The Short List: The 5 Best Things to Do in the Fall on Cape Cod


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We asked Cape Codders what they believe are the best things to do in the fall on the Cape. Thanks to all who voted! Here are the results for what the best things to do in the fall on Cape Cod are!

Pumpkin Picking

A classic fall activity more popular on the other side of the bridge, pumpkin picking is a yearly event on two Cape farms. Cobwebb Farm in West Barnstable has a pumpkin patch where visitors can pick pumpkins of all sizes during the fall season. The farm also features hay rides around the pumpkin patch, through the woods and around the pond, making for a delightful fall afternoon. You also can pick pumpkins at Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth for $8 per day. When you purchasing the day pass, you also can pick other crops at the farm and visit with its animals. Bourne Farm in West Falmouth holds an annual Pumpkin Day festival in October where pumpkin picking is just one of a range of activities offered for families. Exploring local Cape farms is an engaging, outdoor activity for a fall afternoon.

Walking on the Beach (with Dogs!)

Walking on the beach on Cape Cod is a truly special experience and doing it in the fall can be just as good as in the summer. It may be a bit colder out, but the scenery is still outstanding. Many who live on and visit Cape Cod love it partially because of its proximity to the ocean. Walking on the beach in the fall also is less crowded than in the summer. If you have one and it is allowed at the particular beach that you want to walk, bring your dog! It can can be a great way to give your dog(s) some exercise and have fun at the same time! To find some of the best beaches, visit the Cape Cod beaches page!

Barnstable High School Haunted House

A great annual local event that the Barnstable Drama Club puts on. Each year the haunted house takes on a different theme to scare and surprise the brave souls who venture within. Past haunted houses have featured clowns, ghouls, ghosts and more, but the drama club likes to mix new scares with old ones making for a fresh but familiar experience. The haunted house is fun, but of course is designed to be scary so caution should be headed regarding young children.

Biking the Outer Cape

The Outer Cape has many fantastic bike trails and scenic views of the coast to enjoy. The Head of the Meadow bike trail or heading to the longer Province Lands bike trail are just a couple of the great trails that you can ride. Of course you can bike off the trails, but these offer some of the best views of the Outer Cape. For a closer look at some of the trails, click here.
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Garden’s Aglow at Heritage Museum & Gardens

This multi-weekend celebration will brighten up the dark days of winter and bring holiday cheer to one and all. Visitors of all ages are invited to take a stroll through the gardens made even more enchanting with thousands of twinkling lights. Inside the Automobile Gallery, festive music and dance performances entertain visitors, while St. Nick makes his list and checks it twice with young visitors detailing their gift list in the Model T. For more information on this event, please click here.

Notable Mentions:

  • Walk Main Street Tourist Free
  • Go to Provincetown

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Whether you’re looking for ice cream, Mexican food or just things from Cape Cod past, the Short List has it all for you. Take a look at some of the previous Short Lists that we’ve put up online!

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