Cape Cod Railroad Bridge, Cape Cod Canal, Buzzards Bay, MA.The Cape Cod Railroad Bridge spans the Cape Cod Canal in Buzzards Bay. Photo by John Fitts.

What you Should Know

Straddling the Cape Cod Canal, Bourne (pop. 19,754, 2010 Census) is the gateway to Cape Cod. It is very convenient to Plymouth and other Southeastern Massachusetts attractions, as well as being close to Falmouth and the ferry to Martha's Vineyard.

The Upper Cape Cod town of Bourne includes the villages of Buzzards Bay, Sagamore, Pocasset, and Cataumet, as well as Otis A.F.B.

Why You Should Go

The Bourne Historical Society operates several sites in town, including the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum (right on the Cape Cod Canal), the Briggs-McDermott House and the Alonzo Booth Blacksmith Shop, both in Old Bourne Village.

Bourne's contribution (and it's a big one) to the Cape's festival schedule is the annual Cape Cod Scallop Festival in September. Held at the canal for decades, the annual Cape Cod Scallop Festival is now held at Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth. Each year, more than 55,000 people head to the festival to enjoy live music, fun and of course, fresh delicious scallops.

Folks in Bourne are also big baseball fans and show their pride in supporting their home team, the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

The Bourne Conservation Trust maintains several hiking trails including Bourne Sister's Woodland, Cataumet Greenway, Little Bay and Monks Park. The Cape Cod Canal Service Roads, which runs along both sides of the canal, are wonderful paved stretches for biking, walking, jogging and rollerblading.  Watch the boats big and small cruise through the canal.

Men and women studying at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy train aboard the 540-foot steamship Kennedy, named after the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. 

Biking along the Canal Service Road near Aptucxet Trading Post in Bourne. Photo by Jane Booth.

Romantic Spots

If you want to combine nature and romance, Butterflies of Cape Cod is the place to go. A native butterfly habitat in Bourne, see large, colorful, intricately patterned species flutter from flower to flower as you stroll together through the enclosed butterfly habitat.

Family & Kids

Take the family to Ryan Family Amusements in Buzzard’s Bay for bowling and other fun. A great place for birthday parties or a day out, it has a game room with 35 of the hottest video and arcade games. And the candlepin bowling features bowling leagues, electronic scoring, gutter bumpers and bowling ramps, everyone can bowl a great game.

On a beautiful summer day, what better way is there to beat the heat than by going out for ice cream? For almost eighty years the Somerset Creamery has been serving homemade ice cream the old-fashioned way. Made daily with the finest ingredients available using the same great recipes since its founding, the ice cream can be paired with fresh baked waffle cones. Also available are sundaes, banana splits, frappes, floats and hand packed pints and quarts to bring home.

Travel Tips

Town Information: Town of Bourne, Jonathan Bourne Public Library

Churches: Bay Community Alliance Church, First Baptist of Pocasset, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Beaches: Scussett Beach, Sagamore Beach, Monument Beach, Town Beach

Where to Stay: Vacation Rentals