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Within the state of Massachusetts, Cape Cod extends northeast towards the Atlantic Ocean. Below Cape Cod are two islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. If you’re not from Massachusetts, you’ll likely fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport.
From the airport, Cape Cod can be reached in 1-2 hours depending on traffic and exact destination on the cape. Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket both have their own airports, and these are significantly more expensive to fly to. We recommend flying into Boston and renting a car. If you decide to visit either of the islands, you can get to them by ferry. Although, if you want to bring your car along, this must be arranged promptly as space goes fast.
Cape Cod encompasses a large area, so you’ll want to plan your days beforehand. We recommend spending a day in the Provincetown. Expect it to take you over an hour to get from Sandwich (upper cape) to Provincetown (outer cape).
The main attractions on the upper cape include the Provincetown Museum, Pilgrim Monument, the Provincelands dunes and Race Point Beach. Provincetown is a charming American town worth walking around. It has many great restaurants. While Provincetown, or P-Town seems to get all the attention, the lower extends of the cape have their share of attractions. You’ll find beaches, parks, wineries and restaurants.
See the best places to eat in Nantucket.
The main attractions in Cape Cod are parks, beaches, wineries and lighthouses. Some unique activities you can do in Cape Cod include visit a lavender farm and tour a potato chip factory.
Many of the national parks in Cape Cod are vast and have water access. The most notable parks include the Cape Cod National Seashore, Nickerson State Park and Mass Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary. The Cape Cod National Seashore stretches almost up the entire cape, and spans over 40,000 acres! Some highlights from this national park include the Provincelands Dunes and the Beach Forest Trail (in Provincetown).
Also, two recommended beaches on the National Seashore are Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach in the lower Cape. Near the Cape Cod National Seashore, you’ll find the Mass Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary. The Mass Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary is a great family spot with beach access, gentle walking trails and a petting zoo.
Finally, Nickerson State Park is another great location to visit. Aside from parks, there are wonderful stand alone beaches all along Cape Cod. We recommend Mayflower beach and Skaket Beach.
There are a few nice wineries in Cape Cod. Those include the First Crush Winery, Truro Vineyards and the Cape Cod Winery. First Crush is a small winery and tasting room, they have no vineyards on site. The Cape Cod winery is larger than First Crush, and does offer the scenic backdrop of vineyards. They also have a lovely outdoor tasting space. Truro, however, is clearly the most impressive winery. With a huge estate, scheduled tours, tastings, games and food trucks on their estate. Truro vineyards has enough going on that you could bring the whole family. In addition to wineries, there is a local brewery in Cape Cod. Cisco Brewers is known to serve local brews with occasional food trucks, live music and tours.
Lighthouses are quintessential Cape Cod. They’re scattered all around the Cape. The Highland Light on the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Nobska Point Light at Woods Hole Harbor both have regular scheduled tours. Others include the Cape Poge Lighthouse, Gay Head Lighthouse and East Chop Lighthouse. Although those may be harder to access.
Some unique attractions on Cape Cod include the Cape Cod lavender farm and the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory. The Cape Cod Lavender farm has a quaint store in the woods. You can get all kinds of heartwarming handmade cosmetics here. Also, the Cape Cod potato chip factory is a great family destination. You’ve probably seen their brand. The Cape Cod potato chip company sells to Costco, Mariano’s and many more retailers nationwide. The factory gives tours most weekdays.
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