Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 61 of 147 60 DENNIS Mark Burgess, Board President of the Dennis Chamber of Commerce, says that visitors to Dennis might have a hard time choosing just one beach to visit. "The beaches aren't to be missed," he says. "We have beaches and mari- nas on both sides of the Cape." Chapin Memo- rial Beach, located on Chapin Beach Road on "the bay side" of Dennis, is a family favorite, especially at low tide where visitors can walk up to a mile on the tidal flats of the Cape Cod Bay and search for sea creatures. Chapin Me- morial Beach also offers off-road vehicle trails for those with permits. Further down the road is Corporation Beach on Corporation Road, which also offers calm, warmer waters and great swim- ming at high tide with staffed lifeguards. At low tide, kids can be seen searching for crabs and fish with nets and pails, and couples stroll along the vast, sandy flats. West Dennis Beach, located on West Dennis Beach Road, buzzes with wind- surfing, kite flying and monkeying around on its playground. With a parking lot that fits over 1,000 cars and a beach that stretches over a mile long, guests don't have to worry about finding a place to leave their vehicle to plant an umbrella in the sand. Head to Sesuit Harbor, on Sesuit Neck Road. Here visitors can soak in the sights of Northside Marina and Cape Cod Bay. "That's a blast, especially at sunset," Burgess says. Visitors looking for a taste of Dennis histo- ry might start at the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum, located on Nobscusset Road. The building itself was constructed in 1736 for Rev- erend Josiah Dennis, for whom the town was named; the town purchased it in 1967. Now fully restored, the museum holds a room with a diorama of the Shiverick shipyard and other artifacts from the days when clipper ships were more prominent. The 30-foot high Scargo Tower, at Scar- go Hill Road in Dennis Village, provides guests a view of all of Lower Cape, including Provinc- etown. Originally built as a tourist observatory in 1874, the wooden tower was wrecked in a gale in 1876. The second version of the tower, also made of wood, burned down in 1900; the present version of the tower, built and opened in 1901, is still standing and made of cobblestones. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the Bass River Lighthouse on Lighthouse Road in West Dennis. This lighthouse was one of the last to be erected on the Cape. Built in 1855 on top of a keeper's house, the light flashed every six seconds with a range of over 12 miles, and was utilized by fishing fleets for 60 years. Later, it was acquired as a private residence and then expanded into the Lighthouse Inn in 1933. The Mid Cape region is loaded with fam- ily fun, festive New England eats and miles of beautiful beaches. Mixed with rich history, end- less outdoor activities and things to do during rainy days, each town has something for every- one to relish, even long after they return home. Where will your adventure begin?• Photo by Bob Surrette Sesuit Harbor, Dennis Josiah Dennis Manse Photo courtesy of The Dennis HIstorical Society

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