Cape Cod is an arm-shaped peninsula located on the Easternmost portion of Massachusetts. It is a well-traveled tourist and vacation area, featuring miles and miles of beaches, natural attractions, historic sites, and much more. Cape Cod as a whole can be divided into four parts: the Upper Cape, the Lower Cape, Mid Cape, and the Outer Cape. For this four day itinerary, we will focus on just a few of the family-oriented areas in the “Lower Cape”. The Lower areas of Cape Cod that have been mapped out consist of four towns; Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, and Orleans. The Lower Cape is historically rich and full of ocean scenery, which is great for different family-oriented activities in some of the Lower Cape’s most popular areas; which include several beaches, museums, waterfront activities, fishing, boating, and much more.
The Lower Cape area includes the Cape Cod National Seashore, a national park comprising much of the outer Cape, including the entire east-facing coast, and is home to some of the most popular beaches in the United States, such as Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham.
For this vacation, make reservations at the Chatham Bars Inn. This hotel is not only luxurious, but each form of accommodation is just as luxurious as the others. Choose from hotel rooms and suites, to cottages, to spa suites, and even indulge yourself in one of the hotel's special packages. The children will love the heated ocean front pool surrounded by cabanas, cushioned lounge chairs, and the hotel's private beach. Chatham Bars Inn offers many activities for the kids making this such a suitable hotel for everyone in the family; plus, it makes for a relaxing stay.
In Harwich there are a ton of things to do with children. Start the day off with breakfast at Bonnott’s Bakery and induldge in their famous meltaways. Bonnott’s is right in the center of town, so you can take the kids and walk the streets and check out some of the stores. Harwich Port has many beach stores kids enjoy, nick nack shops, Cape Cod jewelry style stores, and candy shops.
After touring Main Street, hop in the car and drive about 2.3 miles (5 minutes) to Buds-Go-Karts where your kids can ride Go-Karts and hit the ball in the batting cages for about $6.00 a person. To ride your own Go-Kart you need to be at least 8 years of age and to ride with someone you need to be at least 16 years of age. Adults can ride with children that are younger than 8 for the same price of $6.00.
After working up an appetite, across the street from the trampoline center is a restaurant you hardly see on the east coast anymore, A&W. Serving car side or indoor seating, they offer the classic american foods, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, onion rings, and their classic A&W root beer. If fast food isn’t your thing, in town there is Georges Pizza House, offering a huge selection of grinders and pizzas, calzones, and salads.
For dessert, Sundae School is a must hit for a ice cream treat serving up sundaes, ice cream cones, frappes, and giant banana splits. Very customer friendly and many flavor options to pick from.
After a long morning and full bellies, pack the car and head on over to Bank Street Beach. Located on Nantucket Sound near Harwichport center; at the end of Bank Street. This beach is typically busy in the summer season, and with its warmer waters is a great location for swimming, lounging, and for the kids to chase and catch hermit crabs.
Chatham is very influenced by history, water activities, and prime shopping spots. Home to lighthouses, famous beaches, seal and whale watching tours, deep sea fishing, there is not a short list of activities.
Start off the morning with breakfast at Chatham Bars Inn. Water front views and a casual and full breakfast buffet with breakfast options to satisfy even the pickiest children. Read the morning paper and order a Mimosa to start your day.
After breakfast, head 2.3 miles (about 5 minutes) to the Monomoy Island Ferry to go on a 90 minute tour giving the kids an up close and personal look at hundreds of seals on Monomoy Island and the waters surrounding. The tour also includes a walking tour of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge along the entire west side of the Monomoy Islands to take a look at the Monomoy Lighthouse and sightings of white-tailed deers, owls, seals, and other wildlife.
Once you return, head 2 miles back to Shore Road (5 minutes) and make yourself comfortable at Chatham Lighthouse beach. It is the largest beach in Chatham with clean stretching sand for miles and views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can still see seals from here and the water is safe to swim. Relaxing here and letting your children play in the sand and water is a good option before lunch time.
