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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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bourne bridge - bourne maPhoto: Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

A big part of Cape Cod’s appeal is the opportunity to be out on the water, and that’s certainly true for the Town of Bourne. Boaters frequent the area each season for some offshore fun.

The town itself operates three marinas, featuring a total of more than 220 boat slips. Taylor Point Marina sits in Buzzards Bay, and with around 150 boat slips offers up the most services.

It also has a pumpout station and a gas dock. Boaters here will additionally find access to a public boat ramp, a marine store and bathrooms. Taylor Point Marina sits right next to the Cape Cod Canal, noted as one of the best boating and fishing spots in the region.

Another option is Monument Beach Marina, found in Phinney’s

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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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washburn island - falmouth ma
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Located off the southern side of Cape Cod, Washburn Island remains a treasured Falmouth spot. The small island sits in Waquoit Bay and is only accessible by water.

More than 300-acres in all, Washburn Island is filled with a mix of tall trees, barrier beaches, plus coastal salt ponds and marshes. Once home to a summer estate, followed by a location for military training, developers have had their eye on the island in the past.

At one time they hoped to develop luxury homes, a yacht club and a helicopter pad. Area residents fought back, though, and the state ended up buying Washburn Island in the early 1980s.

Purposely left as a natural and secluded island, you’ll now find less than a dozen campsites on Washburn Island but

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smile mass beach chair

Cape Cod has long been known for its focus on inclusiveness and respect for all cultures.  But until recently, vacationing on the Cape for parents and spouses of people with disabilities was uniquely challenging.  Most motels and rentals aren’t ideal for wheelchair use, and the Cape’s vaunted beaches and ponds can be an obstacle course rather than a haven for children and adults with mobility issues.

Thanks to the non-profit organization, SMILE Mass — Small Miracles in Life Exist — vacationing on the Cape just got a little easier.  North Truro is now home to a newly renovated beach-accessible condo.  Located at 544 Shore Road adjacent to the Beach Point and Noon’s Landing neighborhoods, the condo is a two-story, 1,100 sf oceanfront home.  Located

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 Indian Ponds - Maston Mills MA

While Cape Cod’s known for its beautiful beaches and waterfront possibilities, some of its inland sites may prove just as enticing. Locals know that some of the best swimming, kayaking and fishing is possible on one of the many kettle ponds that dot the area.

Made up of a total of three interconnected ponds, Indian Ponds in Marstons Mills is an especially popular location for boating, fishing and swimming all year long. A joining of Mystic Lake, Middle Pond and Hamblin Pond, the freshwater kettle ponds have been a part of the local community for generations.

Located in the west Barnstable village of Marstons Mills, each pond measures more than 100-acres in size. You’ll also find a nice selection of unique, waterfront homes surrounding the

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coast guard beach - eastham ma

Coast Guard Beach is once again ranked as one of the best. The beach recently took the number six spot when it comes to the annual list of the best beaches in the country, compliments of Dr. Beach. Last year Coast Guard Beach sat in the number five spot.

Not only is the beach special for its unique attributes, but it’s also the only New England beach to grab a spot on the list this year. Beaches are ranked in terms of everything from water temperature and cleanliness to safety and the softness of the sand.

In fact, 50 different criteria are taken into consideration. The professor behind the ranking system has been coming out with the list for decades, with his selections based on personal visits and federal data collected by the EPA.

As for

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macmillan pier - provincetown ma

The starting point for countless excursions, MacMillan Pier in Provincetown is a true transportation hub of the Outer Cape. A number of excursions depart on a daily basis here, taking people out to explore the National Seashore, the Harbor and the Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary.

Located just a short stroll off Commercial Street in Provincetown, the pier is often buzzing with activity, from planned tours and sunset cruises to ferries and fishing charters. One of the most popular attractions for visitors is taking one of the whale-watching tours that commonly depart from MacMillan Pier.

Commercial fishermen come into the pier too, while smaller commercial vessels use the floating docks closer to shore. The pier also presents a place for

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falmouth yacht club - falmouth ma

Falmouth Yacht Club circa 1960

A big part of the enjoyment of Cape Cod is heading out on the water, and several yacht clubs help cater to those interested in a yachting lifestyle. In Falmouth, in particular, there are several top yacht clubs to choose from, many of which have been in operation for generations.

Falmouth Yacht Club

The Falmouth Yacht Club has been a staple in the area for decades. First formed in the 1940s, the club hosts an annual regatta, plus has played host to several championships over the years. Along with sailing and racing the club has its own swim beach and swim program. Some members are also granted dock space and launch service.

Green Pond Yacht Club

The Green Pond Yacht Club may have formed in more recent

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dinghy at waquoit bay
Photo: Ben W

Made up of thousands of acres of beaches, marshlands, waters and uplands, Waquoit Bay is the perfect place to explore nature while on Cape Cod. Whether you go out on the water or stay on dry land, you’ll find plenty to see and experience in this unique area.

Found on Cape Cod’s southern shore, Waquoit Bay is a popular location for things like kayaking, canoeing and fishing. It’s common to find fish such as the brook trout, golden shiner, rainbow trout and blueback herring in the bay. In addition, you’ll also find hermit crabs and blue crab at home in the area, but permits are required for shellfish.

For more outdoor fun and adventures, the bay is also where you’ll find tiny Washburn Island. Camping, hiking and nature viewing are all

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