Visitors in Cape Cod have no trouble finding interesting activities. From beachcombing on the national seashore to exploring the shops in our many villages to trekking out to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, there’s no shortage of fun. However, we’d like to share a few off-the-beaten path options for our Hyannis, MA lodging guests.

1. Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail
At this point, you are probably wondering why we are suggesting that you head out to a swamp, but trust us, this is one swamp worth a visit. Located in Wellfleet, this trail is a moderate 1.2 mile loop through a forest of pines and stunted oak. For portions of the trail, you will walk through soft sand, while the swampier portions are accessed via a boardwalk. As you walk through the woods, you will find it hard to believe that you are just a half mile from the ocean. This trail is only about 45 minutes away from this Hyannis, MA lodging, and it’s also on the way to Provincetown.

2. Enjoy A Blast From The Past At The Wellfleet Drive-In
These days, it’s hard to find drive-in theaters anywhere in the United States, but Wellfleet boasts one of these gems. The drive-in features a snack bar and dairy bar. This is a perfect evening option for guests who have brought children or pets to our pet-friendly inn in Cape Cod. Additionally, the drive-in serves as the location for a popular flea market on Saturdays and Sundays during the high season. The property also boasts a miniature golf course, which also is open seasonally.

3. Take A Kayak Trip
Cape Cod is the ideal location for kayaking, and a kayak journey is a great way to check out parts of our coastline that aren’t really accessible any other way. There are several companies offering interesting guided kayak tours along the coastline, through tidal rivers, marshes, bays and even on several Cape Cod lakes. As one of the few pet friendly inns in Cape Cod, we also can tell you that dogs are welcome on a few of these kayaking treks. Dogs are welcome on many boat cruises and on the ferries that run from Hyannis out to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

4. Visit Scargo Tower
Want to enjoy a stunning Cape Cod view? Consider heading to Dennis and climbing to the top of the Scargo Hill Observation Tower. If you are enjoying a trek up or down Route 6, this can be a fun stop and definitely a great spot for picture taking. There have been three towers on this spot, and the current tower dates back to 1901. The first two towers, built out of wood, were destroyed by fire. The third time was apparently the charm as the current tower has stood for well over a century, perhaps due less to good fortune than to the fact that the tower was built out of stone.

5. Enjoy A Day At The Farm
Taylor-Bray Farm, which is just a few minutes from Scargo Tower, offers its guests a look at Cape Cod life back in the 17th and 18th centuries. You can tour the restored 17th-Century farmhouse, visit with an array of friendly farm animals, and watch demonstrations of hearth cooking. The Cape Cod Lavender Farm in Harwich is another option, where you can enjoy the view, learn about growing lavender and shop for products infused with some Cape Cod lavender.

6. Godfrey Windmill
Back in the day, this historic windmill (also known as the Chatham Windmill) was used to help villagers grind up grains, such as corn. Today, visitors to Chatham can take tours of the inside of this 18th-century windmill and on certain days of the year, they set the mill in motion and grind corn. Admission to the mill is free, but keep in mind, grinding events may not occur if there is not sufficient wind. Tours are free are held from late June until the end of August on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

If you are searching for a centralized Cape Cod location, a historic Hyannis, MA lodging and pet-friendly inns in Cape Cod, the Simmons Homestead Inn checks all of these boxes. We are happy to accept dogs of all shapes and sizes, so feel free to bring your furry companion along for the trip.