Apart from its
quiet and serene air, the Cape also has many interesting activities for
visitors to experience. Here are a few that we have found to be
interesting. For a more thorough listing of Cape Cod and Chatham
activities, make sure you stop by the Visitors Center on Main Street in
Play-A-Round Playground The residents of Chatham built this magnificent playground - one of the largest in the northeast. It’s a multi-level, wooden structure that includes a handicap area and a fenced tot area. The playground is located adjacent to Veterans
Field on Depot Road.
and Amusement Parks
362 Sisson Rd., Harwich (508) 432-4964
Unique to the Lower Cape, this long-established go-cart center, is easy to find on the corner of Route 28 and Sisson
Road. It rings all summer with the delighted shrieks and shouts of children going FAST! and loving it. You can get on the course for $5. In the summer, it's open daily with evening hours.
Grand Slam Entertainment
322 Rt. 28, Harwich (508) 430-1155
Batting cages -- including one with fastballs as fast as 90 miles per hour! -- are ready and waiting for your little sluggers. There are also bumper boats and arcade games. A good time to ride the boats is on a hot day, when the lines will be short because everyone else will be at the beach, and the bumper rides will splash (and cool) you. It's open daily mid-April through mid-October.
296 Rt. 28, Harwich (508) 432-8717
Kids will have a great time jumping to their hearts' content. A dozen large trampolines in a fenced-in outdoor area are set at ground level, so even the smallest of small fry can fly high. Remember to follow the two rules: no shoes and no flips. The center is open daily from mid-June through Labor Day. The cost is $3 for 10 minutes.
14 Canal Rd., Orleans (508) 240-1791
Right near the Orleans Rotary, this fun little minigolf center features 18 holes set in nautical surroundings, complete with waterfalls, ponds, boats and a water wheel. It's also right next door to two very child-friendly restaurants. It's open daily April through Columbus Day. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children.
Rt. 6, Eastham (508) 255-7000
Just 1 mile north of the National Seashore Visitor Center, this family-run complex offers an 18-hole minigolf course. It has an arcade with pinball, video games and redemption games -- kids love them, because they get to pick out their own prizes. It's open daily June through September, but there's also a great gift shop with lots of stuff for kids that's open springtime until Christmas Eve. Minigolf costs $3 per person, $1.50 for replays.
Every Friday evening at 8:00 pm from July 3 to September 4 Chatham hosts
a fantastic band concert in Kate Gould Park on Main Street in Chatham. As many as six thousand people attend these concerts, and it will be one of the highlights of your summer in Chatham. There will be musical numbers by the band, folk dances for the children, dance numbers for
grown-ups and community singing for everyone. Members of the colorfully uniformed forty-piece band live in Chatham and the surrounding towns.
Do not miss these concerts. They’re great fun!
Veterans Field in Chatham is the home park of the Chatham Athletics, one of 10 teams in the widely known Cape Cod Baseball League. This league is an NCAA sanctioned summer league, first organized in
1885 and features teams from each community throughout the Cape. The League season opens in mid-June and concludes in mid-August with playoffs pitting the two top teams in each division.
The games are free to spectators and the teams are very
Of course the Cape and Chatham are renowned for their spectacular
beaches. Pleasant Street Beach is just a short walk from the house.
Other Nantucket Sound beaches in the area include Red River Beach and
One of the great advantages of Chatham's location is its access not only
to Nantucket Sound beaches but also to the Atlantic Ocean side beaches.
Lighthouse Beach, also referred to as South Beach, located at the Chatham Coast Guard Station Lighthouse extends southerly toward Monomoy Island. Another
beautiful Atlantic side beach, extending northerly from Pleasant Bay is Nauset Beach, which
is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The National Seashore forms a
chain of barrier beaches which protect
the Outer Cape environment from lashing Atlantic Ocean waves.
Also most charming and beautiful are the beaches of Cape Cod Bay in Brewster and Dennis. These
include Corporation Beach, Cold Storage Beach and Mayflower
Biking and hiking are the chosen mode of transport on the Cape.
It's a great bit of exercise and the best way to see the scenic
attractions of Cape Cod.
The "Cape Cod Rail
Trail" follows the path of the old railway lines on Cape Cod from Wellfleet to Dennis. This wide, paved, nearly level route winds through woods, salt marshes and fields. Only
walkers, bikers and rollerbladers allowed. You can get on and off for short outings of just a mile or so,
or try to cover the whole 24.5
miles! It does cross roads in places and so caution at these crosswalks is required.
The Cape Cod National Seashore
also has some great bicycle trails. The Nauset Trail is 1.6 miles of woods and salt marsh from the Visitor Center to the Lighthouse in Eastham.
The Provincetown Lands Trail, from Race Point to Herring Cove transverses
spectacular dunes and crosses saltwater ponds and lakes.
Nickerson State Park in Brewster
also has paths and bike routes around ponds and through the pine
If fishing is your
passion Chatham is the perfect place for it. The Cape has many miles of saltwater shoreline: beaches, estuaries, bays and coves. Chatham is located right in the middle of it all with incredible surf fishing, great fly fishing in the flats and by boat the possibilities are endless. Some of the species caught in Chatham include: Stripped Bass, Blue Fish, Fluke, Sea Bass, Shark, Bonito, false Albacore, Mackerel, Scup and Tautog.
Here are some of my favorite spots for Blues and Stripers:
The flats in and around Stage Harbor and Hardings beach are excellent for light tackle or fly-fishing.
Surf Fishing can be great at the Chatham Light house to the right of the public beach.
If you want to venture off road (permit required) Nauset Beach offers really good surf fishing usually best at night.
You can get a shuttle to Monomoy Island, which offers flats and surf fishing.
