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macmillan pier - provincetown ma

The starting point for countless excursions, MacMillan Pier in Provincetown is a true transportation hub of the Outer Cape. A number of excursions depart on a daily basis here, taking people out to explore the National Seashore, the Harbor and the Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary.

Located just a short stroll off Commercial Street in Provincetown, the pier is often buzzing with activity, from planned tours and sunset cruises to ferries and fishing charters. One of the most popular attractions for visitors is taking one of the whale-watching tours that commonly depart from MacMillan Pier.

Commercial fishermen come into the pier too, while smaller commercial vessels use the floating docks closer to shore. The pier also presents a place for

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falmouth yacht club - falmouth ma

Falmouth Yacht Club circa 1960

A big part of the enjoyment of Cape Cod is heading out on the water, and several yacht clubs help cater to those interested in a yachting lifestyle. In Falmouth, in particular, there are several top yacht clubs to choose from, many of which have been in operation for generations.

Falmouth Yacht Club

The Falmouth Yacht Club has been a staple in the area for decades. First formed in the 1940s, the club hosts an annual regatta, plus has played host to several championships over the years. Along with sailing and racing the club has its own swim beach and swim program. Some members are also granted dock space and launch service.

Green Pond Yacht Club

The Green Pond Yacht Club may have formed in more recent

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dinghy at waquoit bay
Photo: Ben W

Made up of thousands of acres of beaches, marshlands, waters and uplands, Waquoit Bay is the perfect place to explore nature while on Cape Cod. Whether you go out on the water or stay on dry land, you’ll find plenty to see and experience in this unique area.

Found on Cape Cod’s southern shore, Waquoit Bay is a popular location for things like kayaking, canoeing and fishing. It’s common to find fish such as the brook trout, golden shiner, rainbow trout and blueback herring in the bay. In addition, you’ll also find hermit crabs and blue crab at home in the area, but permits are required for shellfish.

For more outdoor fun and adventures, the bay is also where you’ll find tiny Washburn Island. Camping, hiking and nature viewing are all

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race point beach - provincetown ma

When you think of great U.S. beaches you probably envision locations in typical beach destinations such as Hawaii, California and Florida. While you’re sure to find some fantastic beaches in these states, you’ll probably also want to put Cape Cod on your list.

That’s because TripAdvisor just placed one particular Cape beach on its list of the “Top 25 Travelers’ Choice Beaches in the U.S.”. Race Point Beach in Provincetown comes in at number 24 on the list for 2019.

TripAdvisor specifically points out one review highlighting Race Point’s concession stand and evening activities at the beach. With the enjoyment of bonfires and spectacular sunsets, reviewers also gave Race Point high marks for its well-kept sand and bathrooms, plus the ease of

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 ridge club - sandwich ma

Home to an 18-hole golf course and a large clubhouse, The Ridge Club in Sandwich is in for some improvements, likely slated for the near future. Recently coming under new management, the new owners are currently developing plans for making some capital improvements to the club.

While the new owners aren’t releasing many details just yet, they’re not anticipating making too many changes to the long-standing private club. They may, however, present more options for members to enjoy a larger range of clubs. The ClubCorp network already offers up access to hundreds of private clubs and offerings at more than 1,000 resorts, hotels and entertainment venues.

The Ridge Club sits in a gated Sandwich community. Along with the golf course, the property

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shining sea bikeway - falmouth ma

Stretching nearly eleven-miles along the path of an old rail line, take a ride on the Shining Sea Bikeway. The paved path is mostly level as it stretches along the coast from Falmouth to Woods Hole and into North Falmouth, making it a great choice for the beginner or the casual cyclist.

First opened up in the mid 1970s, the bikeway came to reality when the Town of Falmouth purchased the right of way for the old railroad and tore up the tracks. It just so happens it gets its name from those infamous lyrics of “America the Beautiful”, written by a Falmouth native. The bikeway in some ways also lives up to its namesake, offering up some beautiful natural scenery as cyclists travel along the path.

Originally running from Buzzards Bay to Falmouth Station,

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highfield hall - falmouth ma

Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

A delightful location to ring in the holiday season on Cape Cod, you’ll want to consider making a holiday visit to Highfield Hall. Currently the Falmouth destination is filled with the holiday spirit, with music, food, and décor dedicated to paying tribute to the magical season ahead.

Holidays at Highfield is an annual event open to families of all ages. It provides the opportunity to shop for unique gifts for family and loved ones, plus sample holiday-themed treats and view interesting collections. There are also opportunities including everything from cookie decorating to visits with Santa and even a specially planned pajama story time.

While the holiday season is no doubt a special time to view the

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cotuit center for the arts - cotuit ma

A vital part of the Cape Cod community for more than 20 years, the Cotuit Center for the Arts provides a place of artistic celebration, from performances and exhibitions to educational programming. First founded in the mid 1990s, the center more recently moved into a new facility, with dozens of art exhibitions and concerts plus numerous theatrical productions to its credit.

Along with all of this, the arts center has also served the community with several years of workshops and year-round classes in both the performing arts and the visual arts. Just this year alone the center booked several theatrical productions, with 11 productions planned at the Black Box Theater.

One of the most anticipated productions is Mary Poppins, showing from late November

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sandwich glass - sandwich ma

Cape Cod is known for many things, including its incredible natural beauty and its history. Some of that history is proudly on display at the Sandwich Glass Museum, and with a unique twist.

While much of the Cape is renowned for its maritime history, the oldest town on the Cape has ties to glass, or more specifically glass manufacturing. That’s because the town of Sandwich, formerly tied to agriculture, eventually transitioned to a town heavily tied to the beginning of the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, founded in the area in 1825.

It’s said the company was a world leader in glass manufacturing during the early 19th century. While its factory has long since closed, these days it’s still possible to watch glassblowers create glass for tourists and

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flax pond - nickerson state park - brewster ma

Flax Pond - Nickerson State Park

For plenty of family fun on Cape Cod, you won’t want to miss out on Nickerson State Park. A true favorite for those of all ages, the 1,900-acre park is filled with options ranging from boating and hiking to swimming in the freshwater kettle ponds.

The hardest part about going to the park, in fact, may be deciding what to do next. Filled with opportunities for outdoor recreation at every turn, you’ll also find plenty of room in the park for everything from biking and fishing to much, much more.

That’s because the park is filled with miles upon miles of trails leading around its ponds and through wooded areas, with mostly trout fishing at the eight freshwater ponds. For catch-and-release fishing head to Higgins Pond.

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