Local Cape Cod things to do and day trips
What to do in Harwich, our area of Cape Cod, without getting in your car:
After a relaxing night sleep in one of our rooms and enjoying the best gourmet chef created breakfast on Cape Cod you will be ready to experience Cape Cod. We can supply you with maps and give you our local perspective on places to enjoy depending on what you are looking to see/do.
Your day could be filled with exploring our area of Harwich by the walking around the nearby historic cemetery, enjoying the neighborhood historic homes, discovering a treasure at the local antique store or corner thrift shop, or wandering through one of the many craft shows in the nearby park.
Our location in Harwich is very close to the bike path, also known as the Cape Cod Rail Trail where you can bike, or walk, for miles. Dennis Cycle Center is nearby and great for bike rentals. Or if you prefer you can walk, or bike, on the nearby conservation area trails. The nearby Cape Cod Lavender Farm is surrounded by acres of conservation, is within walking distance of the B&B and sells all things lavender. You can also walk, or ride, to several nearby cranberry bogs.
The Harwich Historical Society is just three buildings down the street and offers a trip back in time giving a historic perspective of the area. Bird carving enthusiasts can enjoy the recently reconstructed barn of the famous bird carver Elmer Crowell.
In the Summer there are a number of free evening activities which include enjoying the Harwich Town Band, or discovering the weekly musical stroll night in Harwich Port. The Harwich Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for dates of events. Or you may enjoy watching a Harwich Mariners baseball game, (a Cape League team) at the nearby field. Games are free to watch and people come to Cape Cod specifically to watch Cape League teams.
Harwich is home to the first commercial cranberry bogs in the country, and still has productive bogs scattered around town. For a complete understanding of how cranberry bogs work we highly recommend reserving your spot at the nearby Cranberry Bog tour. The tour is a five minute drive from the B&B on the largest organic cranberry bog in Cape Cod. The bonus is that they also have farm animals. If you visit the Cape during Cranberry harvest in the fall, you can see the process in action. To celebrate the cranberry history, each September Harwich sponsors a Cranberry Festival, right down the street from our B&B, with a variety of activities including a parade, craft show and other exhibits.
In Your Car
You are welcome to borrow beach chairs and towels when you head to any of the numerous Cape Cod beaches – either saltwater or freshwater.
Most of the beautiful Harwich beaches are on Nantucket Sound. Nantucket Sound is the Southern body of water between Cape Cod and the Islands and is full of natural beauty and wildlife. Area beaches are known for the fine white sand along with calm warm water. On a clear day off in the distance you may see Monomoy Island. Most beaches on Nantucket Sound have restrooms. Our B&B is near (just 1.5 miles) Bank Street beach.
A quick drive North from the B&B brings you to Cape Cod Bay. The Bay is probably best known for it’s dramatic low tide, which can go out up to one mile. High tide provides wonderful clear warm water for swimming. Low tide offers numerous sandbars, amazing diversity in tide pools, fishing and bird watching. Any time on the Bay is great for relaxing, walking and picture taking .
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, located on the salt marshes of Cape Cod Bay, is a great way to learn about this important body of water. The Museum includes a small aquarium and self guided salt marsh walking trails to the water.
Pleasant Bay, located on the South Eastern side of the Cape, can be found in a small part of Harwich, however is primarily located in the neighboring town of Chatham. The Bay with all it's inlets, islands and ever changing sandbars is rich in diversity and well worth discovering. We highly recommend Chatham Fish Pier, and the Chatham Lighhouse as two places to help you see some of the diversity on Pleasant Bay.
Another big attraction in our part of the Cape is exploring Monomoy Island on a boat while seal watching. Monomoy Island Excursions is about 2 miles from the B&B and offers an ocean tour of Harwich and Chatham. People love the opportunity to discover the Cape from the perspective of being on the water and seeing all the seals is always a bonus.
The Cape Cod National Seashore is incredibly popular and offers six majestic beaches. All beaches are on the open Atlantic Ocean. Each one gives you a sense of an infinite beach and depending on which you choose are backed by sand dunes or tall cliffs. There are no houses, buildings, businesses or roads to be seen once you are on the beach. If you are willing to walk you can almost always find your own piece of paradise, with very few people, at any Seashore beach.
Many people spend a day in Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. Provincetown, or Ptown (as it's known by locals) is well know for the areas unique shops, art galleries and diverse restaurants. The area also offers scenic walking, seaside biking, and great people watching. Because Provincetown in at the tip of the Cape it is surrounded by Cape Cod Bay and the National Seashore beaches. Whale watching is a huge Cape Cod attraction and Provincetown is the place to do it. The Dolphin Fleet is a great way to see the whales because they have naturalists on every boat. In the Summer it is best to make reservations for the whale watching.
If you want to visit Nantucket for the day the closest ferry to get you there is Freedom Cruise Line, in Harwich Port. Daily parking is free. It is a smaller company so the schedule is somewhat limited, however the easy location and free parking are a big positive. If you want more options on scheduling the Steam Ship Authority , and Hy-Line Cruises are two larger companies that run boats out of Hyannis.
If you want to visit Marthas Vineyard you have several options. Hy-Line ferries leave out of Hyannis. Steam Ship ferries leave out of Woods Hole and the Island Queen ferries leave out of Falmouth. The difference? in addition to prices you might want to consider if you prefer spending more time in the car or on a boat. Woods Hole and Falmouth are up to an hour drive, or more, from the B&B by the time you park and take the shuttle to the terminal. Hyannis is less of a drive however longer on the ferry.