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Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center

Ed Moffitt Drive, across from the Sandwich Coast Guard Station, Sandwich, MA
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Ranked #6 of 20 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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Mission Viejo, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
69 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Stopped by to learn about the canal and some local history. They had many displays with detailed information as well as some great things for kids to see touch and explore including a full size boat for the kids and adults alike to climb aboard and explore.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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262 reviews 262 reviews
56 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Despite years of vacationing on the Cape, we'd never before gone to the visitor's center for the Canal. The modest and low-budget exhibit hall -- located right at the northern end of the Canal -- managed to keep us pleasantly occupied for nearly two hours: the film gives a quick intro to the construction of the Cape Canal. There are... More

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Upstate Ny
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

There are activities in the center set up to keep the kids entertained while you have a chance to peruse the displays. It's amazing that it took 300+ years to accomplish the canal from the first time it was envisioned by Miles Standish in the 1600's. Definitely take the time to see the film shown in the theater. I spent... More

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Wonderful spot to take the family to learn about the canal. There are public bathrooms, picnic tables and just a great place to walk and people watch. Lots of fishing along the canal and shorebirds. A nice area to walk the fogs also. Restaurants and the marina are close by.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Excellent displays and explanations about the Cape Cod Canal. Knowledgeable Park Rangers available to help you understand everything. Figure on an hour to see it all.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Well worth the trip - free entry, very well laid out and very interesting and informative. Lots of things to keep children occupied (or an adult with a child's imagination!).

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Alexandria, VA
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331 reviews 331 reviews
145 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This provides the full picture of the early attempts to find a navigable path between the Long Island Sound and Boston Harbor. After considerable debate and some experiments, the Cape Cod Canal was finally dug and then deepened and broadened by the US government under the direction of the Army Corps of Engineers. This intriguing story with narrative accounts, pictures... More

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central mass
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My husband gave me hard time about wanting to stop here. It looks very unimpressive on the outside but don't judge by looks. We both found it very informative and enjoyed the visit. This is a great place to take school age children (8 and older); they can learn while doing a scavenger hunt. Because it is right on the... More

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Albany, NY
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We do not have young children anymore but if we did this is a good place to bring them as there are many hands on activities. That said, as adults and with a large school group touring the same time as when we were there, I was very reluctant to touch any of the displays knowing all those germy little... More

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Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is a great sport for biking, running, or just taking a scenic walk. I live about 10minutes from here and love to bike and run here. I also enjoy taking my 5 year old down here too for a walk and to the playground right next to the sandwich marina. On the other side of the marina is a... More

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