Cape Cod Travel Guide

USA  #3 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
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Free Things To Do in Cape Cod

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Cape Cod. Popular attractions include Cape Cod Rail Trailand Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.
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    Things to do in Cape Cod
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    #1 in Cape Cod
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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. 

    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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    Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
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    #4 in Cape Cod
    Parks and Gardens, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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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 of species of migratory seabirds. Off the coast of South Monomoy, a large harbor grey seal population congregates to mate, play and sun themselves on the shore.

    You can opt to take a guided tour in the summer season or stroll along the beach on your own with the help of self-guided maps. Recent visitors praised the staff at the welcome center and say that it’s a beautiful area to walk.

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