Marine Biological Laboratory is what Lewis Thomas called the National Biological Laboratory. The laboratory is well furnished and equipped to carry advanced research and training on several topics related to marine biology, including bio-medicine and ecology. Regular tours are conducted here and there is a special visitors center that gives you in-depth details on the facility and the work conducted. To know more, check the website.
A whale watch is a must when visiting Cape Cod. Step aboard a 100-foot boat and travel past the Cape Cod National Seashore to the open ocean. The boats concentrate on an area known as the Stellwagen Bank - a deep fissure in the ocean floor that is home to a favorite whale delicacy, the sand eel. Naturalists narrate during the cruises. There is a snack bar on board and passengers can bring their own picnic. The trip takes about four hours.
A sizable stretch of green, in the Cape Cod region, Nickerson State Park is a must visit for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Covering a massive 1,967 acres (796 hectares) this state-owned park is peppered with sandy soil, scrub pines and a number of kettle ponds that make it one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in the area. Featuring numerous hiking trails, trek routes, campgrounds and fishing areas, this is also one of the hot-spots for outdoor activities and nature tours.
Brewster Gardens is located in the heart of the city on either side of Town Brook. The garden is an escape defined by lush plants and rolling lawns with a picturesque trail that runs along the stream and is perfect for casual strolls. Admire the many statues that dot the park or relax on one of the many benches by the water with your favorite book and enjoy nature at its best.
Covering an area of around six acres (two hectares), the Pilgrim Memorial State Park is one of the popular parks in the city often frequented by the locals as well as the tourists. Located by the beach shore, the park not only offers splendid views of the sea but is also home to the city’s two most well-known monuments: the Plymouth Rock and the National Monument to the Forefathers. Visitors to the park can spend their time walking on the numerous park trails, picnic with their families on the greens, or simply enjoy the stunning views by themselves.
Situated among blooming daffodils, lilies and many more flowers is Sphor Gardens. Created originally Margaret and Charles D. Spohr around their house, this garden welcomes visitors all year round. Welcome the season spring with the beauty of daffodils or simply sit by the oyster pond and enjoy the cool breeze. There are also other events such as face painting, a wishing tree and many more. The place is perfect for a day out and reconnecting with your family and loved ones.
The Village of Barnstable has long been the administrative seat of Cape Cod. One of the seven villages of the Town of Barnstable, the village lies along the north shore of the cape with a bustling core that boasts a variety of historic attractions, specialty shops and quaint B&Bs. At the top of the list of attractions is the stately County Courthouse, followed closely by the 17th-century Sturgis Library. If you're in the market for a good laugh, head to the Barnstable Comedy Club. Other popular activities include waterside dining at the Mattakeese Wharf and whale watching tours aboard the Hyannis Whale Watcher. There are several small beaches, as well, just waiting to be explored.
Heritage Park is a vast and sprawling green oasis that's located in the heart of Mashpee along the Mashpee Pond. The garden boasts a large softball and recreation area, a basketball court, a few baseball diamonds, and a couple of multi-purpose fields. There are numerous trails that are great for casual strolls and walks. Have a family picnic, take in the sunshine, and drop your pets off at the nearby Mashpee Dog Park for an enjoyable and fun day out.
Cape Cod Bay glitters in the distance as the sun sets along the rocky shores of the beach. From the raised platform at the end of the boardwalk, visitors can appreciate stunning views of the ocean, Sandy Neck and Provincetown with the steep chalky cliffs as a distant backdrop. Enthusiastic bird watchers can spend a morning out, and catch sight of local bird species in their natural habitat. A walk over the marsh is a nice way to appreciate the natural beauty of the area- with a fun, local atmosphere you can people watch as they enjoy the sun and sea, catching crabs, jumping off the boardwalk at high tide or canoeing along the creeks. The beach has a paid parking lot for those who don't want to walk the one mile from town center.
Far from the bustle of Cape Cod's tourist scene is the serene and magnificent Chapin Memorial Beach. This expansive beach boasts fine white sand and calm pristine water that's perfect for casual strolls, refreshing swims, and sunbathing. At low tide, the waters retreat and give way to small tidal pools that the little ones just can't get enough of. High tide brings its own set of attractions that include exciting water sports, parasailing, speed boating, surfing, and much more. The beach itself is well-equipped with facilities like restrooms, showers, and a lifeguard.
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.