Cape Cod is full of unique flora and fascinating fauna; these two local treasures come together at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. An interactive experience for all ages, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History celebrates the animals, plants and ecosystems that draw people from around the world to Cape Cod’s shores. Don’t miss an opportunity to spend a day at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History during your visit, and be sure to check out these popular exhibits while you’re there.
Wing Island Walk
Perhaps the most talked about experience at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is the John Wing Trail, or Wing Island walk, as it is commonly called. Participants on the walk get to see a real microcosm of Cape Cod’s landscape: tidal flats and creeks that are home to some of Cape Cod’s most popular organisms. Watch for a variety of fish, crabs, shellfish, worms, horseshoe crabs and snails. Learn about these creatures from a friendly guide. The 1.3 mile walk goes out to Wing Island and then to the beach and tidal pools of Cape Cod Bay.
Explore both freshwater and saltwater habitats of the Cape in the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History aquarium. You will get an in-depth look at the nearby ponds, streams, creeks, marshes, beaches and tide pools that are so fascinating throughout the Cape Cod landscape. See a collection of turtles, fish, lobsters, frogs and jellies and even get to touch some of the local species in an open water table environment.
Get a rare view of ospreys in their natural Cape Cod habitat with the OspreyCam! Not only will you be able to view the osprey nest from the Marshview Room in the museum, you will also be able to see into the nest via the OspreyCam. Watch for the rotating video loop that also chronicles the hatching of Osprey chicks!
Honey Bee Observation
Beekeeping at the Cape Cod Natural History Museum has been a longstanding tradition. The honey bee observation helps increase awareness of the need to protect pollinating animals including bees and butterflies. There are now three full-sized operating hives to help visitors learn about the inner workings of bee hives. Try to find the Queen Bee, and if you visit in October, you may even be able to taste some fresh honey from the Queen’s hive.
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is an activity for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors often make the mistake of waiting for a rainy day to visit a museum, but the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History can be enjoyed rain or shine! The combination of indoor and outdoor activities make sunny days at the museum that much more fun. Spend a sunny day at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and then return to the Chatham Gables Inn to continue your Cape Cod experience with the help of our knowledgeable staff. To learn more, request our free Cape Cod vacation guide now!
Photo courtesy of Seokhee Kim.