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Things to Do In Dennis Near Mayflower Beach

It’s no surprise that Mayflower Beach in Dennis is one of Cape Cod’s most popular beach destinations. Thousands of visitors a year flock to this beach for its calm, clear waters, kid-friendly tidepools, and pristine, powdery sand. This beach is a hit with families, as there’s plenty to do—building sandcastles, catching crabs, swimming, and floating on rafts. This beautiful beach, located off Dunes Road, is a must stop on your next trip to the Mid-Cape.

There are plenty of things to do near Mayflower Beach as well. The Dennis area offers a variety of fun family activities, arts and entertainment, delicious local foods, and more. Here are some of our favorite local finds.

Cape Cod Museum of Art

Among the arts and entertainment options in Dennis is the Cape Cinema, specializing in independent American and international films, and the Cape Playhouse, a professional summer theater that many a famous actor has visited. One of our favorites is the Cape Cod Museum of Art — a great spot for the entire family. Located on Hope Lane, this museum provides visitors with an opportunity to take in local art from Thursday through Sunday. All of the art pieces featured are either inspired by or created locally. The large museum is home to seven galleries, a film screening room, and a museum shop. With an assortment of rotating exhibits, you’re sure to learn something new every visit!

Dennis Public Market

The Dennis Public Market has been serving both locals and visitors for over a hundred years! Located at the heart of Dennis Village, the market offers a large selection of local fish, quality meats, traditional groceries, wines, beer, and more. Also available are cooked meals and sandwichesfor those who don’t want to cook! You’ll definitely find everything you need to make a great meal to enjoy on your deck in the summer sun.

Dennis Playgrounds

Even after a day at the beach, you kids may still be filled with energy. Dennis is home to over ten playgrounds with varying attractions for families. Located right off of 6A is a small playground with plenty of equipment to entertain the kids. You can find more information about the other Dennis playgrounds here. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Chamber of Commerce

Captain Frosty’s

Looking for the perfect bite to eat after a day at the beach? Captain Frosty’s, located just up the road from Mayflower Beach, is a fan favorite. Having been open for over 40 years, Captain Frosty’s is well known for their seafood plates, tasty ice cream, and classic fried foods. Looking for other options for local eats? Check out for more information on nearby restaurants.

Mayflower Beach is a great destination to plan your Cape Cod trip around. We have a variety of homes available in close proximity to the beach. Check out these amazing rentals!

1) Mayflower Beach Villa Compound

2) 3 Bedroom Oceanfront Condo

3) 8 Bedroom Home within a Mile of Mayflower

Dennis is a lovely town with plenty to enjoy, gorgeous bay beaches, yummy local fare, and family-friendly fun! If you’re looking for more ways to spend the day in Dennis, check out our “A Day in Dennis” blog post!
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!