Thinking about getting away this winter?
New Englanders tend to need a break this time of year. They need to get out of the house and stray from their routines for a little R-and-R.
Since the region itself is not really known for its skiing (unless, of course, you want to make the long trek to Vermont), many people head to Cape Cod.
Yep, Cape Cod.
There are a ton of Cape Cod winter activities to suit the budget conscious or the extravagant. In fact, there is a little something for everyone one in the family – even the kids.
Yes, Cape Cod in the winter is quite extraordinary – and you’ll know why after you experience one – or all- of these Top 5 Cape Cod winter attractions.
1. Winter Wildlife
The Cape has many beautiful parks, including the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve and the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The quintessential Cape Cod experience may be a walk along the Cape Cod National Seashore, 40 stunning miles of beach and an incredible experience in any season.
2. Take A Hike
You can also explore the Cape’s trails, such as the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the Provincetown Bike Trails and the trail along the Cape Cod Canal.many shops along Route 28 in the Mid Cape. Stores selling antiques and collectibles can be found in every town.
3. Browse Museums And Galleries
The Cape Museum of Fine Arts in Dennis and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum feature the work of local artists from the past and present. Galleries are abundant in Provincetown and Wellfleet. A year-round performing arts schedule includes the Cape Symphony Orchestra in the winter and the famous Cape Playhouse in the summer.
Many museums memorialize Cape Cod’s history. The Aptucxet Trading Post Museum is located on the site where Europeans first conducted trade on the Cape. The Mayflower II, a replica of the Pilgrim’s famous vessel, and Plimoth Plantation, a surprisingly scholarly recreation of their settlement, are in nearby Plymouth. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum features photos of the Kennedy clan. The Swift-Daley House and Tool Museum is one of several museums in preserved homes, offering a slice of life in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.
4. Kid-Friendly Activities
The Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee is an obvious choice for indoor entertainment, although it is predictably packed on a rainy day. Kids (and adults who are not too squeamish) will love the “touch tank” at the National Marine Fisheries Service Aquarium in Woods Hole. Cineplexes are located throughout the Cape, including at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.
5. Shop ‘Til You Drop
As you cross the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod, you are flanked by the Cape Cod Outlet Mall on your right and the discount extravaganza, The Christmas Tree Shop, on your left. This entrance sets the tone for plentiful bargain shopping, as evidenced by Cuffy’s Factory Store, the Antiques Center and many shops along Route 28 in the Mid Cape. Stores selling antiques and collectibles can be found in every town. And don’t forget Main Street in Hyannis, where you’ll find cute boutiques, jewelry stores and galleries.
Visit Cape Cod In Winter
Attractions aside, winter on Cape Cod also means you’ll find some great deals – especially bargain vacation packages at several of the family hotels on Cape Cod.
And, who knows, you may even come across an indoor pool – perfect to dive into after a day of family fun.
Hint – Bayside Resort Hotel has one and it’s ALWAYS crowded.