Every vacation deserves a special treat or two! These Cape Cod attractions are well worth splurging on the cost of admission.
Whale Watching -- Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offers some of the best whale watching in the world. Go on a Cape Cod whale watch cruise from Barnstable Harbor or Provincetown. April to October. Adults $40 and up.
Broadway Quality Theater -- Enjoy a show at the renowned Cape Playhouse in Dennis, where many famous names from stage, screen and television began their acting careers - and the stars still perform today. June to September. Ticket prices vary by performance, from about $29 and up.
Sailing Cruises -- Thankfully, you don't need a boat of your own to enjoy this favorite of Cape Cod activities. Sailing cruises and charters are available from late spring to early autumn, from many local harbors and marinas. From about $35 per adult.
Play a Round of Golf -- I've never been a golfer, but my friends who love whacking a little white ball around a big patch of green tell me that Cape Cod golf courses are some of the best courses in the northeast. With our temperate climate, you can often golf here all year long. Greens fees vary by course, from $20 per round and up.
Tour the Dunes -- When it comes to memorable Cape Cod activities, exploring the dunes ranks right up there with the best. Art's Dune Tours has been showing visitors the wild side of Provincetown's dunes since 1946. Seasonal, from $26 per adult for hourly tours to $89 for sunset clambake tours.
Go Soaring -- Whether you prefer gliders, bi-planes, or Cessnas, an aerial tour will give you a view of the Cape that can't be matched by sightseeing on land. Year round, from about $125.
Ride The Rails -- Board the Cape Cod Central Railroad for a scenic ride through quaint towns and villages. Specialty train rides include a family supper train with special kids' activities, a Sunday brunch train, an elegant dinner train, and even a Murder Mystery train. Seasonal (May-Oct), with a special occasion trains for Thanksgiving dinner and New Years Gala. Adult fares from $19-$70+, depending on the excursion or special event you choose.
Deep Sea Fishing -- Arrange a private fishing charter or join in the fun on a fleet boat. From early spring to fall, you can fill your days with tight lines and tough-fighting fish. Most charters are seasonal only. Fares average about $35 per person and up on a head boat. Private charters can run anywhere from $300 - $3000, depending on the size of the boat and the length of the trip.
Windsurfing -- Brisk prevailing breezes bring us the perfect conditions for windsurfing, and for one of the most cutting edge Cape Cod activities - kiteboarding. Bring your board and fly across the waves to your heart's content. If you plan to rent a board (seasonal only), expect to pay about $35 per hour.
Lobster Roll Cruises -- A vacation in New England isn't complete until you've chowed down on some fresh-caught lobster. A Lobster Roll cruise from Sesuit Harbor is a fun and tasty way to get your "lobster fix", along with a scenic cruise on the Bay. Seasonal only. $30+ per person, depending on which cruise you choose.
Parasailing -- Parasailing is one of the few Cape Cod activities that requires a little more nerve than I happen to have. But if you're game to take to the air, a parasail adventure will give you an amazing birds-eye view! Seasonal only. Rates vary by length/height of ride.
Cape Cod Melody Tent -- During the summer months, the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis hosts a wide range of well-known performers (past season's lineups have included Bonnie Raitt, Trace Adkins, Ziggy Marley and Darius Rucker) in an intimate setting where all seats are within 20 rows or less from the stage. Performances from June to September. Tickets prices range from as little as $10, to over $60 per person, depending on the show.
Seal-Sighting Tours -- Families of seals are a common sight in our waters and out on the barrier beaches. Get up close to these adorable critters on a guided seal-sighting tour. Tour boats operate in season only. Adult fares begin around $30.
Rent a Power Boat -- Find a secluded spot for an afternoon swim. Cast into a school of feeding bluefish. Or just go cruising. Power boat rentals give you the freedom to enjoy lots of aquatic Cape Cod activities at your own pace. Seasonal, from about $375 for a half-day.
IMPORTANT: Schedules and prices shown on this page are for general guidance only. The providers of these attractions may change their rates and operating schedules at any time, without notice. Please be sure to confirm all information directly with the provider before making any plans.