Cape Cod Attractions
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Live like a local insider tips
The Captain Freeman Inn is located in the quaint Sea Captain’s town of Brewster, Ma. Everyone loves our small town for it’s central and quiet bay side location. Shown below are some of our favorites spots along with our “live like a local” secrets:
Most guests coming to Cape Cod during the summer months are coming for our beautiful beaches, noted as some of the most beautiful in the world.
Brewster Beaches- we are famous for our Brewster Flats which is a phenomenon created by the ebb and flow of the daily tides every 6 hours when the water recedes over 1 mile in the bay to reveal sandbars, clam beds and tidal pool sea life. Our tidal clock at the inn will help you plan your beach experience to include swimming at high tide or leisurely beach walks at low tide. If you are going to Breakwater Beach which is just a short stroll from the inn, you do not need to worry about parking permits. If you want to enjoy the other beaches in Brewster a parking permit is needed during the summer months.
Parking Passes are required at all of these beaches from the beginning of June until he day before Labor Day, 9 am – 3 pm daily! No fees for walkers or bikers. Passes are on sale daily from 9 am – 3 pm at Brewster Town Hall, 2198 Main Street in the Information Center: call 508-896-3500. There are no attendants at town beaches and the fine for parking without a pass is $30 per violation.$15/day; $50/7-day week
Since Breakwater Beach is so close to the inn, we have back- pack beach chairs and umbrellas for you to use for the short walk to the bay. Another favorite is Mant’s Landing which is usually less crowded and you can walk to Paine’s Creek to enjoy the stream currants that feed into the bay from that beach.
The National Seashore maintains a wonderful visitor center in Eastham, the Salt Pond Visitor Center, where you can visit with rangers to decide on your beach choice for the day. Sometimes you can see seals that love to sun on the many sandbars. Marconi and Nauset are our favorite but they all have unique and wonderful features that include breathtaking sand dunes and miles and miles of preserved beaches. When going to the larger beaches you can purchase your parking pass at the entrance.
Whale watching and Dune Tours in Provincetown
Cape Cod is known to have some of the best whale watching in the world. We like to recommend the Dolphin Fleet out of P’Town which offer a wide spectrum of educational tools that go beyond the “average whale watch”. All trips are designed to enhance awareness of whales, other marine life and the marine habitat that surrounds us. After your whale watching adventure be sure to stop at the Lobster Pot restaurant and the Portuguese Bakery to “Live like a local” After your lunch or snack consider a tour with Art’s Dune Tours where you’ll explore historic sand dunes on the protected lands of Provincetown Cape Cod National Seashore in their well suited suburbans.
Donna and Byron’s favorite Spots
Chatham Pier Fish Market – Watch the fishermen bring in their catch daily starting at noon. Bring your camera and watch the seals come try to catch the fish that fall overboard. Grab a lobster roll or bowl of chowder from Nickerson’s Fish Market while you’re there!
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge – The best walking beach in the area with a visitor center and a Mecca for bird enthusiasts. Avoid high tide and walk for miles along the shell dotted shoreline.
Great Island in Wellfleet – enjoy a great walk that is beach on one side and forest on the other. Afterwards enjoy a great meal at the Bookstore Restaurant or Winslow’s Tavern.
Cape Cod is known for our many Light Houses. Check out our blog where you can learn detailed information about each one. Our favorites include the historic Three Sister Lighthouses, Nauset Light and Chatham Light House
Day Trips to the Islands
Nantucket This quaint island can easily be visited in one day and is a great choice when wanting an unhurried old world experience as the island still has the original cobblestone streets and a whaling museum. We love to bring our bikes and enjoy the beautiful bike path along with 80 miles of public beaches. There are several choices of ferries to reach the island, and we usually recommend the smaller Freedom Cruise lines out of Harwichport (8 miles form the inn). It is an 80 minute passenger only ferry with limited morning and afternoon times. Larger boats are available out of Hyannis (16 miles)including
The Steamship Authority which operates both a high speed (1 hour – passengers only) and traditional ferry services (2 hours & 15 minutes – cars and passengers). HY-LINE Cruises also operates high speed and traditional
Once on the island, we recommend Gail’s Tours as a way of getting an overview of the island. Gail grew up on the island and her 1 ½ hour-long tour is fun and informative.
