My Suitcase Subscribe Now for Insider Info

People flock to the Cape in the summer to take advantage of the gentle surf, sandy shores, and gorgeous outdoor scenery. But not every day can be sunny and spectacular, so what are visitors to do when it is gray and gloomy out? Here are some ideas for fun things to do on a rainy day on Cape Cod.

1. Go to a museum. The Cape has no shortage of wonderful museums, but on sunny days, it can be hard to want to spend time indoors. If you can’t pry yourself away from the beach on a gorgeous day, then take the opportunity of a rainy day to visit one of the many excellent museums on Cape Cod. 

The Cape Cod Children’s Museum is a perfect spot for families. With many interactive exhibits and an open layout, the CCCM is a perfect place to spend several hours with the kids. CCCM is located at 577 Great Neck Road in Mashpee and their phone number is 508-539-8788.

Another great stop for families is the Green Briar Nature Center which is part of the Thornton Burgess Society in Sandwich. The center is located at 6 Discovery Hill Road in Sandwich and their phone number is 508-888-6870.

Cape Cod towns also have their own historical societies, all of which offer a different glimpse into the unique history that makes up the Cape. The historical societies also hold many different events, so visit the calendar to see what will be going on while you are on the Cape.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis is another great stop for a rainy day. Featuring some of the best sculptures, paintings, and other mediums on the Cape, the CCMoA is well worth the visit. CCMoA is located on 60 Hope Lane in Dennis and their phone number is 508-385-4477.

2. Art Galleries. The art galleries of Cape Cod are many and varied. No matter which part of the Cape you find yourself on, there are usually several galleries in the area, so a rainy day can be an opportunity to visit one, two, or more fabulous art galleries. Consider visiting galleries that offer different mediums so you can experience the wide variety.

3. Shopping. Of course, a rainy day is also an opportunity to explore the wonderful stores lining Cape Cod’s Main Streets. From luxury boutiques to eclectic shops that have things you wouldn’t find anywhere else, the shops on Cape Cod are worth visiting. This will also give you a chance to pick up gifts and souvenirs!

4. Get Lunch. While sunny days are perfect for picnics and outdoor dining at clam bars, rainy days are perfect for exploring the indoor dining on Cape Cod. A relaxing lunch can be just the ticket on a rainy day, and it can be perfect for combining with a day of shopping on Main Street or going out to an art gallery.

Lunch is also a less expensive way to experience all the wonderful dining available on Cape Cod, great for travelers on a budget!

5. Take an Indoor Tour. There are several indoor tours that can be quite enjoyable.

The Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory is an interesting and tasty tour that allows visitors to learn about the making of one of the best potato chips around. The factory is located at 100 Breeds Hill Road in Hyannis and their number is 508-775-3358.

The local breweries, wineries, and distilleries also offer tours, so click here for more information on these adult-oriented activities.

6. Indulge Yourself. Cheer yourself up with a little pampering. From manicures and pedicures to full body massages, the Cape has many licensed professionals ready to help you relax, unwinded and become a better you. At the Beach Plum Spa & Med-Spa at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa at 1225 Iyannough Road in Hyannis, choose from a wide variety of treatments for women, men and even children. The spa is open to both guests of the resort and the public. 

7.  Enjoy a Favorite Activity. If you want to have some classic fun, consider one of two guaranteed good time activities: ice skating or bowling.

Ice skating is a classic and it can be the perfect way to spend a rainy summer day. There are four different rinks on the Cape, all offering public skating throughout the week:

If you want something a bit warmer, then consider going bowling. There is the Orleans Bowling Center, located at 191 Route 6A in Orleans (508-255-0636) which offers candle pin bowling as well as a full-bar and great barbeque.

The Lanes Bowl and Bistro, located at 9 Greene Street in Mashpee Commons (774-228-2291), has bowling and plenty of delicious dining, so it’s the perfect place to bowl and have lunch!

Ryan Family Amusements has several locations on the Cape and Islands, including South Yarmouth, Hyannis, Falmouth, and Buzzards Bay (also have locations in Oak Bluffs and Hyannis that are just game rooms, no bowling). Visit their website for more information about the individual locations.

Never think of a rainy day as a total wash, instead see it as an opportunity to enjoy one of the many fun indoor activities that the Cape has to offer.


The Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich has wonderful exhibits and activities for adults and children. Don't miss a tour of the jam kitchen. Photo by Jane Booth.


