Active Adventures on Cape Cod and the Islands: Six Must-Try Activities

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 11, 2024 12:30 PMNews
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From the serene beaches of Nantucket to the historic shores of Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and its neighboring islands offer a plethora of activities for those seeking an active and engaging getaway. Here are six of the best ways to explore this beautiful region by land and sea.

1. Sailing Adventures in Cape Cod

Embrace the quintessential New England pastime of sailing in the calm waters of Falmouth, located on the northern side of Cape Cod. Whether you're a beginner hoping to learn the ropes or an experienced sailor looking to navigate the picturesque coastline, local sailing programs and clinics provide opportunities for all skill levels.

2. Whale Watching in Provincetown

Head to the northern tip of Cape Cod’s peninsula to Provincetown for an unforgettable whale-watching experience. Originating as the first recreational whale-watching spot on the East Coast, Provincetown offers close encounters with majestic humpbacks, fins, and minkes at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, especially vibrant from May to October.

3. Hiking the Trails of Martha’s Vineyard

Explore over 220 miles of trails that crisscross Martha's Vineyard, offering diverse landscapes from forest tracks to cliffside hikes. Noteworthy spots include the Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary in Edgartown and the Long Point Wildlife Refuge in Vineyard Haven. For breathtaking views, trek to the Gay Head Lighthouse or the summit of Peaked Hill.

4. Golfing on Martha’s Vineyard

Golf enthusiasts will find Martha's Vineyard an ideal spot, with accessible public courses offering stunning views and challenging play. The Royal and Ancient Chappaquiddick Links provides a relaxed atmosphere, while the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs offers a more refined experience with scenic vistas of the Nantucket Sound.

5. Kayaking and Paddleboarding in Nantucket

The waters around Nantucket are perfect for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, offering a mix of bustling harbor scenes and tranquil ponds. Navigate the mega-yachts of Nantucket Harbor or enjoy the serene waters of Sesachacha Pond. For a secluded experience, venture to Long Pond and explore its rich wetlands.

6. Cycling Through Nantucket

With over 35 miles of bike paths, Nantucket is a cyclist’s paradise. The relatively flat terrain and refreshing ocean breeze make for an enjoyable ride. Notable paths include the scenic Sconset Path and the Madaket Road Path, which leads to the remote Madaket Beach, perfect for a relaxing end to an active day.

Cape Cod and the Islands are not just about scenic beauty and tranquil retreats; they are also vibrant playgrounds for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether sailing, whale watching, hiking, golfing, kayaking, or cycling, the region offers unique ways to connect with nature and rejuvenate the spirit.

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