A Trip to Monomoy Island is For the Birds

Monomoy IslandWhen coming to Cape Cod, you might be overwhelmed with the abundance of things to do. That is why it is always a great idea to do a little bit of planning before going on a trip. Having some options for where to eat and activities to do will ensure a fun and smooth trip. We at Chatham Gables Inn get questions like this all the time from guests on what are some of the best ways to spend their time while they are here. One of the top places we suggest is Monomoy Island for many reasons but especially the birds. Never been to Monomoy Island? Come check out how to get there as well as all of the fun you can have while you are there.

Monomoy Island is a great day trip from Chatham and is one of the best ways to spend your time here with us in Cape Cod. It is a short boat ride from us in Chatham and there are some wonderful activities to consider when planning a trip to Monomoy Island. Before you think about going, there are some things to know about this great place. As always when going to spend the day outside, be sure to pack enough water and sunscreen to make sure you are protected throughout your stay. Also be sure to dress appropriately for the weather during your trip. Also know that the caretakers of Monomoy Island strive to keep the island as clean as possible so everyone, including the tiny residents, can enjoy the island. Lastly, if you love taking your dog with you on walks, Monomoy Island is a great place to take them as long as you keep them on a leash.

There are many wonderful activities on Monomoy Island to occupy your time however the most popular one is bird watching. There are so many species of birds on Monomoy Island that you could visit many times and not always see the same thing. Some of the species are seasonal and some are there for longer but Monomoy Island is a great place for them to feed, breed, and rest in between. Some of the types of birds you could encounter while you are there are, Oystercatchers, Plovers, Sandpipers, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, and a fun one to see in the fall is Peregrine Falcons.

While birding on Monomoy Island is a fantastic way to spend your time, don’t feel you are limited to just watching birds. Feel free to take photos of all of the wildlife and plants and trees that you will find there. Other amazing animals to see why you are visiting Monomoy Island are seals and whales. Be sure to check out for cruises around Monomoy Island that are designed specifically for seeing these wonderful creatures. In-between these great activities bring a picnic and have a blast enjoying your lunch while enjoying the beauty of Monomoy Island. After a lunch enjoy a walk around Monomoy Island. While on your walk, be sure to stop at different points and learn more about Monomoy Island. During the summer season, enjoy a guided tour by one of their great staff members.

Monomoy Island is one of the big draws for visitors for us at Chatham. When deciding to spend some time at Cape Cod, and at Monomoy Island, many visitors choose to come stay with us at Chatham Gables Inn. Our inn is decorated in a classic Cape Cod manner but inside each room there is a bounty of modern luxuries like ZENTS aromatherapy in the bathrooms, Comphy linens on the beds and when you need to rest and relax during your stay, enjoy the flat screen TV’s in our rooms. Our days at Chatham Gables Inn start the same with a delicious home made breakfast that our visitors love. Ready to visit us at Chatham Gables Inn and Monomoy Island? Contact our wonderful staff today and we can plan a wonderful itinerary for you.

Photo by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region