Category Archives: Parks and Nature

AD Makepeace Cranberry Harvest Celebration 2017 in Wareham MA

The  14th annual AD Makepeace Cranberry Harvest Celebration will be held on Columbus Day weekend Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th  10-4pm! It is a great family friendly event!  Rain or shine event AD Makepeace Cranberry Harvest Celebration 2017 in Wareham MA

The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a great way to see and learn about the picturesque cranberry harvest while enjoying some old fashioned family fun. Watch as we harvest the crimson berries continuously each day. Visit educational and historical displays, view the spectacular landscape and harvest by taking a helicopter ride, enjoy live cooking demonstrations by some of the area’s finest chefs and culinary professionals, shop the marketplace with over 40 juried exhibitors from around the region, listen to local musicians, and peruse the farmers’ market and food concession areas for the best fare around. Returning this year, you can put on a pair of waders and stand in a bog full of cranberries! Children’s activities include pony, paddle boat, train, live entertainment, wagon rides and much more.

Visitors to the Harvest Celebration, which is co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ and Ocean Spray, are treated to demonstrations of the wet cranberry harvest, cooking demonstrations, an enormous tent full of juried crafters, paddleboat rides on scenic Tihonet Pond, food vendors, music, and more.

Admission is $10, $5 for seniors and military, and children under 7 are admitted free. Admission includes continuous viewing of our wet harvest operations, animal demonstrations, live music, cooking demonstrations, and many children’s activities. Some activities have fees and others are available by donation to the non-profit organizations that offer them. A portion of the admission fees go to local nonprofit organizations that help staff the event and to local food pantries. Parking and shuttle transportation are free. With the exception of service animals, pets and other animals are not allowed.

A.D. Makepeace Company
158 Tihonet Rd, Wareham, Massachusetts 02571

Truro Agricultural Fair 2017

Truro Agricultural Fair 2017 will be held on Sunday September 3rd  from 10-3pm.  

The Truro Ag Fair showcases the Cape’s history, the foods currently grown and harvested, and connects the health of our local food system to our physical health, environment and future. Step back in time and appreciate all that the Cape has to offer: great food, great community and a gorgeous environment we all can support!

The fair is free and open to the public and includes harvest contests as well as pie-eating, pie-baking and barnyard beauty contests. BYO zucchini racecar for our 24’ long Zucchini 500 racetrack (judging starts at noon)! Fiddlers bands play all day; we offer old-fashioned kids games and art-making tables, turnip and rutabaga bowling and lots, lots more.

Sustainable CAPE – Center for Agricultural Preservation & Education
8 Truro Center Road, Box 1004, Truro, Massachusetts 02666


Rhododendron Festival 2017 at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich MA

The 2017 Rhododendron Festival returns to Heritage museum Saturday, May 27 2017 to Sunday June 4th   Sandwich MA  festival

Rhododendrons are Heritage’s signature plant and seeing over 100 varieties of rhodies in bloom is one of the year’s most stunning sights. During our Rhododendron festival, guests and their families will enjoy peaceful walks surrounded by majestic flowers, learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy, participate in activities with horticulture experts, and take one of these signature plants home with you from the special plant sale. Come to Heritage and celebrate these wonderful plants and their spectacular beauty with us.

No advance registration required.
Daily Rhododendron Collection Walking Tour
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, June 4
11-11:30 am and 2-2:30 pm
Meet at the Parade Field
Take a deep dive into the world of rhododendrons. Discover how the work done here by two hybridizers – Charles Dexter and Jack Cowles – contributed to the genus Rhododendron and created the plants we love today. Guides will select the most spectacular spots for viewing these stunning plants. No advance registration required. Free with museum admission.

Rhododendron Pruning Demonstration
Sunday, May 28 – 1-1:45 pm
Thursday, June 1 – 1-1:45 pm
Saturday, June 3 – 10-10:45 am
Join the horticulture staff to learn how to selectively prune your plants to improve vigor, increase bloom density, control height and enhance ornamental value. Discuss the tools, techniques, and timing needed for effective pruning, and watch a demonstration of techniques on various plants along a walk through the garden. Free with museum admission.

Rhododendron Care Walk and Talk
Saturday, May 27 – 10-10:45 am
Tuesday, May 30 – 1-1:45 pm
Friday, June 2 – 10-10:45 am
Sunday, June 4 – 10-10:45 am
Heritage’s horticulture staff will share the basics of how to maintain and care for your rhododendrons. Included are demonstrations of ideal growing situations, watering, fertilizing, mulching, pest control, and demonstrations of pruning, bud-pinching, and dead-heading to encourage optimal health and beauty. Free with museum admission.

