The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History's main objective is to make people more aware of the environment and their surroundings. The museum is divided into two floors dedicated to the flora and fauna of the region which includes exhibits on whales, birds, reptiles and amphibians found in the region. There is a library for extra research and a shop where you can find souvenirs to remind you of the environment around you. The museum also holds various activities to provide a learning experience for children as well as adults! Admission and open hours vary seasonally.
Although referred to as a bike trail, this paved path also welcomes walking, running, horseback riding and rollerblading. Built on an old railway bed, the scenic 25-mile (40-kilometer) trail takes you from Yarmouth to 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.
This brick tower is not remarkable for its architecture; it does, however, have a great view. Located on top of the 160-foot (50-meter) Scargo Hill in Dennis (the highest point on the Cape), a clear day allows views of the Provincetown Monument and mainland Massachusetts. In almost any weather condition you can see Scargo Lake, which was named after a Native American princess. You may find it a romantic spot too, especially for sunsets and star gazing.
Chronicling the history of the Kennedy family, this museum offers a glimpse into the life of the 35th President through video and photo displays. Featuring an ornate interior, the museum is replete with memorabilia and other informative objects. It is one of the most prominent attractions on the peninsula.
These former Plantations are a complex of museums devoted to early American life. The art museum contains antique toys and the largest collection of Currier and Ives lithographs in the country. A 1912 carousel is a favorite with children. A replica of a Shaker roundhouse contains antique cars. Antique firearms and uniforms are on display in the Military Museum. Charles Dexter, the original owner, spent years here planting and perfecting varieties of rhododendrons. Please note the museum and gardens are open seasonally.
Provincetown is one of the best beach locations in the United States, and Race Point may be one reason why. Here the Cape Cod Bay waters meet wild Atlantic Ocean waves to create a roiling surge called "The Race." The beach contains the Race Point Lifesaving Museum. It is well guarded in season, has a bath house, and is an overall good location for sunning and swimming. It can also be quite windy here, adding to the feeling that you are facing the elemental ocean at the end of the world.
If you wish to visit a place that lets you go back into time and experience a bygone age, then you must head straight to the Harris-Black House. This old house was home to a poor blacksmith who stayed with his family. A visit to the edifice provides an insight into the way of life that must have been during the 17th century. A few steps away from the Harris-Black House is the Higgins Farm Windmill, an 18th century smock windmill. The windmill was under operation until 1900 after which it was designated as historical site. The Harris-Black House and Higgins Farm Windmill truly send you back to the colonial times. Call for timings.
Located along the Orleans coastline in the village of Namskaket is the pristine Skaket Beach. The white sands and calm azure waters are perfect for casual strolls, sunbathing, and swims. The kids are sure to have a ball catching the Hermit Crabs that frequent the waters of this beach or building sand castles. Tidal pools that form when the tide is low are also great fun to play in. Stop by with the family when in the city, you're sure to have an enjoyable and memorable time.
The French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum was at one point the epicenter of intercontinental connections during 1890-1940. To relay stock-market details, keep a check on the soldiers fighting in World War I and more, a huge cable was attached from Orleans to France. After the Germans invaded in 1940, the service was stopped but started later for a brief period of time. But today, the French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum is one of the most frequented tourist attractions in the city and also an example of the evolution of technology. There are several exhibits showcased here that provide you with detailed history of the French Cable. Check website for further details.