Things to Do in Cape CodWhen you stay at the Chatham Gables Inn, you will be conveniently located near some of the area’s best attractions! From outdoor adventures to exciting local events, your itinerary is sure to be filled with a wide variety of activities that you’ll want to come back and enjoy again and again! Below, you’ll find some of our guests’ favorite things to do during their stay with us! You may also feel free to contact us anytime at 508-945-5859 for more recommendations or suggestions.

Interested in even more things to do in Cape Cod? Then be sure to request your free copy of our Cape Cod Vacation Guide! This complimentary tool takes the stress out of vacation planning by placing full lists of things to do and see in Cape Cod right in your hands. That way, you can focus more on what really matters, which is having a good time and making memories with your loved ones.

Outdoor Fun

With expansive beaches, magnificent water views, and an abundance of natural beauty, Cape Cod is the perfect place to get out, breath in the fresh air, and explore! Here are just a few examples of our favorite things to do in Cape Cod to help you get started.

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Just minutes from our inn, you’ll find some of the best and most beautiful beaches in Cape Cod! During the warmer months, our guests love to pack a bag, lather on sunscreen, and spend the day lounging on the shores of Cape Cod. Chatham Lighthouse Beach is a great place to relax and see the sights of Chatham Shore. Harding’s Beach is ideal for those who enjoy calmer waters and play games with their friends and family.


Cape Cod is home to several extensive and challenging hiking trails, many of which boast stunning water views! Cape Cod National Seashore is ideal for strolling with your loved one along the beaches or embarking on a self-guided tour of the trails. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a favorite for our more active visitors as it runs nearly 22-miles on what used to be railroad tracks. If you’re feeling adventurous, we highly recommend a journey down the 18-mile hike from Chatham Light to the Monomoy Point Lighthouse.

Whale Watching

Cape Cod is one of the few places in the U.S. that offers extraordinary whale watching experiences! It’s the perfect opportunity to get up close to some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures and take unforgettable photos you’ll want to share with all your friends and family.


Chatham is home to various fish, especially striped bass and bluefish. Visitors of all ages have enjoyed fly fishing and sports fishing in Cape Cod’s wonderful shoreline. Some of the area’s most popular fishing charters include Fish Chatham Charters and Cape Cod Charters. You can also cruise to Nantucket on your own private ferry, have a relaxing beach day or cookout on a Cape Cod beach, see whale pods and even run to the canyons to chase marlin and tuna!

Museums and Art Galleries

Starting with the Plymouth pilgrims, Cape Cod boasts a rich and fascinating history that you can still experience today! Take a journey into the past or dive into Cape Cod culture when you visit these local museums and galleries.

Cape Cod Lighthouses

For thousands of years, Cape Cod Lighthouses have stood tall and strong, guiding lost seamen back to shore. Massachusetts boasts some of the loveliest and most unique lighthouses in the United States. Travel around from Eastham to Chatham to learn about all the Cape Cod lighthouses and their history!

Sandwich Glass Museum

See the fascinating art of glassblowing up close when you visit the Sandwich Glass Museum in Cape Cod!  Every hour from Wednesday to Sunday, expert glassblowers perform their skills to help visitors learn about this technique.  You can also see a gallery of gorgeous glass creations here and browse their gift shop to take a souvenir home with you.  

Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Visitors of all ages will be amazed by what they can see and do at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium!  Here, you can observe countless species of fish and other various underwater creatures that inhabit the surrounding New England waters.  You can also learn about what these fish eat at the open work area and even hold a few critters, like crabs and sea stars, at the touch tanks!

Cape Cod Museum of Art

The Cape Cod Museum of Art strives to be the artistic center for visitors and locals in Cape Cod. They offer so many opportunities for art lovers like special events like art auctions, musical events, speakers, movie screenings, and much more.


chatham ma restaurants


One of the most important aspects of any vacation is deciding where to eat. Luckily, there are many fantastic Cape Cod restaurants to choose from! Whether you are craving a multi-course meal or a simple slice of pizza, there is a delicious option that will delight your taste buds. Here are just some of the best restaurants in the area that we highly recommend.

Impudent Oyster

The Impudent Oyster’s menu if full of seafood (including their namesake oysters), pasta, and international flavors from the likes of Portugal and the Basque region.

Lobster Pot

Lobster shanties aren’t hard to come by on Cape Cod, but Provincetown’s Lobster Pot is one of the most popular.  

Glass Onion

Named for the Beatle’s song of the same name, this New American restaurant has a great, casual ambiance and a menu full of fresh and homemade dishes. The Glass Onion is also perfect for date nights, so be sure to make your reservations today!

Lazy Lobster

A favorite among Chatham MA restaurants, the Lazy Lobster has great service and amazing food. A selection of seafood, sandwiches, and burgers make it a perfect lunch spot. And you can’t go wrong with a lobster or seared scallop roll.

Bistro on Main

This cozy spot, also known as Vining’s Bistro offers a menu of seasonal dishes that are locally sourced but have international inspirations. This is another one of the Chatham MA restaurants that has a great selection of wine and beer to complement your meal.


If you are looking to indulge in a bit of retail-therapy then Chatham has you covered! With so many towns and unique aspects to each of them, finding a store will be very easy. Here is a brief list of some local shops that you won’t want to leave off your shopping list.

Downtown Chatham

With blocks and blocks of shops and plenty of variety, you will have hours of entertainment all in one place. There are toy shops, clothing shops, art galleries, furniture and antique shops, and much more. While you are there, you can find a gift for friends or family as well as plenty of things for yourself.

Chatham Pottery

Local artist Margaret Grey has taken her love of pottery and transformed it into Chatham Pottery. Some of the types of pottery you can find in her shop are tumblers, chowder mugs, vases, wine caddies, mixing bowls, platters, and more. Her shop is always worth a visit.

Mahi Gold

If you love shopping local for clothes, here in Chatham, nothing beats Mahi Gold. Always local, their prints and dresses for adults and children have become a staple around here. Their clothes are made in the U.S. and, at first, were only available via trunk shows but quickly developed into a store.

Picnic Fashion

At Picnic Fashion, picnics are always in style. This shop has some of the coolest gifts around. Whether it’s for a picnic or not, you can find something for everyone here.

Where to Stay During Your Cape Cod Vacation

Exterior View at DuskEnjoy our list of the best things to do in Cape Cod and more during your stay at Chatham Gables Inn. Staying at our local Cape Cod bed and breakfast will make your trip stand out from all the others. Our classically decorated rooms offer the finest furnishings and linens and spa-inspired bath amenities by ZENTs. Plus, your stay includes a delicious full breakfast each morning so you can start the day with a culinary delight. It’s everything you need and more to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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