Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sunday Activity Ideas

Because our ceremony is in the morning and the reception is in the evening, there's about 6 hours of free time during the day. We're hoping everyone breaks up into smaller groups and finds things to do that they like. There are several options from beaches and wildlife preserves to shopping and art galleries. Here are a few ideas:

1. Walking Trails. If you want to walk around the Cape's beautiful scenery, I recommend looking at the Boardwalk Beach in Sandwich or Talbot's Point in East Sandwich. You could even rent a bicycle at ECO Tourz and ride around the town or the many bike trails. Sandy Neck Beach between Sandwich and Barnstable has nice trails through exotic looking dunes and is dog friendly. There are also gardens you can enjoy at the Sandwich Heritage Museum & Gardens nearby.

2. Swimming. If you want to swim, we recommend leaving Sandwich because the water in Sandwich is cold. Old Silver Beach in Falmouth is about 28 minutes away and has warm water, lifeguards, facilities, and concessions. Skaket Beach is about 38 minutes away in Orleans and is also warm and very shallow. You can walk out into the sea for a mile.

3. Historical Sites/Museums. There are several historical sites to visit like the Dexter Grist Mill and several restored houses. You may also want to visit the Sandwich Glass Museum or the Heritage Museum which both have local art and history. The Heritage Museum and Gardens has a functioning, antique carousel and a maze. If you have kids, they may like the Zooquarium in Yarmouth.

4. Shopping. If you want to bring home a souvenir or if you just like window shopping, you may want to try Lemon Tree Village in Brewster. It's about 30 minutes away and they have home decor stores, art and local craft shops, a pottery shop/studio, a specialty toy store, and an old fashioned sweet shop. There are also antique stores lining route 6A up and down the cape, and you can find a bunch of local art galleries in Falmouth.

5. Festivals. There is an art festival 20 minutes away in Barnstable called Art in the Village. There is also a dog festival in Falmouth called Hounds at Highfield from 11:30-4. There is a portuguese festival in Provincetown, but that is a good hour + away.

For more ideas, visit and download the 2009 Sandwich guidebook. We hope you have a great time out here in the cape!

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