The Best Sights Found Around Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a beautiful stretch of land and islands off the coast of Massachusetts. It’s one of the largest barrier islands in the world and is responsbile for protecting much of Massachussetts from harsh North Atlantic waves during storms. The islands are comprised of 15 small towns and villages and the entire barrier islands is divided into four sections: Upper Cape, Mid-Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape.

Whether you’re spending days or weeks at Cape Cod, there is something for everyone. Here are the best sights found around the beautiful island:

Pilgrim Monument

Before Cape Cod became what it is today, Pilgrims in 1620 had spent five weeks exploring the barrier island before sailing to Plymouth, Massachusetts. There was a contest to design a monument to commemorate the Pilgrims’ landing. The winning design was by Willard T. Sears and based upon an Italian structure from 1309. President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the monument in 1907.

The campanile (bell tower) structure stands 252 feet tall, and is made of entirely granite. It is the tallest of its kind in the United States.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

The Kennedys have a very deep connection with Cape Cod, so the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation not only preserves and promotes John F. Kennedy’s legacy, but also his family’s and their connection to the area. The museum features videos and photographs ranging from 1934 to 1963, each arranged in a way to properly reflect John F. Kennedy.

Not only can you honor John F. Kennedy’s memory at the museum, but there are plenty of things to learn about the family while visiting. To visit, tickets are $10 for adults 18+, $5 for 7-18, $5 for students with ID, $7 for seniors 62+, and free for children under 8.

Cape Cod Canal

The Cape Cod Canal is an artificial waterway part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. the 7-mile stretch of water joins Cape Cod to Massachusette’s mainland. That canal has a historical background connected to the Pilgrims. They had scouted land and potential routes to make the canal a reality. The canal was used for shipping, trading, and also a route during World War II to avoid enemies. Today, the canal is mostly used by recreational and commercial vessels. There are parking areas throughout the 7-mile stretch. People are always sitting and watching ships go by, people fishing, and other recreational activities on the water.

Highland Light

The Highland Light was Cape Cod’s first lighthouse. Today, several lighthouses line the coast of Cape Cod, but Highland Light remains the first lighthouse that is still active on the coast. Not only is it the oldest, it’s also the tallest. The United States Coast Guard operates the lighthouse while the National Park Service owns it.

Visitors are always welcome to observe the lighthouse, visit the grounds, take tours, explore the museum, and shop at the Keeper’s Shop.

French Cable Station

Learn another piece of American history with the French Cable Station. During World War I, the France had communicated with the U.S. through this cable station. There are free guided tours through the historic collection of Atlantic undersea telegraphic cables, instruments, maps, and other assorted historic memorabilia.

About the Author: James is a guest contributor from Isaiah Jones Homestead Bed & Breakfast, a beautiful and relaxing Cape Cod bed and breakfast in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

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