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Museums
  |  Must See  |  Nature  |  Theatre  |  Whales
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The Arts

The Outer Cape is like a creative magnet for artists, writers and the like. Art center are located all over the Cape (with some of the best in Truro and Provincetown). There you'll find exhibits, classes, workshops and more. The towns of Wellfleet and Provincetown are also quite well known for their art scene and the abundance of galleries along their main streets.  In the summer, painters and crafters guilds hold art shows all over giving you the chance to pick up an original or two to bring home.

Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS)

The Cape Cod National Seashore is truly an Outer Cape gem.  It is home to several incredible beaches, amazing hiking and walking trails and interesting historic sites including the Three Sisters Lighthouses, Fort Hill and the Captain Penniman House in Eastham, the Atwood Higgins House and Marconi Site in Wellfleet and the Old Harbor Life-Saving Museum in Provincetown. The two visitor center's below are filled with information, films and exhibits. Year-round, but especially in the summer, park ranger offer incredible programs and guided tours for adults and families--and most are free. Prepare ahead and download many of the park's maps and brochures before you arrive. Kids can even become Junior Rangers!

Farmers' Market

Foodies rejoice! Farmers' markets are "cropping" up all over the Cape and the best thing about our farmers' markets is in addition to delicious, fresh produce, we've got delectable delights plucked fresh from the sea!  Cape Cod Buy Fresh Buy Local is a wonderful resource for local events and farmers' markets. 

  • Orleans Farmers' Market, 21 Old Colony Way, Orleans. Saturdays from 8am to 12pm, May to November.
  • Provincetown Farmers' Market, Commercial Street at Ryder Street, Provincetown. Saturdays from 11am to 4pm, May to December.
  • Truro Agricultural Fair, 7 Truro Center Road, Truro. Although not a weekly farmers' market, the Truro Agricultural Fair will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2011.

Galleries

The Outer Cape, especially the towns of Wellfleet and Provincetown are well known for their art galleries. Here, you will find the work of popular and celebrated local artists including painters, sculpturers and photographers. Your vacation is the perfect time to add to your collection or consider starting one!  Check out the Provincetown Art Guide and see a sampling of galleries listed below.

History


  • Eastham Historical Society, Schoolhouse Museum, Nauset Road, off Route 6. The Eastham Historical Society has several sites in its care and collection including the Eastham Windmill, the Schoolhouse and the Swift-Daley House. Check the society's site for details and information on the may programs and tours offered during the summer season.
  • Truro Historical Society, 6 Highland Light Road, North Truro. The museum houses a wonderful collection of maritime and Native American artifacts. Changing exhibits and lectures are also offered. Combine your trip to the museum with a tour of Highland Lighthouse, just steps away.
  • Wellfleet Historical Society, 266 Main Street, Wellfleet, 508-349-9157.  The museum's collection tells the story of Wellfleet. The society offers fascinating lectures and guided walking tours in the summer months. Everybody looks forward to the Annual Strawberry Festival in honor of Father's Day and the Annual House tour in July.

Lighthouses


  • Highland (Cape Cod) Lighthouse, Highland Road, North Truro, 508-487-1121. Tour the lighthouse from May to October. And check out the awesome full moon tours!
  • Nauset Lighthouse, Oceanview Drive, North Eastham. Tour the lighthouse from May to October. Nauset Light was built in 1877 in Chatham as a twin and moved to Eastham in 1923. Due to the threat of erosion, the tower and lightkeeper house were moved to their current location in 1996.
  • Race Point Lighthouse, Race Point, Provincetown, 508-487-3698. The lighthouse is reachable by hiking, your properly permitted ORV or by ORV shuttle. Tours are available during the summer on the first and third Saturdays. You can even stay overnight in the lightkeeper's house!
  • Three Sisters Lighthouses, Cable Road, North Eastham. Three decommissioned lighthouses, owned by the National Park Service. Summer tours are offered through the Cape Cod National Seashore.
  • Wood End and Long Point Lighthouses, Provincetown Harbor, Provincetown. Neither is open to the public, but the ground are. Wood End light can be reached by a fairly strenuous walk across the breakwater at Provincetown's West End. Long Point can be reached by kayak or by walking the long path past Wood End.

