Summer is coming and New England is calling. With gorgeous natural areas, charming towns, and miles of beaches, Cape Cod is an ideal place for a retreat.
You can enjoy your vacation from the comfort of our outdoor destination at Sun Outdoors Cape Cod, just minutes away from attractions like Martha's Vineyard. So come visit and explore the best Cape Cod attractions that are outdoors.
Searching for seals? You'll find plenty of wildlife at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. From grey seals to endangered shorebirds, there are many species on Monomoy Island. You can also see the ancient Monomoy Lighthouse by the shore.
While Monomoy Island is accessible only by boat, the visitor center is located on the mainland. You'll find it just south of Chatham.
Nobska Lighthouse is located at the southernmost point of the Cape Cod mainland. Once you walk up to the lighthouse, you'll have a view that stretches from Woods Hole Harbor to Martha's Vineyard.
Tours of Nobska Lighthouse are available, and the Keeper's House is being converted to a maritime museum.
Ranking high among Cape Cod attractions is the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This 25-mile walking and biking trail runs from West Yarmouth to Orleans and Wellfleet. It also connects to the Old Colony Rail Trail, which provides access to Chatham.
You can access the rail trail from numerous trailheads and crossings. Several offer free parking, or you can pay for parking at Nickerson State Park to access the trail.
Situated north of Provincetown, Race Point Beach is perhaps the most famous on Cape Cod. This scenic shoreline features dunes, shorebirds, and bike trails, as well as the famous Race Point Lighthouse. Plus, you can pop into Provincetown afterwards for a bite to eat!
Another of the fine Cape Cod attractions for cycling is the Shining Sea Bikeway. Situated near Sun Outdoors Cape Cod in Falmouth, this 10-mile paved trail offers a ride through forests and coastal marshes.
A fun fact about the Shining Sea Bikeway is that it crosses only a couple major roads. This allows you to bike recreationally without contending with Falmouth's notorious summer traffic.
In search of a scenic drive? Try cruising down the Old Kings Highway. This historic Cape Cod attraction winds from Sandwich to Orleans. You'll find it on a map as Massachusetts Route 6A.
Some things you can look for on your drive include:
Finishing our list of Cape Cod attractions is Chatham Lighthouse. This is one of the few lighthouses in the U.S. that operates 24 hours a day. While tours aren't currently available due to maintenance work, they will resume in the future. In the meantime, you can explore the grounds, which offer beautiful views of the ocean.
Come take a stay at our resort and experience proximity to the best Cape Cod attractions. And before you go, think of whether someone you know could use a Massachusetts vacation. If they could, pass this post along!