The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The Race Point Lighthouse was the third lighthouse built on Cape Cod
The Race Point Lighthouse was the third lighthouse built on Cape Cod | © Susan Candelario / Alamy Stock Photo
Cape Cod is a popular vacation spot for New Englanders – whether it’s hiking, swimming, shopping or visiting the free aquarium, there’s plenty to see and do. Here’s our list of the best, after all of which you can cool off with some ice cream.

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Hiking Trail
Cape Cod: Nickerson State Park / Cape Cod Trail with sign & cyclist
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Get outside and explore the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This 22mi (35km) trail is popular with bikers, horseback riders and adventurers and is the best way to experience the Cape’s natural attractions, all while being adventurous and active.

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Gull Pond

Natural Feature
Gull Pond is Cape Cod’s best-kept secret. Tucked between Wellfleet and Truro, it’s one of the only springs left from the Ice Age and offers a host of activities, including swimming, kayaking and fishing.
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Race Point Lighthouse

Visitors to Cape Cod can stay at Race Point lighthouse in the keeper's house in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It is in the Cape Cod National Seashore.
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Visit this beautiful historic lighthouse for lovely views and to learn about Cape Cod’s cultural history – it was the third lighthouse built on the island. For those looking for a bit of an adventure, it offers tours throughout the summer, making a visit worthwhile.
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These recommendations were updated on August 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.