Sandwich & Cape Cod Activities
In Sandwich you can enjoy swimming, boating and fishing at saltwater and freshwater beaches; walking and hiking in more than 1,300 acres of conservation areas; biking and blading along the seven-mile long path at the Cape Cod Canal; shopping in quaint Sandwich Village; visiting the many attractions and museums in town; and golfing at several excellent area courses. Learn more about nearby activities by following the links below:
The Dan’l Webster Inn is centrally located to numerous Sandwich beaches:
Ocean: Town Neck Beach/Boardwalk: Town Neck Road to Wood Avenue. East Sandwich Beach: Ploughed Neck Road to North Shore Boulevard. Scusset Beach: Just over the Sagamore Bridge follow signs to Scusset Beach
Freshwater: Wakeby Lake/Ryder Conservation: Cotuit Road to South Sandwich Road.
This pair of paved paths runs on both sides of the Cape Cod Canal, which separates Cape Cod from the rest of Massachusetts. They are maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, and provide a great place from which to watch vessels of all sizes and shapes going through the canal.
Thornton W. Burgess Museum & Green Briar Nature Center
The Thornton W. Burgess Society is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1976 to carry on the pioneering conservation work of author/naturalist Thornton W. Burgess (1874 – 1965). Mr. Burgess, who was born and grew up in Sandwich, MA., went on to achieve national and international recognition for his children’s stories that teach lessons of conservation and love of wildlife. www.thorntonburgess.org
Sandwich Glass Museum
The Museum interprets the history of Sandwich, which began as an English colonial agricultural community in 1637 and became a great glassmaking center during the American Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. www.sandwichglassmuseum.org
Dexter Grist Mill
A working 17th century grist mill, featuring a 54-inch French Burl millstone. Built in 1654 on Shawme Pond in the town center, the Mill offers tours and sells fresh ground corn on premises.
Sandwich Boardwalk (Currently Closed)
The Sandwich Boardwalk crosses Mill Creek and beautiful marshes, leading to a lovely public beach on Cape Cod Bay. Stretching over 1000 feet in length, the original wooden walkway was virtually destroyed by Hurricane Bob in 1991. Residents and supporters, including The Dan’l Webster Inn rebuilt the Boardwalk by selling over 1700 personalized planks. It remains one of Sandwich’s unique treasures, offering scenic views from the Cape Cod Canal to Scorton Creek.
Heritage Museum & Gardens
& The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens
Located on 100 acres of gardens and nature trails in historic Sandwich, Heritage is the large public garden in southern New England. Heritage offers an annual special exhibition and outdoor art installation, and three gallery buildings featuring permanent exhibits of automobiles, American folk art, historical artifacts, a working carousel, and much more. Family-friendly activities and events take place throughout the season, and children of all ages love exploring the Hidden Hollow outdoor activity area and treehouse. The Adventure Park offers a fun, educational and hands-on climbing experience for all levels. www.heritagemuseums.org
Benjamin Nye Homestead
Dating back to 1685, the original structure has expanded to a saltbox-style house, then enlarged into a colonial dwelling. It has been operated by the Nye Family Association as a museum since 1972, occasionally offering special demonstrations of hearthside cooking, spinning and candle making.
The oldest house on Cape Cod was built in 1675 for Reverend John Smith, his wife Susanna and their 13 children. Purchased by the town in 1950, the house was restored and period furniture added.
Half a million fish, mostly trout, are raised here for the purpose of stocking the state’s many ponds.