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Things to Do in Cape Cod

Looking for things to do in Cape Cod? Visitors to Chatham are drawn to the expansive and magnificent beaches, stunning ocean views, and quintessential New England Main Street experience.  Chatham has a classic blend of the past and present with its charming village streets lined with historic 18th century homes, shingled cottages and lush seaside gardens. With a fine selection of historic museums and a vibrant downtown area with welcoming shops and galleries, Chatham provides endless options to escape and explore. Restaurant options range from locally owned coffee shops, bistros and pubs to fine dining.

Surrounded on three sides by water, guests enjoy year round trips to the many different beaches in Chatham, including Lighthouse Beach on the Atlantic, Pleasant Bay Beach on the bay and Harding’s Beach on Nantucket Sound.

Staying at Chatham Gables Inn means you have year round access.  From small town band concerts in the village gazebo to classic baseball games under the lights. As a guest of the inn, you will be welcomed with refined hospitality and provided with personalized attention as you enjoy a warm and relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance.  Whether you have come to escape the world and unwind with a book by the fire or spend full days exploring the year round wonders of the Cape and Islands, Chatham Gables Inn will do everything possible to ensure your total satisfaction.


Here are exciting things to do in Cape Cod! We are always here to help you plan your trip so you can have the most unforgettable Cape Cod experience here at Chatham Gables Inn.

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

One of the best areas is Cape Cod National Seashore. Located in the east side of the Lower Cape is 40 miles of shores dedicated in a national park. Open year round the Cape Cod National Seashore is a great way to spend your day or afternoon.

  • Cape Cod Rail Trail

If you are looking for something a little more active, head over to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This 22-mile stretch, of what was once railroad tracks and the life blood of early Cape Cod, is now only a reminder of those days passed. The Cape Cod Rail Trail has few hills and many trail heads which makes it ideal for visitors, cyclists, walkers, runners, and horseback riders.

  • Shopping

If you are looking to do a bit of shopping then Cape Cod has you covered. With so many towns and unique aspects to each of them, finding a store will be very easy. We have all types of shops for every taste from antique to clothing to home merchandise. One unique shop that is worth mentioning is The Brewster Store in Brewster. This awesome store has great general merchandise but what makes it fun is its memorabilia, Christmas items, and candies. This store is fun for the whole family.

  • Day trips to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard 

Chatham is conveniently located at the elbow of Cape Cod making it the perfect launching point for day trips to the historic whaling port of Nantucket or the diverse towns of Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket is a gorgeous 14-mile long and 3.5-mile wide island with many sightseeing attractions like sea captains’ homes and cobblestone streets. You’ll enjoy the 800 pre-Civil War-era homes that have now transformed into restaurants, museums, boutiques, and inns. Eighty miles of beaches also awaits you at Nantucket. To get here, take an hour long ferry ride from Hyannis.

Martha’s Vineyard is just 7 miles off the coast of Cape and getting here is only a half an hour ferry ride. The 110-square mile triangular island consists of the up-island, which is more rural, and the down-island that has the popular Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown.

  • Whale Watching

Explore the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary located north of Provincetown and you’ll find the whales’ feeding and nursing grounds. Get up close with these gentle giants in group or private tours. Go to SeaSalt Charters for more information.

  • Fishing

Chatham is home to various fish especially striped bass and bluefish, and people of all ages have enjoyed fly fishing and sport fishing in Cape Cod’s wonderful shoreline. Go to Family Fishing Fun and First Line Fishing for more information on where to find the best fishing spots in the summer.

  • Cape Cod Baseball

Watch the Chatham Anglers play America’s favorite pastime at the Cape Cod Baseball League, a premier collegiate summer league founded in 1885. Watch the stars of tomorrow as college players from all over the country show off their skills for eight weeks in the summer.