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 nickerson state park - brewster ma

A true crown jewel of Cape Cod to this day, Nickerson State Park is easily one of the most popular sites in the region for visitors and locals alike. In fact, thousands of people flock to the 1,900-acre park every year, many of them lured by the Cape’s largest campground and endless recreational opportunities.

Designated by a sign off Route 6A in Brewster, Nickerson State Park is a tribute to the Nickerson family. They first became landowners in Brewster in the late 1880s, when the elder Nickerson built a summer home and private game reserve on the land.

Around the 1930s, family members donated the game reserve land to the state, thereby turning it into Nickerson State Park and marking the very first park in the entire state of Massachusetts.

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cobies - brewster ma

If you’re looking for a great place to sample some of Cape Cod’s best seafood, you cannot go wrong with a Brewster tradition. Cobies is one of a number of clam shacks in the region, but according to some, it’s one of the best.

It’s so good that New England Today recently put it on its list of the “10 Best Clam Shacks in New England”. Located right along Route 6A in Brewster, the whitewashed clam shack is praised for its fried clams and its cold lobster roll. The website also makes note of its ice cream selection, with dozens of flavors available to tempt your taste buds.

It’s not the only time Cobies has been at the top of the list. The CapeCod.com website also listed the clam shack among its favorites when it comes to the “Top 19 Restaurants”

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flax pond - nickerson state park - brewster ma

Flax Pond - Nickerson State Park

For plenty of family fun on Cape Cod, you won’t want to miss out on Nickerson State Park. A true favorite for those of all ages, the 1,900-acre park is filled with options ranging from boating and hiking to swimming in the freshwater kettle ponds.

The hardest part about going to the park, in fact, may be deciding what to do next. Filled with opportunities for outdoor recreation at every turn, you’ll also find plenty of room in the park for everything from biking and fishing to much, much more.

That’s because the park is filled with miles upon miles of trails leading around its ponds and through wooded areas, with mostly trout fishing at the eight freshwater ponds. For catch-and-release fishing head to Higgins Pond.

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seapines condos - brewster ma

With the incredible opportunity to play right on Cape Cod Bay, Sea Pines serves up easy access to swimming, sailing and other popular beach activities. Boasting its own private sandy beach, this also allows for kayaking, fishing and clamming, plus the enjoyment of exploring the Brewster tidal pools during low tide.

Those staying at Sea Pines also enjoy the property’s very own seasonal swimming pool and clubhouse, plus a fitness center and several tennis courts. Condo fees at Sea Pines take care of access to the beach and other on-site amenities, while also helping to promote a low-maintenance lifestyle on the Cape. In addition, residents also have the opportunity for boat mooring on Cape Cod Bay and the community provides space for seasonal kayak

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paines creek beach - brewster maIdeal for cooling off in the water, soaking up some sun on the sand or searching for shells, a visit to Brewster isn’t complete without visiting some of its beautiful beaches. One of the biggest reasons to visit is perhaps to see the famous Brewster tidal flats, some of the largest in all of North America. However, there’s much more to see and experience in the Brewster area.

Good choices for visitors include Breakwater Beach, known for its soft sand and calm water. You’ll find a number of tidal flats and pools to explore during low tide at this popular beach.

There’s also the option of Crosby Beach, one of the largest beaches in Brewster and recommended for families. This beach also features warm, calm water and soft sand, best experienced during the

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pleasant bay real estate

Several Cape Cod communities are banding together to help protect Pleasant Bay now, and for years to come. The towns of Chatham, Brewster, Orleans and Harwich all share its watershed.

Just recently they joined together, gaining issuance of the first Watershed Permit ever in the state. While it may seem that everything came together in recent weeks, it’s actually been a work in progress for a couple of decades.

That’s when the four towns first adopted a Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan, and began implementing it via the Pleasant Bay Alliance. The new permit, however, specifically outlines all of the measurable steps the towns plan to take together and individually, all aimed at addressing threats to the health of the Bay.

With it, the towns are

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stony brook grist mill - brewster maWith a picturesque setting and well more than a century of history to its name, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is perhaps one of the most recognizable sites in Brewster. First constructed in the late 1800s, the mill and accompanying museum are the only remaining structures left from the old Factory Village, a once prominent industrial section of Brewster.

Generations ago, the grist mill was extremely important to Cape Cod, grinding up barley, rye and corn for the area with its water-powered wheel. Later abandoned, the Town of Brewster eventually purchased the mill and property around 1940.

In more recent years, a larger water wheel was installed as part of a restoration project aimed at bringing the grist mill back to operation, much as it was in the beginning

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cape cod museum of natural history

Designed to help tell the story of the natural history of the region, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History opens its doors for nearly year-round opportunities to explore area wildlife and ecosystems. Through education and conservation, Cape Cod’s Nature Place gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the region.

Although small in size, the museum hosts a number of collections and exhibits, as well as some traveling exhibits for visitors to enjoy. In addition, the location commonly presents lectures, classes, workshops, walks and even field trips, all designed to help visitors learn more about Cape Cod’s natural environment.

Along with the museum itself, hundreds of acres of adjacent land is protected, offering visitors the opportunity to

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nickserson state park brewster maFrom its campgrounds to its trails, its beaches to its freshwater ponds, Nickerson State Park is a true family favorite on the Cape. A destination for locals and for visitors, the state-owned park and recreation area sits in Brewster, named for a family that donated the land where the park now resides.

With more than 1,900 acres to explore, Nickerson State Park provides hundreds of campsites and cabins, plus miles of trails for mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and hiking, some of which even link up with the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Many of the freshwater kettle ponds are stocked for fishing too, while area lakes are prime for boating, canoeing, swimming and other outdoor recreation.

In addition, you’ll also find a boat ramp here, along

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brewster whitecaps sign

With regular season games running from mid-June trough mid-August, the Cape Cod Baseball League provides family-friendly fun for those on the Cape, and a place for future MLB players to hone their skills. From Hyannis to Brewster, Orleans to Chatham, the league is made up of  ten different teams, divided up into the east and west divisions.

Around since the late 1800s, teams now play in a 44-game regular-season matchup, with a postseason concluding with a championship series and the popular All Star Game in late July. The teams are made up of some of the top college players in the nation, recruited to play each summer in one of the country’s best amateur summer leagues.

The league actually got its start generations ago, though, when two separate leagues

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