11 Fun Things to Do on Cape Cod This Spring
Some of our guests say that Spring on Cape Cod is their favorite season. Is it because of the daffodils? The azaleas in bloom? Or less traffic and crowds? Maybe it’s simply the buzz of excitement that can be felt all over Cape Cod as quaint cottages and favorite businesses re-open their doors in anticipation of a bustling and beautiful summer season. Whatever the reason, there’s no lack of activities to choose from when visiting Cape Cod this Spring. From an aerial view of the Cape Cod shoreline to riding the rail trail or even just kicking back and relaxing, springtime on Cape Cod brings hope and renewal for all who visit. We’ve created a list of 11 fun things to do this spring on Cape Cod—Come celebrate Spring on Cape Cod!
1. Experience the Nantucket Daffodil Festival
April is filled to the brim with daffodils in Yarmouth Port. Just driving around is a festival in itself! But if you are looking to fully celebrate all things daffodil, catch the ferry to Nantucket April 27-30, 2023 and attend the Nantucket Daffodil Festival. Spend the day reveling in abundant sunshine, community-wide events like the Daffodil Antique Car Parade, and more than three million daffodils. A ‘daffy’ good time!
2. Catch a Live Show
The Cape is alive with theater and music! From the Eventide Theatre Company, The Cotuit Center for the Arts and The Cape Playhouse , there’s always something happening during the spring and summer months. This Spring you can even catch your own Innkeeper, Kathleen and staff performing in several local productions.
3. Ride the Rail Trail
Explore Cape Cod’s diverse landscape when you bike or hike the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The trail spans across 27.5 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.
4. Take a Drive to the Cape Cod National Seashore
If you’re looking for a beautiful and serene place to explore on Cape Cod, look no further than Cape Cod National Seashore. This stunning park offers miles of unspoiled coastline, rolling hills, pristine forests, and crystal-clear waterways. It’s no wonder that it’s one of our guests’ favorite spots on the Cape! Discover more about the National Seashore here.
5. Go 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. How can something so large be so cute? For a more romantic adventure, try the sunset whale watcher cruise. Did you know you can add-on discounted whale watching tickets to your stay? 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. If you catch an early whale watch, we’ll even will pack your breakfast to go!
6.Take a Plane Ride
There is nothing like the thrill of a Cape Cod aerial adventure. Go beyond the typical land or sea tour to see breathtaking views of the Cape that will last a lifetime. When you get a bird’s eye view of our pristine beaches, iconic lighthouses, famous landmarks, and quaint villages, your perspective shifts. Your pulse quickens. It’s exhilarating. And life-changing! Check out our top picks for Cape Cod scenic-plane tours. And get ready for an open-air adventure. The roar of the engines. Wind in your face. And the most experienced pilots in New England.
7. Visit the Rhododendron Festival at Heritage Gardens and Museum
The Heritage Museum and Garden, is located on the banks of the Shawme Pond in nearby Sandwich. The museum is home to over 100 varieties of Rhododendron plants. This annual festival will begin in late May and beckons visitors to learn the history and care of these vibrant and early bloomers. Taught by expert horticulturalists and gardeners, guests are bound to leave with more knowledge about “Rhodies” than when they arrived. There are lectures, hands-on events and a free walking tour with your museum admission. What a perfect spot to take a selfies and shop for the perfect flowering souvenir! Because flowers make us happy, it’s a wonderful way to welcome the season during your Cape Cod getaway. Tickets are date specific and must be purchased in advance on the Heritage Museum and Garden website.
8. Find a special Antique along Route 6A
Cape Cod has lots of great beach day alternatives—if you know where to find them. Our guests love exploring our quaint towns and stores to find the perfect treasures. They’ll spend the day antiquing along 6A and then will duck into a cozy restaurant to revel in the joy of their finds. Create your own antique tour with our list of top Cape Cod antique shops.
9. Walk through Long Pond Sanctuary
Explore wildlife in its natural surroundings while you take a leisurely stroll through 2.5 miles of Cape Cod beauty. You’ll spot unique wildlife at Long Pasture as you hike “gentle trails” to the “million-dollar view” at Barnstable Harbor to view Sandy Neck Barrier Beach. Extensive programs and educational tours are available. Tuesday–Saturday, 9 am-3 pm, closed Sunday and Monday • Trails open daily, dawn to dusk. The best part is that it’s just several miles from the Inn. If you love being outdoors, taking nature photos, or simply relaxing in all the nature has to offer, this is an afternoon delight. We can also help point you in the direction of other hiking and nature trails, just ask your Innkeeper!
10. Discover Sydenstricker Glass
Since the 1960’s Sydenstricker Glass in Brewster has been creating all original handmade collectibles. Many of the original molds and designs are still in use today. When you visit this unique store, you can actually tour the workshop and see a glass-blowing demonstrations. Molds are made from terracotta and each stencil is hand cut. The workshop tour is available Monday through Friday, May through October.
11. Stay at the Best Bed and Breakfast Inn on Cape Cod
With so much to do, you’ll need a great place to rest and relax during your Spring getaway to Cape Cod. The Inn at Yarmouth Port is a mid-cape luxury bed and breakfast inn. Our casual, yet sophisticated décor coupled with our multi-course chef made breakfasts and treats daily is the perfect way to spend your vacation. We view your stay at the Inn at Yarmouth Port as an experience we want you to remember forever.
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