Staying in Dennis Port? Cape Cod Sights to See

Dennis Port, Cape Cod has plenty of natural and man-made wonders. BBOnline has compiled a list of must-see sights for you.

Cape Cod National Seashore

The national seashore of Cape Cod is one of its treasures. It's 40 miles long, stretches from Chatham to Provincetown and supports a rich diversity of wildlife due to being a protected area since 1961. Apart from beaches, you'll find self-guided nature walks, bicycle trails, and rides across the Province Lands dunes.

Henry David Thoreau, an ardent lover of the outdoors had this to say about the great Outer Beach: "A man may stand there and put all America behind him." There are lighthouses on the pristine coastline as well as marshes, cranberry bogs, uplands and ponds packed with fascinating wildlife such as horseshoe crabs. Plus, it's a bird watcher's haven - especially songbirds and shorebirds.   

But watch out for storm-damaged beach facilities. Also, much erosion takes place on the shoreline. Avoid the unstable edges of the bluffs.  

Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, Massachusetts 02563
(508) 888-3300

This woodland park with its beautifully landscaped grounds on the banks of upper Shawme Pond offers culture and horticulture. The gardens are famous for their Dexter Rhododendrons; the museums feature American art, an exquisite hand-carved carousel which you can ride, bird carvings from master carvers and much more.

Check their website for opening times, etc. so you don't miss these wonderful sights during your stay at your comfortable Dennis Port Bed and Breakfast. 

Whale Watching
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises
P.O. Box 254
Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630

Don't leave Cape Cod without taking a whale-watching tour. The Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise leaves daily from lovely Barnstable Harbor (May through October).

You'll learn not just about the fascinating world of whales, but also the unique ecology and history of the area. What's more, you can get a DVD of your whale watching trip to take home.

Some of the other whale watch cruise operators are Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch in Eastham, Captain John Boats Inc in Provincetown and Andy Lynn Boats in Plymouth.

Seals and Saltspray Roses

If you're in Chatham in June or early winter, you'll see seals lounging about on the shoals and beaches. You may even see the rare Grey Seal here. On Monomov Island, you may come across the marvelous sight of 1,500 to 2,000 seals in the afternoons.

You can get a guided boat tour to the island from the Cape Cod Museum of Natural history in Brewster. Seal Watch cruises to Monomov Island take off from the Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary in South Wellfleet regularly.

As for the roses, these pink-purple blooms grow wild upon the beaches of Cape Cod and can go up to 6 feet high. They smell good too and don't mind the salt at all. The big juicy rosehips are harvested for delicious tea and jelly.

Interestingly, these flowers arrived from the Orient in the ballast of ships. Another wild rose you're going to see clambering over Cape homes and fences is the beautiful Fairy Rose which grows in clusters of small blooms. It's a sight worth getting out for from your cozy Dennis Port Inn.