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Things to Do in Bourne

Bourne is one of the first towns you’ll be greeted to upon arriving on Cape Cod. Located just over the Bourne Bridge, Bourne is home to several beaches, museums, and many restaurants.


Museums are a great way to entertain the entire family while getting a fun education. The Museums at Aptucxet are a wonderful opportunity to learn about local history while taking in some scenery on a sunny day. The 12 acre destination is home to colonial era buildings and replicas, including one of a 17th century Pilgrim Trading Post. Visitors can learn about Wampanoag and Pilgrim history while viewing a selection of local art on display. The museum grounds are located near the Cape Cod Canal path, so visitors can stop by during their walk along the canal.

The National Marine Center may not be a museum, but it is a fun opportunity to learn more about the local contributions to wildlife rehabilitation. This nonprofit marine animal hospital and education center rescues sea mammals and turtles and rehabilitates them before releasing them back into the wild. Montauk, featured in our Seals in Sandwich blog post, is currently being rehabilitated at the center. While at the Discovery Center, visitors can enjoy the interactive displays about local wildlife. They can also view the sea creatures through the circuit camera. While the center isn’t currently open due to covid restrictions, visitors can view the center’s online virtual exhibits or inquire about private visits.

Grab a Bite to Eat!

There are plenty of wonderful dining and marketing options throughout the town of Bourne. Gray Gables Market, located near Gray Gables Beach on Shore Road, is a local favorite. This family-owned market is known for their selection of groceries, coffees, and deli prepared food. This is the perfect spot to find a quick sandwich or salad to pack for your trip to the beach. The Market serves a variety of daily specials, so be sure to check out their unique offerings!

Enjoying an iconic lobster roll is a must during a trip to Cape Cod. The Lobster Trap, also located on Shore Road, has been a staple in the Bourne community since 1969. Visitors can dine in the Clam Shack and take in the views while enjoying the variety of seafood offerings. While the Lobster Trap is known for their classic lobster rolls and fish and chips, they also offer specialty items like tuna pad thai. Looking to dine at home in your rental? Be sure to check out their market choices of fresh cod, tuna, lobster, scallops, and more.

Searching for more dining options in Bourne? Be sure to check out for their selection of local restaurants.

Beach Destinations

Many guests travel to Bourne to visit the area’s beautiful beaches. Monument Beach along Shore road is one of Bourne’s most visited destinations. Visitors can enjoy the clear blue, calm waters as they watch the many boats come into the marina. This spacious beach isn’t often crowded and has a large parking area, so it’s a great, quiet spot to spend a summer day. Sagamore Beach, located off of Standish Road, is another local favorite. Primarily a private beach, this spot offers limited parking but ample beach space. The small waves and rocky jetty make this a fun beach for the entire family to enjoy.

Looking to explore more? Check out Scusset Beach Reservation, located just five minutes down the road. This location has a wide range of amenities including campgrounds, a snack bar, and a lovely spot to watch boats passing through the Cape Cod Canal. There is a bit of a walk to get to this beach, but the soft sands and calm waters are worth it. Be sure to arrive early, as the parking area fills quickly.

If you’re looking for a peaceful beach vacation, Bourne is the perfect spot. Many of our vacation rentals are located on private beaches, making for a secluded stay in paradise. Be sure to check out these summer rentals in the area.

1) 4 Bedroom New Home

About Kennedy Ryan

About Kennedy Ryan: I'm a new member of the WeNeedaVacation team! I'm a recent graduate of Rhode Island College and have lived in Massachusetts my entire life. I love that this role gives me the opportunity to explore Cape Cod and tell the WeNeedaVacation story on social media. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking with local foods, and enjoying a cup of coffee!