Right off of shore road, located a mile down Main Street, for lunch, head into Main Street offering a variety of restaurants, like The Blue Coral Restaurant. Since you are located in one of the prime fishing locations in the country, there is not doubt that you must eat at a seafood restaurant. Its eclectic, fun, and charming, and very family friendly. If your little one are not fans of seafood, don’t fret, they have a children’s menu (and full drink menu!)
Before heading back home, a must stop is Marions Pie Shop to pick up from chicken pies and pastries.
This day trip to Brewster is going to be a busy one for the whole family to enjoy.
Start off early in the morning by heading over to Local Flavor: Lunch and Bagel to grab a bite to eat. The whole family is going to need a good breakfast to start the day off. Local Flavor has a wide variety of breakfast options such as bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and even some of their own breakfast specialties.
After breakfast, just 3 miles down the road is the Emerald Hollow Farm. Here the family can enjoy horseback riding on their hour long Guided Trail Rides. Emerald Hollow Farm offers gentle, guided, “walking”, trail rides through the Brewster Punkhorn Parklands on their well-mannered, trained horses. These trail rides are safe and great for children, and are available 7 days a week by appointment only.
After an early adventure on horseback, it’s time to head over and grab a bite to eat on Main Street, which is just 2 miles down the road. Here, there are plenty of local owned shops to find food, if the family is a little worn down from the early morning, before heading off to the next activity. On Main Street you’ll find the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. This two floor museum is full of many exhibits and displays that are interactive and geared toward children. The whole family can enjoy exhibits on whales, indigenous birds, fish, frogs, turtles, snakes, and many more. In addition to the exhibits, the museum offers nature trails and guided field walks. This is an activity that will keep the children entertained for hours before dinner.
After the museum, you can head about 5 minutes to Main Street to get dinner at The Starvin’ Marlin. This great family orientated restaurant has a great and diverse menu selection. This great variety ranges from their rare appetizers to their diverse menu of sandwiches, burgers, seafood entrees, steak entrees, and a kids menu perfect for the whole family. All of these being served at reasonable prices. Now that you have headed a little further up Main Street, there are great stores to walk around and see such as The Village Toy Store. You can even get some dessert at The Brewster Scoop.
The Brewster Scoop is a great way to end your day in Brewster. Extremely busy in the summer, this ice cream and frozen yogurt shop is known for their rich flavors, and huge portion sizes. After the family is full and relaxed after an adventurous day, it is time to head home for the night.
This day trip to Orleans is going to be an adventurous day for the family to spend outside together.
We start off our day at the cozy Homeport Restaurant. The Homeport Restaurant offers a wide range of breakfast and lunch foods. For breakfast, you can enjoy one of their omeletes, eggs and egg dishes, pancakes, french toast and much more. But if you plan to start your day a little later than breakfast, the Homeport Restaurant also serves a wide selection of lunch dishes. This meal will fill up the whole family in preparation for the long day ahead. Located in the heart of town, the family can enjoy a nice walk around to digest before heading off to the next activity.
After breakfast, head a mile down the road to Blue Claw Boat Tours. Here the family can enjoy one of New England’s most favorite attractions: Seal Tours. Great for children, the seal cruise will take you from Orleans, all the way through Pleasant Bay to view seals as they swim and play in their natural habitat. This is a great way to spend time with the kids, as you spend an hour and a half learning about the wildlife and history of Pleasant Bay. After the tour, it’s time to drive 4 miles down the road to Orleans most popular attraction, Nauset Beach.
Nauset Beach is a great public beach to spend the rest of the day with your family. The children can play in the sand and ocean, as the adults relax under the sun. Although, there is a fee to get on to the beach, this beach is equipped with changing rooms and bathrooms making it easy to round the gang up for dinner.
About 3 miles down the road you'll be able to catch dinner before ending the day at The Saltwater Grille. The Saltwater Grille has an extremely diverse menu that will be great for the entire family. This local restaurant offers great drinks for the adults, as well as a wide selection of appetizers and meals. The restaurant also offers a huge selection of seafood, all brought to you fresh from local areas. Here the family can fill up on a huge dinner and end the long day.