Fall Travel Guide to Cape Cod

Cape Cod may be known for its busy beaches during the hot summer months, but when the crowds dwindle and the weather cools the Cape is a beautiful fall destination with just as much to do during the busiest months of summer. In September, it is not uncommon for the temperatures to remain warm enough for early fall beach days and ocean swims. As the weather changes, the fall foliage is a stunning sight on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Stay active during your fall visit to Cape Cod by taking a walk or bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The trail is 25 miles long and stretches across six towns, starting in Yarmouth and ending in Wellfleet. The gorgeous trail will bring you through wooded areas and marshes, and in late fall you enjoy the changing foliage from the path. The cooler temperatures and vibrant leaves make the bike riding on the Cape Cod Rail Trail an enjoyable and scenic experience in the fall.

Cape Cod Brew Fest

At this craft beer celebration, attendees can sample beer from more than fifty breweries and over 150 styles of beer. Brewers in attendance include a wide variety of local Cape Cod and New England breweries so you can enjoy a taste of the delicious craft beer selection the Cape has to offer. The festival takes place in late September just as the weather is beginning to change and is the perfect way for beer lovers to kick off the fall season.


There is a wide selection of stunning golf courses across the Cape, so you can enjoy the cool weather and changing leaves while playing a round on a scenic course. Cape Cod Golf courses range in difficulty and price, but there are countless courses across the Cape so you are sure to find one that suits your needs. Some courses, like the Highland Links in Truro, are located right on the coast so you can take in the stunning ocean views while you play.

Wellfleet Oyster Festival

In mid-October enjoy a Cape Cod tradition by attending the Wellfleet Oyster Festival. Enjoy art, shellfish, and food at this festival while learning about Wellfleet shellfish. This festival is a great celebration of local culture and is both enjoyable and educational, and it is a great way to continue enjoying Cape Cod into the fall months.

Cranberry Bog Tours

To get a true feel for New England in the fall, tour a cranberry bog on Cape Cod. On these tours you’ll learn about the operation of the bog and how cranberries are grown throughout the year. You can also learn about the history of cranberry farming on Cape Cod and enjoy the beautiful scenery as summer turns to fall. Whale Watching Whale watching season on Cape Cod ends in mid-October, so there is plenty of time to enjoy a scenic cruise in the early fall. There is a wide selection of whale watching boats to choose from as they leave from multiple locations throughout Cape Cod. From Hyannis to Provincetown, there are many whale watching tours you can enjoy while learning about whales and hopefully seeing the amazing sea creatures in real life.

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