The Cape became its own large island with the completion of the Cape Cod Canal in 1914, connecting to the mainland via the Bourne and the Sagamore bridges. Fried clams and salty skin are not all that define the unique land mass; the Cape’s rich culture began long before it became the most sought after summer getaway.
Cape Cod originally served as a beacon for explorers. Esteban Gomez arrived in 1525, Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602, and Captain John Smith in 1614. Today, Cape Cod is an island of modern-day towns sated with history and small-town character. Provincetown, an artsy, eclectic spot teeming with people ready to have a good time, was once just a huddle of huts and was the real landing pad of the Pilgrims who didn’t move on to Plymouth until five weeks later. The town’s diversity today and its link to the past illuminate the magic of the Cape and the hold it has on everyone who visits.
An emblem of the American dream complete with hotdogs, cotton candy, fireworks, and family, the Cape exemplifies the quintessential New England setting, with its endless beaches, its array of antique shops, and a pageantry of lighthouses. No wonder this coastal region is one of the hottest vacation spots in the U.S.
Barnstable, located Mid-Cape, is thriving with a bounty of art, culture, and heritage, from the Cape Cod Ballet and Cape Cod Writers’ Center to the Trayser Museum, which preserves the architectural, cultural, and maritime history of the Cape. Sandwich, located in the Upper-Cape, and one of the first towns established in 1638, is home to the Dexter Grist Mill, the first grist mill in the community, and still in operation grinding fresh cornmeal for visitors. Mashpee, among the final towns established in 1880, is home to the Boch Center for the Performing Arts and the Mashpee One Room Schoolhouse, the town’s first school built just a year after its founding. The National Seashore in Eastham offers 40 miles of beaches, marshes, ponds, lighthouses, wild cranberry bogs, and walking and biking trails. Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, don’t forget to catch a game with an elite team in the Cape Cod Baseball League – with some of the best players in the country, the games are bound to keep you interested!
From the reaches of Falmouth to the dunes of Provincetown, Cape Cod’s sprawling coastline, succulent lobster, and dedication to heritage make it a place to create new memories while appreciating the roots of its foundation. Come see for yourself.