Top 10 Free Things to do on Cape Cod

As the summer season kicks into full speed, many residents living at 55+ communities on Cape Cod might want to explore their new surroundings – without breaking the monthly budget. For those of you that are smart consumers and want to enjoy some of the finest activities that Cape Cod has to offer, here is a list of the top 10 free things you can do on the Cape.

#1 – Enjoy Free Cape Cod Baseball League

Most residents of Southport on Cape Cod are very well aware of the tradition that baseball has on the local community. However, even many of today’s Major Leaguers started by playing in Cape Cod Baseball Leagues. And guess what; most of these games are absolutely free for people to enjoy. The Cape Cod Baseball League is a non-profit organization – so there are no tickets available for sale. However, as a matter of courtesy, it’s a good idea to bring a few dollars and make a small donation to the local team for their efforts.

#2 – Enjoy a Day at Cape Cod Winery

Nothing tops off a lovely summer day than a nice, relaxing glass of fine wine. You can take in a free wine tasting event at the Cape Cod Winery, located in East Falmouth. This award winning winery specializes in harvesting grapes for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Seyval and Vidal varietals. This vineyard is opened all year long, but the summer hours are Thursday – Sunday (11am till 4pm).

#3 – Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Lavender is one of the most relaxing and beautiful aromas. So why not enjoy a pleasant stroll through Cape Cod Lavender Farm’s 12 secluded acres overlooking Island Pond in Harwich. This location has over 14,000 plants and is open for residents of 55 and older retirement communities on Cape Cod to visit at no charge.

#4 – Enjoy a Picnic at Lighthouse Beach

The ocean breeze is especially pleasant at Lighthouse Beach in summer. So why not pack up a nice lunch and head to the beach for a relaxing picnic? It’s free and a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy some of Cape Cod’s beautiful coast.

#5 – Visit Cape Cod Chips Factory Tour

The Bernard family has established one of the best potato chips manufactured in the United States. And believe it or not, they offer free tours of their hand-stirred kettle-cooked potato chips manufacturing process during the Cape Cod Chips Factory Tour in Hyannis, held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

#6 – Eastham Painters Guild

Cape Cod is also known for being a mecca for aspiring artists to both create and live. It’s now possible for people living at 55 and above communities on Cape Cod to visit these local artists at Eastham Painters Guild’s outdoor fine arts gallery. Since 1980, paintings have been hung on wood and wire from old chicken coops on the lawn of the Eastham Historical Society’s Schoolhouse Museum.

#7 – Enjoy some Farmers’ Market Fun

The Provincetown and Orleans farmers’ markets are open every Saturday during the summer season. The Provincetown Farmers’ Market is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May to October and is located on Ryder Street next to town hall. The Orleans Farmers’ Market is held 8 a.m. to noon through October, and is located on Old Colony Way.

#8 – French Cable Station Museum

Arguably one of the most historic locations you probably never heard of, the French Cable Station Museum in Orleans, was originally our nation’s primary link to US forces overseas. In fact, in 1927, news of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s successful landing in Paris was first telegraphed to the tiny station for all of his countrymen to hear. Enjoy a free tour at the French Cable Station Museum to learn more history.

#9 – Visit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at Woods Hole is all about discovering the beauty of the sea. The institution offers free walking tours behind the scenes of the center in July and August, Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. by reservation.

#10 – Watch the Whales at Race Point

Once you take time to learn about the eco-system in the waters off Cape Cod, why not try to spot some wildlife at Race Point in Provincetown? This location is regarded as one of the best places to spot seals, whales and other amazing sea creatures. If you are daring enough and want to travel on the ocean to get a close-up look, there are a few tour companies that offer paid whale watching also. If you’d prefer a chartered tour, check out these companies.

Regardless of what you choose to do in the summer, the most important thing is to get out and explore some of the great culture and free activities that exist just miles from Southport in Mashpee.