Socially Distant Fall Fun on Cape Cod

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We’ve been writing these blog posts for several years. The above is, hands down, the strangest headline we’ve ever composed. Yet as we try to navigate our way through a pandemic, we are all focused on finding ways to have fun, while staying safe.

If your question is, “What is there to do on Cape Cod in the fall?” we have answers, and each keeps social distancing in mind.

Rent a Boat in Provincetown

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We shared suggestions for things to do on a day-trip to Provincetown several years ago. Back then, we recommended a whale watch. Now, we’re suggesting grabbing a boat of your own from Flyer’s Boat Rentals. Depending on your comfort level at the helm, and the number of people in your group, both their 16-foot skiff and 19-foot Grady White have serious potential for major fun. The skiff will allow even a wet-behind-the-ears boater and a couple of friends to comfortably putt around Provincetown Bay and, potentially, up into the estuaries east of the docks. If you don’t mind getting your feet wet, you can beach the boat – carefully ­– and spend some time in the sand. The Grady White will give you more room and far more power. Whichever you choose, you’ll want to grab sandwiches at Far Land Provisions on Bradford Street on your way to the pier. Stop for a cocktail and a couple of appetizers at Pepe’s Wharf afterward. Their waterfront deck is heaven!

Take a Day-Trip to Nantucket

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Another topic we’ve covered in a previous post is day-tripping to Nantucket. Previously, we offered options for exploring the shops, galleries and eateries in downtown Nantucket. This time around, it’s all about the open road. Reserve a Mini Cooper from Nantucket Island Rent A Car ahead of your trip. The day of, hop on the morning ferry at Saquatucket Harbor. Freedom Ferry departs daily at 8:50 through mid-October. Once you’re on the island, grab your car (put the top down!) and head over to Something Natural (call ahead to order, especially on weekends) and stock up on provisions for the day. Then drive.

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The island is small enough that you can explore nearly all of it before it’s time to get back on the ferry. Put checking out ‘Sconset and nearby Sankaty Head Light at the very top of your to-do list.

Grab a Kayak or SUP

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Just a couple of months ago, we talked about quiet Cape Cod trails, lesser-known walking trails that are filled with beauty, not people. Take your socially distant explorations of the Cape even further on an SUP or in a kayak. The water surrounding the Cape stays quite warm well into October, so no need to fret about the potential of taking a spill. Rentals of both SUPs and kayaks are available at Cape Cod Waterways in Dennis Port, and Goose Hummock Shops in Orleans. If you have the time, and the stamina, we suggest opting for Goose Hummock, which is located right on Town Cove. Put in right at the shop, and you will find miles and miles of estuaries to explore. Head northeast from the docks and you’ll run out of strength long before you run out of water.