Heritage Museums & Gardens 508-888-3300


Adults, 12+: $18
Children, ages 3-11 years: $8
Children 2 years and under: Free
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

Blue Claw Seal Watch Adventure and Boat Tours in Orleans MA

Join  Blue Claw Boat Tours  for a memory making adventure for the whole family. Our fully narrated 1 hour 45 minute Seal Watch Adventure Cruises are filled with humor and historical facts including stories of Pilgrims, Pirates, Seals, Sharks, Shipwrecks and Buried Treasure. Our three sea blue Coast Guard certified boats carry the whole family in comfort to visit Seal Blue Claw Seal Watch Adventure and Boat Tours in Orleans MAColonies, Beachcomb on an island, view a Sunset and Full Moon or enjoy a Private Custom Cruise tailored just for you. We’ve also added some Special Spring cruises to those hidden spots in Orleans that are enjoyed best by water. All of our tours are in Bay and Harbor waters, suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Our Seal Cruise takes you on a sightseeing adventure as you travel  from Orleans to Chatham Harbor to view the seal colony. Cruising along you will encounter islands, salt marshes, birds and the dunes   of the Cape Cod National Seashore. You will hear stories of pilgrims
and pirates, seals, sharks and shipwrecks. We also offer a special SEALS at SUNSET cruise.

Our very popular combination seal cruise and beachcombing  expedition takes you to view the seals in their habitat, then drops you off on an island to beachcomb, collect shells and explore a
beautiful barrier beach

Relax and enjoy the splendor of a Cape Cod evening aboard one of
our boats as it glides along the River to Little Pleasant Bay

Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days 2017 in Falmouth MA

Daffodil Days will be held at Spohr Gardens in Falmouth MA on 2 Saturday, April 22 & 29th  10am-4pm. Experience the sheer beauty of thousands of daffodils. Free admission, donations accepted.

Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days 2017 in Falmouth MA

April 22
10 – 4 Master Gardeners will answer your questions
OPET Table with plans for the WHOI property

April 29
10 – 4 Master Gardeners will answer your questions
OPET Table with plans for the WHOI property

Girl Scout Troop 62003 will have information
on their butterfly project at the gardens

Music will fill the gardens:
10 – 12 Falmouth Academy String Octet

1 – 2
Falmouth Fiddlers
Spohr Gardens
45 Fells Rd.
Falmouth, MA 02540


Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival 2016 in Sandwich MA

the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival returns, at the Hertigage Garden & Museum    celebrating the iconic plant that makes Cape Cod so stunning in July. See the  expanded Hydrangea Display Garden, go to workshops, book signings, and plant sales, and tour the garden, which includes over 150 spectacular species and cultivars. 13439103_10154258542015429_8228805663848005516_n

All Hydrangea Festival events are free with Museum admission. No advance registration required.

Hydrangea Festival Daily Walking Tours
Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 17: 11-11:30 am and 2-2:30 pm
Join tour guides for 30-minute walking tours, exploring historic species and cultivars and reblooming modern varieties.

Hydrangea Pruning Discussion
Sunday, July 10: 1-1:45 pm
Wednesday, July 13: 10-10:45 am
Saturday, July 16: Noon-12:45 pm
Join the Heritage Horticulture staff to learn how to selectively prune your plants to improve vigor, increase bloom density, control height, and enhance ornamental value. Discuss the tools, techniques, and timing needed for effective pruning, and watch a demonstration of pinch pruning.

Heavenly Hydrangeas Book Signing with author Joan Harrison
Saturday July 9: 1-2 pm
Learn tips and tricks for growing beautiful hydrangeas from author Joan Harrison during this one-hour walking tour, with a book sale and signing featuring Joan and her popular book, Heavenly Hydrangeas. Joan is the founding president of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society.

Hydrangea Care Walk and Talk
Sunday, July 10: 11-11:45 am
Monday, July 11: 1-1:45 pm
Friday, July 15: 10-10:45 am
Heritage Horticulture staff share the basics of how to maintain and care for hydrangeas, including discussions and demonstrations of ideal growing situations, watering, fertilizing, and mulching.

Hydrangea Pests and Disease Control Walking Tour
Thursday, July 14: 1-1:45 pm
Walk the gardens with Mal Condon, Heritage’s Hydrangea Curator, to learn about the pests and disease issues that most commonly affect hydrangeas. Learn how Heritage uses a more sustainable approach to control pest problems.

Exploring The North American Hydrangea Test Garden
Saturday, July 9: 10-10:45 am
Thursday, July 14: 10-10:45 am
Sunday, July 17: 1-1:45 pm
Hydrangea plantings at Heritage are expanding! Over the next five years, Heritage will work with partners to create the most complete hydrangea collection in the U.S. This trial-and-demonstration garden for newly developed hydrangeas is being designed to feature diverse plants showcasing the research, breeding, and introduction programs currently underway in the industry. Come learn more about this exciting initiative!

Hydrangea Colors
Friday, July 15: Noon-12:30 pm
Everyone wants to know how to achieve the blushing pinks and deep blues of these beautiful blooms! Learn how soil types, fertilizer choices, and pH control additives can bring out the brightest hues in your plants. Watch a demonstration of techniques, and leave knowing how to alter your home soil’s chemistry for a more vibrant hydrangea blooms in your garden.

Hydrangeas for Every Garden
Tuesday, July 12: 1:30-2:15 pm
Sunday, July 17: 10-10:45 am
Take a walking tour through the Heritage Hydrangea Display Garden and learn how specific hydrangeas provide benefits for various situations and landscapes. You will also gain knowledge about hydrangeas for containers; hydrangeas of more modest size for foundation plantings; hydrangeas for cold climates, for cutting, for drying, and for sunny gardens or more shady locations. Bring your questions to this interactive discussion.

