Dennis is a quaint Cape Cod town that lies between the north and south sides of
Cape Cod. With Nantucket Sound to the south and Cape Cod Bay to the north, this
Mid-Cape town actually includes five villages: Dennis, Dennis Port, East Dennis,
South Dennis, and West Dennis. It is home to a multitude of restaurants, beaches,
museums and theaters. Adventures await you in Dennis - you will just have to decide
which adventures to partake in. So, go ahead and choose your perfect day in Dennis!
Here are some suggestions:
It’s morning in Dennis, and you have just awakened after a restful night’s sleep
in your lovely, comfortable vacation rental: time to pour yourself a cup of coffee
and head out to the deck. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the sound
of the water lapping upon the nearby beach can be heard. Ahhh, another glorious
day in Dennis on Cape Cod!
Kayak or ride paddle boats down Swan River in Dennisport
What will you do first? Perhaps a morning
kayak trip through the bays, inlets, marshes, and tidal rivers, cast a line
from the beach, or hop aboard a fishing boat charter and head to the deep waters
of Cape Cod Bay for some
Looking to stay on dry land? Then
rent a bike, or put on your running shoes and explore the Cape Cod Rail
Trail, or hit a
pilates class and get in a great workout!
Sea Street Beach in East Dennis
With your early morning activity complete and the day nicely warming up, it’s time
to head back to your vacation rental and get into your bathing suit to enjoy some
refreshing time in the water. The only question is, what type of water are your
looking for? Will you hit one of Dennis’ beautiful, warm Nantucket Sound beaches,
a calmer, shallower Cape Cod Bay beach, or perhaps you prefer a freshwater lake
or pond? (view Dennis
beaches) Or you might choose to stick close to home and enjoy the comforts
of your own private pool? Wherever you choose, a relaxing and enjoyable time is
sure to be had as you bask in the Cape Cod sun.
Because you are on Cape Cod time, you have left your watch at home, but your stomach
tells you it’s time to eat. Lunchtime. There is no shortage of options for lunch
- you just have to decide. Head to your vacation rental kitchen and prepare yourself
a lunch from items picked up at a local farmer’s market or at the
CapeAbilites Farm? Or maybe lunch out sounds fun. Try the
Kream-n-Kone for their famous fried clams, The
Wee Packet for some of the freshest homemade food around. Or you
can always just grab a slice of delicious pizza from
Paradise Pizza. Browse our Vacation Planner for many more
Dennis dining options.
With a full belly, it is time to explore all the great things Dennis has to offer.
You can head to the
Cape Cod Museum of Art or the
Dennis Historical Society. You can also stroll around the area admiring
the former sea captains’ homes located on Main Street in South Dennis, or enjoy
window-shopping among the quaint shops of Dennis Village.
View from a 30 foot tower, Scargo Tower, in Dennis MA
Next up, grab a quick cup of coffee and a sweet treat at a local bakery such as
Biscotti, and head off to see some famous local landmarks.
Scargo Tower is a 30 foot tower located on the highest hill in the Mid-Cape
area. On a clear day, views can be seen to Provincetown and even Plymouth. The West
Dennis Light is now a part of the
Lighthouse Inn and is one of the few privately owned lighthouses in the
Untied States. A visit to Annie’s
Crannies, the birthplace of the cultivated cranberry, is a fun and informative
outing. The farm was recently featured on a PBS special about family farming.
A tuna martini from Scargo Cafe
Then, after some sightseeing, head back to your vacation rental and relax on the
deck or porch, and enjoy some quiet time before getting ready for dinner. Tonight,
you can either grill or prepare a meal at the house, get take out from a local restaurant,
or head out to some of our favorites: The
Scargo Café in Dennis Village,
The Ocean House in Dennisport, The
Marshside in East Dennis or BYOB for a delicious, casual meal at
Harbor Café. It’s your choice.
Next up: summer theater. The
Cape Playhouse has been bringing plays and musicals to Cape Cod for 85 years.
Live theater for children is also presented each summer, and the Cape Playhouse
has become a summer tradition. If you prefer film, then a visit to The Cape Cinema in East Dennis should be
included in your itinerary. Cape Cinema shows both American and international independent
films. The cinema also simulcasts live performances of the Metropolitan Opera. Entertainment
Cinemas at Patriot’s Square shows an array of currently released films. You might
get there early because there is often a line! Don’t forget to grab some treats
to snack on at
Ring Bros. Market across the street.
There is no better way to end a summer day than with ice cream and moonlight. Stop
at the well-known and much loved
Sundae School for a sundae with homemade hot fudge and whipped cream, followed
by a walk on a Dennis beach where you can feel the sand between your toes, gaze
at the moon and the stars, and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. A perfect
ending to a perfect day.
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Are you ready to plan your adventure in Dennis? Start by choosing one of the many