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Things to Do and Day Trips near Harwich, MA

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A valuable way to explore an area is to ask a local. Take advantage of a local’s knowledge when you stay at Bluefish Bed & Breakfast. One Innkeeper/Owner was born and raised on Cape Cod, the other has been here for more than 17 years, and we know the area.

Staying with the locals will provide you with a lot of information about, and answers to, many of your Cape Cod questions. We have walked, photographed, fished, swam, boated, shopped or eaten in every Cape town. In each guestroom, there is a binder filled with detailed information about our local area and the entire Cape. We have maps and brochures of activities for the area. Over breakfast it is common for guests to share information about their previous day’s biking excursions, restaurant discovery, beach finding or seal encounter. And, check our Events page for scheduled festivals & events.

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What’s within walking distance

These attractions are within walking distance (about one mile or less) of Bluefish Bed & Breakfast.

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Half mile or less

 A small circular walk from the home can bring you past:

  • Old cemeteries
  • Historic homes
  • A small antique store
  • A corner Church thrift shop
  • A local craft fair
  • A bike path, also known as the Cape Cod Rail Trail where you can bike, or walk, for miles. (Dennis Cycle Center is open year round for bike rentals and 3.2 miles from the B&B.)
  • Walking trails through conservation area
  • The Harwich Historical Society just down the street, 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.
  • Cape Cod Lavender Farm, located in the middle of conservation land and sells all things lavender

About one mile 

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Cranberry Bog Tour

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The location of the tour is a five-minute drive from the B&B on a large organic cranberry bog in Harwich. The tour is operated by the owner and, according to our guests, is “very fun & full of information. We had no idea how much work it is to be a cranberry farmer.” Her many rescued farm animals add a bonus for kids and animal lovers alike. If you visit the Cape during Cranberry harvest in the fall, you can see the process in action. Reservations required.

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Chatham Shellfish Oyster Farm Tours

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This hour or more tour, in Chatham, begins at a small facility on Oyster River followed by a barge tour to Oyster Pond. You will see the seed oysters, the nursery and area where the final growth happens. The tour ends with harvesting your own oysters and enjoying them at the private raw bar on the River.

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Chatham Fish Pier

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The working fish pier offers a second-story observation deck for visitors to enjoy the view and ask questions of the seasonal Pier Host. The observation deck is above the fish offloading spot. The seals swim & float among the boats, right under where you stand on the deck. And, the view of the harbor, outer beach and boats is incredibly beautiful and picture worthy.

Shiny grey seals sunbathe on the beach next to the water.

Seal & Monomoy Island Tours

A popular attraction in our part of the Cape is exploring Monomoy Island, a National Wildlife Refuge sandbar island, on a boat or while seal watching. The Island is diverse with birds & sea life and is only accessible by boat. Yes, you can get a boat shuttle to and from the island for a very peaceful beach day. Plus, you get the opportunity to discover the Cape from the perspective of being on the water.

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  • Monomoy Island Excursions departs Harwich and travels along the coast of Nantucket Sound to Chatham and where the seals are found. This journey offers a fantastic coastal view of Harwich & Chatham.
  • Blue Claw Boat Tours leaves Orleans and tours Pleasant Bay while making the cruise to see the seals. Departing from Orleans offers a truly extensive journey through the Bay, a wonderful way to discover this amazing body of water.
  • Beachcomber, leaving from the Chatham Fish Pier, offers the most direct route to seeing the large number of seals or a round trip “shuttle” to Monomoy Island.
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Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

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The museum of natural history is located on the salt marshes of Cape Cod Bay. A visit is a great way to learn about the Bay and discover the local land, air and sea life in the small ‘hands-on’ aquarium. The salt marsh walking trails that lead to the Bay are a fun way to explore and observe the habitat and test your knowledge.

The Osprey Cam

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Whale Watching

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Whales are abundant and popular on Cape Cod. We recommend departing from Provincetown on one of the Dolphin Fleet boats. They have naturalists on every boat and boats depart often. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Yes, there is an option to depart from Barnstable Harbor with another company; however, the whales are often off the coast of Provincetown, so less time on the water leaving from P-town. Plus, we highly recommend spending time in P-town.

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Visiting Nantucket

The island of Nantucket is located about 27 miles of the coast of the Cape. Many people enjoy a one-day visit to the island.

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Day trip to Martha’s Vineyard

If you want to visit the island of Martha’s Vineyard for the day, then you have several options. The difference? Price, for one. The amount of time in the car versus on the boat is the other. From the B&B, Woods Hole and Falmouth are up to an hour drive (they are located closer to the Vineyard) and a shorter ferry trip. From the B&B, Hyannis is less of a drive, however, longer on the ferry. For each location, you will need to account for the time it takes to park and possibly wait for the transfer shuttle to the ferry terminal.

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Cape Cod Shopping

Shopping can be very individual, you are looking for a specific thing, size, color or store. Below are some areas where shopping is centralized & walkable. Cape Cod has mostly locally owned stores with unique shopping opportunities. When you are our guests and you tell us exactly what you are looking for, then we can better customize our recommendations.

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  • Harwich Port – just one mile from our location with several boutique stores and restaurants.
  • Chatham Center – this walking village about six and a half miles from our location offers boutique clothing & shoe stores, eclectic collectible shops, art galleries, book store, housewares and many more options. The Center also offers a variety of restaurants.
  • Lemon Tree Village – this small shopping complex in Brewster includes a cook shop, chocolate factory, boutique clothing, pottery, Amish-made furniture and much more.
  • Provincetown – a very well-known town for its diversity of shopping and restaurants. A fun, eclectic, diverse and welcoming town with a very lively vibe. You will find candy, leather, clothes, shoes, art, jewelry, pottery, show gals & guys and much more than you ever expected right in this small town on Cape Cod Bay.
  • Mashpee Commons – if you are looking for a traditional outdoor walkable mall, this is where you’ll find it on Cape Cod. From the Gap to Pottery Barn, many of the chains are found here.
  • Downtown Falmouth – a walking downtown shopping area with a wonderful French bakery and a variety of shopping including a surf shop, home goods, men & women’s boutique clothing and more along with restaurants.
  • Cape Cod Mall – in Hyannis, is your typical indoor mall with the Gap, Macy’s, Best Buy, etc.
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