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 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.
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.
Cape Cod Melody Tent has been hosting musical events and concerts since 50 years. Profit is not the main motive of this organization and it supports Educational institutes throughout Cape Cod. Over the years, Broadway stars like Ginger Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Angela Lansbury, Bob Hope, Helen O'Connell, Robert Merrill, Zero Mostel, Kitty Carlisle, Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Victor Borge, Debbie Reynolds and Benny Goodman have given their best performances here!
Hyannis Village Green is a venue which boasts of many musical and cultural events. Many event organizers in the village of Hyannis host their outdoor entertainment shows here. This place is well accessible as is located on the Main Street. So, look forward for excitement and fun at the Hyannis Village Green. For further details contact the 'Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District' which takes care of the activities in this area.
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.
The West Barnstable station can easily date its history back to the 1900s. The artifacts and exhibits of this place take you back in time as the building still has maintained all the original woodwork and furniture from when it was constructed in 1911. Other features include railroad tools, switchstands and a small motor car which was used for repairs by the maintenance men of that time. The ticketing office still has maintained some of the original equipment from that era. Many events and festivals are organized here celebrating and supporting the railroad history.
Built in the late 19th Century, East Sandwich Grange Hall is located in a quaint neighborhood in East Sandwich. What was once a home owned by a prominent family of East Sandwich is today a community hall that holds local meetings, cultural and private events.
Benjamin Nye Homestead was built in 1678 and served as the residence of Benjamin Nye. The house was initially built in the shape of a saltbox and later renovated into a two storied structure in the 18th century. It is one of the oldest standing houses in the region and has on display 18th century furnishings and artifacts from the Victorian and Colonial period. They also have on display the entire genealogy of the Nye family and the building was registered under the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
The Cotuit Center For The Arts truly is the hub of art and culture in the city. This cultural center offers patrons an intimate setting combined with fantastic acoustics, state of the art lighting and visual effects, and unobstructed views of the performing are from every seat in the house. The venue frequently hosts local and touring performing artists, troupes, and musical groups and features exceptional plays, musicals, acapella shows, concerts, orchestras, and much more. They also conduct acting and art classes. The Cotuit Center For The Arts is a city gem and definitely deserves a visit when in the city.
Located in the heart of Osterville village, the Osterville Baptist Church dates back to 1837. For more than 250 years, this humble structure has been serving as the sacred home of the Baptist Christian community in Osterville. The church was designed in Gothic Revival and Greek Revival style by architect Simeon Deyo. The church is a simple white structure with a steeple at its front entrance. Check website for schedule of masses and other events.