Cape Playhouse#9 in Best Things To Do in Cape Cod
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 playhouse boasts quite an impressive alumni base, including Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis.
Though tickets can be pricey, many theatergoers say the productions are well worth the cost, praising the production quality and the ambiance. Many past visitors described the venue as beautiful and the atmosphere as welcoming, though some do lament the stiff seating and lack of strong air conditioning.
Nestled in the sleepy town of Dennis along the Mid Cape, the Cape Playhouse operates in an old meeting house. The summer season runs from June through September and ticket prices vary by show type, show time and seat section. Season schedules and tickets are available online at the playhouse's website. Tickets can also be purchased by phone or at the box office (hours vary by season). The Playhouse also offers hour-long behind-the-scenes tours departing from the Lobby of the Playhouse.
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#1 Cape Cod Rail Trail
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.
Many outdoor enthusiasts highlight the trail as one of the best ways to experience the natural attractions across the Cape. They also praise how well-marked and clean the trail is, and report that it's mostly flat and easy to navigate. Some of the Cape's best beaches and ponds are scattered throughout the area, especially in Orleans and Wellfleet. Unique snack shacks and lunch spots are perfect pit stops when your stomach starts to grumble. And don't forget to explore the area's smaller villages for a taste of the Old Cape.
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