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Plan a Family Vacation to Cape Cod, MA

Plan a relaxing family vacation to Cape Cod with our tips on which beaches to visit, where to eat and where to stay.
 

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Why You Gotta Go: The low-key vibe and cool, salty breezes bring out the beach bum in everyone. But you’ll leap off your towel for the prime-time spectacular: Whale watching! Seeing these gentle giants crashing the waves is a jaw-dropper you’ll never forget. Tours run April through October while the humpbacks summer off the coast. We love Dolphin Fleet, New England’s first whale watch operator, which offers tours daily — boats leave from the tip of the cape in Provincetown.

Which Beach to Choose: These two are beautiful and conveniently located by towns you’ll want to visit: Race Point, near Provincetown, and Chatham Lighthouse, near Chatham. Once the sand is out of your suits, motor a half-hour east to Yarmouth Port to visit the house of author-illustrator Edward Gorey, whose macabre picture books offer a gentle jolt of spookiness. Poke around on your own or join a tour. Gorey’s house has tons of personality and a yard where tots can burn off steam. Kids can also stretch at the Green Briar Nature Center. It hosts a variety of family programs like full moon walks and outdoor storytime.

Chow Down: Feast at Marion’s Pie Shop in Chatham, where the seafood casserole and strawberry rhubarb pie are local gems. Bubala’s by the Bay in Provincetown is the place for fajitas and fish tacos.

Lay Your Head: The Anchor In, located in Hyannis, and the Inn at the Oaks, nestled in Eastham, are super-cozy.

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