Best Things to Do on the Upper Cape

“Where even is the Upper Cape?”

We know, it’s confusing. Basically, the Upper Cape is made up of the four towns closest to the rest of the state—that is, the towns of Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth and Mashpee. The good news: if you find yourself here, there’s absolutely no reason to be bored! Here are some of the top attractions we recommend checking out, categorized by town.

BOURNE

Official bridge town

Cape Cod Canal, facing Sagamore Bridge | By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, via Wikimedia Commons

Cape Cod Canal, facing Sagamore Bridge | By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, via Wikimedia Commons

Aptucxet Trading Post Museum
Aptucxet Road, off Shore Road. Replica of a 1627 Pilgrim/Dutch/Indian trading post features a windmill gift shop, gardens, picnic area and President Grover Cleveland’s private railroad station. Open May-mid-October. Closed Monday, except July and August. 508-759-9487.

Cape Cod Canal
From Sagamore in the north to Bourne in the south. Bike paths, picnic areas and some terrific scenic views. At the Buzzards Bay end, visit the headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers. Open Monday-Friday. 508-759-4431.

Massachusetts National Cemetery
Connery Ave. at the Otis Rotary, Rte. 28 in Bourne. Open dawn till dusk. 508-563-7113.


SANDWICH

Oldest town on Cape Cod

Hoxie House | By Andrewrabbott, via Wikimedia Commons

Hoxie House | By Andrewrabbott, via Wikimedia Commons

Dexter Grist Mill
Water and Grove Streets. A restored 17th-century mill. Open: 8am-11pm. 508-888-4361.

Hoxie House
18 Water Street. Built in 1673, Hoxie House is one of the oldest houses on Cape Cod. For more information, call 508-888-1173.

Nye Homestead
85 Old County Road. An 18th-century Colonial complete with a peaked roof structure. 508-888-4213.


FALMOUTH

History and miles of beaches

Postcard of Falmouth Historical Society, circa 1930-1945

Postcard of Falmouth Historical Society, circa 1930-1945

Ashumet Holly Reservation
Off Rte. 151, Hatchville. A 45-acre Audubon sanctuary. Nature trails, programs, cruises to Elizabeth Islands. 508-362-7475.

Falmouth Historical Society (Museums on the Green)
On Village Green. Containing fascinating artifacts from Falmouth’s past. 508-548-4857.

Conant House
Village Green. Exhibits include tools, scrimshaw, and memorablilia from the 18th century. 508-548-4857

Woods Hole Historical Museum
Woods Hole Rd. Museum includes scale model of Woods Hole including train circa 1895. Open mid-June through Sept. 508-548-7270.


MASHPEE

Native American culture and natural beauty

By Thomas Kelly, via Wikimedia Commons

By Thomas Kelly, via Wikimedia Commons

Wampanoag Indian Museum
Snake Pond Road. History and culture of the native Wampanoag Indian village. Open: 10am-4pm. 508-477-9339.

Old Indian Meeting House
Rte. 28. Oldest church on Cape Cod. 508-477-0208.

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