Here is a listing of some of our favorite fun things to do on Cape Cod. If you would like more information, just ask us!


Museums

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History: Exhibits feature the Cape’s flora & fauna including whale bones, indigenous birds, mollusks and much more

Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MAJFK Hyannis Museum: Vintage Kennedy family photos of time spent on Cape Cod as well as videos and exhibits.

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Heritage Museums and Gardens:  Features 76 acres of rolling hills, walking trails and beautifully manicured gardens. There’s an art museum with a working 1912 carousel, a car museum of rare antique automobiles, an American History gallery, and a windmill with a very interesting history.

Sandwich Glass Museum: One of the Cape’s most popular destinations. Over 5,000 glass creations with live glass blowing demonstrations, a real must see!

Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MACape Cod Museum of Art: Features works from local artists, as well as ongoing lecture series; and talks with artists ranging from watercolor techniques to printmaking and book illustrations.

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!Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MA


The Cahoon Museum: This former home and studio of the Cape Cod folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon features fine art, folk art and American art from the 1800s through the present.

Cape Cod’s Natural World

Birdwatching

Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife SanctuaryThis harbor-side wildlife refuge features woodland trails, meadows, beaches and tidal flats. It has a very active Coastal Waterbird Program and Snow Owl Project. Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MAHoneysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MAHoneysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MA


Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary: 1,000 acres of wood & wetlands! Five miles of scenic trails.

Marine Life

Whales, Dolphins and Seals:

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary was named “Best Place to See Aquatic Life” by USA TODAY’s 10 BEST Reader’s Choice 2016 contest! The heart of the sanctuary is Stellwagen Bank, an underwater plateau located 5 miles north of Provincetown, MA.

The best way to view these magnificent creatures is to book a tour on one of the Whale Watch Tours in the area. Our favorites include:

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises located in Barnstable Harbor, just 10 minutes from the Honeysuckle Hill Inn. This 4-hour cruise on the 130-foot Whale Watcher boat has a great track record for whale sightings. Our guests rave about the amount of whales they see.Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MA

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Photo Courtesy of Salty Jones   saltyjonesphotography.com

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch located in the heart of “downtown” Provincetown, provides an added “whale of a time” to your requisite trip to P’town. Their trips offer a wide spectrum of educational tools and are designed to enhance your awareness of whales, and other marine life.


Beachcomber Boat Tours: This 1 ½ hour boat tour explores Chatham’s picturesque harbor and sandy beaches and is a great way to “seal-watch”. You even get an old-fashioned trolley ride to the boat launch.

Barnstable Harbor Ecotours:  Experience a two-hour ecotour of Barnstable Harbor on a comfortable pontoon boat, guided by an expert naturalist who will introduce you to Barnstable Harbor, The Great Marsh, the Sandy Neck barrier beach, Sandy Neck Cottage Colony and the Sandy Neck Lighthouse.

Hiking

There are 20 wonderful, designated and well-maintained hiking paths on Cape Cod.  Our favorites include:

Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MAThe John Wing Trail: During this easy mile-long trail you’ll walk through a meadow, view a Stonehenge-style outdoor calendar, cross a marsh via a plank trail, entire a small forest and arrive at the beach. It’s the best!

Fort Hill Trail: This easy 1.5-mile hike starts at the beautifully restored Captain Edward Penniman House, ascends Fort Hill, runs along Nauset Marsh, crosses Skiff Hill and features a wonderful boardwalk though Red Maple Swamp.Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MA

Biking

Cape Cod is blessed with two outstanding, dedicated bike trails that are car-free, safe and fun!

Cape Cod Rail Trail: Features a relatively flat trail running from Dennis to Wellfleet (22 miles) or a shorter leg from Dennis to Chatham (12 miles). Very picturesque and fun!

The Shining Sea Bikeway: This 10.7-mile bike path runs from North Falmouth all the way to Woods Hole. Along the way you will view marshes, cranberry bogs, and enjoy a spectacular seaside ride.

Kayaking

Rideaway Kayak is located just 10 minutes from Honeysuckle Hill Inn. There, you can rent a single or double kayak, or a stand-up paddle board (SUP) by the day for your private use—or better yet, sign up for a guided tour of the local waterways.Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MA

Bass River Kayaks and Paddle Boards in Dennis is another terrific place to rent your kayak. You can put-in on the scenic Bass River and paddle to beaches, sandbars and marshes.


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Beaches and Bogs

There is 559.6 miles of beaches on Cape Cod! While all of them are terrific, our favorites include:

Sandy Neck Beach is a 6-mile-long barrier beach only a 4-minute drive from the Honeysuckle Hill Inn. In fact, we are the closest Bed & Breakfast to Sandy Neck.Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MA

This wonderful beach features 4,700 acres of unspoiled dunes, maritime forests, and marshes and shelters the 3,000-acre Great Marshes which are home to a vast chain of marine life, as well as land and sea birds. It is an incredibly popular beach with sunbathers, swimmers, paddle-boarders, beach-combers and off-road vehicle adventurers, alike.

Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MANauset Beach in Orleans is a spectacular 6-mile beach popular with swimmers, surfers, boogie boarders and fishermen, and at times, offers some of the highest waves on Cape Cod.

Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MACorporation Beach in Dennis. Crescent-shaped Corporation Beach is a calm bay- water beach great for swimming at high tide. At low tide, the water recedes and reveals huge flats great for exploring and walking. It is very near the Sesuit Harbor Café, here you can get one of the best lobster rolls on Cape Cod!

Cranberry bogs traverse the Cape Cod landscape. The JA Jenkins & Son Cranberry bog on Pine Street in West Barnstable, just about 4 minutes from Honeysuckle Hill Inn, is a classic Cape bog. We’ve had the pleasure of viewing the bright crimson bog just minutes after they floated the berries for harvest – what a sight!

If you want to experience a guided tour of a working cranberry bog, and learn   about the 12-month operation of a cranberry bog, visit Cranberry Bog Tours in Harwich, MA. This is the largest organic cranberry bog on Cape Cod, and daily tours of the bog are offered seasonally. Bog