While vacationing on Cape Cod, families will almost certainly want to get out on the water as much as possible. Be it fishing, boating, or just a simple dip, here are some of the best water related activities on Cape Cod!
Swimming. The most common water activity on Cape Cod is of course taking advantage of the many wonderful beaches that make-up the area. There are many beaches along the bay and ocean that are great places for spending the day (here are suggestions for beaches on the Outer, Lower, Mid, and Upper Cape). If you have small children, going to the bay is advised, since the water tends to be warmer and calmer. For big waves, check out the beaches of the Lower and Outer Cape on the ocean side.
Ocean side beaches in towns that lie on Nantucket Sound tend to be relatively calm, so they are also fine for young families.
Another option to explore are the many ponds of Cape Cod, including Sheep Pond in Brewster, the various kettle ponds in Nickerson, Flax Pond in Dennis, Long Pond in Wellfleet, Joshua’s Pond in Osterville, Snake Pond in Sandwich, Wakeby Pond in Mashpee, and many others.
Fishing. Of course another famed Cape Cod activity is fishing. Whether you choose to fish off a beach, a jetty, or a boat, the bounty of the ocean is quite plentiful (some of the ponds listed above are stocked as well, so you can fish their waters, just be sure to have a license for ANY fishing).
A no fuss way to fish while vacationing on Cape Cod is to go out on a fishing charter. These excursions are fun, crew members can give you tips on how to fish, you won’t have to handle licensing, and most offer cleaning services for whatever you catch. The charters also know some of the best spots, so you are more likely to get a bite!
Kayaking. Whether you are an experienced kayaker or someone looking to try it out for the first time, the right kayaking outfit for you is on the Cape. Some places to rent a kayak include Goose Hummock in Orleans, Rideaway Kayak in Sandwich, Cape Cod Waterways in Dennis, Bass River Cruises and Kayaks in Dennis, Flyer’s Boat Rentals in Provincetown, Ecotourz of Sandwich (also offers guided kayak tours), Aquasport of Dennis (also has jet ski rentals!), and the Chatham Kayak Company of Chatham.
Many places that rent kayaks also offer lesson, so just ask when you go to rent your boat. Some people prefer to kayak in fresh water (calmer water tends to make for an easier time) and so they head out to ponds. Kayakers can also check out the various inlets of the Cape (a popular spot tends to be the inlets at Fort Hill in Eastham). Other people, usually those with more experience, will head out on the ocean or bay with their kayaks, taking in the salt spray and battling the waves.
Sailing. For those who like boating, but without all the paddling, sailing may be more up your alley. If you are already experienced, renting a sailboat and hitting the water is the way to go. If you have limited experience (or none at all) consider taking a lesson. Some places that offer lessons are the Cape Cod Sailing School in Falmouth, Cape Sail of Brewster, the Buzzards Sailing School of Falmouth, Outer Cape Sailing of Wellfleet, Yarmouth Sailing Lessons run by the town, and Flyer’s Boat Rental of Provincetown. Most of the businesses that offer lessons also rent sailboats, so check out the website of the one nearest you!
Tours on Water. Another option for watery fun is to take a tour out on the high seas. While Ecotourz of Sandwich (listed above under “kayaking”) offers guided kayak tours, there are plenty of other tours available. Some of the aforementioned fishing charters also offer eco-tours of the coastline, so click the link listed there for more information.
No matter what your fancy, there is something for you and your family on Cape Cod. Depending on the length of your vacation, try out several of the activities listed above!