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Celebrating more than 150 years of history on Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Central Railroad continues with a tradition that’s generations in the making. These days the railroad serves up more of a scenic role, moving through the landscape in an unforgettable way.

The railroad, however, has been a part of the region for well more than century. It actually dates back to the mid 1800s when rail serve first came to Cape Cod. That service then extended to connect several area towns and communities, extending to locations such as Orleans, Wellfleet and Provincetown. At one time even President Ulysses S. Grant is said to have boarded the train.

In more recent years, however, the railroad has turned into more of a tourist attraction, now running excursion trains from

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cape cod museum of natural history

Designed to help tell the story of the natural history of the region, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History opens its doors for nearly year-round opportunities to explore area wildlife and ecosystems. Through education and conservation, Cape Cod’s Nature Place gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the region.

Although small in size, the museum hosts a number of collections and exhibits, as well as some traveling exhibits for visitors to enjoy. In addition, the location commonly presents lectures, classes, workshops, walks and even field trips, all designed to help visitors learn more about Cape Cod’s natural environment.

Along with the museum itself, hundreds of acres of adjacent land is protected, offering visitors the opportunity to learn

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first night chatham

The countdown is on to ring in the New Year with First Night Chatham. The annual event is packed with family fun, from the annual town photo at noon to the traditional Countdown Cod drop at the strike of midnight.

With non-stop fun and entertainment, this year’s event promises two fireworks displays, the return of the popular Noise Parade and at least 70 planned performers, entertaining the crowds at nearly two-dozen different venues in Chatham.

Now in its 26th year, a full lineup of performers and musical acts are on tap to lead residents and visitors into the New Year. From a jazz quartet to the restored Diamond Jubilee Organ, a poetry reading to Chinese folk art dancing, First Night Chatham promises to be bigger and better this year.

Other acts on the

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corn hill in truro by edward hopper

One of the most inspirational locations of renowned artist Edward Hopper’s career, the prominent painter cherished the Outer Cape. The deep appreciation can be traced to the early 1930s when Hopper and his wife Josephine first rented a cottage in South Truro, a decision that led to the Hoppers returning to the area each summer from then on out.

The two artists commonly took day trips to other nearby areas, providing the inspiration Edward Hopper needed for his next piece of artwork. Mostly landscapes at this point in his life, his work turned to the sea and grass, lighthouses, farmhouses and sailboats.

One of his most famous depictions is ‘Corn Hill’, a 1930-era oil painting. There’s also ‘Highland Light, North Truro’, which shows a lighthouse that has

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lighthouse beach chatham

Serving up plenty of outdoor fun and recreation for those of all ages, there are several Chatham area beaches you simply don’t want to miss. Here are just a few of our favorite beaches, popular for a variety of reasons.

Cockle Cove Beach

Cockle Cove Beach, in particular, is known for its long stretch of sand and small waves. The beach is popular for windsurfing and boating, plus there’s lots of room to simply spread out and enjoy the great views.

Found in South Chatham, the warm weather makes it ideal for windsurfing and for swimming. The soft sand is also great for kids, plus the waves are calm. Kayakers also consider Cockle Cove Beach a favorite, plus there are lifeguards on duty at the saltwater beach.

Hardings Beach

A perfect location for taking up a

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pamet harbor real estate

A landmark of Truro, tiny Pamet Harbor has long served boaters in the Cape Cod area. The harbor makes it simple to easily reach other spots such as Wellfleet and Provincetown, as well.

Found at the Pamet River for which it gains its name, you will find plentiful parking and a great launch ramp that easily helps boaters access Cape Cod Bay. While popular these days, the harbor itself actually dates back centuries.

Around the late 1700s, Pamet Harbor was commonly the site of fishing and shipbuilding. Following the Civil War and the decline of shipbuilding in the area, though, the site sat mostly deserted.

Over the years, crews focused on dredging the harbor, with the last major dredging project about a decade ago. These days, the harbor is commonly used for

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chatham labyrinth

Serving primarily as a quiet place to reflect and clear your thoughts, the Chatham Labyrinth also, for some, serves as a carefully designed spiritual place. No matter your reason for visiting, though, the labyrinth is sure to provide an interesting backdrop.

Gifted by local churches as part of a 300th anniversary celebration a few years back, the town labyrinth is a replica of one found in a French cathedral, designed from cut and sealed pavers. Completely in proportion, the design is said to help with the creation of harmony.

With a total of 11 circuits, the path of the labyrinth winds 11 times around until you reach its center. Laid out straight, the path would measure about one-third of a mile and 16-inches wide.

It’s hoped those who embark on the

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nickserson state park brewster ma

From its campgrounds to its trails, its beaches to its freshwater ponds, Nickerson State Park is a true family favorite on the Cape. A destination for locals and for visitors, the state-owned park and recreation area sits in Brewster, named for a family that donated the land where the park now resides.

With more than 1,900 acres to explore, Nickerson State Park provides hundreds of campsites and cabins, plus miles of trails for mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and hiking, some of which even link up with the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Many of the freshwater kettle ponds are stocked for fishing too, while area lakes are prime for boating, canoeing, swimming and other outdoor recreation.

In addition, you’ll also find a boat ramp here, along

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celeste fine art gallery - wellfleet ma

Widely regarded for its historic attributes and seaside location, Wellfleet is also well known as an artsy kind of place. This charming town is tucked away between the ocean and the bay, with a longstanding heritage tied to fishing and aquaculture.

As the natural setting includes everything from protected freshwater ponds and dunes to marshes and moors, outdoor recreation is key in this community, from accessing the Cape Cod Rail Trail to simply taking in the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Promoters of Wellfleet arts and culture also hope to further recognize the importance of the area’s cultural and artistic attributes, however, by helping to celebrate the arts often gained from the area’s unique environment.

The seaside town

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chatham village

From fresh seafood to live theater, historical attractions to relaxing in luxury, there’s plenty to get out and explore in Chatham Village

Atwood House Museum

A great place to start your tour is at the Atwood House Museum. The Chatham Historical Society runs the museum out of a home dating back to the mid-1700s. Furnished with relics from the 18th and 19th centuries, the museum now includes eight galleries, along with a special exhibit gallery. The building houses a vast collection of artwork and archives that help tell the story of the region and its culture.

Chatham Squire

A local staple for nearly a half-century, Chatham Squire is a family-friendly restaurant that serves up daily lunch and dinner. With a selection of local favorites,

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