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Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center

Ed Moffitt Drive, across from the Sandwich Coast Guard Station, Sandwich, MA
508-833-9678
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Ranked #5 of 16 Attractions in Sandwich
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: Corps of Engineers operated visitor center with educational material about the Cape Cod Canal.
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Gaithersburg, MD
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132 reviews 132 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This "free" Visitors Center is a well run operation. The video show in their theater provides a history of the canal, and is relatively well done. The exhibits, including a rescue patrol boat (inside the building) is very interesting. There are hands-on exhibits on nautical knot tying, and a children's "touch" table of all kinds of sea shells. Adjacent to... More

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oregon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We stumbled upon this canal visitor center by accident and enjoyed the movie and information very much. Free, nice to walk around canal, there is even a bike trail that runs the length of the canal. Good resturant across the street, Seafood Sams

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North Babylon, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

At first the gentleman was a little stuffy but after joking with him he was soo nice and helpful. He showed us some places to visit

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Westford, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Nice surprise. Free. Lots of information regarding the canal. Good short film on the building of the canal. Activities for children. Easy parking. Tug boat inside the Visitors Center. Able to watch up to the minute activity on the canal on monitors. Next to the canal so you can watch the boats/ships/barges go by or you can easily walk along... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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150 reviews 150 reviews
27 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Good experience in understanding the history and maintenance of the canal. Introductory film was well done. Exhibits were a little outdated and in need of attention.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We enjoyed the museum which was extremely interesting. Parking at the canal to watch the boats was great. We walked down a path to the end of the canal which brought us to a hidden beach which was a delight.

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Sarasota, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Stopped by here because narrator on our canal cruise mentioned there was a full size ship inside and sure enough, there was! There are rocking chairs on the front patio with a great view of the canal. Plenty of free parking and restroom facilities available. Many people were relaxing along the bank of the canal.

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Nyack
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

They have a great scavenger hunt for the kids and lots of fun exhibits, including a fishing boat that they can climb into and steer. Fun and educational!

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Boston
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This Visitor Center is a museum of sorts. Lots of good info on the construction of the Cape Cod Canal. Very educational, plan to spend some significant time here. Great for kids too.

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Lockport, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This museum provides an introduction to the Cape Cod Canal, a history of its construction and a greater understanding of its significance in providing safe navigation around the treacherous waters surrounding the Cape. May hands-on activities are provided for younger children; however, my teens enjoyed some of them too. The grounds provided trails along the canal and several picnic table... More

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