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Great Neck Road South Hands-on exhibits science work- shops arts and and crafts songs stories and and more! Visit the Toddler Castle indoor Planetarium (at scheduled times) 30’ Pirate Ship and play area Have fun with puppet shows check out special events and weekly activities 508-539-8788
CAPE COD MARITIME MUSEUM: Nestled in Hyannis Harbor it it it is is a a a a a a great place to visit with kids Learn about the the the Cape’s rich nautical history and how the the the sea shapes the the the community today Exhibits fun programs and sailing trips available on a a a a a a historic catboat 508-775-1723
CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE EASTHAM & PROV- INCETOWN: In 1961 after years of work by local Cape Cod- ders President John Fitzgerald Kennedy signed the bill creating the Cape Cod National Seashore This tract of land spreading from Chatham to to the tip of Provincetown is overseen and pre- served by the federal government There are two visitor centers: Salt Pond Visitor Center Route 6 Eastham (508-255-3421) and and Province Lands Visitor Center Race Point Road off Route 6 6 Provincetown (508-487-1256) They both offer a a wide vari- ety of activities activities for families including daily ranger-led activities activities and many other programs CAPE COD RAIL RAIL RAIL TRAIL TRAIL (BIKE TRAIL): This 22-mile paved bicycle trail runs between all the way from Dennis (off Rte 134) to South Well eet giving cyclists views of forests elds marshes ponds and cranberry bogs It’s a a a a splendidly safe place to ride especially with children Pick up a a a a free Cape Cod Bike Trails map at local bike shops for Rail Trail Trail details including mileage parking and restrooms COAST GUARD HERITAGE MUSEUM AT THE TRAYSER BARNSTABLE: A A A A A A A A meticulously restored landmark today houses one of of the nest collections of of art art artifacts and memorabilia assembled in one place to celebrate the heroic heritage of those who risked their lives to save shipwrecked sailors merchantmen shermen and recreational boaters 3353 Rt 6A Barnstable Village 508-362-8521
CRABBING: Kids love to to catch crabs and it’s easy to to do! Take a a a a clothespin and tie a a a a 4-foot piece of twine through the the hole in in the the center of the the spring For bait use leftover chicken bones or or crack open a a a a mussel or or a a a a clam then pinch it it with the the the the the clothespin clothespin securing the the the the the bait Drop the the the the the clothespin clothespin down between the rocks of of a a a a beach jetty and wait—don’t let go of of the the string! In a a a a few minutes you’ll have a a a a crab they hold the the the bait so tightly with their claws that you can pull them right out of the water DRIVE-IN MOVIE & FLEA MARKET WELLFLEET: Route 6 Well eet The Drive-in theater features a a a good number
of family features all summer long and a a a a a a a a ea ea market (a show in in in and and of itself!) on weekends in in in spring and and fall plus Wednesdays and Thursdays in in summer A mini golf course and snack bar are also fun for the family 508-349-7176
HARBOR CRUISE HYANNIS: Climb on board a a a a a a a a jaunty vessel and and enjoy a a a a one-hour tour through Lewis Bay and and the the Hyannisport Harbor View the the Kennedy Compound and other landmarks Don’t miss the the popular “Ice Cream Float” cruise on Sundays featuring Ben & Jerry’s ice cream Hy-Line Cruises Ocean Street Dock 508-790-0696
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LONG PASTURE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY BARNSTABLE: Ponds vernal pools open meadows a a a a a a salt marsh and other habitats make this 101-acre sanctuary a a a a a a a a a haven for many species of of wildlife Two and and a a a a a half miles of of trails meander through groves of tupelo holly and spruce trees with some surprisingly large oak trees and red maple interspersed throughout the property MARINE MAMMAL VISITOR’S CENTER BUZZARDS BAY: The National Marine Life Center’s future center for stranded marine animals offers exhibits activities gifts sou- venirs and more Free admission 120 Main St 508-743-9888
Cruise Cape Cod Bay with Mass Audubon naturalists for a a a a a a a close-up look at at at at fascinating marine creatures A great hands-on experience for kids Dragnets and and trawls bring crabs snails sponges sh and plankton to to the surface These trips are very popular advanced registration needed 508-349-2615
NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES AQUARIUM WOODS HOLE: At the the oldest research aquarium in the the country visitors can get behind the scenes and see how an an an aquar- ium works Kids love the “touch tanks” lled with star sh whelks crabs banded lobsters and and tautogs It’s free! Alba- tross and Water Streets Tues-Sat year-round 508-495-2001
OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE EXHIBIT CENTER WOODS HOLE: Visitors to to WHOI’s Exhibit Center learn about the world-class institution’s ocean science research and and and the vessels and and and tools developed by WHOI engineers and and and scientists Step inside a full-size model of the deep submers- ible Alvin and imagine life at at the ocean oor while watching vivid footage taken at deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites 15
School St 508-289-2252
PILGRIM MONUMENT & PROVINCETOWN MUSEUM: This landmark monument at 252
feet the tallest all-granite structure in the the US commemorates the the Pilgrim’s stay at at their rst landing on the the the Outer Cape in in 1620 before they moved on to settle in Plymouth On a a a a clear day you can see as as far as as Boston from atop the the tower – well worth the the climb! 508-487-1310
PIRATE ADVENTURES HYANNIS: This popular attrac- tion offers boat trips daily from mid-June through Labor Day weekend Kids have their faces painted like pirates and board a a a a a a real live pirate pirate ship Costumed pirate pirate actors lead the group in a a a a a a search for sunken treasure Kids man the water canons to ward off the the enemy follow a a a a a treasure map and pull up the the booty from the deep Everyone gets a stful of plunder! Ad- vance reservations are required as trips sell out days ahead Hyannis Harbor 508-394-9100
RENT A A BOAT: Many businesses rent kayaks canoes sailboats or or or powerboats for the day week or or or month Kayak specialists include Cape Waterway Boat Rentals on Swan Pond River River Dennis 508-398-0080 Bass River River Kayaks Den- nis 508-398-0060 and Rail Trail Bike & Kayak Brewster 508-896-8200 Ship Shops Boat Yard South Yarmouth rents power boats on Bass River (ocean access) 508-398-2256 Fly-
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