Cape Cod Tourist Attractions to Check Off Your 2016 Bucket List

Cape Cod tourist attractions
Massachusetts Office of Tourism and Travel / Herring Cove at Sunset – Provincetown / Flickr

There are plenty of great Cape Cod tourist attractions to visit this coming year! With plenty of great attractions throughout Cape Cod, don’t miss your chance to experience these amazing places that make this area special. Here are some of the top Cape Cod tourist attractions!

Cape Cod National Seashore

One of the top Cape Cod tourist attractions is the 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

Want to get more active but still experience one of the amazing Cape Cod tourist attractions, 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.


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. There all types of shops for every taste from antique to clothing to home merchandise. One unique shop that is worth check out is The Brewster Store in Brewster. This great 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

Spend a day in of the top spots northeast and one of the top Cape Cod tourist attractions. Travel from a convenient place like Chatham and tour the area. 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. SeaSalt Charters offers amazing trips that makes this one of the popular Cape Cod tourist attractions.


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.

Interested in visiting some of the Cape Cod tourist attractions? How about booking a stay at Chatham Gables Inn? Our historic B&B is perfect for travelers who are looking to relax and enjoy the luxuries of home while away from home here in Cape Cod. Each of our rooms is decorated in a crisp Cape Cod style and our comfortable beds are topped with comfy sheets. Each morning enjoy a delicious breakfast and then be on your way to enjoy the sights of Cape Cod. Contact us today and book a room for your next stay in Cape Cod. You will not find a better place to relax than the Chatham Gables Inn.