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Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center

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Address: Ed Moffitt Drive, across from the Sandwich Coast Guard Station, Sandwich, MA
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Corps of Engineers operated visitor center with educational material about...

Corps of Engineers operated visitor center with educational material about the Cape Cod Canal.

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Engineering marvel.

Stopped here our first day in Cape Cod. Very informative visitor center with plenty of parking. You can stroll the grounds or have a picnic as the ships pass by.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Cary S
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Irwin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here our first day in Cape Cod. Very informative visitor center with plenty of parking. You can stroll the grounds or have a picnic as the ships pass by.

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North Eastham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

You get a welcome feeling as you enter. You can board a full sized tug boat that is inside the building. Displays and info about the Canal readily available. They also have a small gift shop. Friendly staff. Enjoy!

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

We had a really good welcome and shown around by the lady on reception. Interesting museum, quite small. Huge car park, presumably for when important ships go down the canal

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center offers excellent insight into the man-made channel’s origins. The center’s impressively well-designed interactive exhibits entertain young & older kids. They can get inside & Captain a retired 45-foot canal patrol boat "Renier." A 45-seat theater features a movie that tells the story of the canal, the commercial... More 

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Thank ChanEvan
Litchfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

We spent a rainy afternoon exploring the visitor center. The video of the canal's history was very entertaining and educational. It was fun to walk around on the Renier Canal Patrol Boat.

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

I've been visiting the Cape my whole life and now as an adult with my own kids. On a rainy day we visited the Canal visitor center and spent a good hour there! Kids were well entertained with a scavenger hunt and the various activities there and my husband and I enjoyed all the displays and great information about the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

This is a great spot to stroll along the canal (or rent a bike), to watch the boats come and go, and also to get the history of the canal.

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Liverpool, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We called into the center at the start of our visit to Cape Cod, and looking at the photos on the walls and watching the film in the theater really brought our visit to life. We took a walk along the canal itself, it is a lovely place to walk. Great views from the center too from the comfy rocking... More 

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Great history of the cape cod canal! Many programs to choose from in summer including some night ones! Huge boat to climb on, navigation equipment , fishing games, scavenger hunt, free activity books... just a great place to really appreciate what went into building this modern marvel! See the movie too!

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Thank Lydia A
Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Although we had been in here in the past we just stopped in the main room as you walk in and didn't realize that there were other rooms in the back including a theater. It is run by the USACE as they built and maintain the Canal. There is much to see in the museum including an old pilot type... More 

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