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Made up of 2500 acres of marshlands, open water, barrier beaches, trout streams, watersheds and uplands, with 11 wilderness campsites and several walking tours, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve makes for a great day trip. Other park activities include swimming, shell fishing, canoeing, kayaking and even restricted hunting on Washburn Island, which is accessible only by boat. The reserve also includes the 500-acre South Cape Beach State Park.
Dennis is a beautiful town that has charming old buildings and landmarks as well as gorgeous beaches. Try to visit Dennis during the summer, when it hosts events almost every week. However, anytime you visit you can count on great shopping and restaurants. Take the time to stop by Antiques Center of Cape Cod.
Replete with diverse ecosystems and habitats which contribute to its rich ecology, Ellisville Harbor State Park invites visitors to unwind and relax amid tranquil surrounds. You can frolic on pebbled shores, try your hand at fishing, or venture into the wilderness and uncover all that lies within. Keep your eyes peeled for harbor seals if you happen to visit during the colder months. Delightful sights abound here, with the park endowed with scenic natural beauty, which awes nature lovers. Cross-country skiing is a popular activity in the winters.
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.
Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth is a lovely park with a baseball field that bustles with baseball fans on the Cape during the summer months. The Arnie Allan Diamond in the field is where the Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod Baseball League) play during June and July each year.
If you want to get the family outdoors and get a little education while you're at it, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History hosts Family Field Walks year-round every Saturday and Sunday (and Monday-Friday in July and August). Explore the John Wing Trail at the museum with a trained naturalist, who will give you all the facts about marsh, oak-pine forest and beach habitats. The one-and-a-half hour walk covers 1.2 miles, so even the little ones can enjoy it. Cost is free with museum admission.