Sun and surf aren’t the only things Cape Cod has going for it during the summer months. The region is also loaded with exciting museums, monuments, hiking trails, and other outdoor activities.
Whether you’re traveling with the whole family, or enjoying a couples escape, here are five summertime excursions anyone can enjoy on Cape Cod:
1. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Explore the depths of the ocean at this internationally-known marine research center.
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.
It’s not often you get to see artisans blow hot glass into vases and lamps. But at the oldest existing glasswork business, you can see it all in action. Pairpoint was founded in 1837 was is located in Sandwich. They are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
3. Scargo Tower
Take a ride to Dennis and visit Scargo Tower. The 30-foot high tower sits atop the 160-foot tall Scargo Hill in Dennis. The tower is the highest location on the mid-Cape. The views are stunning!
4. Eastham Painters Guild’s outdoor fine arts gallery
Cape Cod has long attracted artists of all kinds through out the region. At the Eastham Painters Guild’s outdoor fine arts gallery, you can see what these local artists are made of. Since 1980, paintings have been hung on wood and wire from old chicken coops on the lawn of the Eastham Historical Society’s Schoolhouse Museum.
5. Cape Cod Chips Factory Tour
Chances are you have never seen how a potato chip is made. But you can witness it all first hand at the Bernard family cranks out their own batches of hand-stirred kettle-cooked potato chips during the Cape Cod Chips Factory Tour in Hyannis. Tours are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Book a Cape Cod Summer Vacation Package
Of course, a visit any one of these Cape Cod destinations wouldn’t be complete without an overnight stay at one of the popular Cape Cod hotels. Make your Cape Cod vacation fun and affordable by taking advantage of one of the Cape Cod Hotel Packages available for families, couples – or anyone who just wants to get away from it all.