In the midst of planning your next New England getaway, you may find yourself wondering: when is the best time to visit Cape Cod? While many plan their vacations during the summer months, the truth is that Cape Cod is a year-round destination. Each season ushers in a breath of fresh air. Throughout the year, visitors encounter an array of cultural affairs, outdoor adventures, and culinary escapades to indulge in. Winter, spring, summer, and fall, each boasts its own unique contribution to what makes the Cape such a magical destination. Immerse yourself in the rich experiences this charming peninsula has to offer, regardless of the weather. For more thoughtful suggestions for the best things to do in the area, glance over our comprehensive Travel Guide!

The Best Time to Visit Cape Cod Is Whenever You Want

Spring

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

The Weather

daffodils in bloom

With the arrival of spring comes a fresh start and a sense of renewal. On the Cape, visitors can expect temperatures to increase beginning in March. By May, temperatures rarely dip below the 50s. Bask in the warmth of the sun as the Atlantic carries a breeze across the coast. Once everything begins to bloom, floral aromas mingle with the salty air which makes for a pleasant indication of changing seasons. Daylight Saving Time allows for ample time to hike and explore the natural Cape. In addition, the spring shoulder season means fewer crowds.

Things to Do

The moderate temperatures make for perfect hiking weather. Spring poses as an ideal time to experience the coastal landscapes without breaking a sweat. Indulge in everything from beach strolls and bike riding to whale watching and exquisite dining. If you’re planning a Cape Cod vacation between March and May, be sure to check out the following events and adventures:

  • Embark on a whale-watching tour
  • Go for a ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail
  • Attend a floral festival such as Brewster in Bloom or Daffodil Days
  • Hoist your sails and cut through the ebb and flow of waves on a sailboat

Summer

“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James

The Weather

Locals and guests alike welcome the warmth of the sun’s rays come summertime. Temperatures rise into the 60s in May. By July, you can expect comfortably warm days in the high 70s and low 80s. Those who choose to visit in the summer can plan to spend their days doing just about anything their heart desires. Participate in wellness activities on the beach that involve yoga or meditation. Tempt your adventurous side with an outdoor activity such as kayaking, surfing, or paddleboarding. However you choose to spend your time, savor the sun’s energy and admire the stunning scenery illuminated by the Cape’s beautiful natural light.

cape cod sand dunes

Things to Do

Summer on Cape Cod grants visitors the opportunity to experience an array of mesmerizing outdoor adventures. Additionally, you can easily immerse yourself in the cultural Cape and attend various music festivals, theatre performances, and art events. If you plan to visit in the summer, consider the following suggestions regarding how to experience the best of Cape Cod:

  • Dance the night away at a swingin’ jazz festival
  • Sample creative cuisine at the annual Cape Cod Food Truck Festival
  • Capture stunning photos of the many lighthouses on Cape Cod
  • Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore and encounter various species of coastal flora and fauna
  • Hunt for vintage treasures at one of many antique shops on Route 6A

Fall

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." — Albert Camus

The Weather

cape cod beach dunes

Visitors who decide to escape to Cape Cod in the fall can expect cooler weather. With the arrival of September, temperatures begin to fall to the mid-70s. In October, the highs stay in the 60s, and in November, they drop further into the 50s. The autumn months draw fewer crowds which means less traffic and less obstructed views of popular attractions.

Things to Do

While you may not want to go swimming this time of year, outdoor exploration is still a possibility given the comfortable breeze. You can also take the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the area by checking out museums, theatres, and antique shops. Connect with locals at a myriad of fall festivals and events or enjoy an evening of solitude at an incredible Cape Cod restaurant. For those looking to get away between September and November, consider the following suggestions:

  • Indulge in the culinary side of the Cape and attend the Wellfleet OysterFest
  • Sample the best local brews at the Cape Cod Brew Fest
  • Attend a performance at the Cape Playhouse
  • Peruse exhibits at the Edward Gorey House or the Cape Cod Museum of Art

Winter

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire.” — Edith Sitwell

The Weather

The winter months on Cape Cod bring chilly weather. Temperatures range anywhere between the low 20s at night and the high 50s during the day. Don’t let the cold keep you away. The warm community and tranquil coastlines add to the charm that accompanies the brisk air of the Cape during this time of year.

cape cod winter

Things to Do

Whether you’re looking to recover from a busy holiday season or you’re merely looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of reality, our beautiful slice of New England is the perfect winter escape. Visitors appreciate the crowdless beaches and quiet streets. Make reservations at a highly acclaimed dining establishment or attend holiday celebrations and special performances. Just remember to call ahead to make sure businesses are open before visiting. If you find yourself in town in the winter, ponder these possible events and activities:

  • Delight in a captivating performance by the Cape Symphony
  • Celebrate the season at the Holiday Festival at Taylor-Bray Farm
  • Treat yourself to a spa day at Chatham Bars Spa
  • Curl up with a book at the Inn at Yarmouth Port

The Inn at Yarmouth Port Is Open Year-Round

Determining the best time to visit Cape Cod depends on each individual’s interests. Ultimately, the Cape is a year-round destination that boasts an unparalleled natural beauty. Each season brings its own contribution to what makes this charming region so unique. Whether your itinerary includes adventurous activities, cultural endeavors, culinary escapades, or quiet relaxation, our accommodations grant you the vacation of your dreams. Revel in refined elegance and allow us to make your experience one for the books.