Today is a fun day…Cape Cod with Kids, that is fun!
And even more fun is who is bringing it to you. NJ Rongner. I met her on Twitter and she is so much fun 🙂
She is a classic rock lover, lover of the open road, and a truth teller. She longs for the a simple life but realizes that the fun is found in the crazy times. NJ is the wife of Mike and mama to Malone and little lady (who should be arriving in August 2013). Exciting!!
And here are her ideas on visiting Cape Cod with your kids…
I’ve been traveling to Cape Cod for just about 10 years now. My mother in law lives there year round and my family of three lives three hours away. We travel there several times a year and have become experts at most things Cape Cod.
If you’re coming to Cape Cod, I am going to assume you’ll be hitting the beach. Here is my list of things to splurge on and save on beyond the beach!
Spend on accommodations:
There are several different websites that offer rental houses on Cape Cod. In my experience, if something seems like it is too good to be true in terms of rental price, chances are likely that is. We have family friends who learned the hard way after walking into a place full of cockroaches.
The Cape is divided into three sections- Upper Cape, Mid Cape, and Outer Cape.
The rental market varies a bit from section to section and there are lots of other factors to consider, so please research wisely!
Tip – Most rentals go from Saturday afternoon to Saturday morning which means most vacationers are trying to get off the Cape at the same time (there are only two bridges that connect the Cape to the mainland). If you’ve got a flight in Boston to make on your return trip, your best bet is to get up extra early and hit the road before the rest of us!
Save on sun burnout:
The main attraction of Cape Cod is the beach. Whether you’re low key and can enjoy a a day at the beach with just a towel and sunscreen or you’re someone who needs a beach cart full of stuff, make sure you’ve got a beach umbrella or tent.
Tip – The sunsets on Cape Cod are striking. We love to pick up take out and head down to the beach for an evening sunset swim.
Spend on seafood:
The seafood on Cape Cod is amazing because it is so fresh. My favorite is a lobster roll from Arnolds in Eastham. Arnolds is counter service and cash only, but they’ve got an ATM inside.
Also, the line always seems intimidating because it is so long but it moves quickly and there is plenty of places to sit. Once inside, there is a raw bar as well. I’ve never eaten from there but their fish always looks great!
Tip: They’ve also got an 18 hole mini golf course (and a coupon for $1.00 off on their website).
Save on mini golf, bowling, fishing trips, etc:
In just about every restaurant there is a great little magazine called Kids On The Cape. In addition to giving tons of recommendations for things that are happening on each specific day, it is full of coupons for activities.
Tip – A lot of the local libraries, bookstores, and churches offer fun inexpensive activities.
Spend on a treat from The Brewster General Store:
The Brewster General Store is a terrific place to stop in for a souvenir or gift for your hard to buy for friends and family. Stepping in there will be like a walk down memory lane for some thanks to their antique lined walls. The store carries a little bit of everything from sunscreen to locally made beach plum jam.
Tip – Make sure to have a taste of the fudge!
Save on a family fun night by catching a baseball game:
Cape Cod has a pretty amazing summer baseball league. The Cape Cod Baseball League is an amateur invite only baseball league that features MLB caliber collegiate athletes. For a lot of these athletes, this is their first time using a wooden bat (they use aluminum in college).
These games are heavily scouted by the MLB and according to the Cape Cod Baseball League’s website, “one in seven current MLB players played in the Cape League.” Most of the towns on the Cape have a team and the admission is no more than a few bucks.
There you have it! Have you been to Cape Cod? Is it on your travel list for someday? Let me know in the comments below!
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