Beautiful Cape Cod is not only rich in history and lore, it’s loaded with personality, character, and charm.
The area itself is situated on a 65-mile-long peninsula that stretches into the Atlantic Ocean. On this peninsula are 15 wonderful towns, including Yarmouth, Barnstable, Falmouth, Mashpee, Chatham, Hyannis, and Sandwich.
Cape Cod History
As most of us know, Native Americans first hunted, fished and farmed in the Cape Cod area. In fact, the Native Americans are responsible for developing a unique relationship with Cape Cod’s land and its ecosystems.
Throughout the 1500’s, fisherman and explorers sailed along the Cape Cod peninsula, and in 1602, Bartholomew Gosnold took note of the waters’ many cod fish and the named the region “Cape Cod.”
Today, the Cape is a popular year-round vacation spot and travel destination.
Cape Cod Lighthouses
Of all the wonderful things to do and see on Cape Cod, lighthouses are perhaps the most popular.
The treacherous Cape Cod shoreline, once known as The Graveyard of the Atlantic, has seen over 3,000 shipwrecks in the past 300 years. Because of the navigational challenge it presents to ships and boats, over 200 lighthouses have stood as beacons in the night to guide and protect ships from wrecks at sea. Today, seven lighthouses on Cape Cod remain functional, while many others still stand as landmarks.
Some popular Cape Cod lighthouses to see are:
- Nobska Point Lighthouse (Woods Hole)
- Stage Harbor Light
- Chatham Light and Monomoy Light (Chatham)
- Nauset Light and Three Sisters Lighthouses (Eastham)
- Highland Light (Truro)
- Race Point Lighthouse (Provincetown)
Cape Cod Activities, Museums, and Shopping
Cape Cod offers outdoor opportunities such as hiking, swimming, boating, golf, baseball and windsurfing. We can’t forget about Cape Cod’s unique shopping, museums, whale watching excursions, horseback riding – even sleigh rides in the winter!
There are a ton of things to do and see on Cape Cod and, of course, they are plenty of local Cape Cod accommodations that are affordable. Come for a weekend or a whole week – any time of year!