Cape Cod Travel Guide

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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.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated October 25, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Cape Cod
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    Popular with bikers, rollerbladers and horseback riders, this 22-mile paved trail is a breezy ride through the Lower Cape's diverse ecosystems. Previously known as the Old Colony Railroad corridor, the Cape Cod Rail Trail is considered one of the best bike trails in New England. 

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    Wellfleet Drive-In
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    With a mini-golf course nearby and a playground set up in front of the screen, the Wellfleet Drive-In is perfect for families looking for a break from the beach. Double features are shown each night throughout the summer (complete with a vintage welcome reel and quintessential theater snacks at the

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    Cape Cod National Seashore
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    In 1961, summer native President John F. Kennedy designated the east shore of the Outer Cape a national park. Today, the 40-mile stretch of coast is recognized as having some of the best beaches on Cape Cod, including Nauset Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and Race Point and

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    Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
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    With more than 7,600 acres of protected dunes, salt and freshwater marshes and a decommissioned lighthouse, the gorgeous Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge will make you feel like a trailblazer. But there's more than rugged scenery; the encompassing islands of Morris, and North and South Monomoy are a nesting habitat for hundreds

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    Heritage Museums & Gardens
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    Sandwich's Heritage Museums & Gardens appeal to travelers of all ages and interests. Car fanatics will drool over the Josiah K. Lilly III Antique Automobile Collection, a living timeline of the evolution of the automobile. Art aficionados can browse the eclectic collection of American folk art while the kids enjoy

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    Sandwich Glass Museum
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    The old Boston & Sandwich Glass Company facility – once the cornerstone of the glass-blowing, pressing and cutting industries – was preserved by Sandwich Historical Society at the turn of the century. Now a museum, this site boasts both historical and modern displays of glass art, as well as live

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    Pilgrim Monument
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    Towering over the quaint Provincetown skyline, the Pilgrim Monument – modeled after the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy – is a must-see for history-loving travelers. The 252-foot-high tower is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Commissioned in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt, this monument commemorates the site of the

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    Edward Gorey House
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    Edward Gorey's name might not ring a bell immediately, but his drawings sure will. His more recognizable works include the macabre alphabet in "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" and the illustrated edition of T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" as well as illustration and design credits on Broadway and PBS. So

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    Cape Playhouse
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    With more than 90 seasons under its belt, the Cape Playhouse is the country's oldest professional summer theater. Complete with the original – and somewhat uncomfortable – pews serving as the venue's seats, the interior makes for a quaint theater experience. But don't let the shabby-chic atmosphere fool you: The

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