Things to do on Cape Cod: beaches, biking, and so much more.
Looking for things to do on Cape Cod? We are here to help! We are a small privately owned cozy Inn offering a very personalized concierge service. Whether it’s local restaurant bookings, day trips, seal or whale watching, bike rentals, or theatre tickets (the Academy Playhouse is just a 10 minute walk from us), we’re here to ensure you have a wonderful stay in Orleans.
After an organic breakfast, head for Nauset Beach, one of Cape Cod’s main attractions only 1.6 miles from the Inn – miles and miles of dunes and golden sand, look out for the seals. Bike along the many trails that criss-cross the Cape, through forests, over sand dunes or by glacial ponds. Explore the art galleries, craft and antique stores in Orleans, along Route 6A, Old King’s Highway or in neighboring towns. Round off the evening with dinner at one of many Orleans outstanding restaurants. There’s so many things to do on Cape Cod, you may want to book an extra night!
Things to do on Cape Cod:
Increasingly Cape Cod and the Lower Cape is becoming an all season destination. For many the Fall, the Holidays, and Spring are the best time to visit the Cape. With so much going on year-round, plan a trip to our wonderful beaches, glorious walks, delicious restaurants, beautiful local artisan shops, and activities galore.
Just a 2 minute drive from the Inn, this very popular public beach, with miles of white sand, is located on the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer season the beach offers lifeguards, restrooms, outdoor showers, changing rooms, bike racks, benches, picnic tables, and beach equipment rentals. On Monday evenings during July and August enjoy a free outdoor concert in the Gazebo at Nauset Beach. Check out Nauset Beach Camera to view today’s conditions.
“Nauset Beach is nearly perfect. It looks like a football field of sand, and then another, off into the distance. The sand itself is grainy, with enough heft for a preteen to produce world-class seashore architecture to last for generations, or at least until the waves roll in. Eiders alight, their heads white and chests puffed out, then take flight again with a brief rustle. Nauset gets crowded, but it’s a Saturday-afternoon-at-the-park kind of crowded, not Coney Island on Independence Day. There’s always room for touch football. Weekdays are better than weekends, late August or June better than July.” National Geographic Explorer
Just a five minute drive from the Inn, this public beach on Cape Cod Bay has warm clear waters and is ideal for families who prefer calm water, perfect for children to play in the tidal pools. At low tide, you can walk for miles on the flats. The sunsets at Skaket Beach are legendary! Skaket Beach offers restrooms, bike racks, lifeguards, outside showers, benches, picnic tables, a snack bar and is handicap accessible.
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Helpful Links to Plan Your Stay
Physical Activities & Sports
- Cape Cod Rail Trail – Biking
- Cape Cod Bike Guide
- Golf Courses
- Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
- Bird Sightings
- Walking Trails
- Kayaking – Rentals, Lessons, Tours etc
- Charter fishing out of Rock Harbor in Orleans
- Fresh water swimming in the many lakes and ponds
- Tennis Courts (just a mile away)
Tours and Sightseeing
- Whale watching out of Provincetown
- Cape Cod Baseball
- Blue Claw Boat Tours – Seal tours from Orleans to Chatham
Museums & Gardens
- Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
- Heritage Museums and Gardens
- Expedition Whydah Sea Lab & Learning Center
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Theaters & Playhouses
Travel & Transportation
- Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket Travel Guide (Land, Sea, Air and Bike)
- Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
- Freedom Cruise Line – Harwich Port Ferry to Nantucket and Seal and Seabird Cruises
- Hy-Line Cruises – Hyannis Ferry to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard
- Steamship Authority – Woods Hole & Hyannis Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket