants. You can spend a whole day just browsing and people watching. For lunch, you might want to stop by a great little sandwich shop called Relish (hint get some yummy baked goods to take with you on your way to the beach!). There is also a pier where you can set sail on a whale watch! We always ride the Dolphin Fleet. We have always had a good experience and have always seen whales. Take along a sweater and put your hair in a ponytail if your hair is long!
Places to Eat in Cape Cod!
If you are in the Cape and are a seafood fan, then you’ve certainly come to the right place. There are a ton of great seafood restaurants in the town. For something casual and kid friendly you might want to check out The Canteen. If you need a break from the seafood you might pop in Local 186. Local 186 offers a great American hamburger, amazing fried avocado, salads and more. It is in an old house with a beautiful back deck. Another great place is The Box Lunch. It’s on the beach and carryout only. Bring a picnic blanket and get fresh made organic lunches of a huge variety.
Festivals in Cape Cod
Another cool thing to do in Ptown is to see the Blessing of the Fleet as part of the Portuguese Festival. This annual festival celebrates the towns biggest industry, shrimping. This three-day fun-filled summer event consists of an art show, arts and crafts, a 5K, children’s activities, a classic car show, nightly live entertainment, a marine parade, and of course lots of seafood!
In the summer Cape Cod is all about beaches and relaxing and lobster. There are literally hundreds of beaches and fun things to do, like ride the duck boat in Hyannis, go to the awesome drive-in movies in Wellfleet, or take a ferry from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard to ride the antique carousel.
One thing I love and have taught my children to love is Long Pond. Long Pond is located in Wellfleet and is completely clear even in the middle where it’s 30-40 feet deep. There’s a dock not far from the man made beach that is fun to swim out to and jump off of. This is a gem that you definitely shouldn’t skip.
There are many opportunities to enjoy nature and take things easy on the Cape. And if you’re into city exploration as well, you’re never more than 2 hours from Boston.
I could go on and on about the things I love about Cape Cod, but you really just have to experience it for yourself. If you love the beach, history, and nature, and don’t mind the chilly Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod is a great place to visit!