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Best for Kids in Cape Cod

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Theater lovers must visit Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theater (WHAT). The aim of WHAT is to conserve the skills of acting on stage for the sake of education and also to entertain people. They also want to present expert-quality theater to spectators, which is something people hardly find in the area. This small theater group, earlier known as Outermost Cape Performance Company, has traveled a lot in time and finally come to be known as WHAT in 1985. They have won innumerable accolades and many awards for their outstanding stage shows. If you plan to be there, don’t forget to check the dates and the deals on offer on their website.

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.

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.

Focused solely on local waters, this small but impressive aquarium has been delighting visitors since 1871. Kids especially love the "touch tank," where they can reach into tide pools filled with starfish and sea cucumbers. Other displays include sea turtles, lobster and wolffish. A special exhibit shows the effect of plastic trash on marine life. Two harbor seals have taken up residence in an outdoor pool and are a star attraction. The aquarium is operated by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

First designated as protected by the United States government in 1961, the sprawling, 43,607-acre (17,647 hectare) Cape Cod National Seashore offers stunning vistas and a glimpse into the natural and cultural history of the area. The park boasts a number of swimming beaches, as well as nature trails, picnic areas, freshwater ponds, historic lighthouses and Cape Cod-style residences. The seashore makes a great day trip, but for those who would like to stay longer there are several resorts, hotels and motels nearby.

Designed to combine fun with learning, the displays at this museum are educational and interactive. A puppet theater, planetarium, Dress-Up Castle, submarine and train are open for exploration. The highlight is a 30-foot pirate ship where children can imagine themselves riding the high seas. Special programs include holiday parties, cooking classes, crafts and workshops with unusual themes such as "All About Cranberries."

Nestled amidst vast open fields, away from the busy city, Taylor-Bray Farm is a fine place to relax and unwind. A place for learning and recreation, at the farm one can gain some vital information on the city's agricultural industry, as well as revel amidst the sprawling lawns. Through educational programs for kids and adults alike, the farm imparts basic understanding on the process of growing and maintaining several kinds of vegetables, fruits and even animals. At the petting zoo, one can feed and interact with a number of farm animals.

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