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Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary is located on 1000 acres of naturally wild landscape. With miles of walking trails, you have the chance to see dozens of species of birds and animals. They host many special events, programs, and classes.
Marconi Beach located on the Cape Cod shoreline gazes out on to the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Named after the renowned Italian innovator, the beach is located near the station that sent out the first wireless transmission across the Atlantic. This beach is a popular surfing and skim-boarding destination amongst locals and tourists alike.
This is one in a series of ocean beaches that dots the shore of the Cape Cod National Seashore, on your right as you head north towards Provincetown. You climb down a high dune onto this wild and beautiful beach of clear cool water. Surfers try their luck here and, while you can take long swims if out far enough, the waves lend themselves to bodysurfing. You can get quite cold after about 30 minutes in the water here, even in summer, but lying in the bright sun will soon warm you. This is the kind of pristine ocean beach visitors come to the Cape for.
Harwich's Brooks Park serves as one of the busy venues for city events and other cultural galas. A favorite leisure spot with the city's locals, the park is home to a sprawling playground, picnic areas and a separate kids' play area. Basketball and tennis courts make it a favorite with the neighborhood's sports enthusiasts. Brooks Park also hosts to Harwich Cranberry Festival, a highly-attended carnival featuring craft, art and music events.
Curled against a hill, this is a lovely spot on the bay for family or solo swimming. You can drive up and pay a reasonable parking fee and walk directly onto a clean beach. Whether floating on rafts, digging up the odd clam, or swimming in the brisk water (which is nevertheless warmer than the oceanside of Truro), this is one beach everyone enjoys. Historically, Corn Hill was the site of a stash of Native American corn borrowed by hungry Pilgrims when they came ashore in nearby Provincetown.
Although referred to as the bike trail, this paved path also welcomes walking, running, horseback riding and rollerblading. And if there is enough snow, (which is rare), you may cross-country ski, too. Built on an old railway bed, the scenic 25-mile (40-kilometer) trail takes you from Dennis to Wellfleet via cranberry bogs, lakes and towns. Nickerson State Park, off Route 6A in Brewster, maintains the trail and is at the halfway point. See the website for a map with other rest areas and access points.
Johnny Kelley Park in the heart of Dennis is a well-maintained recreational area featuring a playground, picnic areas and slides that cater to toddlers as young as 3 years and kids aged between 5 and 10. With a number of tennis and basketball courts on-site, Johnny Kelley hosts a number of local league games. Workout and walking trails inside the park attract a number of fitness enthusiasts here.
A round of mini golf on a warm summer night is something of a Cape Cod tradition. The courses at Pirate's Cove break with tradition but not in any manner that draws complaints. Instead of windmills and still statues, you'll golf through caves, by waterfalls and around a pirate ship. There is a Captain's Course as well as the Blackbeard's Challenge Course. For a discounted rate you can play your course again and see if you can't beat your kid the second time around. Admission: $8 adults, $7 children.