A Peaceful Retreat in Cape Cod

Cape Cod, MA, is an iconic vacation destination especially during the summer. One of the most picturesque towns in America, the place offers charm, antiques, old school shopping, and plenty of great beaches. It extends across a 400-square-mile peninsula that features almost 44,000 protected shoreline acres. Here are five things to do on a trip to Cape Cod.

Take a kayak trip. It’s a great way to get an unusual look at Cape Cod. Dick Hilmer’s Explore Cape Cod company leads kayak tours around Nanuet Marsh. Tours go through sheltered ponds, rivers, and by some of the Cape’s great beaches. Seals and other wildlife can be observed by paddling kayak.

Check out Provincetown’s sand dunes. They’re some of the best known and biggest sand dunes in New England. The beaches around P-Town are similarly all-natural and, as they used to say on “Seinfeld,” spectacular. Art’s Dune Tours leads off-road trips through dunes and history along Cape Cod National Seashore Park.

All aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Take a train journey from Hyannis that goes back in time as it goes around the Cape. The railroad dates back 150 years. Today’s version is affordably priced and a great way to take in th scenery and sights around the Cape Cod Canal. Afternoon trips also feature dinner service.

Hit the beach, dudes. Coast Guard Beach is a tremendous place for surfing, swimming, hiking, and just plain chilling. It’s at Eastham and extends down the coast to the venerable old Coast Guard Station. It’s been named one of the 10 top beaches in America.

Don’t forget the John F. Kennedy Museum at Hyannis. Museum exhibits look back on the historic Kennedys and their times spent on the Cape. Kennedy established Cape Cod National Seashore in 1963 just before his assassination. The museum is interesting and educational.

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