Cape Cod Journals

Summer at the Cape with Kids!

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A June 2003 trip to Cape Cod by Sharon1127

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: This journal shares a full week of activities on Cape Cod that will keep families busy and kids interested. There is also a review of Briarwood Resort in Falmouth.

Summer at the Cape with Kids!

Overview

One of Provincetown's Famous Lighthouses Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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This journal will allow you to spend a week in Cape Cod with beach suggestions as well as plenty of activities that both children and adults will enjoy. Since my kids span in age from 4 to 11, I have tried to focus on things that everyone truly loved.Quick Tips: Here is an overview of some terrific places to visit, some of which I will cover in detail within the summary journals: Beaches: Of course there are tons of beaches on the Cape and where you go will be somewhat driven by where you stay. However, be aware that the beach on the east side of the "South Cape" (above the elbow) are directly on the Atlantic, so they will have the biggest waves. Some of our favorite beaches will be liste...Read More

Briarwood Resort

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Hotel

Briarwood Resort Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Briarwood resort is about two miles away from the beaches in Falmouth. Most of the units are townhouse style with two bedrooms upstairs (queen bed in one bedroom and two twins in the other). There is also a full bathroom upstairs. Downstairs is a kitchen, living room with dining area, and half bath. We stayed in one of the 8 or so ranch style units on the property, which we enjoyed more since there were no stairs. It was a bit difficult having only one full bathroom with three kids. The resort is clean and spacious and the staff is friendly. The pool is small but adequate. There is no kiddie pool but the adult pool starts at three feet. As with most resorts on the Cape, this is definitely not ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Briarwood Resort
30 Pine Valley Drive
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
(508) 540-4366

Briarwood Resort

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Hotel

Briarwood Resort Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Best Things Nearby:Famouth is a great location to stay on the Cape for several reasons. It's a short drive in from the "entrance" to the Cape at Bourne Bridge, and it's also far enough in so that you can take a day trip up to the very tip of the Cape (Provincetown) within a couple of hours.Best Things About the Resort:Small resort so everyone can walk to the pool. Family friendly and helpful staff.Resort Experience:Briarwood resort is about two miles away from the beaches in Falmouth. Most of the units are townhouse style with two bedrooms upstairs (queen bed in one bedroom and two twins in the other). There is also a full bathroom upstairs. Downstairs is a k...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2003

Briarwood Resort
30 Pine Valley Drive
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
(508) 540-4366

Hearth'n Kettle

Restaurant | "Hearth and Kettle"

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This is a chain of restaurants; we visited the one in Falmouth. They serve typical family fare, but we thought the seafood was particularly good. Their website is www.hearthnkettle.com.

I had the scrod when we visited. This fish is caught fresh every morning and is a house specialty. It was terrific.

My husband and son had the lobster roll. Lobster roll seems to be served in just about every restaurant on the Cape, but this restaurant's was particularly good. On another night I had a lobster at Hearth and Kettle, which was a little less impressive (you can probably find much better elsewhere).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Hearth'n Kettle
874 Main Street
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02540
(508) 548-6111

Betsy's Diner

Restaurant

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This is an old time diner with a casual atmosphere and great food. The waitress recommended the fried clams (she said they were "killa" and they were!). There are a wide selection of foods offered as in any diner, but the food is much better than your typical diner.

I wouldn't travel from the other side of the Cape to go here, but if you're staying in or near Falmouth, I would definitely recommend it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Betsy's Diner
457 Main Street
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02540
(508) 540-0060

Daniel Webster Inn Restaurant

Restaurant | "Daniel Webster Inn"

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There are actually two areas to eat in this Inn: the formal dining area and the bistro area. We chose the bistro area (more casual), but were able to order off the formal menu as well. The kid's menu was terrific, and they had crayons and placemats to color. The food was absolutely fantastic and we all had different things. I understand the the Sunday Brunch here is particularly good. During this meal, we all had different things and all were good. My husband had steak, and my son tried Lobster Roll for the first time. I had chicken and sampled a variety of flavored coffees that they had on hand. The only negative was that the service was slow. We were there on a weeknight, so I'm no...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Daniel Webster Inn Restaurant
149 Main Street
Sandwich, Massachusetts 02563
(508) 888-3622

Whale watching

Attraction | "Whale Watching off Provincetown -- Cape Cod"

