Wellfleet Drive-In

#2 in Best Things To Do in Cape Cod
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Key Info

51 US-6

Price & Hours

$12 for ages 12-61; $9 for kids 4-11 and ages ...
Open late May to mid-September; showtimes vary

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Recreation, Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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 Dairy Bar and Snack Bar), making for a memorable family theater outing. And though the original 1950s mono speakers have been known to offer spotty speaker functionality (they are antiques, after all) you can always tune your radio to the drive-in's own 89.5 FM radio station for audio.

Past theatergoers say the retro drive-through experience is not to be missed, saying it’s a great nostalgic activity, but recommend getting there early to secure a good spot.

Tickets are a steal, starting at $12 for ages 12 through 61; $9 for kids ages 4 to 11 and for ages 62 and older. Make sure to bring cash to purchase tickets. Credit cards are not accepted. Also, be sure to get to the box office by 7 p.m. to get a good spot before the show starts at sundown. Located right off of Route 6 in Wellfleet, the drive-in is only open for the summer season, from late May through mid-September. However, the Wellfleet Cinema next door is open year-round, if you're really hankering for a show. For more information, visit the drive-in's website.

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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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