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New ideas for our week in Eastham?

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New ideas for our week in Eastham?

We've been vacationing on the Cape for about 4 years and have a weeklong rental in mid-July on the bayside in Eastham (can walk to Kingsbury beach). We have two small children (2 year old and 5 year old).

I see from all the posts that there is a wealth of knowledge on this board. Hoping for some recommendations (in the Provincetown through Orleans area) for new things to try since we seem to always fall back on our typical 'haunts'.

Below is a list of what we have done (and enjoyed) in past years to give you a sense of what new things we may enjoy this year.


*Moby Dick's - We have always had great food and great service here and it is very child-friendly.

*Arnold's - Ok, but we skipped it last year due to long lines and underwhelming/average food.

*Friendly Fisherman - Good food. Thinking of trying more cooking this year and picking up fresh fish/seafood from the market.

*Nauset Ice Cream

*Hole in One Donut Shop


*First Encounter - Nice beach, good for little ones.

*Kingsbury Beach - Short walk from our rental, warm, good for kids.

*Marconi Beach - Fun for a day or two to experience the surf and visit The National Seashore.

*Race Point - Picturesque but a tough walk down those dunes with little ones (and requisite gear) in tow.

Other Activities

*Dolphin Tours Whale Watch - This was fun but had a few bouts of seasickness given 12 foot seas that day.

*Hike around Fort Hill - For the beautiful views.

*Shopping in Chatham and Provincetown

Thanks in advance!

- Brenda

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1. Re: New ideas for our week in Eastham?

Well - a little bit further is the Cape Cod Natural History Museum in Brewster on Rt. 6A which is a great place for kids. Here is their summer schedule: www.ccmnh.org/index.php…

If you go from Eastham you will pass the Brewster Store which is a great place for penny candy and other old-fashioned treats. You can get an ice cream at the Brewster Scoop and sit on the benches in front of the store and watch the world go by.

In Wellfleet - the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre has Puss N Boots:


and there is also the Wellfleet Drive-In

Here is a good website for the whole Cape:


Have fun, hope for the sun!!

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2. Re: New ideas for our week in Eastham?

Thanks so much! The Brewster Candy/Ice Cream shoppe sounds like our kind of thing and so does the museum!

- Brenda

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3. Re: New ideas for our week in Eastham?

Check in at the National Seashore Vistor's Center n Eastham. A couple of years ago my kids did a ranger-directed "course" at the Salt Pond. (Parents went too.) It would be perfect for the 5yo and your 2yo could splash around and carry a bucket and feel like a 'big kid'.

Consider a trip to the top of the Pilgrim Monument. It after a couple of short flights of stairs, it is a series of ramps w/ 2 step in the corner. My daughter climbed up for the first time at 3 1/2. Coming down was a bit difficult, but not horrendous. She picked up speed on the ramps so I had to hold her hand and slowed her down by telling her she had to keep one hand on the wall. A friends climbed just after turning two ... he went up on his own, but was carried down by his dad.

The view from the top is specatcular and young kids are very proud of the "I climbed to the top" sticker they 'earn' for their feat.

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4. Re: New ideas for our week in Eastham?

Monday nights there is a concert on the Green...7:30 I think. On Fridays Chatham has a concert. You might like to go to one of the chowder dinners at the Elks Club in Eastham. Take the kids on the Pirate Cruise out of P-town. The 5 year-old will love it! And you don't have to worry about getting seasick because the boat never leaves the harbor area. Great fun, bring the camera.

Have dinner at Mac's Seafood on the pier in Wellfleet...very casual outside with picnic tables. Great food BYOB for Mom and Dad.

How about the Wellfleet drive in? And go to the Fish Pier in Chatham to see the seals up close as the boats are unloading fish.

There are a host of children's programs at the Salt Pond Visitor's Center. Check it out at www.nps.gov/caco under the Plan your trip tab.

Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary has children's programs too, with hands on activities that are educational and fun.

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5. Re: New ideas for our week in Eastham?

Thank you @yellowbird and @forgotmypword! What great suggestions. Climbing monument sounds great and the pirate cruise would be a HUGE hit as both girls love to play pirate!

Thanks again. Now let's hope the weather cooperates.

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6. Re: New ideas for our week in Eastham?

Brenda, great list..that's enough..instead of running around sit and enjoy the sounds and sea..wonderful...

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7. Re: New ideas for our week in Eastham?

Kingsbury may be the best beach in town, mainly because it is not spoiled by the sand the town dumps in to protect the parking lots for the winter.

Anyway, here's some thoughts:

My family loves Arnold's, going back to their original site. With its' crowds, we have become accustomed to phoning ahead "to go", and then either taking it to a table or back to the cottage. You may feel a little guilty avoiding the long line and wait, but you'll get over it!!

Sundae School in East Orleans is an awesome stop for ice cream. It's out towards Nauset Beach, and they have three other places on the Cape.

Campground Beach has been our kids favorite beach growing up, and now our grandkids. If you haven't been there, the pipe on the North side is a playland for the little ones before and after high tide.

First Encounter has a creek at the south end of the beachside road if you haven't been there, interesting to walk around there. There is always enough water for the littlest ones, and plenty for the bigger ones during mid tide.

Visiting the Windmill is a free option, though not very time consuming.

The Flea Market in Wellfleet is best on a Saturday or Sunday, Wednesday not too bad, but Thursday very slow. Of course they also have the double feature drive in theater if you happen to catch a good movie or two.

Though Hyannis is a drive, and of course can be crowded if the weather is cool or cloudy, but the 5 year old might like the Duckmobile. We just went there last week, and it was very entertaining for our 10 year old granddaughter. The "corny" jokes are endless, and the staff quite jovial.

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8. Re: New ideas for our week in Eastham?

On your way through Brewster for the store and the Natural History museum (both great suggestions), you might enjoy stopping at the Strawberry Patch gift shop. It's in Brewster on 6A. Look for it on your left across from the Sea Pines Inn. Adorable store and the girls will enjoy the maze and the garden trains out back.

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