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Best Things To Do in Cape Cod

With an expansive 40 miles of National Seashore, Cape Cod is one of New England's premier beach destinations. But there's more to do here than sun and sand: Thriving summer theater scenes draw out the best of Broadway while miles-long bike trails and well-protected wildlife showcases the one-of-a-kind Cape Cod environs. And don't forget to visit lively Provincetown where a lesser-known chapter of the Thanksgiving Pilgrim story waits to be uncovered.

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#1
Cape Cod Rail Trail Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Popular with bikers, rollerbladers and horseback riders, this 22-mile of paved trail is a breezy ride through the Lower Cape ... read more»

#2
Wellfleet Drive-In
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With a mini-golf course nearby and a playground set up in front of the screen, the Wellfleet Drive-In is perfect ... read more»

#3
Cape Cod National Seashore
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: In 1961, summer native President John F. Kennedy designated the east shore of the Lower Cape -- the east side of ... read more»

#4
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With more than 7,000 acres of protected dunes, salt and freshwater marshes and a decommissioned lighthouse, the gorgeous Monomoy ... read more»

#5
Heritage Museums & Gardens
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sandwich's Heritage Museums & Gardens have a little bit of something for everyone. Car fanatics will drool over the J ... read more»

#6
Sandwich Glass Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The old Boston & Sandwich Glass Company facility -- once the cornerstone of the glass blowing, pressing and cutting industries -- was preserved ... read more»

#7
Pilgrim Monument
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Bursting from the quaint Provincetown skyline, the Pilgrim Monument -- modeled after the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy -- is a ... read more»

#8
Edward Gorey House
Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Edward Gorey's name might not ring a bell immediately, but his drawings sure will. His more recognizable works include ... read more»

#9
Cape Playhouse
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: With about 90 seasons under its belt, the Cape Playhouse is the country's oldest professional summer theatre. Complete with ... read more»

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