Museums

The Cape has some wonderful museums housing collections of maritime, historical, Wampanoag and cultural artifacts. There is even a natural history museum not to far from the Outer Cape in Brewster. Enjoy lectures and both permanent and rotating exhibits that showcase the rich history of Cape's people: Indians, Pilgrims, settlers, sea captains, whalers and more.  In case you are a real history buff, we've added a few of the other worthwhile museums up Cape. Also, see the Arts, above.

Must See Attractions

These are the must see attractions that don't fit neatly into one category or another.  These are the things you have to experience during your Outer Cape Vacation--quintessential Cape Cod.

  • Cape Cod Baseball League: Ten teams, two divisions go head to head each June through early August. College players take to the field from Wareham to Orleans. You'll see the stars of tomorrow playing ball today.  Many who play on Cape go on to the Major League.  Past Cape Cod Baseball League Players include Thurman Munson, Carlton Fisk, Mo Vaughn and Nomar Garciaparra.  The closest team to the Outer Cape: the Orleans Firebirds. They play their home games at Eldredge Park on Route 28 in Orleans.
  • Commercial Street, Provincetown. You can't miss a stroll down Commercial Street in Provincetown. The shops, the restaurants, the people--what a fun way to spend an afternoon!
  • Eastham Windmill, Windmill Green, Route 6, Eastham. The windmill was built in 1680, moved to Truro in the 1770s then to its current location in 1808. It's open for viewing during the summer and the site of the popular Windmill Weekend every September.
  • MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown. The site of the annual blessing of the fleet in June, it's a daily flow of hustle and bustle as ferries, whale watch vessels and commercial and recreational fishermen come in and out of the harbor.
  • Pilgrim Monument, High Pole Hill, Provincetown, 508-487-1310. This monument--which just celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, was built to commemorate the first landing of the Pilgrims in Provincetown. (That's right, no Plymouth, Provincetown!)  Climb to the top and and on clear day, you can see all the way to Boston!
  • Rock Harbor, Rock Harbor Road, Orleans. Rock Harbor is a bustling harbor. Watch the boats come through the channel marked with trees! And the sunsets are unbelievable--as they are from every bay beach!
  • Wellfleet Flea Market, Route 6, South Wellfleet. The Wellfleet Flea Market inhabits the Wellfleet Drive-In during the day in the summer on weekends and a few weekdays. Admission is inexpensive and you'll find everything from local artisans and collectors to vendors hawking the usual flea market fare.

Nature

If the great outdoors is your cup of tea, you will love the Outer Cape. The Cape Cod National Seashore, which encompasses a great deal of the tip of the Cape has some truly adventurous and beautiful trails. Visit the CCNS website for detailed trail maps and information. The MA Audubon Society has several properties on Cape Cod including the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary--a nature haven, not to be missed. If you find yourself in Brewster, check out the collection at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the beautiful trails to the bay. The State also maintains several properties including Nickerson State Park--another hiker's delight. Check the sites for guided tours or head out on your own.

Theatres

If it's live theatre you crave, you are in for a treat! Each summer the Cape draws some real talent to the stage--actors, playwrights and directors from far and wide, here to entertain you.

* These theatres offer children's show during the summer too.

Whales

If you have never been on a whale watch, go! An afternoon on the bay watching these gentle giants leap, feed and play is truly awe-inspiring.  Whale watching companies typically guarantee you will see a whale, and a naturalist onboard will tell you everything you need to know. Best part is, it couldn't be more convenient with daily seasonal trips leaving MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown.

Jane Booth is an affiliate of Kinlin Grover with offices from Bourne to Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA.
Call Jane at 508-221-8458.