Whale watching Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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We drove from Falmouth to Provincetown to take the cruise because Provincetown was the recommended location. We used Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown. Their phone number is 1-800-826-9300 and their web site is www.whalewatch.com. It's usually best to make a reservation in advance. The photos attached will give you a better idea of what the cruise is like. The boat has a top level (all outside) and a bottom level (inside and outside). In the indoor portion of the boat, there is a food counter, which serves basics like burgers, hot dogs, chili, and, of course, clam chowder! There are drinks (both alchoholic and non) available as well. Even on 90 degree days, it does get chilly out on the water, so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Whale watching
MacMillan Wharf and Fisherman's Wharf
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657

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We took this route up from Falmouth to Provincetown (where we had whalewatch reservations) leaving plenty of time to explore. Here are some of the places we stopped: Mrs. Mugs in Sandwich (all kinds of souveniers for sale) Sandwich Lantern in Sandwich (beautiful handmade lanterns...great if you're a collector like I am.) Hallet's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop (This is a must stop and see--yum) in Yarmouthport Cape Annie's Lighhouse in East Sandwich (wonderful miniature lighthouses among other things! We bought a beautiful throw blanket that had all of the Cape's lighthouses pictured on it). The Brewster Teapot (This place serves scones with strawberry jam and real clotted c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Interesting stops along Route 6A in Cape Cod
Route 6A
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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We only saw six of the ten lighthouses on the Cape, simply because they are so spread out. However, Provincetown has three lighthouses, and the one in nearby Truro was ordered to be built by George Washington! There are also lighthouses in Falmouth, Barnstable, Hyannis, Yarmouth, Chatham, Orleans, and Eastham.

Martha's Vineyard has four lighthouses in Gay Head, West Chop, East Chop, and Edgartown. All are accessible. Nantucket has three lighthouses in Great Point, Sankaty, and Brant Point. All are accesible except for Great Point, which is at the end of a three mile long barrier beach.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Lighthouse Hopping in Cape Cod
Ten Lighthouses on the Cape
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Adventure Isle

Attraction

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This is not really an amusement park in the classic sense, but has lots of activities for kids including kiddie rides, paint ball, miniature golf, go karts, laser tag, an arcade, and bumper cars.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Adventure Isle
Routh 28
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
1-800-53-Karts

Plimoth Plantation

Attraction | "Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth MA"

Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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This is a "living history" museum made up of several areas:

1627 Pilgrim Village: You can wander around and strike up conversations with the folks in the village, who all stay true to characters living in the 1600s.

Wampanoug Indian Homesite: Hosted from a third person (not in character) perspective.

Crafts Center: Watch a craft (i.e. woodworking or glassblowing) being demonstrated.

Shops

[Mayflower II: While this is technically part of the Plimouth Plantation, it had its own admission fee--unless you buy a combo ticket--so I will cover it in another summary.]

Don't forget to ask about why they spell it "Plimouth" instead of "Plymouth"!!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
508 746 1622

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation

Attraction | "Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock"

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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This is a recreation of the original Mayflower, and the boat is actually Seaworthy and has been sailed. There are both in-character folks that will tell you what they are doing on the boat, and third-party narrators that will tell you about the history of the Mayflower II as well as the original Mayflower. There are several areas and levels of the boat to explore, including the sleeping quarters, the gun room and the forecastle. Plymouth Rock is just a short walk down the road. It is fairly unspectacular . . . just a rather small rock with a fence around it that you can stare down at and take a photo of . . . but as long as you're there, you might as well take a look and say that you've seen ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation
State Pier across from 74 Water Street
Plymouth, MA

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Here are some recommendations. Keep in mind that the beaches on the eastern part of the island are directly on the Atlantic and so have bigger, more powerful waves. You may not want that for small children, but your older kids and teens would enjoy it. Old Silver Beach: On Buzzard's Beach in Falmouth. Beaches along Cape Cod National Seashore: CC Nat'l Seashore stretches from Chatham to parts of Orleans and Wellfleet. There are beautiful sand dunes and a wonderful shoreline.Beaches on Martha's Vineyard (take a ferry from Woods Hole, Falmouth, or Yarmouth).Surf Drive Beach: In Falmouth . . . small ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

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Many hands-on exhibits and a large "play-in" pirate ship for the very young children (5 and under). There are some science-based exhibits for the older kids, such as sound bouncing (kids can talk to each other from opposite ends of the room) and optical illusions. There is also a planetarium; however, it was not open the time we visited.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Cape Cod Children's Museum
577 Great Neck Road South
Mashpee, Massachusetts 02649
(508) 539-8788

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Did you know that Cape Cod has a baseball league? We had a great time watching the Falmouth team play. If you're a baseball fan, you should definitely check this out. The games are really fun to watch!