Town Visits

The Cape is home to many historic landmarks, museums and beautiful conservation lands. Get to know our charming towns a little better with this list of places that are not to be missed on your next vacation. These spots will both educate and entertain, and perhaps provide you with adventures and experiences that will bring you back again and again.


 

BOURNE

Official bridge town

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

Dexter Grist Mill
Water and Grove Streets. A restored 17th-
century mill. 508-888-4910.

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. 508-888-2368.


FALMOUTH

History and miles of beaches

Ashumet Holly Reservation
off Rte. 151, Hatchville. A 45-acre Audubon sanctuary. Nature trails, programs, cruises to Elizabeth Islands. 508-362-1426.

Falmouth Historical Society
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 Society
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 gifted with natural beauty

Wampanoag Indian Museum
Snake Pond Road. History and culture of the native Wampanoag Indian village. 508-477-0208.

Old Indian Meeting House
Rte. 28. Oldest church on Cape Cod. 508-539-1438.


BARNSTABLE & HYANNIS

The hub and voice of Cape Cod

Osterville Historical Society
155 West Bay Road. The grounds contain historic buildings and period gardens. 508-428-5861.

Barnstable Historical Society
3087 Main Street (Rte 6A) Barnstable Village. Exhibits include a collection of 18th and 19th century. 508-362-2982.

Centerville Historical Society
513 Main Street Centerville. The society is dedicated to preserving the history of Centerville and Cape Cod. 508-775-0331.


YARMOUTH

Cape Cod within reach

Winslow Crocker House
Rte. 6A, Yarmouth Port. Originally located in West Barnstable, the house was moved to its present location in 1936 by Mary Thacher. Open Saturday and Sunday, June–October. 617-227-3596.

Judah Baker Windmill
Willow and River Streets, South Yarmouth on Bass River. Surrounded by Windmill Park; small swimming beach on the river. 508-382-2231.

Captain Bangs Hallet House
11 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port. A sea captain’s house from the 1840’s. 508-362-3021.


DENNIS

The heart of Cape Cod

Scargo Tower
Rte. 6A to Old Bass River Road, left on Scargo Hill Rd. Legendary old stone tower, built in 1702, sits high on Scargo Hill. Breathtaking 360 degree views.

Jericho Historical Center
Old Main Street, West Dennis. 1801 sea captain’s house with costumed docents. Barn, museum, country store, and “Driftwood Zoo.” Open mid-June–August.

1736 Josiah Dennis Manse House
77 Nobscussett Road. House was the home of the first minister of Dennis. Spinning and weaving exhibit, gardens, and a Dennis maritime wing. A 1745 one-room schoolhouse. 508-385-2232.


BREWSTER

Historic Sea Captain’s Town

Nickerson State Park
Rte. 6A. More than 1,700 acres of tall pines, bike trails, fresh water ponds and fresh air. State-run campgrounds. 508-896-3491.

Brewster Historical Society
3171 Rte. 6A, East Brewster. A mid-19th century homestead with four permanent galleries and special exhibits. 508-896-9521.

Herring Run & Stony Brook Grist Mill
Stony Brook Road. In springtime, thousands of herring come to Herring Run on Stony Brook Road to migrate from saltwater to fresh. In the fall, the foliage is lovely to behold. The Grist Mill is a restored, operating 19th-century fulling mill, and also a museum.


HARWICH

Three harbors, one port

Brooks Academy-Harwich Historical Society
Sisson Road. Built in 1804, this former school taught navigation during the Cape’s Golden Age of sail. Great old vintage Harwich photographs. 508-432-8089.


CHATHAM

A seaside town; Winner 2007 Dozen Distinctive Destinations

Atwood House
347 Stage Harbor Road. This elegant sea captain’s home, built in 1752, has been occupied by five generations of the Atwood family. Museum includes the Joseph Lincoln Wing, the Durand Wing, the William Nickerson Wing, the famous Stallknecht Murals Barn, and the memorial herb garden. 508-945-2493.

Monomoy Wildlife Sanctuary
Wikis Way. This 7,000-acre wildlife refuge on Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The refuge is a haven for many species of birds and wildlife.


ORLEANS

A resort town and “Gateway to the Outer Cape”

Jonathan Young Windmill
Rte. 6A, near Cranberry Cove Plaza. A 1720 windmill overlooks a scenic park and the Town Cove.

Orleans Historical Society
Main Street and River Road. Orleans town memorabilia in the 1834 Greek Revival Meetinghouse. Genealogical information, diaries, deeds, 19th and 20th-century photos, artwork by local artists, special collections focusing on Orleans families and individuals, ships’ logs, Native American artifacts, and other items relating to the history of Orleans and its citizens. 508-255-4528.


EASTHAM

Gateway to the National Seashore

Eastham Windmill
Rte. 6, at Samoset Road. Oldest windmill on Cape Cod, built in 1680.

Captain Penniman House
Fort Hill Rd. The incredible 1867 home of
the wealthy, eccentric whaling captain. Tours. 508-349-3785.

Eastham Historical Society
2375 State Highway. Displaying artifacts of early Eastham, shipwrecks, schools, farm life. 508-240-1247.

Swift Daley House
on Rte. 6. House features period furniture, clothing, quilts, tools, and the “Beach Shack,” washed from the Outer Beach.

Salt Pond Visitor Center
Doane Road. National Seashore hub offering a film and exhibits on Cape Cod human and natural history. Bookstore. 508-255-3421.


WELLFLEET

Quintessential seaside fishing village and artist mecca

Atwood Higgins House
Pamet Point, Road. Beautiful, typical 18th-century Cape House. Tours 508-255-3421.

Wellfleet Historical Society
266 Main Street. Organized in 1951 to foster interest in Wellfleet town history. 508-349-9157.

Marconi Station & Lookout Area
off Rte. 6. Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters and Marconi Station, with an interpretive shelter containing a fascinating model of the original wireless station and remnants of its foundation. The Cape’s most spectacular 360 degree panoramic views. 508-349-3785.


TRURO

Unspoiled natural beauty and rural tranquility

Pilgrim Spring Trail
North Truro, off Pilgrim Heights. This 3/4 mile loop travels through pitch-pine woods opening out onto Salt Meadow, an ideal spot to watch
migratory waterfowl. It was here at Pilgrim Spring, in 1620 that Pilgrims had their first drink of water in the new world.


PROVINCETOWN

An eclectic community of fishermen and artists

Pilgrims’ First Landing Park
Commercial Street overlooking the breakwater and Cape Cod Bay. This historic park honors the landing of the Mayflower in Provincetown on November 21, 1620. See the plaque and take a 1.2 mile walk on the breakwater and enjoy the views of the Wood End and Long Point Lights..

The Province Lands
Surrounding Provincetown off Race Point and Provinceland Roads. This area offers gorgeous vistas of the sea, rolling sand dunes and beech forest. A visitor center and one of the best bike trails in the country.

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