There are so many great family-friendly activities to do during your visit to Cape Cod, regardless of the season. Even though the Cape is generally known for its wonderful summertime excitement, there’s plenty to do as a family when staying at our Cape Cod vacation rentals.

We’ve put together just a few of our favorite activities that are perfect for the family day trips to get you started.


Cape Cod Central Railroad

This is a fantastic experience for any train enthusiast and is a fun way for the family to spend a whole day together. Two-hour-long train rides show you the ins and outs of Cape Cod. Additionally, there are dinner trains, as well as ones for brunch and lunch.

Heritage Museums and Gardens

This is a wonderful option for the family that wants something a little cultured during their visit to Cape Cod. Located on Grove Street in Sandwich, this spot offers 100 acres of gardens to explore, plus an interactive family fun area for the kids to play and explore all nature has to offer.

Additionally, there are three gallery-style buildings on this campus, which feature vehicles from all eras: folk art, historical artifacts, a vintage carousel, and more. Plus, Heritage is known for being a year-round attraction. The grounds transform to suit all seasons—even offering a lighted garden experience in the winter months, a tradition around the holiday season.

Tickets are date-specific, so head to the Heritage Gardens website to book yours today.

Ten Pin Eatery

You’ll find this fun spot for the whole family in Hyannis. The Ten Pin Eatery brings together two of the best aspects of Cape Cod—food and entertainment. This fun restaurant offers delicious foods plus 11 bowling lanes, an arcade game room, laser tag, and three virtual reality escape rooms. Here you’ll find something perfect for any age in your family. Hang here with the whole crew for a day or night full of fun Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Friday or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Cape Cod Theatre Company

Located in West Harwich, the Cape Cod Theatre Company is a staple in the community. Its goal is to entertain and educate young people through acting. There are 11 main stage shows every season—and at least one that is totally family-friendly. These include classics, musicals, and even modern works. The box office is open on Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. and for two hours prior to every show.

There are also special seasonal train rides throughout the year. Make sure you book your tickets ahead of time for the ride of a lifetime.

Marine Biological Laboratory

You’ll find this fun and educational spot located in Woods Hole in Cape Cod. Dedicated to scientific discovery, you will have the chance to learn more about the local ecology.

It’s the perfect way to spend some time as a family learning about the marine ecosystems around Cape Cod and beyond. You’ll even have the chance to see some of the animals housed at the Marine Biological Laboratory. The lab is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There are so many amazing options for you and your family to enjoy the days together here on Cape Cod. In addition to our favorite things on this list, there are endless possibilities for family fun during your vacation. Our staff is happy to help you find the perfect way to have the best family fun time ever during your stay at one of our vacation rentals near Cape Cod.