By boat the rips off Monomoy are incredible for Stripers, Blues and even small Tuna if it’s the right time of year. If you don’t have a boat check out the links below for charters.
Nantucket Sounds wrecks are a prime location for Fluke, Sea Bass or Tautog. If bottom fishing is
your thing the party boats are usually the cheapest way to get on the water.
For more information on bait shops, charters, regulations, licenses and boat rentals check out the following sites.
If you are interested in fresh water fishing there are several ponds within minutes from the house. Cliff Pond in Nickerson State Park Brewster is great for trout and
Small Mouth Bass. Long Pond in Harwich, Goose Pond and Schoolhouse Pond in Chatham are all great for
Pan fishing as well as Large Mouth Bass. A fresh water fishing license is required to fish all Massachusetts ponds, so be sure to pick one up at one of the bate and tackle shops.
Chatham also offers excellent shell fishing for Oysters, Razor Clams, Sea Clams - Muscles, Quahogs, Blue Crabs and Scallops. A shell fishing permit is required in Chatham waters so be sure to contact Chatham Town Hall.
Canoeing is great way to explore the scenic beaches and pristine natural
wetlands of Cape Cod. There are several recreational outfitter shops
which rent kayaks and canoes, as well as offer guided tours and basic
instruction. For bayside excursions, try Sesuit
Creek Outfitters in East Dennis. Pleasant
Bay Kayak Adventures in Orleans offers guided tours and paddling
instruction of Pleasant Bay in Chatham and Orleans. Goose
Hummuck Outfitters also in Orleans offers daily and hourly kayak and
canoe rentals for exploration of Town Cove.
Monomoy Theatre Chatham is home to a summer theatre group. The Ohio University
Players, a group of undergraduate and graduate students who annually
spend their summers on Cape Cod is one of the country's few remaining
university-run seasonal theaters. The Monomoy Theatre presents summer productions
of popular thrillers, musicals, classics, and modern drama. For more
information, visit the Monomoy Theatre at 776 Main St., Chatham, or call 508-945-1589
for production detail and show times.
Wellfleet Drive-In The Cape contains one of the few remaining
drive-in theatres in New England. The Wellfleet
Drive-In Theatre located on Route 6 in Wellfleet presents nightly
double features of current release pictures. Remember and experience how
films used to be viewed before Cineplex's and Mega Theatres.
Harwich Cinemas This Hoyts operated Cineplex contains six
theatres. It is located on Route 137 in East Harwich and displays current
release motion pictures in modern air conditioned theatres. For show
information and starting times call the theatre at 508-430-1160.
Bird Watching Chatham is a mecca for bird enthusiasts. The Monomoy
Wildlife Sanctuary on Monomoy Island Chatham is known to have contained every species
of bird and fowl ever recorded in New England environs. The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a link in the chain of migratory waterfowl refuges along the Atlantic Flyway. The refuge provides nesting, feeding and resting grounds for a known 285 species. This is one of the most famous and productive ornithological points on the Atlantic seaboard.
For information on access to the island and guided tour information,
visit the Chatham
Chamber of Commerce website.
Several years ago, gray seals started to summer off the coast of
Chatham. Seals are most often seen on the Atlantic Ocean side of
Chatham cruising the surf along Nauset Beach, South Beach and Monomoy.
They are often seen hauled out on the beach in the summer sun at the
southern tip of South Beach and along Monomoy Island. Seal and bird
watching tours can be taken leaving from Morris Island and other areas
of Chatham and Orleans. The following are a few of these touring
Whale Watching The Cape also hosts many whale watching tours to Stellwagen Bank.
Most leave from Providencetown. Whales most often seen include:
humpback whale, minke whale and fin whale. Some commercial touring companies
Golf The Cape has many beautifully scenic and challenging public golf courses. In
Chatham, there is a small 9 hole course, the Chatham
Seaside Links. The Lower Cape also contains many full service 18
hole public courses including: Cranberry
Valley Golf Course, Harwichport Golf Club (508-432-0250), both in
Harwich, the Captains Golf Course (508-896-5100), in Brewster and Ocean
Edge Golf Course (508-896-5911), also in Brewster. For links to other
golf course sites and other gold information, visit http://www.golfcapecod.com.
Tennis Chatham has several public courts for tennis players. There
is a set of two courts in a quiet and secluded area very close to
the house on Kitty's Lane in South Chatham. There are also two public
courts on Depot Road behind Chatham Center, near the Railroad Museum and
Veteran's Field (Chatham A's Ball Field). There are six public court at
the Chatham High School on Crowell Road.
Chatham Fish Pier
The Chatham Fish Pier, at the corner of Shore Road and Barcliff Avenue on Aunt Lydia’s Cove, is a constant source of interest to our summer visitors. The members of the fishing fleet make their run each suitable day to the fishing grounds from 3 to 100 miles off Chatham. Their catch consists of haddock, cod, flounder, lobster, pollock, dogfish and halibut.
The boats start returning to the pier shortly after noon, depending upon the tide.
Also at the Chatham Fish Pier is the Fisherman's Monument, a memorial in
tribute to those who dedicated and continue to dedicate their lives to
the Chatham fishing industry. Dedicated in June 1992, the monument is
entitled “The Provider,” and features a strong hand pulling a fishing
net from the sea with multi-fish and shellfish indigenous to Chatham
caught in the net.
At the Chatham Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station, you will find an
observation posts for one of the most spectacular natural ocean views on
the East Coast of North America. Drive down Main Street past
Chatham Center. Then take a right on Shore Road, to the lighthouse. You will see many cars from nearly
every state as you gaze over the majestic Atlantic. It is one of the
greatest viewing points to examine and marvel barrier beach
dynamics as ocean tides and currents shift and close inlets and create
new land masses.