What Are the Best Things to Do on Cape Cod on a Rainy Day?

Ideally, the weather cooperates with your vacation plans, and it’s sunny during your whole stay! But, what if that’s not the case? Who says rain has to be a bad thing? Cape Cod is stunning rain or shine, and this change in the weather might be your chance to enjoy activities that you never would have thought about. Read on to discover some of our favorite things to do on Cape Cod on a rainy day and make the most of your vacation! 

Learn more about the best things to do on Cape Cod in our free Vacation Guide. Inside, you’ll find our top recommendations for local restaurants, events, shops, museums, outdoor activities, and more. 

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Don’t Let Bad Weather Rain On Your Cape Cod Parade: Discover the Top Things to Do on Cape Cod on a Rainy Day!

Embark on a Scenic Train Excursion

A great way to explore the gorgeous outdoors on Cape Cod when it rains is to enjoy a train ride. The Cape Cod Central Railroad offers scenic tours that take you through the marshes, cranberry bogs, canals, and sand dunes, all without getting you wet! Just sit back, enjoy the ride, and even dine on board! It’s sure to be a magical experience. 

Note: stay dry on your way to the station, and don’t hesitate to grab a pair of wellies on your way out of Chatham Gables Inn! We keep a variety of sizes, so you’re sure to find ones that fit. 

Explore Museums

There are so many museums around Cape Cod waiting to be explored. Use your rainy day to visit a few! We love to recommend the Atwood House for history buffs. You can marvel at the 18th-century home and its original artifacts, and even learn more about the era through various exhibits. The Whydah Pirate Museum is also a fun one to see. It’s built around the remains of a real pirate ship!

Discover the Local Boutiques

Shopping is a fabulous way to lift your spirits when it’s raining. Whether you want to browse antiques or find the perfect new addition to your wardrobe, Chatham boutiques are the ideal places to look! We absolutely love Ducks in the Window, for example. The entire store is dedicated to rubber ducks, and what better occasion to buy them than a rainy day?

Enjoy an Authentic Cup of Tea at Chatham Gables Inn

Rainy afternoons were made to drink tea. After your excursion downtown, come back to the Chatham Gables Inn to enjoy an authentic tea time. After all, British people know a thing or two about temperamental weather and even more about tea! Sit in our renovated dining room overlooking the gardens, and stir a dash of milk in your hot beverage. If it’s cold outside, you can also drink it by the fire and let the crackling logs of wood warm your spirits.

Your Vacation to Chatham Starts Here

Chatham Gables Inn Exterior at DuskNow that you know you’ll have a fabulous time on Cape Cod no matter the weather, it’s time you find a place to stay. Chatham Gables Inn offers some of the finest accommodations in town. Experience the scenic charm of the Cape and its warm hospitality, and unwind for a weekend of total comfort and relaxation. All our stunning rooms are equipped with luxurious amenities and offer quiet and peaceful environments. Did we mention our delightful breakfast we serve every morning? It’s so tasty you’ll wish it were available all day long. 

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