Check Out These Summer Attractions Before It’s Too Late

view from top of highland light

Summer is over, fall is here and, to quote Game of Thrones, winter is coming. But there is still time to make a visit to the Seadar Inn and enjoy a few summer-like activities on Cape Cod before the snow flies and we close for the season on Oct. 20.

Nantucket Harbor

Nantucket Harbor

It’s not too late to take a day trip to Nantucket aboard the Freedom Cruise Line, which departs from Harwich Port. The ferry takes just 80 minutes and brings you to downtown Nantucket. But don’t procrastinate; the last ferry for the season is on Oct. 14.

You can also take to the water aboard a Monomoy Island Excursions seal cruise until the end of the month. Cruises last 90 minutes and take visitors out to the barrier island and wildlife refuge off the coast of Chatham, where thousands of seals have made their home. You’ll also see Wychmere Harbor, Stage Harbor, the Stage Harbor Lighthouse, and the Chatham Lighthouse, and get an up-close view of sea life in Nantucket Harbor. A trained naturalist on board narrates the tour and can answer questions about the wildlife and the history of the island.

Seal Watch

Seal Watch

In a mood to bring back that summer feeling with a plate of fried clams? Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham will be serving until Oct. 13. While you’re there, you can also get in 18 holes of miniature golf in a beautifully landscaped setting complete with streams, waterfalls, miniature historic buildings, a treasure chest and a pirate ship.

You could also head in the opposite direction to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf in Yarmouth, which has been voted by Boston magazine as the “Best Family Attraction” in Massachusetts and featured on WCVB-TV’s Chronicle. One of the Cape’s iconic mini-golf courses, it will be open until Oct. 31.

Looking for a spectacular view? Take a climb to the top of Highland Light in Truro, which is open until Oct. 14. You’ll literally be tracing the steps of Henry David Thoreau, who visited the lighthouse several times in the 1850s.

Highland Light

Highland Light

Commissioned by George Washington and established in 1797 as the 20th light station in the United States, the present 66-foot-tall brick light tower, keeper’s house and generator shed replaced the previous structures in 1857.

For a taste of culture, you could stroll through the HyArts Artists Shanties in Hyannis and the Artist’s Cottages in Orleans. But don’t delay; the shanties and cottages are only open until Oct. 14.

Each Hyannis shanty, located at Bismore Park and along Ocean Street, is named for one of the seven villages in the town of Barnstable, and visitors can shop for truly unique items produced by local artists and artisans.

There are over 40 restaurants nearby, including several overlooking Hyannis Inner Harbor. There are also picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and plenty of grass for spreading a blanket.

HyArts Shanties

HyArts Shanties

The Artist Cottages in Orleans are located in Market Square, nearby unique shops, galleries and restaurants. The cottages are designed in the style of a charming, slightly old-fashioned, village neighborhood like one you might have found on the Lower Cape decades ago.

The days of warm weather and early evening sunshine are dwindling, but there is still time to recapture a bit of summer on the Cape.