This breathtaking stretch of barrier shoreline and adjacent upland marshes, forests and grasslands offers a protected habitat to dozens of species of wildlife, especially nesting waterfowl. Located on Chappaquiddick Island, it is reachable by boat or, at certain times and with the proper permits, over-sand vehicles. During summer, guided tours can be booked with a naturalist through the Islands Regional Office. The beach is open to everyone, but regulated by the Trustees of Reservations. No camping is permitted.
Located about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) from Oak Bluffs, Island Alpaca Farm is home to hundreds of gentle and cuddly alpacas. These peace-loving creatures belong to the same family as camels and llamas. The farm offers many opportunities to get to know more about alpacas. You can also adopt a cute pet here - alpacas make for great friends. Island Alpaca Farm also offers many workshops and tutorials for interested breeders. It's a great place to bring the kids and spend the day outdoors.
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.
Cape Cod juts out into the Atlantic Ocean from the northeastern coast of the United States, separated from the southeastern corner of mainland Massachusetts by a canal. With its quaint fishing villages, spectacular beaches and historic lighthouses, Cape Cod is a popular summertime destination with something to suit every taste. Together with the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Cape Cod boasts a thriving arts scene, fabulous New England cuisine with a penchant for fresh seafood, ample opportunity to indulge in a host of water sports and a vibrant nightlife. From whaling captains' mansions and chowder shacks to the posh vacation homes of the rich and famous, Cape Cod wears its heritage with pride. Provincetown, in particular, is a haven for all sorts, but is best known for its proliferation of art galleries and LGBTQ-friendly establishments. The north coast, on the other hand, is especially favored by families with kids owing to its tranquil waters, quiet environs and multitude of family-friendly attractions. No matter which enclave suits you best, fabulous vistas and oodles of charm await around every turn of this New England retreat.