Spice Up Your Next Cape Cod Trip With These Unconventional Destinations

Cape Cod is definitely one of New England’s most popular destinations, and for good reason! The beaches, lighthouses and boardwalks all provide wholesome family fun in a beautiful environment. However, after a few summer trips, the usual tourist traps and venues can get old.

Worry not though, because we’ve found 13 unconventional things for you to do on your next Cape Visit. With these activities, you have many more Cape Cod memories left to make! Check them all out below and start planning your itinerary ASAP!

1. Learn the Art of Glass Blowing

pairpoint glassworks sandwich glass museum cape cod

Glass blowing is one of the most elegant arts, and thankfully New England (and more specifically, Cape Cod) is a hot bed for it. Head down to the Sandwich Glass Museum to see the intricate, incredible art people have been able to create in this medium. Then, watch a glass blowing demonstration to see how it’s done. Still craving more? Pairpoint is America’s oldest glass company, and they’re located right in Sagamore.

2. Take a Brewery Tour (And Try Some For Yourself) At Cape Cod Beer

cape cod beer brewery

This is the perfect stop to entertain the 21+ crowd (but, they are family friendly)! Guided tours are once a day, Monday through Saturday, at 11 a.m. But the best part? You can actually pop by any time for a self guided tour and tasting. For only $5, you can try 5 3 oz. beer samples. Even better, you get a souvenir glass to take home!

3. Walk the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

Atlantic white cedar swamp trail cape cod

Get lost in the woods on the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail! This beautiful, scenic walk is just over a mile but offers some of the most immersive hiking in New England. Wind your way through a beautiful forest along boardwalks and sandy paths.

If you need an hour away from the buzz of the Cape, this is definitely the perfect spot to catch a breath of fresh air.

4. Visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

john f kennedy hyannis museum

You know about the Kennedy’s history in Massachusetts, but did you know they have deep ties to Cape Cod? Learn how the Kennedy’s would spend their days relaxing along the coast, sailing and spending time as a family. This museum not only covers the Kennedy’s lives and time spent here, but delves into some other interesting Cape Cod history as well.

5. Enjoy America’s Pastime at a Cape Cod Baseball League Game

cape cod baseball league

Did you know one of the MLB’s biggest recruiting hot beds is right in Cape Cod? The Cape Cod Summer league is an NCAA sanctioned minor league that features up and coming stars from all across the nation. Jacoby Ellsbury, Nomar Garciaparra and Chris Sale are just a few of the greats to have emerged from this league. Who knows; on your next visit to a game, you could be watching the next All Star!

6. View Cape Cod from its Best Vantage Point, While Eating its Signature Dish

lobster roll cruise cape cod

Trust us when we say that this is one of the most unique dinner cruise experiences on the market, you don’t want to miss out on the Cape Cod Lobster Roll Cruise. Enjoy fresh seafood served to the expectations of Cape Cod, while also enjoying a boat ride along the scenic coast. Multiple different cruises are available for every taste and budget, so be sure to check out their website!

7. Get Classy With a Wine Tasting

cape cod winery truro vineyards

Brew tours not your speed? Class things up with a wine tasting while out on the Cape. Cape Cod Winery offers tastings Wednesday through Sunday during the summer months at their beautiful Falmouth location. Truro Vineyards in North Truro also offers tastings. For only a $10 fee, try five of their ten available wines and take home your very own souvenir glass!

8. Admire 100 Acres of Beauty at the Heritage Museums and Gardens

cape cod heritage gardens and museum

This historic plantation is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Cape Cod. Featuring three museums and 100 acres of gardens, you’ll be able to kill plenty of time in this hidden paradise.

Museums include the Special Exhibitions Gallery, the American Art and Carousel Gallery, and the Automotive Gallery.

9. Take the Cape Cod Central Railroad to See All New Places

Cape Cod Central Rail

You may feel like you’ve seen all of Cape Cod already, but you haven’t truly seen it all until you’ve taken the Cape Cod Central Railroad. This locomotive will take you along beautiful landscapes, waterways, or even cranberry bogs. Specialty rides are also available, such as a beer tasting train and a Sunday brunch train.

10. See and Smell the Purple Majesty of Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Cape Cod Lavender Farms

Face it, this is probably your only chance in life to visit an operating lavender farm. Walk through the paths and admire the purple blooms at the Cape Cod Lavender Farm. Buy some of your own in the form of honey, candles, or even chocolate! This will surely be a unique experience for all who visit.

11. Appreciate Local Art at an Eastham Painters’ Guild Show

eastham painters guild cape cod

Established in 1980, the Eastham Painters’ Guild is Cape Cod’s largest fine arts gallery. What you may not expect is that this fine arts gallery is entirely outdoors! Set up on the lawn of the Schoolhouse Museum, appreciate the creations of local artists as they suspend their wares from chicken wire, tents, and more. Be sure to check out the painters’ guild website before visiting to make sure the outdoor gallery is operating that weekend!

12. Hang Out at The Beachcomber

the beachcomber

Trying to get away from the usual kitschy tourist restaurants? Grab a table at The Beachcomber, voted Best Raw Bar, Entertainment, and Outdoor Dining on the Cape. With a menu featuring the freshest seafood bites and a live entertainment line-up that’s sure to bring down the house, this former Lifesaving Service Station is a must-visit. For the older crowd, the Beachcomber becomes one of the hippest 21+ spots on the coast every night!

13. Catch a Show at the Cape Playhouse, Bringing Broadway to the Beach

cape playhouse cape cod

Last but not least is the historic Cape Playhouse. Catch a show at the venue where Humphrey Bogart, Betty White, Jane Fonda and more all once performed! The 2017 season features a fantastic list of shows, so be sure to snag your tickets before you actually head down to the Cape. Show schedules are available on the Playhouse website.

Now that you’re doing everything but the beach on Cape Cod, how are you going to get tan? Try one of these great Boston summer tan spots!

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