Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2021

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Page 120 of 131 119 of bait!), Brewster's fresh local seafood is abun- dant and can be purchased at one of many local fish markets and fine restaurants. Looking for something to do away from the beach? Brewster is home to the renowned Nickerson State Park. The 1,900 acre park of- fers over 400 campsites, including yurt camping (Year-round Universal Recreation Tent). Biking and hiking trails provide scenic paths around beautiful kettle ponds and through pine and oak tree forests with direct access campsites and picnic areas. Located in the park is Cliff Pond, the second largest pond on Cape Cod, with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming. Nickerson State Park is another must-see for vis- itors to Cape Cod – campers and non-campers alike! Brewster is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You can learn to sail at Upper Mill Pond, take a horseback riding lesson, golf on prestigious courses with picturesque views and, of course, enjoy a beautiful day on your bike. The Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22 mile paved bike path follow- ing a former railroad right-of-way from Dennis to Wellfleet, runs conveniently through Brews- ter. Free parking is available at Route 137 and Nickerson State Park in Brewster. The Nickerson State Park Network also contains 8 miles of dedicated bike trails directly accessible from the main Cape Cod Rail Trail. Forgot your bike? No problem. Bike rentals are available at in town bike shops. Another favorite pastime for Brewster visi- tors is watching an afternoon baseball game. Catch the Brewster White Caps, a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League, at Stony Brook School located at 384 Underpass Road. On your way home, stop by The Brewster Store for penny candy and ice cream. Built in 1852, the building has been used as a church, post office and museum, as well as a general store that once sold linoleum flooring and insurance! The store now sells everything from fudge to oil lamps and many specialty items in between. If you're looking for a sense of old Cape nostalgia, you'll find it here. Even on a rainy day, Brewster is a charming town with many things to do. The Cape Cod Natural History Museum, founded in 1954, is an interesting educational center for both chil- dren and adults. The main 17,000 square-foot building is surrounded by vast paths and trails through gardens, woodlands and salt-marshes leading out to Cape Cod Bay. In addition to the permanent exhibitions which are sure to excite children (including a honey bee observation hive and aquarium with native aquatic species), adults will enjoy staff and volunteer guided edu- cational tours of the property. The museum also frequently hosts talks and presentations. The Brewster Ladies' Library is an invaluable resource in the town of Brewster, and another place that's worth a visit. In addition to provid- ing beach reading material, computer access and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Ladies' Library also functions as a cultural hub for the town by hosting lectures, concert series and films free of charge. On a leisurely drive down scenic Route 6A, you will encounter dozens of art galleries that showcase the unique styles of local artisans and offer an opportunity to take a memory of the Cape home with you. In addition to the accom- modations provided by quaint rental cottages, historic inns and bed & breakfasts, eclectic an- tique stores and bookstores also pop up at every turn in the road, capturing the distinctive spirit of entrepreneurship on the lower Cape. At the end of a fun shopping day, Route 6A has several delicious restaurants ranging from casual family fare to romantic gourmet dining. After dinner, Brewster's nightlife boasts live music and shows at the Cape Rep Theatre at 3299 Main Street. Whether your perfect day includes quiet family time at the beach, an active day of outdoor ad- venture or a day full of shopping with a gourmet meal, Brewster is the perfect vacation destination! Photo by William Cannon The Grist Mill

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