Planning Your Perfect Cape Cod Summer Vacation

Cape Cod, Massachusetts easily ranks among the truly legendary summer destinations in the country—and for very good reason. Our great peninsula comes rimmed by some of the most gorgeous, postcard-worthy beaches on the Eastern Seaboard, and much of this beachfront falls within the protected wonderland of the Cape Cod National SeashoreWe’ve got historic lighthouses, beautiful forests and sandplain meadows, and some irresistible maritime culture—not to mention all manner of all-ages activities to pack a family vacation as stuffed-to-the-gills as you want.

Here at the Lighthouse Inn, we’ll supply you with the perfect Cape Cod accommodations on our nine oceanfront acres overlooking Nantucket Sound. To whet your appetite for a 2019 getaway with us—and to help you start planning—read on for some tips and ideas!

Summers on Cape Cod

You’re not alone, to put it mildly, planning a summer escape to Cape Cod. Expect plenty of company, most dramatically on the weekends and on holidays such as Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. (That’s obviously a general truth for most vacation destinations in the U.S.) If you want to avoid the summer crush at its most intense—and if your schedule allows—consider a visit in early June, when most kids are still in school, or midweek.

But rest assured you’ll always have a blast at the Lighthouse Inn, where no matter when you come you’ll have quintessential Cape Cod seaside scenery and a wealth of family activities right at your fingertips, without even leaving our grounds.

Things to Do

Sunbathing and swimming along Cape Cod’s world-famous sand beaches are certainly high on the to-do list for your average summer visitor, but beachgoing is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to possible activities.

Hiking and biking are first-rate amid the forests, heathlands, swamps, marshes, and dunes of Cape Cod, not least within the National Seashore, where besides self-guided adventures you and the gang can learn about the Cape’s landscape, ecology, and history on ranger.

Take a sightseeing cruise—including, perhaps, a whale-watching voyage out seeking humpbacks and dolphins—or charter or rent a sailboat or other vessel to take in the beauty of Cape Cod’s coast from offshore. Go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding or try your luck casting for sought-after North Atlantic gamefish such as striped bass or bluefish.

On the cultural side of things, Cape Cod summers come packed with theatrical performances and concerts, while local museums such as the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Heritage Museums & Gardens, and the JFK Hyannis Museum provide rain-or-shine delights.

From mini-golf to go-karts, our peninsula offers a slew of kid-friendly playlands—and plenty of adult playlands as well, from craft breweries and tasting rooms to topnotch spas.

Summer Fun at the Lighthouse Inn

There’s plenty of fun on tap here at the Lighthouse Inn all summer long, from the mini-golf course and game room to our private beach, heated pool, and basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. We’ve got organized family activities each week in July and August to top things off.

Lock down a summer vacation straight out of a dream with accommodations at the historic Lighthouse Inn and the myriad attractions of Cape Cod laid out before you!

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