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.


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.

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Notable Attractions: Cape Cod Canal, Cape Cod Railroad Bridge, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Bournedale Herring Run, Aptucxet Trading Post & Museum, Joint Base Cape Cod (Otis Air Force Base), Mashnee Island, Cape Cod Central Railroad, Indian Burial Hill, National Marine Life Center.


The first trading center in America was built in 1627 in Bourne at the mouth of the river (which is now the west entrance to the Canal) and was named Aptucxet, meaning "little trap by the river".

A replica of this is still in place on the original foundation and open in the spring, summer and fall.

Bourne was incorporated on April 2, 1884; until that time it was a part of Sandwich.


  • Scussett Beach: Sagamore
  • Sagamore Beach: Sagamore
  • Monument Beach: on Buzzards Bay Emmons Rd.
  • Monument Beach: Buzzards Bay
  • Town Beach: Buzzards Bay

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


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. See the official Cape Cod Canal Self-Guided Bike Hike here. See the Cape Cod Canal map here.


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.

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

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