Martha’s Vineyard This island is larger and more commercial, with its five distinct towns. There are several ferry options and we usually recommend a little longer drive to Woods Hole, where the ferry ride is less expensive and shorter. From Woods Hole (46 miles from the inn) theThe Steamship Authority operates service to Oak Bluffs (45 minutes – passengers only) and Vineyard Haven (45 minutes – cars and passengers). If you prefer a shorter drive and longer ferry you can use the HY-LINE Cruises which operates service to Oak Bluffs – high speed (55 minutes – passengers only) as well as traditional ferry services (1 hour & 40 minutes – passengers only). Once on the Vineyard, Island Transport operates a 2 ½ hour-long tour from Oak Bluffs; there is also bus service from Vineyard Haven and Edgartown.
Our innkeeper concierge is always available to help you with tickets and schedules.
Cape Cod is well known for it’s beautiful golf courses. If you ask a professional which one they prefer, almost all will agree the best course on cape cod is right here in Brewster….
The Captains Golf Course is Cape Cod’s premier public golf course facility, located in Brewster, MA, which is known as the “Sea Captain’s Town” and “Golf Capital of the Lower Cape.” The Captains Golf Course features two championship eighteen hole courses – Port and Starboard.
Cranberry Valley Golf Course This magnificent, full-service 18 hole municipal golf facility located in Harwich, Massachusetts offers a championship layout designed by noted architects Cornish & Robinson.
Dennis Pines & Dennis Highlands Golf Courses The Town of Dennis has two of the finest golf courses on Cape Cod! Dennis Pines and Dennis Highlands are open to the public on a year-round basis, depending on weather, with one course closed from December through the end of March
Theatre, Music and the Arts
Enjoy a show or concert during your stay. Cape Cod attracts many talented artists.
Cape Playhouse The legendary Cape Playhouse has been bringing Broadway actors to Cape Cod for nearly 80 years. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of the Stars”, the Cape Playhouse has attracted a long litany of famous actors since its inception in 1927 which includes afternoon and evening performances.
Brewster Band Concert Every Sunday at 6pm the Brewster Town Band plays in the Drummer Boy Park. Bring a beach chair and relax before going out to dinner.
Cape Cod Melody Tent The Cape Cod Melody Tent presents world-class entertainment in an intimate theatre-in-the-round where every seat is within 50 feet of the stage. What a perfect time to enjoy some of your favorite younger year talentsJ
Cape Rep Theatre Founded in 1986, our local theatre in Brewster continues to amaze us with the quality of their performances which run from May –December with 4-5 plays and an outdoor theatre for the children in the summer.
Visit one of the many museums in Cape Cod during your vacation to learn about Cape Cod’s history and important landmarks.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Just down the road from the inn is a wonderful volunteer base museum that gives back so much to our small community. Enjoy a nature walk down to the bay through the Wing trail, view an osprey nest, learn about birding or just enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds this small town treasure. They are passionate about helping others understand our natural environment through discovery and learning and being stewards of conservation land.
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum captures the years JFK spent at the family compound in Hyannis Port – his time with family and friends, and with national and international persons of prominence.
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Learn about the rich history of the wireless communications on Cape. The museum has an original enigma machine along with tidbits of Guglielmo Marconi and his life.
Heritage Museums and Gardens The Heritage Museum is famous for Rhododendrons that bloom throughout the beautifully landscaped grounds. Don’t miss the Antique Automobile Collection that is displayed in a Shaker round barn and an operating hand-carved carousel within the park. They also just added an adventure park complete with a zip line.
Cape Cod Museum of Art– A wonderful local collection of art with many educational and outreach programs.
Cape Cod offers some of the best fishing in the north along with having plenty of yummy local lobster available in our local eateries. We would be glad to “hook” you us with any of the following charter services:
First Line Fishing First Line Fishing in Chatham offers more than 20 local fishing guides with a wide array of choices including offshore tuna trips, inshore striped bass and bluefish fishing, kayak estuary fishing , flat boats and beach surfing.
Adventures in Cape Cod Sports Fishing Located at Saqutucket harbor in Harwich Port, Massachusetts, Captain Len Greiner has been running Sportfishing Charters, Eider Hunts, and Seal watches for years. His knowledge, expertise and sense of humor will ensure you have a good time no matter which you choose.
Rock Harbor Charter Service is on the bay side in Rock Harbor. (make sure to check out Captain Tassies afterwards for a great lunch) This charter has 14 fully equipped charter boats that fish the waters of Cape Cod Bay for striped bas, bluefish, shark and Bluefin tuna.
Day Trips over the Bridge
for guests looking for an adventure off our peninsula, we have several day trip recommendations including the New Bedford Whaling Museum (60 miles)which is a large exhibit of art and history worthy of a half day visit.
