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Things to do in a day in Truro

Jennie Sparrow | 10/16/2019 (updated 1/24/2020)

A visit to the Outer Cape town of Truro is sure to be a treat. Not only is it bordered by gorgeous coastlines, but it offers fun things to do and amazing eateries to tickle your palate. One day in Truro will have you begging for many, many more!

Highland Light area

One highlight of your trip to Truro is sure to be a visit to Highland Light! Cape Cod’s first lighthouse, it is perched high above the Atlantic Ocean and offers amazing panoramic views. Take a tour and climb the lighthouse while you learn the history of the area. For even more history, visit the Highland House Museum, which was once a hotel. Built in 1907, it is a classic example of a turn-of-the-century summer resort. Learn about the lives of early European settlers as well as the Native Americans who predated them. And if you remember to bring your golf clubs, play a round at the Cape’s oldest golf course, Highland Links. Set high on windswept bluffs, the setting couldn’t be any more perfect!

Payomet Performing Arts

If it’s live entertainment you seek, look no further than the Payomet Performing Arts Center. Its mission is, “to produce exciting professional live music, theatre, circus arts and humanities events rooted in strong social values,” and all of it is done just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. With past guests like Los Lobos, Citizen Cope, and Mary Chapin Carpenter performing under their state of the art tent, you’re bound to have a wonderful time!

Truro Vineyards

You might find yourself in need of refreshment on your tour of Truro, and Truro Vineyards is the perfect place to stop into to whet your parched palate! The self-proclaimed pioneers of maritime grape growing offer daily tastings during the season. Also on site, a distillery that produces rums and gin. Even if you do not indulge in fine beverages, just taking in the views of the gorgeous rolling hills are worth the stop!

Grapes growing at Truro Vineyards.


The many undeveloped acres of land in Truro make it a haven for hikes. For breathtaking views of the Atlantic, head to Bearberry Hill in the Pamet Area. The steep grade offers sweeping views of the ocean, as well as a hills and ponds left by glaciers. Another hike also boasting incredible landscapes is the Pilgrim Spring Trail. The path leads to, where it is said, the Pilgrims drank their first fresh water in New England.

Views from the top of Bearberry Hill.

Truro Beaches

Perfect for families and enjoyable for all, you can’t go wrong when you head to a bay beach on Cape Cod—especially one found in Truro! Climb a picturesque dune covered in beach roses to get to Ryder Beach. Find plentiful parking there, as well as at historic Corn Hill Beach. Head to Cold Storage Beach for a quieter beach scene. As is the case with most Cape Cod bay beaches, there are many exciting tidepools to explore when the tide goes out! If you’re looking for grand views, miles of beach, and exciting surf, then head to one of Truro’s popular ocean beaches. Find huge, deep, tide pools at Head of the Meadow Beach and Longnook Beach. Here, children can find reprieve from the wilder surf in protected pools. Famous for its hills painted by Edward Hopper, the beauty of Ballston Beach is almost unmatched! Enjoy larger waves here, perfect for surfing and bodyboarding.

Truro beach water
Cold Storage Beach in Truro.


There are a number of incredible restaurants in the town of Truro. For pizzas, paninis, burgers and wraps, head to The Savory and Sweet Escape. They also offer yummy baked goods and homemade ice cream if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth! If you’re in the mood for Italian fare a visit to Montano’s Restaurant is sure to satisfy your craving. Looking for local, tasty seafood in a casual atmosphere? Then try The Captain’s Choice where you can find all kinds of fish tacos and fried seafood. For fine dining, be sure to visit the very popular Black Fish Bistro or rustic Terra Luna.

Sand, surf, salt, and sea. That’s what you’ll find when you visit the town of Truro. What more does one need?!