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Activities on Cape Cod to Enjoy While Staying Cool

Escape the heat on Cape Cod, find activities that keep you cool and comfortable. 

  1. Visit Museums and Art Galleries:

    • Cape Cod Museum of Art: Explore regional artwork in air-conditioned galleries.
    • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum: Learn about the Pilgrims' first landing while staying cool indoors.
    • Heritage Museums & Gardens: Enjoy the air-conditioned galleries and exhibits.
  2. Go to the Movies: Catch a film at one of the local theaters, such as the Cape Cinema in Dennis or the Chatham Orpheum Theater.

  3. Explore Indoor Attractions:

    • Cape Cod Children’s Museum: A great option for families with young kids.
    • Whydah Pirate Museum: Discover the history of pirate shipwrecks in a cool setting.
  4. Shopping: Visit air-conditioned shopping centers and boutiques, such as Mashpee Commons or the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.

  5. Cafés and Ice Cream Shops: Relax in a cozy café or treat yourself to some ice cream. Popular spots include Sundae School Ice Cream and Four Seas Ice Cream.

  6. Aquariums and Wildlife Centers:

    • Woods Hole Science Aquarium: Learn about marine life in a climate-controlled environment.
    • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History: Explore exhibits about local wildlife and ecosystems.
  7. Water Activities:

    • Cape Cod Inflatable Park: Enjoy water slides and pools for all ages.
    • Boat Tours and Cruises: Take a scenic boat ride, such as a whale watching tour, to enjoy the ocean breeze.
  8. Cool Off at the Beach: Go to the beach early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Bring umbrellas, plenty of water, and take frequent dips in the ocean.

  9. Local Breweries and Wineries: Take a tour and enjoy tastings in a cool setting. Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis and Truro Vineyards are popular options.

By focusing on indoor and water-related activities, you can stay cool and still enjoy all that Cape Cod has to offer during a heat wave.

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