A great Cape Cod family vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many things to do on Cape Cod that won’t cost you a dime AND the whole family will enjoy.
Love the outdoors?
How about museums?
These FREE Cape Cod attractions offer a little something for everyone.
1. Go fishing.
Grab a fishing rod and head to any of the Cape’s jetties. The Cape Cod Canal is a favorite spot and provides a dramatic backdrop. Just be careful – the rip rap slopes can be slippery!
2. Watch the sunset.
Pack a picnic and watch the sun set either on the sands of Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, or from atop the bluff, where the Chatham Light stands guard.
3. Learn about local marine life.
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, and it offers a number of free seminars and presentations like Peanut Butter Club, a weekly talk held every Friday at noon at the Redfield Auditorium.
4. See a glass blower in action.
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.
5. Climb to the top of 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.
6. Tour a potato chip factory.
Find out how the Bernard family cranks out their own batches of hand-stirred kettle-cooked potato chips during the Cape Cod Chips Factory Tour in Hyannis, held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7. Hike the 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.
8. Go birding.
At Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, see a variety of wildlife, including the piping plover, at this 7,600-acre refuge.
9. Wine tasting.
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.
10. Watch the sun rise.
Early risers might be inclined to venture to ocean side of the Cape, where Nauset Beach stretches 10 miles from Orleans to Chatham. There’s no shortage of parking, and there’s even a snack bar nearby.
Cape Cod Vacations
If you ever thought you would run out of things to do on Cape Cod – think again. The region is chalk full of fun, family activities that are FREE and unique! And what’s even better are all of those affordable Cape Cod Hotel Packages!
Have you booked your vacation yet? A visit to Cape Cod is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.