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.
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History's main objective is to make people more aware of the environment and their surroundings. The museum is divided into two floors dedicated to the flora and fauna of the region which includes exhibits on whales, birds, reptiles and amphibians found in the region. There is a library for extra research and a shop where you can find souvenirs to remind you of the environment around you. The museum also holds various activities to provide a learning experience for children as well as adults! Admission and open hours vary seasonally.
Famously known as the Cape Cod Light, the Highland Light is an active lighthouse and also said to be the tallest and oldest lighthouse on Cape Cod. The lighthouse is accessible to the public from May through October- tours are available too, while the grounds can be visited throughout the year. This lighthouse occupies a spot on the National Register of Historic Places as the Highland Light Station.
Practically an endless stretch of golden sands located west of the city center, Herring Cove Beach ranks among some of the best beaches in the United States. Blessed with calm waters and a light surf, it offers excellent opportunities for swimming as well as water sports. Evenings are one of the best times to visit this lovely place as there are fair amount of locals and visitors to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset. The beach has been impeccably maintained and has parking and other basic facilities.
Few people know that the pilgrims first struck land in Provincetown, on November 21, 1620, before continuing on to Plymouth. While anchored in Provincetown Harbor, the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, dedicating themselves to a community governed by democratic rule. This tower was built in 1910 to commemorate that landing, was modeled after the clock tower of the Palazzo Pubblico (specifically the Torre del Mangia) in Siena, Italy. A climb to the top affords one of the best views on the entire Cape, and the tower also incorporates the Provincetown Museum.
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.
This Cape house with a large bow-style roof was built in 1741 and once belonged to Nathaniel Swift, a pioneer in the meat-packing industry. The wide floorboards, a narrow ship's-cabin staircase and large fireplaces in every downstairs room are typical of 18th-century homes in the area. The house is fully furnished with period antiques and clothing. Behind the house is a Tool Museum featuring numerous antiques, including early cranberry sorters and implements used in saltworking. Admission: Free. Open from Monday to Saturday from 10am.
The elegant Edward Penniman House and Barn dates back to the 1860s era. The house boasts of Penniman family's written records and articrafts which speak about the family's whaling voyages. The site was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Situated in the southern region of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Nauset Archeological District is a natural historic district, known to be a hub of the ancient Nauset settlement and made it their habitat since 4000 BCE. The Nausets would cultivate crops like beans, corn, tobacco, squash and were good fishermen too. The Nauset Archeological District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Nauset Beach Light is a cast iron plate shell situated in Eastham, Massachusetts. Built in 1877, it stands 48 feet (15 meters) tall and has a rather long and interesting history behind it. Saved from decommissioning by the Nauset Light Preservation Society, formed by the local residents, the lighthouse was donated to the National Park Service in 1998. For those who visit the top, the view from the lighthouse is absolutely stunning, but tours are not as frequently conducted, so make sure to check the timings before you visit.
Located in what was formerly a Meeting House of the Universalist Church of Orleans, which is now declared as a historic structure, the Meeting House Museum, used to preserve historical structures, monuments and other items that record the daily life of the people of the city. You can take a tour through the several rooms and learn more about the lifestyle and history of the people here. It is listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places and is known Orleans Historical Society.