5 Ways To Explore The Outdoors On Cape Cod

Things To Do In Cape Cod

With nearly 560 miles of beautiful shoreline, stunning hiking and biking trails, and picture-perfect beaches, there is no shortage of things to do in Cape Cod any time of year.

Literally, there is something to do to fit every interest, age, skill level, and ability. And the following top five outdoor activities on Cape Cod are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a slew of other stuff to do when the spring, fall, and winter start up too. Stay tuned for that but, in the meantime, enjoy these outdoor activities now!

1. Harwich Walking Trails

The Harwich Conservation Trust has preserved precious open space; acres and acres which, save for walking trails, remains untouched—no cement walkways, no big signs, no carnival feel, just land, glorious land. Check out their website at www.harwichconservationtrust.org.

2. Cape Cod National Seashore

An absolute must on the top of every visitor’s list. Millions come to take in the pristine beaches, self-guided nature trails, bicycle trails, lighthouses, picnic areas, scenic overlooks and historic sites. Begin your visit at one of the park’s two visitor centers: the Salt Pond Visitor Center, open year round, or the Province Lands Visitor Center, open May through October, to plan your expedition. The National Seashore provides an opportunity to see 43K acres of unspoiled land. Most activities are free. Beach fees: $15 per vehicle or $3 per person on foot or bicycle.

3. Cape Cod Soaring

Glider rides offer a truly unique way to take in Cape Cod. Our geographical make-up, with water on both sides, creates world-class thermals, the natural updrafts that propel the gliders. An enclosed cockpit allows for year-round touring. Multiple price packages are available, based on trip length. Tour prices range from $105 to $175.

4. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Massachusetts Audubon showcases the Cape’s diverse habitats; beaches, woods, salt marshes and ponds, in this 1,100 acre retreat. A wide variety of wildlife is drawn to the ecologically sensitive area. Choose a bird walk led by a naturalist, take part in an educational program or go on a guided tour of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Evening lectures and camping facilities are also offered. Trails are open every day, 8 a.m. to dusk. The Nature Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Mondays in the off season.

5. Cape Cod Rail Trail

A 22-mile paved path from Dennis to Wellfleet offering one of the best ways to catch back-door glimpses of the real Cape Cod; past historic houses, cranberry bogs, salt marshes and ponds. Bike and gear rentals, as well as refreshments, are available at several points along the trail. An 8-mile extension from Harwich to Chatham takes cyclists along main roads through parts of Harwich and along the shoreline past such landmarks as Chatham Light and the Chatham Fish Pier. The trail starts at a parking area on Route 134 in South Dennis.

Cape Cod Vacation Deals

Don’t miss out on these fun activities on your next Cape Cod vacation. Many of the popular Cape Cod Hotels will guide you on where to go during your stay and how to savor every moment spent in this beautiful part of the country.

Book your vacation while the deals are great and the weather on Cape Cod is even better.


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