Earlier this summer we took a family vacation to Cape Cod. I visited the Cape as a kid and have such great memories of it. I was so excited to bring my little crew to check it out. We had the best time and hope to visit again soon.
Here are 10 things we loved about Cape Cod:
Red Jacket Resorts has a few locations on Cape Cod and all are fantastic for families. You can read all about our stay and plenty more details on the properties here. The Red Jacket Resorts really made our vacation the fun, relaxing trip we were looking for. I would highly recommend it.
This is the perfect spot for a family dinner. The food is fantastic, there are plenty of drinks for the adults and the kids meal options/ coloring selection were spot on. It gets pretty crowded (go early) and you can’t bring in a stroller. BUT they have a super casual side of the place (think bar with peanuts on the ground casual) that allows strollers. We sat in the restaurant side in a big, round booth. The kids loved it and my husband and I really enjoyed the meal too.
A friend told us to take the kids to Chatham Candy Manor. He had great memories of going every summer as a kid. We’re so glad we stopped in. It was adorable and had candy I hadn’t seen since I was little, like a lolli pop whistle! The kids were in heaven and picked out plenty of sweet treats. The staff was kind and patient.
Before heading to Cape Cod we heard there are tons of seals in Chatham. My girls absolutely love seals (and all sea life) so I was trying to figure out how we could see them. There are quite a few boat tours, but between the cost and the thought of being stuck on a boat for 2+ hours with fours kids… I had hesitations. Then I heard that you can head down to where all of the fishing boats come in and see plenty of them.
We decided to check out that route instead. It was a major highlight of the trip! Sure enough, as the fishing boats came in to unload their catch, the seals came right up to them. We saw so many seals and it was a blast to watch them swimming all around. You can see a video on @travelwewill We followed directions to Chatham Fish Market and parked there.
The Pancake Man seriously has some of the best pancakes I have ever had. There were so many delicious options and our entire family (besides Miles) had a different kind. The coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice were great too. It’s super kid friendly and the staff is great. The Pancake Man is located in South Yarmouth.
If you are driving down Rt-28 it’s hard to miss Pirate Adventure Golf. It’s located in South Yarmouth. It’s a blast and the kids leave with pirate tattoos and hats. The whole course if entertaining and includes giant pirates and fun pirate facts. My personal favorite is the hole where there’s a pirate “in jail” telling pirate jokes. There’s also a neat gift shop ( I believe they serve ice cream too) attached to the parking lot.
Sundae School is a really cute spot in Dennis for ice cream.
8. Emack and Bolio’s
Emack & Bolio’s is another great spot for ice cream. This spot is in Chatham and has some of the best flavors of ice cream around!
9. Fast Ferry to Nantucket
We took the Hy-Line Cruise fast ferry out of Hyannis to Nantucket to visit friends for a few days. It’s so quick and such an easy experience, that you could even do it for a day trip. We absolutely love Nantucket and the boat lets you right off into town. My kids really enjoyed the boat ride. It’s only 1 hour and there are snacks, drinks, etc on the boat. This would be a great day trip with kids from Cape Cod!
To our surprise, we came back from a vacation with 4 kids 6 and under and felt relaxed! Cape Cod really has a low key, family feel that helps you escape from the business of life. The calm water and beautiful beaches were relaxing and made for such a special trip.