The Plimoth Plantaion (44 miles) is located in the picturesque seaside community of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Home to the “birthplace of Thanksgiving,” the plantation is a living history museum that portrays life in Plymouth as it was in the 17th century.
For those die hard shoppers, enjoy great bargains at the Wrentham Outlet Mall (81 miles form the inn) which is about miles from the inn.
We love to recommend Captain Bob for our guests wanting a sailing adventure on Nantucket sound. His beautiful Sabbatical is a cutter-rigged classic and he offers private sailing charters and a variety of learn to sail programs. Bob has been a Coast Guard Licensed Captain since 1983.
Many of our guests bring their bikes to enjoy our wonderful bike paths that grace many parts of the Cape. Check out our blog where we detailed each path. We have a safe and protected place for you to store your bikes in the back of our building.
For bike rentals we have a wonderful business in Brewster that rents well equipped bikes and supplies. Cape Cod Rail Trail Bike and Kayak. Not to be missed is the wonderful bakery next door, Eat Cake for Breakfast and the Mexican restaurant just across the street, El Guapos.
The Cape Cod Baseball League is arguably the most respected amateur baseball league in the country. Some of the finest college ballplayers from around the country are invited to spend the summer on the Cape and play on one of the teams. Major League scouts are among the spectators at Cape League games as the baseball stars of tomorrow take the field. We have had several scouts stay at our inn and there is nothing like bringing a picnic and beach chairs to enjoy a good old fashion baseball game. Check out for the current schedule
Local Attractions here in Brewster
Nickerson State Park has 1900 acres with miles of hiking trails and bike paths. The Cape Cod Rail trail runs through the park with beautiful “kettle ponds” that formed as glaciers retreated over 10,000 years ago.
Brewster General Store- just a few steps from the inn is our treasured old fashion general store. Enjoy a cup of coffee on their porch or an afternoon ice cream.
Brewster Grist Mill- During the spring the herring migrate from the ocean up to Mills pond where they lay their eggs. It’s a sight to be seen as many seagulls are waiting for their afternoon meal as the fish migrate upstream. This is also a great attraction year round as there are walk paths around the mill to the lake.
Lemon Tree Village- Most things in Brewster are very non-commercial and we love the galleries that are sprinkled along historic homes on the Old Historic Highway. There is one small shopping village in Brewster that has wonderfully unique stores including a kitchen store, La Bodega clothing, an old fashion toy store and a Wood Gallery of furniture made by the Amish….just to name a few.
Brewster Book Store- We have a wonderful old fashion book store in Brewster that has a wonderful collection of children’s books along with many great choices for adults too.
Crosby Mansion- this historic building is being restored thanks to the Friends of the Croby Mansion. Check out our blog post for the interesting history and their web site for when the mansion is open for tours. Even when they are closed it’s fun to read about the history on-line and then walk around the property and to peak in the windows (it’s OK- they don’t mind)
Brewster Historical Society- has a new home in the newly renovated Captain Elijah Cobb, which is just a short stroll from the inn. The Brewster Historical Society, established in 1964, collects and preserves the artifacts and history of Brewster to ensure their future accessibility. The Society also maintains a restored 18th century windmill and house and a blacksmith shop in Drummer Boy Park in Brewster.
The Birdwatcher’s General Store in Orleans is worthy of a visit. The store is filled with every kind of bird book, food, houses and feeders imaginable. Afterwards enjoy a lobster roll at Sir Crickets next door- out of this world!
Festivals and Fairs
Depending on when your vacation is there are multiple fun fairs and festivals in Cape Cod and Brewster, MA.
The Barnstable County Fair is an annual summer tradition on Cape Cod. There are animal shows, 4-H demonstrations, petting zoos, horticulture displays, rides, games, live music, arts & crafts, food and commercial vendors with various arts and crafts for sale.
A week long celebration of spring, flowers and fun in the town of Brewster. Featured are a parade, a 5K road race, arts, crafts, and antiques.
The Provincetown Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing independent American and international films, nurturing aspiring independent filmmakers, honoring industry luminaries, and preserving and sustaining cinema as an art form through educational forums.
Brewster for the Holidays– a wonderful celebration of the upcoming holidays that is always on the first weekend of December. The event includes and old fashion concert, caroling, craft shows and so much more.
Portuguese Festival, the Blessing of the Fleets
A wonderful celebration toward the end of June complete with a parade and incredible food.
These are just some of our favorites but check out the following resource for current schedules of other festivals- www.capeevents.com