Plan An Aquatic Adventure on Cape Cod Ponds Discover The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Cape Cod Thrifting 5 Instagram Worthy Locations in Boston The Top Three Spots for Brunch in Provincetown
Explore the Ice Castles of New Hampshire 5 Interesting Facts About the Lizzie Borden House Stay Cozy at Boston's Rooftop Igloo Bar Witness The History Of Boston Sports Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Hyannis’ Artist Shanties by the Sea See the Perseid Meteor Shower on Cape Cod Seashells on the Seashore Cape Cod Clam Shacks Cape Cod Water Sports Explore the Cape Cod National Seashore Get Outdoors on the Upper Cape Your Weekend Surfing Paradise An Upper Cape Weekend for Dog Owners A Weekend for Foodies Choose Your Own Nature Adventure Explore Provincetown by Bike A Weekend in Upper Cape Cod for History Buffs Winter Wildlife on Cape Cod Town Spotlight: Brewster Choosing a Church for Your Cape Cod Wedding Giving Tree : "Our Own Garden of Eden" Places for Guests to Stay on Your Special Day Men's Formal Wear Fashion Honeymoon on Cape Cod Five Great Spots to Tie the Knot in Provincetown How to Get a Marriage License in Massachusetts Green Wedding Ideas Cheesecake: Delicious and Underrated Phresh Act Brings a Unique Style to Every Wedding Stage Door Canteen Brings a Fun, Big Band Sound to Weddings Accent Entertainment Livens Up Wedding Receptions Making the Most of Your Bachelorette Party Incorporating Furry Friends on your Special Day Where to Hold the Rehearsal Dinner Fun Ideas for a Bachelor Party Where to Register for your Wedding Cool Ideas for Drinks on your Wedding Day Three Perfect Places for Pampering Reception at Sea on Cape Cod Eight Ways to Add Nautical Nuances to Your Wedding How to Dress a Cape Cod Bridesmaid Cape Cod's Non-Traditional Wedding Cake Trends Nice Day for a Green Wedding Using Ice to Add a Personal Touch 5 Ways to Make Your Cape Cod Beach Wedding a Success Weddings Down By The Sea Say "I do" at the Cape Cod National Seashore Five Stunning Settings for Your Outer Cape Wedding Six Lovely Locales for Your Lower Cape Wedding Eight Magicial Venues for Your Mid Cape Wedding Twelve Stunning Upper Cape Settings for Your Wedding Reception Nine Tips for Trimming Your Cape Cod Summer Wedding Costs A Dozen Fun Things to Do on Your Cape Cod Honeymoon Eight Cape Cod Gardens Perfect For Your Wedding Cranberry Cocktails for Cape Cod Summertime Food Mashups in the Ocean State. Nauticon is Not Your Average Con Town Spotlight: Bourne Town Spotlight: Nantucket Town Spotlight: Mashpee Town Spotlight: Provincetown Town Spotlight: Orleans Town Spotlight: Yarmouth The Viking 200 Cardboard Boat Challenge Cape Cod Restaurant Week Beekeeping Keeps Cape Cod Sweet Celebrate Spring with Nantucket's Daffodil Festival 12,000 Years of Wampanoag History Five Sweet Spots on Route 6A 5 Spots for Shopping Along Route 6A A Cabinet of Wonders: Inside the Edward Gorey House Sharks: Cape Cod's Other Summer Visitors Romantic Spots in Falmouth Gods & Goddesses at the Provincetown Carnival Cape Cod’s Hydrangeas Yappy Hour at Cape Cod Beer Sweet Caroline's Ice Cream Is So Good The Ultimate Guide to Cape Cod Summer Theater A 90-Year Recipe for Saltwater Taffy Cape Cod Donut Shop Gets Creative A Festival for the Dogs on Cape Cod Spend a Day at the Ballgame A Dog’s Day on the Cape in Eastham Let them Eat Cake 4 Breakfast How to Run a Cape Cod Marathon What Makes Great Mini-Golf? Five Family-Friendly Stops along Route 6A Bowling and Games at Ryan's Amusements Hidden Hollow and Family Fun Fridays at Heritage Family Fun at Wackenhammer's Shipwreck! Navy Submarine, S-19 Runs Aground on Nauset Bar in Eastham Shipwreck! Stockholm sinks Andrea Doria off Chatham Shipwreck! The Competitor Cape Cod Houses The Cape Cod Canal Mooncussers of Cape Cod What's Your Cape Cod IQ? Shipwreck! The Argo Merchant Six Fun History Stops on Cape Cod Glimpse the Nineteenth Century at Pairpoint Glass Four Tips for First-Time Birders Six Spots for Spectacular Cape Cod Birding P-Town Dune Shack Applications Available Gardens Aglow Lights up Cape Cod for the Holidays Four places to catch a ferry to the islands Head to Woods Hole for a Day of Ocean Discovery Writers on the Nature of Cape Cod Five Fun Things to do in October on Cape Cod Cranberries & Blueberries: Berry Interesting Cape Cod Shines September Festivals: Come Celebrate Cape Cod Lobster Roll Luncheons A Day at Hyannis Harbor: Summertime at the Artist Shanties Fishing for Flounder with Captain Chip Chatham goes "Back to the Future" in June Veg Out (and More) at One of Cape Cod's Farmers Markets An afternoon in South Yarmouth: Mini golf, ice cream & more