The Best Things To Do In Cape Cod

  1. Go to the beach!

This one is obvious, but hit the beaches! If you’re near the Orleans area, my favorite beaches are Nauset and Skaket. If you have little ones, give Skaket Beach a try (picture bottom left). It’s one of the smaller and calmer beaches, often filled with mostly families. When the tide goes out, you can walk into the ocean for about half a mile without the water going past your knees. The water is slightly warmer than most beaches and when the tide goes out, it’s perfect for sandcastle building! If you want more action and adventure, then try Nauset Beach. It’s larger with higher waves, colder water, and tons of cool seashells!


A quick tip! During the summer months, the beaches fill up fast! You have to get there before 10 am or else risk not being let in. If you don’t have a seasonal pass, then parking costs about $10-$15. You also have the option of getting a weekly beach pass for a better price if you’re going to be visiting for a while. Remember to bring an umbrella and pack some water! It can get very hot under the sun. There are basic food shacks near the beach but if you want to save money or eat healthier then bring your own cooler of food. Keep an eye out for the shark flag!

2. Take a day trip to Provincetown


If you’ve never heard of Provincetown, then boy are you in for a treat. It’s a very quaint and eclectic town located at the tip of the cape. It also goes by the name “P-town” and has been known for its progressive celebration of artists and the LGBTQ community. Go spend the day whale watching, exploring the beautiful shops and crafts stores, eating fresh seafood, watching a cabaret, and experiencing all the gems this town has to offer. I highly suggest making a reservation at a restaurant as it can be very busy. My favorite restaurant in P-town has always been Lobster Pot. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments section! Image on the right by Mike Pittman via DeviantArt

3. Take a whale watching tour

Whale watching is one of the best family-friendly activities to do in Cape Cod. P-Town is a great place to book a whale watching tour but if that’s too far, then there are plenty of other reputable companies that offer fantastic tours. The best months to see the whales are June-September, although whale watching season technically runs April-October. Be sure to bring a jacket on the boat as it can get chilly out on the water! Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water as it’s deceptively easy to get sunburned on a boat. If you have little ones, I suggest bringing them a snack and another form of entertainment in case they get bored. Some of these tours can last for about 3-4 hours. Your odds of seeing whales are very good however if for some reason you don’t, many tours are good about giving you a free voucher to come back and try again. Be sure to check their policy before you book the tour!

4. Eat ice cream


It’s summer! What’s a better summer thing to do than eat ice cream? There are tons of great creameries on the cape. My favorites in Orleans are Emack and Bolio’s and The Chocolate Sparrow.

5. Eat at Abba

Abba Restaurant

Abba Restaurant

Image by Abba


This is a real hidden gem, so listen closely! Located in Orleans, MA is honestly one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. I would drive the four hours from NYC to Orleans just to eat here. Abba is an innovative, Thai-inspired Mediterranean restaurant located in a quaint old house in Orleans, MA. This restaurant doesn’t seat a lot of people at once, so you’ll definitely want a reservation to secure your spot! The menu is pricey but very worth it. Everything from the service, wine, appetizers, entrées, and desserts are absolutely top notch. Give this restaurant a try and let me know what you think in the comments section!

6. Watch the sunset

Skaket Beach at sunset

Skaket Beach at sunset


The sunsets in Cape Cod are breathtaking. If you go on a clear evening, you can watch the sorbet sun dip right below the water. Take your ice cream to Skaket Beach or Rock Harbor, dig your toes into the sand, and enjoy the view!

7. Academy Of Performing Arts

Right in Orleans, MA is a community-based playhouse called Academy Of Performing Arts. Check out their website to see what show is playing while you’re there!

Let me know what your favorite thing to do in Cape Cod, MA is in the comments section below!


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