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Things to do in a day in Sandwich

Jennie Sparrow | 5/21/2019 (updated 7/11/2022)

Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod and it has a lot to show for it! From gorgeous beaches and cozy restaurants, to interesting activities — a day spent in Sandwich is sure to be a memorable one! Come along as we explore the town of Sandwich . . .

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The Dexter Grist Mill in Sandwich.

Things to do

There is a lot of history to be found in the town of Sandwich. Built around 1675, the Hoxie House is one of the oldest homes on Cape Cod. The home was restored and furnished to reflect early colonial construction with many interesting features such as gun stock posts, pumpkin-pine Maine beams, and wide floorboards. Just down the road is the Dexter Grist Mill. Nestled next to beautiful Shawme Pond, the mill was built in 1637 in what is now the heart of the Sandwich historic district. It remained a working mill until 1881, and periodically runs today—you can even purchase your own bag of freshly ground corn there from May until September. No visit to Sandwich would be complete without a stop at the Sandwich Glass Museum. The museum features a wide range of rare glass, including glass from the local Boston & Sandwich Glass Factory, which was founded in 1825. A highlight are the glassblowing demonstrations. Watch beauty take shape before your very eyes! If you’re in the mood for taking in natural beauty, then visit the Heritage Museums & Gardens. Tour 100 stunning acres of gardens, nature trails, as well as iconic antique automobiles.

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East Sandwich Beach.

Sandwich Beaches

Sandwich offers several gorgeous, bayside beaches. Take a walk down a boardwalk that extends over marshland to the beach at Town Neck Beach. Enjoy sunbathing on white sand and swimming in calm bay waters at East Sandwich Beach. Lovely views, calm waters, and 4-wheel driving (with a special permit) can be found at Sandy Neck Beach.

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Modern Vintage in Sandwich.


Sandwich offers many different shopping opportunities! Visit Titcomb’s Bookshop — a Cape Cod institution that has been selling books for over 40 years! Find a little old mixed with the new at Modern Vintage. They sell everything from reclaimed furniture to trendy housewares and custom pillows. (Upstairs you’ll find their incredibly beautiful and intimate bridal shop—fit for a princess!) And don’t miss the Snow Goose Gift & Christmas Shop! Operating since 1982, this shop offers home decor, gifts, women’s clothing and accessories, nautical decor, candles, cards, jewelry, and so much more!


When it comes to finding a good spot to grab a bite to eat, Sandwich offers quite a few! Start the day at Cafe Chew with a breakfast sandwich and specialty coffee. Later on, enjoy a casual dining experience sipping wine and enjoying a cheese platter while relaxing on the patio at The Brown Jug. Grab some amazing local seafood at Seafood Sam’s — their clam rolls are delicious! And if you’re looking for a fine dining experience, try The Belfry Inn & Bistro featuring contemporary American cuisine set in a former church, offering lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The perfect way to end any meal? Why ice cream, of course! Sweet Caroline’s offers some of the best!