- Research & Education
- Cape Cod
Cape Cod, and Provincetown in particular, has so much to offer for visitors that it is often difficult to decide what to do or where to go first. The Dolphin Fleet would suggest you start with a Family Day in Provincetown, and offer the following as Do Not Miss opportunities for you and your children:
On MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown. It’s a home for artifacts recovered from the pirate ship Whydah, which sank off the Coast of Wellfleet in 1717. The Whydah is the only pirate shipwreck ever authenticated anywhere in the world, and the museum, though tiny, is entertaining and educational. Visit Website
The Museum offers a $3 discount with a Whale Watch trip ticket.
Provincetown. This stone tower, its opening dedicated by a United States President, commemorates the first landfall of the Pilgrims. The Provincetown Museum is the repository of many fascinating artifacts, and Exhibits highlight the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history, the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown, and the building of the monument itself. Visit Website
Museum minimal fee.
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary ‘s mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance the biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy of this 842-square-mile stretch of open water and the seafloor below located at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. The Dolphin Fleet vessels travel to Stellwagen Bank on each trip. Visit Website
The virtual tour is a FREE Resource.
Scenic dune tours of the historic sand dunes of Provincetown’s Cape Cod National Seashore protected lands. A look at Provincetown’s historic past with views of the endless dunes, beach shacks where famous artists and writers spent many a day. perfect for families, friends or just couples. special trips available. Visit Website
Tour is a minimal fee.
Provincelands Provincetown. Visit this breathtakingly beautiful section of the Seashore Park written of by Henry David Thoreau, and be sure to bring your camera and your binoculars with you. It remains untouched and preserved just as in Thoreau’s day, and you’ll understand why he found it so magical a place. Visit Website
The park is a FREE Resource.
Lighthouse and the Highland House Museum is one of North Truro’s best-known landmarks and it is a classic example of a turn of the century summer hotel. A visit to the museum affords a fascinating insight into the everyday life of the past. Take a short walk from the Lighthouse to our Observation Deck, which is on one of the highest cliffs on the Cape. Enjoy the view over the beach or in the evening the frequent spectacular sunsets. Visit Website
Museum & Lighthouse minimal fee.
Wellfleet Bay’s 1,100 acres of salt marsh, sandy beach, pine woodland, freshwater pond, and rare heathland attract a wide array of wildlife, especially songbirds and shorebirds. Discover the true nature of Cape Cod as you amble along the five miles of trails that traverse these habitats. Visit Website
Museum and Trails minimal fee.
In Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, was founded in 1954. Our mission is to encourage and advance understanding of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The museum is housed in a 17,000 square foot building on its own 80-acre site, abutted by 300 acres of town-owned conservation land. There are two floors of exhibits about the flora and fauna of Cape Cod, including exhibits on whales, indigenous birds, and coastal change, and several aquariums holding different species of crustaceans, mollusks, fish, frogs, turtles and snakes. Visit Website
Museum and Trails minimal fee.