For over 15 years, the family and I make a point of spending a little Summer time fun at our home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Cape Cod is literally our second home. We haven't been able to make it every year, but anytime we can we take advantage to escape to the National Seashore. I'm not quite sure I can put my thumb on any one thing that make this place so special, but here are a few of MY favorite things.
And boy are there quite a few. The ones within walking distance of us are First Encounter Beach on the Bay Side of the Cape and Coast Guard/Nauset Beach on the National Seashore....the Atlantic Ocean side for those not so familiar. The Bay side is much warmer than the North Atlantic but if you're in to surfing or boogie-boarding then the Atlantic is where you need to go. Most days are wetsuit days but in the heat of Summer you can go without. When the weather is hot, be prepared for a walk from your parking spot as the people flock to the locations in droves.
You're in New England and near some of the best fishing on the planet. Of course the seafood is amazing! We try to find the not so nice looking places because they probably know how to serve good seafood. There's no shortage of lobster, crab and chowder and you're sure to be entertained by the locals. But if you want burgers and beer well you can find that in most places. If you really want a treat full of variety, then head out to Provincetown at the very tip. The Restaurants and Art scene are simply the best!
Whatever it is you're looking for the Cape has it. If you want to take in some incredible Summer league baseball, check out a game at one of 10 towns hosting the great Cape Cod Baseball League. Every year, some of the best top prospects are invited to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The games are fantastic and you need to meet some of the future superstars. Families throughout the Cape host them all Summer long and the games are some of the best baseball you'll see.
If you're a history buff well this is where it all started for America. If you've never read the book Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick then you're missing out on an incredible story of the Pilgrims crossing the Atlantic and landing near Provincetown. Having spent a lot of time on the Cape, this book provided an entirely new context for me to explore as many of the places I visited linked back to the Pilgrims struggles with the local Indian Tribes and the treacherous waters in and around Cape Cod. There's so many historical locations to take in and every spot is a short drive to and fro.
The Cape is something very special for my family and I. Whenever we visit there's always something to be learned and explored. The weather is always hit or miss but that's life on the Cape. If you want a destination that provides some of the best America has to offer then you need to check out the towns and villages of Cape Cod. It's sure not to disappoint.