Here are six kid-approved activities in and around Eastham that the whole family will enjoy.
Ride bikes along the Cape Cod Rail Trail. It runs for 24 scenic miles from Dennis north to Wellfleet, right through Eastham. Along it you’ll find kettle ponds, beaches, salt marshes, bogs, winding creeks and forests. The path follows the old Penn Central Railway tracks. The tracks were removed and the path was paved for all to enjoy. Spring and fall are our favorite times to ride the Rail Trail. Bring a map, and rent bikes if you didn’t bring your own.
Attend a Cape Cod Baseball League game. Admission is free but donations are welcome. CCBL has been channeling players to the pros since the organization was founded in 1885. Its mission always has been to provide low-cost entertainment for families.
Watch a film at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. This is one of our favorite rainy-day activities for kids on Cape Cod. Films about natural history subjects and the development of Cape Cod are shown on a rotating basis. Click here for more information.
Visit a farmer’s market. Encourage your child’s inner Julia Child or Mario Batali. Bring them to a place where they can see what veggies look like when they’re not pre-bagged in cellophane. This list includes farmers’ markets in Wellfleet (located directly north of Eastham) and Orleans (located directly south of Eastham) as well as South Yarmouth, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Osterville, Sandwich and Truro.
Build a sandcastle. Mother natures provides all the raw materials you’ll need. You just need to supply some imagination. Note that lifeguards are on duty at Eastham’s ocean beaches on weekdays from late June through early September and weekends from Memorial Day to the end of September. For more information see Sandcastle Building: A Cape Cod Vacation Classic.
Tour historic Nauset Light for a bird’s eye view of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Free tours of the lighthouse and nearby oil house are available on Sundays from May through late October and Wednesdays in July and August. For more information see Cape Cod’s Nauset Light and a Lesson in Beach Erosion.
(Photograph: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)