Cape Cod with Kids! Best family things to do when visiting the Cape!
Cape Cod is a wonderful idyllic place and if you’re looking for the prime family destination, this is most certainly top notch. We live in Boston, so we make at least one trip to Cape Cod a year and we’ve compiled our very favorite places and things to do that we suggest you do not miss out on when you bring your own family! At the bottom of this post, we even suggest our new favorite place to stay! You’ll love it!
The Pilgrim Monument and the Provincetown Museum- We love this little museum and have been several times. Provincetown is the first landing point of the Pilgrims, though most think they first landed in Plymouth. When they landed on the tip of the cape, they soon learned that the land was not good enough for them to settle and grow crops, so they moved on. But the museum is filled with awesome information and the Pilgrim Monument is much more awe inspiring that the Plymouth Rock. We highly recommend it!
Commercial Street- This is one of our favorite streets on the Cape. The shops are great and our children have an ever growing collection of seashells and starfish, purchased from the little eclectic beach shops along the street.
Herring Cove Beach- if you stop at the beach in Provincetown, we highly recommend Herring Cove. And if you can stay till sunset, it’s one of the prettiest sunsets in the region! The calm waters make it a very safe beach for children.
Provincetown Library- we love old libraries and if we are traveling and spot a beautiful one, we never skip going to it. There’s something sanctifying about these beautiful buildings that they made to home books. Don’t miss this one!
Whale Watching- some of the best whale watching in New England is found off of Provincetown, so if it is on your list of things you want to do with your family, this is a great spot to check it off.
Marconi Beach- This beach reminds me of England, with the dunes rising up so high behind you. It has moderate waves, so it’s still safe for children.
White Cedar Swamp- this is a boardwalk trail through beautiful swampland. It’s a low impact walk, so it’s great for families and you can bring a stroller since it’s all on the boardwalk.
Wellfleet Drive-in Movie Theater- An old fashioned Drive-in, pack your kids and favorite snacks and popcorn and enjoy a movie out in the summer evening in your car!
Wellfleet Audobon Society- a beautiful piece of nature, we highly recommend taking a little visit, very few people leave downtown Wellfleet and come out here, so you can experience it like you’re visiting the cape all by yourself!
Thornton W. Burgess Museum- admission is by donation. Our children love his books that incorporate characters like Peter Rabbit, Reddy Fox and Jimmy Skunk. Families can browse through books, toys and games that feature his literary creations.
Sandwich Glass Museum- inside you can not only see a beautiful collection of glassware, but also watch and learn about the glass blowing process.
Sandy Neck Beach- Easily one of the prettiest beaches on the cape.
Chatham Lighthouse- it’s an iconic landmark for the town and if you’re looking for a quintessential New England Lighthouse experience, this is it. Also, seals often crowd around the sandbar and nearby rocks, which is always fun for the kids to see.
Monomoy Theatre- A real playhouse with local talent, they’re known for putting on the best shows. I love live theatre and we try to introduce our children to the arts very early on. When visiting the cape, check to see what show they’re putting on and maybe you can all see a wonderful performance by the Monomoy Theatre Co!
Harding’s Beach- Chatham’s most family friendly beach. The water is typically warmer than elsewhere on the cape, too. Which is a plus for children.
Spohr Gardens- this 6 acre woodland garden is a wonderful retreat to your summer visit to the cape.
Island Queen Ferry- we always take this as our transport to Martha’s Vineyard, it is one of three boats that will take you over. If you can’t afford a hotel on the Vineyard, don’t worry a day trip will give you a great taste of this adorable island. The ride over is less than an hour.
The Carousel of Light- this carousel pops up in the summer and for $3 your child can enjoy themselves on this antique carousel. Living in Boston, we are no stranger to spontaneous carousel rides, as we have two in the city, so we highly recommend them as they keep the whimsy alive for your little children.
Cape Cod Potato Chip Tour- because they’re delicious. This is a really fun little outing!
Nantucket Ferry- You can easily visit Nantucket in a day trip and the only thing you’ll be disappointed about is that you can’t stay longer.
WHERE TO STAY?
There are so many different options for staying down in the Cape, we’ve stayed in 5 or 6 different towns over the years. But, the one we keep coming back to the most is Chatham. It’s just perfect New England, seaside village. It has that perfect mix of shingled houses, historical building, grass grown sand dunes covered in beach roses and hydrangea bushes a’plenty. It’s one of our very favorite towns in all of New England.
This visit we stayed at Chatham Tides and we loved it. The hotel is located on its own private beach and there are so many different sized room options, everything from studio to an entire house. We stayed in one of their townhomes, so we had three bedrooms, which was perfect for the six of us. Every single room has a kitchenette, so dining in and enjoying the gorgeous sunset on the beach is an easy thing to do, and really not to be missed. The seashore is a calm area with loads of horseshoe crab shells and brightly colored seaweed painting the shore. We will definitely stay at Chatham Tides again because the location is perfection and the variety in properties to choose from is really fun! We felt like we had our own little condo on the beach for a few days.
all of our photos in this post were taken during our stay at Chatham Tides, and though our stay was hosted, all thoughts are our own and honest. We absolutely loved this place.