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Things to Do Outdoors on Cape Cod

Exploring the Outdoors on Cape Cod

Love the outdoors? if so, then, pack your bags and come experience the outdoors like never before. It’s Spring on the Cape, and daffodils, heather and the haze of green leaves that are just about to pop with the next warm stretch of weather dot the landscape. The whale sightings are picking up. Eighty-nine Right whales were recently spotted off of Barnstable Harbor. Your favorite clam shacks and ice cream shops are removing the plywood from the windows and people are bustling about with the hope of a busy 2021 season. We can’t wait to see you all! If you’re not quite ready to head here for a Spring trip, you’ll want to get planning for your summer vacation!

Here are a few fun outdoor activities that will get you excited to travel and explore again! Let us help you coordinate the perfect Cape Cod getaway. Call us at (508) 744-7546 or check availability here.

Cape Cod Canal Bike Paths

As you head over one of our bridges on onto Cape Cod, you’ll want to make a stop and explore the glorious views along the Cape Cod Canal. If you have your bikes with you, you can bike along the canal starting at either the Bourne Bridge or the Sagamore Bridge on a 7.5 miles flat trail between the two. You’ll go through both towns and the views of the canal are incredible especially on a sunny day.

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Cape Cod Rail Trail

Continue exploring Cape Cod’s diverse landscape when you bike or hike the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The trail spans across 33 miles and leads you through salt marshes, pine forests, cranberry bogs, sandy beaches, and briny seaports. Visitors have countless opportunities to stop in town for a quick bite to eat or to explore the unique shops and businesses that make up this charming area. Newly expanded, this sprawling path extends even further, allowing for convenient access to all the Cape has to offer. What began as a 19th-century rail line that brought travelers from New York and Boston is now a popular attraction for people looking to explore this beautiful region.

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Whale Watching

One of the most wondrous experiences in nature is watching a majestic whale leap for joy out of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s even better seeing the new baby whales tagging along.  Did you know you can add-on discounted whale watching tickets to your stay? There may be some limitations in capacity on each trip, so advanced ticket purchases are strongly recommended.  We’ll help you arrange a time for an experience you’ll not soon forget. The Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is mid-capes only whale watch and departs just a short drive from the Inn.

Heritage Gardens & Museum Opening Day is Saturday April 24th!

Located on the Shawme Pond in Sandwich, The Heritage Garden and Museum is located on 100 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, trails and woodlands. The gardens are well known for many varieties of hydrangeas and rhododendron. It is also the home to over 1000 varieties of day lilies, hostas, herbs and other flowers.  Guests love to stroll through the floral paths during all seasons and there’s a festival for just about everything! The rhododendrons will be in full bloom and on display beginning May 21st. See the garden’s website for guidelines on safe visitation in 2021.
Learn more about the Rhodie Festival here.

The Cape Cod National Seashore & Nauset Light

A lovely afternoon trip to the National Seashore should be on your “must see” list when you visit Cape Cod. About a 45-minute drive from the Inn, the Cape Cod National Seashore is one of the Cape’s treasures. The Park is run by the National Parks Service and includes nearly 40 miles of Atlantic facing seashore on the eastern tip of Cape Cod. There are public beaches, boardwalks and guided tours and of course lighthouses! Nauset Light is a beauty. She is also a model and can be spotted on the bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips sporting a lovely red frock.

Truro Vineyards

Most visitors are surprised to learn that Cape Cod has several award-winning Vineyards! Truro Vineyards, about 60-minute drive from the Inn, is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon on your way up to Provincetown or simply all on its own. You can have lunch on the beautiful grounds around a fire pit while you sample their wine and spirits! Once you find the one you like, visit the winery shop and take a few bottles home. Your innkeeper recommends the chardonnay.

After a Day of Outdoor Adventures, Relax at The Inn at Yarmouth Port!

Upon your return to the Inn, you’ll find freshly baked treats and beverages to help you unwind before your next outing. The Inn offers ample outdoor spaces to enjoy our flowering gardens, read a book or raise a glass around our fire pit. Celebrate a special occasion, pat yourself on the back for making it through a tough year and talk about your new memories created on Cape Cod.

If you’re considering a visit to the Inn this summer, you’ll want to book soon and grab your spot, so we make sure we see you!


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