Dennis

Check out the panoramic views of Route 6A and Cape Cod Bay from the top of Scargo Tower in Dennis. Jane Booth photo.

What You Should Know

Dennis (pop. 14,207, 2010 Census) is a quintessential Mid Cape town offering visitors and residents a bit of everything. Route 6A winds through historic Dennis and features antiquing, dining, shopping and cultural activities. Route 28 offers gift shops, restaurants, mini golf and other fun for summer visitors.

Dennis is made up of five villages: East Dennis, West Dennis, South Dennis, Dennis Port and Dennis. One of the few bi-coastal towns on the Cape, Dennis was incorporated in 1793. The town is named for the area's first appointed minister, Rev. Josiah Dennis.

In 1816 Dennis resident Henry Hall discovered that sand which had blown onto his cranberry vines made for a sturdier and larger fruit. This discovery led to cranberry farming becoming a big business on Cape Cod.

Why You Should Go

As with every Cape town, if you enjoy the outdoors, you'll love Dennis. Dennis has some interesting nature trails and recreation areas including Indian Lands & Conservation Trail, Fresh Pond Conservation Area, Johnny Kelley Recreation Area and Crowe's Pasture. Trail maps are available through the town's Conservation Commission.

Biking enthusiasts and walkers will love the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Maintained by the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22-mile former railroad, runs from Dennis to Wellfleet.

 

The sunsets are glorious at Corporation Beach in Dennis. Jane Booth photo.

Get your clubs out, golfers; Dennis is home to two challenging 18-hole courses, the 72-par Dennis Pines and 71-par Dennis Highlands, both of which are public. For baseball fans, folks in Dennis are also big baseball fans and show their pride in supporting their home team, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

The Dennis Historical Society operates several important historic sites in town including the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum, 1867 West Dennis Graded School House, 1801 Jericho Historical Center and Scargo Tower.

The town also draws a lot of talent including art exhibitions at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and films at the historic Cape Cinema.

The Dennis Historical Society, the town and the Dennis Chamber of Commerce host several summertime and holiday events each year including road races, a sand sculpture contest, outdoor band concerts on the village green, lectures and tours. 

Romantic Spots

Catch a live show together at the Cape Playhouse and Eventide Arts on the Gertrude Lawrence Stage.  The Playhouse, which operates during the late spring and summer, is the oldest professional summer theater in the United States.

Travel Tips

Town Information: Town of Dennis

Libraries: Dennis Public Library, Jacob Sears Memorial Library, Dennis Memorial Library, West Dennis Library, South Dennis Library

Churches: Dennis Union Church, Congregational Church of South Dennis, Grace Church of East Dennis, West Dennis Community Church, New Life Christian Center

Where to Stay: Hotels, Motels & Resorts, Bed and Breakfasts & Inns, Vacation Rentals

Beaches: Chapin Memorial, Cold Storage, Corporation, Harborview, Howes Street, Mayflower, Scargo, Sea Street, Princess, Depot Street, Glendon Road, Haigis, Inman Road, Raycroft, South Village, West Dennis