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Eastham/Orleans area with kids

Sep 8, 2006  Massachusetts parent of 3 vacationing with friends in Eastham
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

Fun things to do with kids while at the base of the Outer Cape.

  • Category: Recent trip
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. First Encounter Beach

    Easily accessible beach in Eastham with great views. $15 daily parking pass (cheaper for weekly or seasonal passes). I recommend not stopping at the first, main parking lot, but instead drive down to the lot down nearer the inlet (aka the "river side"). At low tide, kids can play and swim safely while the parents can actually sit and read a book! At high tide, grab a boogie board and "ride the current" all the way in - just be careful because it does get deep in many spots and the current is fast.

  • 2. Biking and Hiking

    Grab the bikes and go for a great ride with the whole family on the many bike paths in this area of the Cape. Or if you prefer a small hike, try the Fort Hill hiking trail - you will rewarded with a great view of the Outer Beach when you're done!

  • 3. Pirate Adventures - Orleans

    Great sailing adventure with young kids. Get "tattoos" and pirate accessories and climb aboard a pirate ship for a real pirate adventure around the Town Cove. Hoist the Jolly Roger, find a treasure map and chug some grog, but watch out for Pirate Pete!

  • 4. Orleans Cardinals Baseball

    Catch a Cape Cod League baseball game while on vacation! June and July have plenty of games to choose from, and the playoffs are in early August. The Orleans Cardinals have an outstanding stadium with a very kid-friendly atmosphere, too. The baseball is outstanding as many of these players end up playing professionally. Admission is free!

  • 5. Friendly Fisherman's Restaurant and Fishmarket

    Fantastic seafood (better than Arnold's!) with large portions. Good kids' menu. Great fishmarket if you want to take it home and cook it yourself, too. They have delicious pies, too!

  • 6. Batting Cages and Bumper Boats - Harwich

    A quick drive to Rte. 28 in Harwich will get you to Grand Slam Entertainment. Test your batting skills at one of the many different levels of batting cages (including a slow-pitch softball cage and a wiffle ball one for toddlers). Or have fun complaining that the radar is broken as it shows you how fast (or slow!) you can pitch. Play some arcade games and then cool off with some bumper boats (bring a towel - you could get very wet!).