13 Hidden Gems to Discover on Cape Cod – TravelAwaits | Gmx Pharm

Sun, sand and idle days are a Cape Cod vacationer’s dream. The Cape’s laid-back vibe (as those in the know call it) is why everyone wants a sprawling property on their favorite sandy beach. When you need a break from the waves, Cape Cod is a fun place to explore. During the day you can do many activities.

I have spent many summer months in the Cape exploring the towns and hamlets looking for fun and interesting experiences. I’ve listed a few of my favorite gemstones below. Baseball nights, local artisans, adult refreshment spots and much more add fun to your Cape Cod vacation.

Note: Some information in this article was obtained during a sponsored press trip, but all recommendations are my own.

Cape Cod Baseball League

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1st League Baseball of Cape Cod

Summer in the Cape is synonymous with burgers, hot dogs and baseball. The Cape Cod Baseball League is a fun, family-friendly night out. Bring your picnic dinner to one of the many fields or support the boosters by dining at the snack shack for a taste of Americana at its finest.

Popular with locals, visitors and baseball scouts, attending a Cape Cod Baseball League game is the best way to while away a balmy summer evening. Packed grandstands, folding chairs and blankets line the stadiums full of cheering fans who just love the game. Little kids play tag alongside potential top league teams and get a few clues along the way.

Ten teams from across Cape Field collegiate players hosted by local families and organizations When the Cape Cod Baseball League switched from aluminum (standard collegiate gear) to wooden bats, Major League Baseball scouts took notice. College players became more predictable when they were swinging racquets like the big boys. The scouting potential is overwhelming — according to MLB.com’s Michael Clair, as of October 2019, 1,400 Cape Cod League alumni had attended a Major League Baseball game.

Pro tip: Most fields are free to enter, but ask for a donation or entry into the 50/50 raffle.

Highland Light Station in Truro, Massachusetts

Highland Light Station in Truro, Massachusetts

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If you’ve never golfed on a classic links course, Highland Links requires you to play nine holes. It’s an adventure, hitting the tee to the green and trying to avoid the burned-out summer rough. The challenging waves create blind spots for even experienced strikers.

The mostly treeless course is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and offers sweeping ocean views. It’s a fun outing for novice and experienced golfers alike.

Pro tip: The busy 9-hole public golf course costs less than $100 for a full 18 holes and a cart.

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

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3. John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

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The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is a pictorial treasure trove highlighting the family life of our 35th President. The Kennedy family home in Hyannis Port was the summer White House for the first family. Wandering through the photographs depicting happier days in the Cape will take those of us who remember back in time. It’s easy to remember where you were and what you were doing when JFK was assassinated.

The Kennedy family’s poignant moments will transport you back to the joy of summer and remind you of the ongoing family tragedies of this storied New England family.

Pro tip: After touring the museum, grab a bite at one of Hyannis’ great restaurants.

First Beach, Sandwich

First Beach, Sandwich

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4. Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company’s new location on First Beach in Sandwich is a craft beer lover’s dream. The original brewery in idyllic Charlton, Massachusetts is miles from this beautiful beachfront location. The view from the second floor porch is great; If you spot an open Adirondack chair, grab it – it’s a beautiful place.

Each guest must reserve a timeslot and pay in advance for a limited number of trains. Make a reservation well in advance on a hot summer evening. Alternatively, you can pre-order for collection, come in and get your cold ones, and then return to your digs for a house party.

Parking is a challenge, but there are a few designated spots for the brewery. Or you can park for a fee in the First Beach car park.

You are allowed to bring outside food to enjoy with your brew and the patio is dog friendly.

Pro tip: A charming holiday destination, Sandwich offers visitors a variety of experiences for a summer holiday. I wrote more about the charming Sandwich, Massachusetts here.

Lobster rolls from the Quahog Republic Dive Bar

Lobster rolls from the Quahog Republic Dive Bar

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5. Quahog Republic Submersible

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When I first drove to the Quahog Republic Dive Bar I was a little unsure of what to expect. The bar was recommended to me by a local while I was hunting for the best lobster roll in Cape Cod. Quahog Republic is in an inconvenient mall with no fancy water views. Just the kind of place that someone in the know would recommend.

