1199 Route 28
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Phone: (800) 527-0359
Fax: (508) 398-7160
A round of mini golf on a warm summer night is something of a Cape Cod tradition. The courses at Pirate's Cove break with tradition but not in any manner that draws complaints. Instead of windmills and still statues, you'll golf through caves, by waterfalls and around a pirate ship. There is a Captain's Course as well as the Blackbeard's Challenge Course. For a discounted rate you can play your course again and see if you can't beat your kid the second time around. Admission: $8 adults, $7 children.
Although referred to as the bike trail, this paved path also welcomes walking, running, horseback riding and rollerblading. And if there is enough snow, (which is rare), you may cross-country ski, too. Built on an old railway bed, the scenic 25-mile (40-kilometer) trail takes you from Dennis to Wellfleet via cranberry bogs, lakes and towns. Nickerson State Park, off Route 6A in Brewster, maintains the trail and is at the halfway point. See the website for a map with other rest areas and access points.
This beach, located on Nantucket Sound, is one of the largest and most popular on Cape Cod. The water is a very pleasant temperature from mid-July to early September, and the gentle swells are refreshing compared to more placid Cape waters. It is generally free of seaweed and rocks, as well. There are lifeguards and bathhouses in season, as well as noisy kids and parking hassles, but that's summer on the Cape, right? The long beach and foamy surf make for beautiful walks in quieter seasons.
Operating out of the Ocean Edge Golf Club on the spectacular 380-acre Ocean Edge Resort, this deluxe golf school features PGA pros on staff, maximum six-to-one student/instructor ratio, and personalized video analysis to help work out that hitch in your swing. As part of the package, you also get daily breakfast and lunch, and free golf once the lessons are over for the day.
Peter Rabbit (the American version) loved his briar patch, as did his creator, Thornton W. Burgess. Burgess, a native of nearby Sandwich, was a naturalist as well as a storyteller, and the Burgess Society runs this center adjacent to the 57-acre briar patch in his memory. There are nature trails, a wildflower garden, a host of programs, the Robert S. Swain Natural History Library, and a jam kitchen and gift shop. Admission by donation The Thorton W Burgess Museum, filled with Peter Rabbit memorabilia, is three miles to the west, in Sandwich.
Designed to combine fun with learning, the displays at this museum are educational and interactive. A puppet theatre, planetarium, Dress-Up Castle, submarine and train are open for exploration. The highlight is a 30-foot pirate ship where children can imagine themselves riding the high seas. Special programs include holiday parties, cooking classes, crafts and workshops with unusual themes such as "All About Cranberries." Admission: $6 ages 5-59, $5 ages 1-4 & 60+.
Made up of 2500 acres of marshlands, open water, barrier beaches, trout streams, watersheds and uplands, with 11 wilderness campsites and several walking tours, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve makes for a great day trip. Other park activities include swimming, shell fishing, canoeing, kayaking and even restricted hunting on Washburn Island, which is accessible only by boat. The reserve also includes the 500-acre South Cape Beach State Park.
Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary is located on 1000 acres of naturally wild landscape with miles of walking trails and dozens of species of birds and animals. They host many special events, programs, and classes, so check their website for specific information. Admission to the center is free all day on Earth Day.
Marconi Beach located on the Cape Cod shoreline gazes out on to the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Named after the renowned Italian innovator, the beach is located near the station that sent out the first wireless transmission across the Atlantic. This beach is a popular surfing and skim-boarding destination amongst locals and tourists alike.
A welcome refuge on a rainy day, this library offers Internet access in addition to the expected books and tapes. There is an active children's program, including story time for pre-schoolers, with times that vary with the season. Library cards are free for Massachusetts' residents; there is a nominal charge for out of state residents. Other services available to the public are a fax machine, a copy machine and "mainland" newspapers for those who need their New York Times fix.
The Pinewoods Camp is an exclusive dance and music camp that occupies immense significance. It is built over in the distinctive Bungalow/Craftsman style of architecture. The site has paved its way to the National Register of Historic Places. It encompasses a mammoth 31 acres (13 hectares) of land area. The construction of the camp dates back to 1919. The site is located in the Plymouth city in Massachusetts. The camp organizes a range of enthralling camp sessions and programs.