The best part about living on the South Shore is that you are only about a 30-minute drive from Cape Cod, home to some of the best beaches in New England. Whether you head down to the Cape for the day or stop by one of the great towns or beaches along the way, there is always so much to do. Here are a few of our favorite spots to visit for the day:
Favorite Visits on the way to the Cape
Myles Standish State Forest
Myles Standish State Forest, located in both Carver and Plymouth, boasts 16 ponds, miles of hiking trails, cranberry bogs, lushly wooded camping grounds and a facility where horses can spend the night. Be sure to bring along your canoe, fishing rod and swimsuit for a fun filled outdoor day!
The town of Plymouth offers fine dining, eclectic shopping and lovely ocean vistas. While there, you might cruise the wharf or take a selfie by Plymouth Rock. Best of all, you can explore Plimoth Plantation ― a sprawling and highly detailed recreation of life in the 1600s that’ll instantly make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Congratulations, you’ve reached the Cape! This fabled peninsula measures 339 square miles, and with so much to do it’s extremely hard to choose just a few of its highlights.
Nonetheless, you might start with the gorgeous Chatham Lighthouse Beach, which features a stately working lighthouse. From there you can stroll to Monomoy Island, a wildlife preserve where seals and piping plovers call home.
Meanwhile, the Sandwich Glass Museum provides a surprisingly compelling glimpse into a unique art form. At this museum, you can watch glassblowers in action. Plus, colorful exhibits convey the history of the town’s thriving glass industry.
In addition, Bass Hole in Yarmouth is an earthly paradise. You can stroll along the boardwalk to cross marshlands and shimmering waters; grab your binoculars to look for birds, picnic with friends or family members or just wade dreamily in the soothing tide pools.
Whether you’re in Cape Cod or you’re en route from Sconset Landing, it’s delightful to discover destinations on your own. From tucked-away beaches, seafood restaurants, community theaters, parks or museums, there is so much to see and experience.
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