I ate some East Coast praised Buns in my life (I’m from Boston), and this was one of the best. It’s cooked to perfection and served with pulled butter and perfectly crispy fries. Just add a local cask for an amazing meal. It’s the perfect spot for a quiet lunch.

Pro tip: The staff treats everyone like a local — don your favorite Red Sox hat and take a seat at the bar.

Castle at the Scargo Pottery and Art Gallery

Castle at the Scargo Pottery and Art Gallery

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If you are looking for that special gift, Scargo Pottery & Art Gallery is an interesting place to start your search. Part indoors, part outdoors, the whimsical presentation resembles a pleasant stroll through a pottery forest. When you arrive it seems like you are in the home of someone who has an affinity for birdhouses and birdhouses.

Birdhouses, dishes, pots, decorative items and more are scattered in a colorful arrangement. Entering different exhibition areas, you can feel the essence of the artist while admiring the thoughtful creations.

Harwich Cranberry Moor Tours

Harwich Cranberry Moor Tours

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7. Cranberry Swamp Tours

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Cranberry Bog Tours operates seasonally and takes guests on a journey through the life of a cranberry. Learn how these tiny tart fruits make their way from small shaggy bushes to your Thanksgiving Day table.

The tour takes guests on a bumpy ride around the farm to learn more about the farm, meet the four-legged residents, and see the cranberry harvesting equipment.

Pro tip: The harvest of these little crimson jewels takes place on a sunny, dry day in autumn. Here are my tips for catching cranberry harvest time.

Wine at Truro Vineyards

Wine at Truro Vineyards

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8. Truro Vineyards

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Tasting local products is the best way to experience the essence of a place. When in the Cape, Truro Vineyards is a notable local producer. They blend their own Cape Cod grown Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes with others from Massachusetts, New York and California to create an exceptional variety of wines.

Pro tip: The Lighthouse Wine Series is sold in stunning lighthouse shaped bottles. When emptied and filled with twinkling lights, they make a coastal living accent piece that you will love.

9. First crush winery

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First Crush Winery is another great flavor of the grape. Located in an industrial area along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, First Crush is a secret oasis from the bright sunshine. The perfect spot for an afternoon slush or a thoughtful, individual tasting of their beautiful vintages.

Sit between the fermentation tanks for an urban experience or cozy under the tent next to wine barrel tables.

Pro tip: You can leave the Cape Cod Rail Trail for a break during your walk or ride to enjoy a relaxing glass with a plate of cheese and crackers.

Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod

Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod

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10. Nickerson State Park

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Nickerson State Park offers vacationers an alternative to ocean beaches. With lake swimming, hiking trails and camping, it’s a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts. Located on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson State Park is a popular spot for avid bicyclists.

Pro tip: Learn more about why you should visit Nickerson State Park.

The Cape Cod Rail Trail

The Cape Cod Rail Trail

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11. Cape Cod Rail Trail

Wellfleet to Yarmouth

Get a local’s perspective as you traverse the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which runs through six cities from Yarmouth to Wellfleet. The trail is 25 miles in total (recently extended from the original 22 miles) and meanders through pretty ponds, natural habitats and dotted with culinary experiences. Walk or bike the railroad and explore all its mysteries.

A demonstration at the Sandwich Glass Museum

A demonstration at the Sandwich Glass Museum

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12. Sandwich Glass Museum

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Take a journey into the history of glass at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Time your visit to coincide with a glassblowing demonstration. The level of craftsmanship required to create even the simplest piece is mind-blowing.

13. Cape Cod Dinner Train

Hyannis, Buzzard’s Bay and Falmouth

Cape Cod Dinner Train is a unique opportunity to see parts of the Cape not visible from the roads. Chug along the canal and waterways as you savor a delicious five-course meal, served in a sophisticated, retro style.

The 3-hour drive offers incredible views and is perfect for a romantic rendezvous as well as a night out with a group of friends.

Rhododendrons in Dennis, Massachusetts

Rhododendrons in Dennis, Massachusetts

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Cape Cod is full of hidden gems. When you’ve had your fill of beautiful beaches and waterfront restaurants, venture off the beaten path to discover your favorite Cape Cod gem.

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