No traffic, no crowds, quiet beaches … welcome to Cape Cod in the spring or fall. Many people find the “off” season the best time to visit the cape and plan their trips accordingly. There is still plenty to do and see, and most accommodations are offered at reduced rates.
The fall is an excellent time to walk or ride a bike on our extensive bike paths, as the weather is generally cooler and more pleasant. Falmouth boasts the picturesque Shining Sea Bikeway which extends from Woods Hole to North Falmouth. The Cape Rail Trail is equally as picturesque, and covers six towns between Dennis and Wellfleet. Both of these trails are ideal for biking, walking, roller blading and, in wintertime, cross country skiing.
Beaches are very peaceful and serene in fall and spring. It’s the perfect time to stroll along collecting shells, taking a quick swim on a warm Indian Summer day or just enjoying a beautiful sunset. If being on the water is more your style, deep sea fishing and harbor cruises are available from May to October, along with whale watching from mid-April to late October. Kayaking, sailing and paddle-boarding are also spring and fall options on the cape.
Many shops and restaurants remain open year-round so you can browse at your own pace and enjoy a leisurely meal without the waiting lines and hustle and bustle of the summer crowds. Some museums and galleries also remain open and can be explored at your own pace.
Cape Cod in fall and spring can be an ideal vacation spot for those who enjoy the cape at a slower pace. Do plan ahead to make sure the places you wish to visit are still open and to verify that you have chosen year-round accommodations. Enjoy the peace and quiet and have fun!