Hyannis Whale Watcher - Barnstable, MA, cruise
Hyannis Whale Watcher - Barnstable, MA, whale sightseeing

Short Vacation Ideas for Cape Cod

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If you can only fit a few vacation days into your hectic itinerary, Cape Cod is the perfect vacation destination for you. You can fit all of Cape Cod's charm and essence into a weekend vacation if you plan carefully. Below are some suggestions to help you make the most of the time you have to spend in this wonderful area that is truly an American treasure.

For the Nature Lover...

  • Whale Watch. When you're visiting the Cape Cod area, you absolutely have to see the lovely whales of the New England waters. There's no better way to accomplish this than with the Whale Watch cruise that guarantees you at least one whale sighting. Experience the majesty and power of the magnificent whale in person.


  • Heritage Museum and Gardens. Nature lovers will enjoy the 70 acres of gardens that this attraction maintains. The gardens feature thousands of rhododendrons, a labyrinth, Holly Dell, Daylily, herbs and many other beautiful flowers and foliage. The gardens are located in the town of Sandwich.


  • Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen. This nature center located in East Sandwich features gorgeous, lush gardens and a number of nature trails to enjoy. There's also a jam making kitchen to indulge your sweet tooth in a natural, healthy way.


  • Kalmus Beach. The easy access of this beach makes it one of the most popular in Hyannis. Spend a morning or afternoon relaxing in the sun, boating or windsurfing.

For the Thrill Seeker...

  • Highway Pegs. Is there any better way to see the Cape Cod area than on the back of a Harley? Highway Pegs in Hyannis allows you to do just that. Here you can rent a Harley to tour the sights of the Cape and enjoy the sense of freedom that you've been craving.

For Everyone...


  • Sandwich Glass Museum. Learn all about the glass that the area is famous for and see displays featuring pressed glass, blown glass, engraved glass and more. Live demonstrations of glass creation are shown daily.


  • Chatham Lighthouse. Visit one of the most famous and interesting lighthouses in Cape Cod. The original twin lighthouses were built in the year 1808, and were moved to North Eastham in 1923. While the lighthouse itself is closed to the public, visitors to the area flock to the lighthouse fence to see the view of the lighthouse and shoreline. Due to the popularity of the landmark, there is a thirty-minute parking restriction.


  • Pirates Cove. Located in South Yarmouth, this golf and games attraction offers a variety of arcade games and miniature golf with a pirate theme.


  • ZooQuarium. This attraction is home to a small aquarium as well as a zoo. See the Sea Lion show, the Touch Me Tidal Pool, and the many land and sea animals that call the ZooQuarium their home. The ZooQuarium is located in West Yarmouth.
Hyannis Whale Watcher - Barnstable, MA
My husband booked this trip for my birthday and it was the best gift ever!! We saw so many whales, I lost count! The crew was awesome, and very knowledgeable about the whales.
Patti Ackerman - Wilmington, DE
Hyannis Whale Watcher - Barnstable, MA
Amazing! We saw more than 30 whales! The announcer told us it was a rare experience but we are glad it was on our trip!
John Pendergast - Altamont, NY
Hyannis Whale Watcher - Barnstable, MA
A lot of people were packed on the boat, so that when one side saw a whale, we were 3 rows deep on the side to try to see it. Other's camcorders also got in the way.
Beth Boyarsky - Clifton Park, NY
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