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Things to do in Cape Cod

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cinema
“Some of the best restaurants and so close to home. Lots of small and large shops. Bowling, Movie Theatre and Ice cream...Life is good.”
  • 92 locals recommend
History Museum
“An outstanding living museum dedicated to documenting and sharing the experience of the early pilgrim settlers and the native americans. Live in-character personalities populate the English Village dating back to 1624 and share insights about their lives in early 17th century colonial America. Native Americans tell genuine stories about their life before colonial settlers and since that time. Visit the craft center and learn about early crafts as well. A great learning experience. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“The only restaurant on the ocean beach! An institution but can get crazy busy. Going at off times helps (4:00- 7:00 weekdays) or on a not so perfect beach day. REALLY good raw bar as well as cooked shellfish, lots of kid friendly food. Have a Goombay Smash! ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Bar
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“Chatham’s family restaurant with a multi-cultural menu and an entertaining cast that includes both the crew and the customers, the Chatham Squire is the place everyone looks for when they visit Chatham, MA, on Cape Cod.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Garden
“A gorgeous place to walk around! Lots to enjoy here including a play area just for kids, a carousel, an antique car showroom and more!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This place is totally Cape Cod! There is no indoor seating; everyone eats outside and picnic tables overlooking the water. Their specialty is fresh seafood served in little baskets, the picnic tables have plastic silverware and a roll of paper towels… This is not an upscale place it’s a homey place with great, simple, fresh seafood. Serves all three meals, no reservations; go for an early or late meal a.k.a. between the regular meal times and you’ll be able to avoid the lines. You order at the counter and waiters/waitresses bring your food to your picnic table.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“About Enjoy our award-winning cuisine (American, Seafood) and cocktails while overlooking the priceless beauty of the Nantucket Sound.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is a historical museum located at 397 Main Street Hyannis, Massachusetts. The museum includes a thematic panorama of photographs, archival films, artifacts, text panels, and oral histories of John F. Kennedy and his family.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Nickerson state park features both beaches and great walking trails and scenery.”
  • 47 locals recommend
History Museum
“Its right around the corner and offers an amazing amount of information on the town your spending time in”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beach
“Lovely scenic drive from cottage, head to Nauset Beach on the Altantic, with sandy dunes (and yes, shark sitings); ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Museum
“Great place to go on a rainy day. Hear about the history of glass blowing and see a live demonstration.”
  • 36 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Want to meet some of the locals? Go hang at the baaah. You'll catch an earful of those Baaastin accents while you knock a few back. Look for my brother's license plate hanging amongst their collection which covers the ceiling and walls. Surfs Up. I happen to love the Portugues Soup - Kale, potatoes, beans and Chorizo. I mean... All the food is good but that's my go to.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Visit the famous Pilgrim Monument - it's right next door! *Mayflower Pilgrims' first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“arcade, bowling, virtual experience, movie theaters, food court and shopping.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“I have done this with family (my husband doesn’t do boats!) and everyone has always enjoyed themselves. Many guests have also done this tour and we only have heard wonderful things from them as well. ”
  • 36 locals recommend

Top-rated experiences

Top restaurants

Music Venue
“The only restaurant on the ocean beach! An institution but can get crazy busy. Going at off times helps (4:00- 7:00 weekdays) or on a not so perfect beach day. REALLY good raw bar as well as cooked shellfish, lots of kid friendly food. Have a Goombay Smash! ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Bar
“Chatham’s family restaurant with a multi-cultural menu and an entertaining cast that includes both the crew and the customers, the Chatham Squire is the place everyone looks for when they visit Chatham, MA, on Cape Cod.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This place is totally Cape Cod! There is no indoor seating; everyone eats outside and picnic tables overlooking the water. Their specialty is fresh seafood served in little baskets, the picnic tables have plastic silverware and a roll of paper towels… This is not an upscale place it’s a homey place with great, simple, fresh seafood. Serves all three meals, no reservations; go for an early or late meal a.k.a. between the regular meal times and you’ll be able to avoid the lines. You order at the counter and waiters/waitresses bring your food to your picnic table.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“About Enjoy our award-winning cuisine (American, Seafood) and cocktails while overlooking the priceless beauty of the Nantucket Sound.”
  • 54 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Want to meet some of the locals? Go hang at the baaah. You'll catch an earful of those Baaastin accents while you knock a few back. Look for my brother's license plate hanging amongst their collection which covers the ceiling and walls. Surfs Up. I happen to love the Portugues Soup - Kale, potatoes, beans and Chorizo. I mean... All the food is good but that's my go to.”
  • 38 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Parisian pastries, baguettes and other breads in Wellfleet by LeCounts Hollow beach and the bike trail.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Fun place for delicious Mexican food, outdoor seating to people watch on the main street of Falmouth. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“Best food in town in our opinion. Great regular dinner menu as well as terrific sushi. Good drinks! (Have a Painkiller!) ”
  • 50 locals recommend

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