Top 10 Things to Do in the Upper Cape


With M.A.S.S. Executive Institute 2018 taking place in Mashpee, many of our attendees take the whole week off to enjoy the Upper Cape. But not everyone knows where to go and what to see.

From local aquariums to clamming in low tide, there is an endless amount of things to do this week. Keep reading below to hear our top 10 favorite things to do in the Upper Cape.

  1. Relax on the beach. This is an obvious suggestion, but a must for anyone visiting the Cape in July. If you haven’t been to Old Silver Beach in Falmouth or South Cape Beach in Mashpee, we highly suggest you check them out. Both beaches are open to the public and have parking nearby.
  2. Go clamming. While you have probably checked out a few of the local beaches, you may not have tried your hand at clamming. Check the local tide charts to see when the different beaches have low tide – the ideal time for clamming. Make sure you bring water shoes to avoid sharp shells and secure a local shellfishing permit if you plan on taking the clams home.
  3. Visit the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. If you are travelling with young children, this local aquarium is a perfect place to escape the heat. With around 140 species of New England marine animals, the aquarium offers a seal habitat, touch tank, and plenty of educational opportunities to learn more about the local aquatic life.
  4. Enjoy the views from Nobska Light Station. Located at the Woods Hole Harbor entrance, this historic lighthouse was established in 1829 and reaches 40 feet high. In the summer, the lighthouse is open for tours every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
  5. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Bill and Ben’s Chocolate Emporium. This small family-owned shop uses family recipes to deliver delicious candy and ice cream to Falmouth residents and visitors. With an abundance of ice cream flavors (and gelato) this local shop is a town favorite.
  6. Eat your fill of seafood. Cooke’s Seafood in Hyannis serves some of the freshest locally sourced seafood, including lobster rolls, stuffed quahog, grilled swordfish and more!
  7. Walk through the Heritage Museums & Gardens. The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is back in town from July 6th to Sunday July 15th. The festival includes daily tours and discussions on pruning, pests and disease control, plant selection, and bloom color control. The festival is free with the purchase of museum admission.
  8. Ride a ferris wheel at the 38th Annual Sandwich Town Fair. The fair returns to Sandwich, MA from July 10th to the 14th, offering rides, attractions, and plenty of indulgent fair food. The town fair opens at 6:00 pm on weekdays (4:00 pm on weekends) and is located at the Sandwich High School on Quaker Meeting House Road. Check out the fair website for a special offer.
  9. Take a bike ride through the Upper Cape. With 10-miles of pathways, the Shining Sea Bikeway is a paved route that takes you through scenic woodlands from North Falmouth to Woods Hole. If you didn’t bring your bike this week, don’t worry – you can rent bikes in both Falmouth and Woods Hole.  
  10. Discover your inner biologist. Take a tour of the Marine Biological Laboratory at the Pierce Exhibit Center, offered Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The tour includes a visit to the Marine Resources Center and a special look at the marine animals studied at the MBL.

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