Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hyannis, Massachusetts

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Cape Cod, a 70-mile stretch of land separated from the Massachusetts mainland by the Cape Cod Canal, is an idyllic seaside getaway. These days the Cape attracts more family visitors than any other New England destination except, perhaps, Boston. A Cape Cod family vacation is an old-fashioned beach-and-fishing-hole interval made glorious by the scenery. On a Cape Cod vacation, you can enjoy clear ponds and wild, running surf, bike past cranberry bogs, hike along high, windswept dunes, dig in clam flats, examine tide pools and crab holes, and look for breaching whales off the coast. The Cape is divided into two diverse sections: The Upper Cape is closer to the mainland and highly developed; the Lower Cape, with Provincetown at its tip, is quieter and includes much of the Cape Cod National Seashore, established to protect the area from commercialism. Heading west it’s just one hour to the recreational area surrounding the Cape Cod Canal; on the east an hour’s drive leads to the beautiful National Seashore. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.
Great Family Vacations: Northeast

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Great Family Vacations: Northeast

by Candyce H. Stapen (The Globe Pequot Press)

Cape Cod, a 70-mile stretch of land separated from the Massachusetts mainland by the Cape Cod Canal, is an idyllic seaside getaway. These days the Cape attracts more family visitors than any other New England destination except, perhaps, Boston. A Cape Cod family vacation is an old-fashioned beach-and-fishing-hole interval made glorious by the scenery. On a Cape Cod vacation, you can enjoy clear ponds and wild, running surf, bike past cranberry bogs, hike along high, windswept dunes, dig in clam flats, examine tide pools and crab holes, and look for breaching whales off the coast.

The Cape is divided into two diverse sections: The Upper Cape is closer to the mainland and highly developed; the Lower Cape, with Provincetown at its tip, is quieter and includes much of the Cape Cod National Seashore, established to protect the area from commercialism. Heading west it’s just one hour to the recreational area surrounding the Cape Cod Canal; on the east an hour’s drive leads to the beautiful National Seashore. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.

©  Candyce H. Stapen/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hyannis
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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