Sandwich Glass Museum#6 in Best Things To Do in Cape Cod
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 glass-blowing demonstrations on the hour. The museum exhibits almost 6,000 pieces of glass produced at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company between 1825 and 1888. Exhibits detail how important Sandwich’s contributions were at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.
Previous visitors said the museum offered more interesting and hands-on activities than they had anticipated and said it is well worth a visit. They add that that you shouldn’t miss the glass-blowing demo and that the museum is laid out well.
Located on the Upper Cape in Sandwich, Massachusetts, the Sandwich Glass Museum's hours vary by the season. From February to March, the museum welcomes visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday; starting in April, the museum opens its doors every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of December. Expect to pay a $10 entry fee for adults and $2 for kids ages 6 to 14 (it is free for kids ages 5 and younger). For more detailed hours of operation, check out the museum's website.
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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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