Events Hosted: Family Reunions, Holiday Get-togethers, Weddings.
Other Activities: Antiquing, Art Galleries, Beaches, Bicycling, Canoeing/Kayaking, Ferries to the Islands, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Live Theater, Many Fine Restaurants, Museums, Parks, Shopping (Local Crafts), Tennis, Wineries, and Whale Watching.
Here is a listing of just a handful of the countless number of fun things to do in the ” quieter months” on Cape Cod.
If you would like to incorporate any of these destinations on your trip to Historic Cape Cod Bay ask us for more information. We don’t just “keep Inns, we keep good times!” (Some of the destinations listed may have limited hours at certain times of the year. Ask us for more details….)
Provincetown Museum & Pilgrim Monument: Did you know that
the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown first, and THEN hit Plymouth? This monument (dedicated by President Taft) commemorates the Pilgrims’ first landing in America! Walk to the top and view Plymouth & Boston on a clear day; you had better be in shape though, it’s 252 feet high! The museum features exhibits on the Pilgrims, the Mayflower & Cape history. The ride to Provincetown along historic Route 6A and then up the arm of the Cape is half the fun!
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History: Exhibits feature the Cape’s flora & fauna including whale bones, indigenous birds, mollusks and much more. They just opened a beautiful aquarium at the museum to see some Cape characters up close and personal. The vast property includes three nature trails down to the beach for ultimate leaf-peeping! Their lectures and workshops are always interesting.
Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen Nature Trails: Their jam & making classes are really a hoot make your own jam, design your own label, and bring it home that day–the ultimate stocking stuffer! They have an ongoing Christmas Open House during the holiday season for some unique holiday gift and decorating ideas.
Aptucxet Trading Post: The first known commercial enterprise in English speaking North America. Visit the Windmill Gift Shop and bring home a souvenir, they sell jewelry made from Native American wampum
JFK Hyannis Museum: Vintage Kennedy family photos of time spent on Cape Cod as well as videos and exhibits. You can also take a boat tour from the nearby harbor for a great view of the Kennedy Compound.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium: Started in 1885 this is a small, public aquarium showing approximately 140 species of marine animals found in local waters. This is a working science center run by scientists and marine biologists, an internationally known and respected biology research center.
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary: 1,000 acres of wood & wetlands! Five miles of scenic trails. A fun drive! that can also include stops at the National Seashore Atlantic Ocean Beaches and the end of the road in Provincetown.
Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum: A historic home chock full of maritime exhibits, antique furniture, artwork and more. Guided tours available daily.
Edward Gorey House: Celebrating the eccentric life and works of writer and artist (and Cape Cod local) Edward Gorey. It’s not just a museum and gift shop, it was his actual home–a must for any Gorey fan!
Sandwich Glass Museum: One of the Cape’ss most popular destinations. Over 5,000 glass creations with live glass blowing demonstrations, a real must see!
Heritage Museums and Gardens: Another Cape Cod must do! Featuring 76 acres of rolling hills, walking trails and beautifully manicured gardens. There’s an art museum (which features a working 1912 carousel you can ride), a car museum of extremely rare automobiles, an American History gallery, a Native American gallery, and a windmill with a very interesting history. The Festival Of Lights in December is enough to put Scrooge himself in the spirit!
Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center: Guided walks, bike hikes and programs. Exhibits, real time radar, a retired 41 foot US Army Corps of Engineers’ patrol boat. If you are a bike rider there is a beautiful path that runs along the canal as well. The Canal flows no matter what the season and it’s equally beautiful in the fall and winter months!
Historic Interest: 1st Encounter Beach, 1st Settlers’ Graveyards, Heritage Museum & Gardens, Marconi Museum, Mayflower II, Pilgrims’ Tower Monument, Plymouth Plantation, Plymouth Rock, Sandwich Village, Sea Captains’ Homes, Whaling Museums, Whydah Pirate Ship Museum.
Cape Cod Museum of Art: A wonderful art museum featuring works from local artists, as well as ongoing lecture series; and talks with artists ranging from watercolor techniques to printmaking and book illustrations. In the quiet seasons; they run; Artful Thursdays featuring different events with live music and refreshments and Tea & Music; on some Friday afternoons. Docent tours are available
Apples & Cranberries & Cider: oh my! Autumn is an amazing time to be on Cape Cod. Whether leaf peeping, apple picking, or just taking a leisurely drive down historic Old King’s Highway to view a few cranberry bogs. Ask your Innkeeper to point you in the right direction if you want to enjoy some of the wonderful things only autumn has to offer!
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Honeysuckle Hill Bed & Breakfast
591 Main Street
West Barnstable, MA 02668
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