Heritage Museums & Gardens 508-888-3300
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

Monomoy Island Excursions in Harwichport MA

Monomoy Island Excursions is a family owned and operated business in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachussets. For over 10 years we’ve been taking people out to Monomoy, a barrier island and wildlife refuge off the coast of Chatham, MA, where thousands of seals have made their home.


While seals are the main attraction on our cruise, there is a lot more to see! We visit Wychmere Harbor, in Harwich Port. This is one of the most scenic harbors on the Cape! We also stop in to Stage Harbor in Chatham, where you get a close up view of Stage Harbor Lighthouse, and can catch a glimpse of Chatham Lighthouse. Not to mention the combination of large yachts, small sailboats, and various fishing boats that fill each harbor. You get a real taste of the sea life on Nantucket Sound.
We run seal cruises several times a day, generally lasting 1 1/2 hours. While we see lots of harbor seals and gray seals, Monomoy is also home to hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. There is a trained naturalist on board who narrates the tour and can answer questions about the wildlife as well as the history of the island and the historic  Monomoy Lighthouse.

Check out the current pricing 

508-430-7772 702 Route 28, Harwich Port, MA 02646

Cape Cod Maritime Days 2016

Join us in May 2016 for the 23rd Annual Cape Cod Maritime Days, a celebration of the Cape’s rich maritime history!Cape Cod Maritime Days 2016

The month-long event showcases a variety of Cape-wide maritime-themed activities, including guided kayak excursions, lighthouse & walking tours, nautical art exhibits, the 20th Annual Cape Cod Martime History Symposium at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on May 21st, and more.

Click here for a line-up of events and activities.

Cape Cod’s maritime heritage is legendary. Come, hear and experience this wonderful lore at Cape Cod Maritime Days! See why this annual event was designated one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association.

Sponsored by Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Commission and Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Highlights include

Chatham Light Tours: May 4 and May 18

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – 1:00pm to Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 3:30pm
Chatham Lighthouse, Shore Road, Chatham

Centerville Historical Walk

Saturday, May 7, 2016 -9:30am to 10:30am
Park at Centerville Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville

Quest to Save the Seas Lecture at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street, Brewster

HyArts Shanties on Hyannis Harbor Open for the Season

Friday, May 13, 2016 to Monday, October 10, 2016
Ocean Street, Hyannis
Click here for a line-up of events and activities.

Highland Lighthouse Tours in North Truro MA

A visit to Cape Cod National Seashore isn’t complete until you’ve visited the historic Highland Light in North Truro. The 69-step climb up a narrow staircase rewards visitors with spectacular views of Cape Cod and beyond. On a clear day views extend more than 20 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and bay of Cape Cod. To ensure the safety of all visitors, the minimum height requirement to climb the lighthouse is 48″.Highland Lighthouse Tours in North Truro MA

History of the Lighthouse 

Highland Light Station, also known as Cape Cod Light, is located on Outer Cape Cod within Cape Cod National Seashore in North Truro. Commissioned by George Washington and established in 1797 as the 20th light station in the United States, the original 45-foot tall wooden tower and keeper’s dwelling were built more than 500 feet from the edge of a 125-foot-tall clay cliff. A new brick lighthouse was erected near the original tower in 1831. The present 66-foot-tall brick light tower, keeper’s house, and generator shed replaced the previous structures in 1857. An enclosed walkway connects the tower and the one-and-one-half-story, L-shaped, Queen-Anne-style keeper’s dwelling.

Erosion of the steep cliff throughout the years brought the present light station around 100 feet from the cliff’s edge by the early 1990s. Using funds raised by the Truro Historical Society combined with state and Federal grants, Highland Light Station was successfully moved 450 feet back to safer ground. After the 18-day move, the light was relit on November 3, 1996, and is an active aid to navigation. Today, the keeper’s house features a gift shop and museum exhibits and a dedicated staff provides tours of the tower.


2017 Lighthouse tours


April 17 through April 23: Lighthouse Climbs 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

April 24 through May 26: Lighthouse Climbs weekdays 12PM to 4 PM and weekends 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

May 27 through October 29: Lighthouse Climbs 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

Must be 48″ tall to climb lighthouse.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for students and seniors
$1 off with an admission ticket from the Highland House Museum



\Highland Lighthouse, 27 Highland Light Road, North Truro

Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days 2016 in Falmouth MA

Daffodil Days will be held at  Spohr Gardens in Falmouth MA  on  2  Saturday, April 23 &  30 10am-4pm.   Experience the sheer beauty of thousands of daffodils.Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days 2016 in Falmouth MA

Free admission, donations accepted.

Face painting, ventriloquist, wishing tree, quilt raffle, guided tours and sale table.

4/23: Live music by the Falmouth Academy String Quartet from 10am to 12pm and the Falmouth Fiddlers from 1pm-2pm
4/30: Soil testing by the Master Gardeners from 10am to 4pm

Spohr Gardens
45 Fells Rd.
Falmouth, MA 02540