Cape Cod, surrounded by gorgeous beaches and famous for tourism, has an almost endless list of things to do.
Whether it’s playing a round of golf at Captains Golf Course or tennis, swimming, or just lounging on the beach with a good book, activities on Cape Cod are everywhere. And that’s just the daytime. Nights bring another set of options. The Cape is famous for its summer theater at the Cape Playhouse or the Cape Repertory Theater, and there are dozens of performances, from dramatic plays to live music, with national acts and excellent regional performers.
Is there anything finer than enjoying a sport on a sunny day? The Cape Cod Baseball League, one of the elite summer leagues in the country, and our very own Brewster Whitecaps are truly essential to our classic local pastime. You may also be interested in the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame, currently at the JFK Museum in Hyannis.
When you’re ready to be active, the Cape has a world of options awaiting you. Our beautiful beaches, including the Cape Cod National Seashore, offer unparalleled swimming, boating, fishing, windsurfing, and parasailing. You’ll have lots of opportunities to learn how to sail while you’re here. Or rent a paddle boat or kayak and see the waters on your own steam. Up for some cycling? The Cape Cod Rail Trail provides miles of excellent biking and gorgeous Cape Cod scenery. Bike rentals are available on Underpass Rd. in Brewster. Nickerson State Park and the Punkhorn Parklands in Brewster are excellent for hiking and fishing.
Golfing is another superb option. Cape Cod is one of the country’s most popular golf destinations, with dozens of courses, including the Captains Golf Course. Horseback riding offers a chance to be active and explore our beautiful natural areas.
When you want to escape the crowds, try one of our many tranquil nature walks at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Each of our 13 towns has superb hiking and walking trails. There are also many nature talks you can attend. Or travel on a whale-watch boat to get a glimpse of these great creatures of the sea – there are whalewatches leaving several times daily from Barnstable and Provincetown harbors with the Center for Coastal Studies participating in Provincetown. We have several aquariums where you can witness ocean life up close. Kids will love the opportunity for a “hands-on” experience.
Cape Cod’s occasional rainy days offer a great chance to enjoy other choices. How about one of our excellent art museums? Try the Cape Museum of Fine Arts in Dennis. The Cape is a mecca for artists, and you’ll find artist studios in all our towns, often with artists working at their craft. While you’re out, you’ll want to browse in our many shops. That can be a daylong activity in itself!
Did we mention the most popular summer activity on Cape Cod? It’s very simple: Pack your sunscreen, a cold pack with snacks and drinks, and a frisbee or good novel and head to the beach. There are nine bayside beaches in Brewster alone! And don’t worry if you can’t cover all the activities. You’ll be back again!
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