Expert Travel Advice to Cape Cod
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Top Answers To Cape Cod Travel Questions
Hi I have lived in Cape Cod for the past 10 plus years. Woods Hole has a free aquarium that kids can enjoy and touch tanks along with a seal outside, parking is challenging but well worth it. If you are traveling to Cape Cod make a stop at the Boston Aquarium it is an actual boat please allow at least 3 to 4 hours. Whale watching trip start in Plymouth just off cape and run to Provincetown. Very fun however a very long boat ride for a little one. Consider instead the pirate adventure ride in Provincetown. Enjoy your stay. Don't forget your bikes as Cape Cod has a fab bike trail.
Are we talking where to stay, or where to play? If the latter, head straight to the beach. The beaches on the bayside are much better to suited to younger kids, with wide sandy swathes and calm wading pools; the Cape Cod National Seashore side is scenic but the surf is much rougher. Skaket Beach near Eastham is a good spot for the whole family. Also, I'd recommend either bringing your bikes or renting some to ride sections of the Cape Cod Rail Trail and the trails along Cape Cod National Seashore. (For more on how to handle the Cape when bad weather hits, here's a blog post I wrote a few years ago in the subject: http://blogs.away.com/travel/2008/04/cape-cod-a-caut.html.)
Jeb asked:Answer this1 AnswerGraham answered:Typcially, the best beaches for younger swimmers are on the west-facing side of the Cape, which fronts the more sheletered waters of Cape Cod Bay. Cape Cod's Atlantic-facing shoreline experiences much bigger surf, so not ideal if you have younger kids. One of my favorite beaches for kids is Skaket Beach near Orleans, which has big tidepools and shallow water that is perfect for toddlers who want to roam and splash around. In Chatham, you might try Cockle Cove Beach, which fronts the sheltered waters of Nantucket Sound. Hope this helps!
Answer this2 AnswersPieter answered:October is my favorite season on the Cape and Islands. The weather is crisp but the water is still (barely) warm enough for swimming. There are a bunch of harvest festivals around the Cape, so check wherever you're staying locally. Also, it's the tail end of whale watching season. Barnstable and Hyannis both have great whale watching tours.