Though summer is prime time to visit Cape Cod, the fall and winter does offer wonderful events, things to do, and of course fantastic dining! Enjoy Cape Cod without the crowds and yet the same fun you’d have in the summer.
Fall is of course known for delightful festivals, both indoors and out, and the Fall for the Arts Festival, Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, offers free fun for the whole family! Visit art galleries, museums, theaters, and children’s activities! The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod also hosts a Winter Art Exhibit from January through February.
It’s not fall without pumpkins and October is a wonderful time to pick your own pumpkin at Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth! Pick your pumpkin, take a hayride, and pick up some warm alpaca gloves in the shop during theirOctober at the Farm event!
Enjoy a breath of fresh air, or several, during the Cape Cod Marathon Weekend over in Falmouth! The marathon is on Sunday, October 29 with the half-marathon on Saturday. Many run this race as it’s a Boston Qualifier – and can you really think of anywhere better to run than in Cape Cod?
If you want a little more speed with your fall activity, there’s still plenty of time to make use of our dedicated bike paths, scenic byways, or riding our mountain biking trails. One of the most popular biking trails is the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 25-mile paved pathway from South Dennis to Wellfleet.
With the changing season comes the changing visitors of the flying type: Our migratory birds! Visit the Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable to see the birds in their natural habitat and learn more about the protected species. Another option for wildlife viewing is to see the whales on a Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise before the season ends in October!
We’ll still have sunny days in the fall, perfect for those who want to walk along the beach or take stunning photos of it without having to strategically get groups of people out of the photos.
If you’re looking for indoor fun in Cape Cod, head to one of our many museums to see unique exhibits and collections. Some of our favorites include the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, and the Sandwich Glass Museum.
There’s nothing quite like comfort food in the fall and Hyannis is home to some wonderful restaurants serving up hot dishes full of flavor! We always recommend stopping at Black Cat Tavern, Baxter’s Boathouse, Alberto’s Ristorante, and the Roadhouse Café during a stay in Hyannis. Whether you want to savor the lobster bisque or fried calamari at Black Cat Tavern or indulge in the shrimp and scallops orvietto or lobster ravioli at Alberto’s Ristorante, you’ll be in for a real treat at any of our local restaurants!