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Top Answers To Cape Cod Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    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.
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    Pieter 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.
  • CapeCodVacays answered:
    In fact, you'll be able to park at any of the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches (our most beautiful beaches, IMHO) if you have a National Parks Access Pass. If you're legally blind or permanently disabled, you can get the pass and it's free. If for some reason you don't qualify for the Access Pass, there's also a Senior Pass for those aged 62 and over. It costs $10 and it's good for life. At the beaches within Massachusetts state parks, parking fees are waived for vehicles bearing the following types of license plates from any state: Handicapped License Plate, placard or disabled veterans’ license plate. This waiver does not apply to camping fees and is subject to available parking. Hope this helps!
  • Graham 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!