Cape Cod: Free Style

Cape Cod offers so much to see and do that you could literally spend weeks exploring its beautiful beaches, great nature trails, and kayaking the numerous creeks and tidal marshes. Museums are plentiful too, as is live theatre, and music at the Melody Tent and other venues. Not to mention sampling all the fine restaurants, clam shacks, farmer’s markets, and ice cream shops that feature the freshest of local fare. And dare we leave out fun adventures like whale watching, seal cruises, and deep sea fishing.

But what if you are on a limited budget, as many of our guests are? What can Cape Cod offer the frugal traveler or those interested in an authentic experience on their vacation. Plenty. So much that boston.com just released their top “25 Free Things to do on Cape Cod” list online this week.

It got me thinking about our favorite things to do on Cape Cod. As innkeepers we get very little free time, especially during the summer months. But having survived 11 years of running an inn, Rich and I have become fairly adept at carving out time for ourselves and exploring all the nooks and crannies that make up this amazing peninsula we live and work on. We quite often jump in the car and see where it takes us. These little adventures have uncovered some great places to while away an afternoon. And many of them offer no cost or low cost entertainment. Here for your enjoyment and consideration, is our “Top Ten List of Free Ways to Spend a Cape Cod Day“.

  1. Hop in the car and drive the Old King’s Highway (Route 6A), rated one of the “Ten Most Scenic Byways in America”.
  2. Pack a picnic and a good book and spend the afternoon at Fort Hill wandering the trails and enjoying an awe-inspiring view.
  3. Stroll the paved multi-use path along the Cape Cod Canal admiring the numerous boat that ply the water.
  4. Grab a net and head for Paines Creek in Brewster when the tide is low to explore the tide pools.
  5. Walk the beach at Sandy Neck looking for sea glass and heart rocks.
  6. Kayak Chase Garden Creek following the tides for an “up a lazy river” experience.
  7. Take an ice cream cone to the boardwalk at Gray’s Beach for a magnificent sunset.
  8. Climb Scargo Tower and take pictures of Cape Cod Bay from the top.
  9. Take a leisurely walk in the 6-acre Spohr Garden on Oyster Pond in Falmouth.
  10. Ride your bike along the 11-mile Shining Sea Bikeway from north Falmouth to Woods Hole.