Cape Cod is loaded with fun, FREE things to do for the whole family.
Whether you like to learn about New England history, do some fishing, or a little sunbathing – there is literally something for everyone on Cape Cod.
Here are the top 10 FREE things to do on Cape Cod during a family vacation.
1. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Every wonder what was lurking at the depths of the ocean? Visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at Woods Hole to find out, located in an area well known for its international marine research.The institution offers free walking tours behind the scenes of the center in July and August, Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. by reservation. The institution also offers a number of free seminars and presentations like Peanut Butter Club, a weekly talk held every Friday at noon at the Redfield Auditorium.
Curious how some artisans blow piping hot glass into vases, lamps, and other trinkets? Visit the oldest existing glasswork business,Pairpoint, in Sandwich, which was founded in 1837. Pairpoint encourages interested parties to witness glassblowing Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
3. Scargo Tower
On clear days you can see as far as Provincetown and the Massachusetts mainland from the top of the 30-foot high Scargo Tower, which sits atop the 160-foot tall Scargo Hill in Dennis. The tower is the highest location on the mid-Cape.
4. Cranberry World
Learn how cranberries are harvested in a free half hour tour at Cranberry World, a facility set up by one of the nation’s foremost producers of cranberry products, Ocean Spray. Enjoy free samples of cranberry juice and dried cranberries, see a real-life cranberry bog at the museum, open May-November.
5. Fort Hill Trail
Even the inexperienced hiker can enjoy a brisk walk on Fort Hill Trail, a 1.5-mile loop that runs across fields, through oak and cedar forests, and along the edge of Nauset Marsh. The trail also connects to the half-mile-long Red Maple Swamp Trail, which takes you through the wooded forest.
6. Cape Cod Winery
Nothing quite complements a warm summer day like a fine glass of wine. Take in a free wine tasting at the Cape Cod Winery in East Falmouth where they specialize in harvesting grapes for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Seyval and Vidal varietals. The vineyard is open year-round, but its summer hours until Aug. 30 are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7. Cape Cod Lavender Farm
Stroll through this farm’s 12 secluded acres overlooking Island Pond in Harwich. One of the largest lavender farms on the East Coast and harvester of over 14,000 plants, the Cape Cod Lavender Farm is open for the public to explore. One of the farm’s favorites is their own Harwich Blue which has a very dark late June and early July flower.
8. Cape Cod Beer Brewery
Calling all beer aficionados: Take a free tour of Cape Cod’s only brewery, Cape Cod Beer, located in Hyannis. They are held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and every Saturday at 1 p.m. Tours take about 45 minutes, kids must be accompanied by adults and yes, you have to have to be 21 to sample the beer.
9. Cape Cod Baseball
Catch a Cape Cod Baseball League game and get a sneak peak at the upcoming major league stars. Teams are located all over the Cape in Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Cotuit, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Orleans, Wareham, and Yarmouth-Dennis. As the Cape league is a nonprofit organization, there are no game tickets available for purchase. Many teams may ask for a small donation or “pass the hat.”
10. Marconi Station
Marconi Station was home to the first trans-Atlantic wireless communication between the United States and England was completed. The area, perched 85 feet above the beach, is known for its stunning views. History buffs can also brush up on their knowledge, as there is an exhibit of a scale model of the original wireless station along with a bronze plaque and bust of Marconi.
A Cape Cod Vacation
A Cape Cod vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. You and your family can enjoy almost everything the region has to offer for FREE!
Check into some affordable vacation packages at one of the many Cape Cod Hotels… and give your family an affordable summer adventure!