Five Reasons to Add a Melody Tent Show to Your Cape Cod Vacation Itinerary Cape Cod Shipwreck: Elsie G. Silva In a Jam in Sandwich: Strawberry, Cranberry Apricot & More Paint the Cape green: Three ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day Walk in the footsteps of the Kennedys on Cape Cod Go green in Yarmouth at the Cape Cod St. Pat's Parade Siobhan Magnus to sing like a Brit in Yarmouth Local & luscious: Three Cod Cod-inspired Valentine's Day treats Brewing up knowledge--an evening out at a local "on tap" event Five fun things to do with the kids during February school vacation Digging for delights--Cape Cod clamming Three unique spots to catch a flick on Cape Cod Nantucket makes Nat Geo's best fall trips list Sunbathe, Swim & Explore: Sixteen Beaches in Dennis Swim, Surf & Sunbathe: Nine Beautiful Beaches in Barnstable Eleven Heavenly Beaches in Harwich The Shores of Falmouth: Nine Beautiful Beaches to Explore Dive into Bourne with a Visit to These Six Beaches If You Hear The Chatham Band Playing, That Means It's Friday Make Jam and Meet Peter Rabbit at the Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich 23 Top Fresh Water Swimming Spots on Cape Cod Four Fantastic Beaches to Explore in Sandwich Explore Music, Theater, Film & More at Cotuit Center For the Arts Take a dip at Mashpee's South Cape Beach Dining With Dad: Four Cape Restaurants for Father's Day Guided Kayak Tours: A Great Way to See Cape Cod Seafood Dinner: Three Essential Condiments for Your Cupboard Chatham Railroad Museum is a Treat for Train Lovers of All Ages Four Tips for Skipping Memorial Day Weekend Traffic on Cape Cod Sip the Cape's Newest Small Craft Beer from Devil's Purse Brewing Gray Gables and Bourne's Connection to President Grover Cleveland Love Butterflies? Check Out Butterflies of Cape Cod in Bourne Scargo Tower Offers A Stunning View of Cape Cod Seven Ways to Enjoy Seafood on Cape Cod Five Tips for Hiking Cape Cod Trails Beach Stickers: A Must Have for Summer Vacation Fun Packing for a Day at the Shore: What's In Your Beach Bag? Taste Your Way Through Cape Cod: Eleven Awesome Ice Cream Shops Pets Welcome: Five Places to Stay with Your Furry Friend The Herring Are Running, The Herring Are Running! Daffodil Alert: Spring Has Sprung on Cape Cod Scuba Diving to Stand Up Paddleboarding The Great Fried Clam Roll Debate: Strips or Whole-Belly Cape Cod Vacation Must: Tantalizing Treats from the Raw Bar Three Tips for a Green Cape Cod Vacation A New Way to Explore: Rock Hunting on Cape Cod An Early Morning Walk--Cape Cod All to Yourself Ten Reasons Cape Cod is THE Destination for Your Next Vacation Kids: Catch Some Air at a Cape Cod Skatepark Grab Your Binoculars--It's Time to Go Birdwatching on Cape Cod Cape Cod Beachcombing: A Dozen Sea Shells You Will Surely Find The Delicate Art of Glass Blowing: Six Cape Cod Studios & a Museum to Visit Bowling, Burgers & Brew--the Lanes in Mashpee has it all All Things Aquatic: Five Cool Cape Cod Aquariums The Brazilian Grill in Hyannis: Not Just For Meat-Lovers Seven Sure Ways to Make Your Cape Cod Valentine's Day Romantic Brilliant Beacons: Take a Tour of the Cape's Many Lighthouses Brrr....Warm Up on Cape Cod with a Spicy Burrito Nine Cape Cod Courses Perfect "Fore" a Round of Golf Celebrate Cape Cod: Buy Fresh, Buy Local Say Cheese: Five Places to Take the Perfect Cape Cod Picture Go Back in Time at These Five Historic Cape Cod Homes Thick & Creamy, Loaded with Clams, How Do You Like Your Chowder? Stand-Up Paddleboarding--a Fun Way to Hit the Waves Farmer for a Day: Seven Cape Cod Farms You Won't Want to Miss Seven Fun Ways to Spend a Rainy Cape Cod Day A Touch Tank Teeming with Cool Sea Creatures Mid & Lower Cape Dining: Ten Top Take-Out Places on Cape Cod Eight Cape Cod Eateries Offering a Twist on Traditional Seafood Arts & Artists: A Dozen Galleries to Visit on Cape Cod Eight Types of Tours That Will Make Your Cape Cod Vacation November 2017 Fun in Boston October 2017 Fun in Boston September 2017 Fun in Boston Top Five Kid-Friendly Stops in Boston Escape to Boston's Islands Boston's Very Own Oasis The Ocean's Most Misunderstood Creature The Regulars are Coming Step Back into the Nineteenth Century Top Five Boston Breweries A Football Fan's Dream Mrs. Mallard Returns to Boston Take a Peek at a 14 Foot Tall PEZ Dispenser Real-life Ghost of Christmas Past An Arctic Sojourn at Mt. Washington Vintage Christmas at Strawbery Banke Nineteenth Century New England Christmas Mexican Chocolate in Somerville Life of a Sailor on Old Ironsides An In-Depth Look at Boston Duck Tours Citi Performing Arts Center Shapes the Boston Art Scene Inside Look at Cape Ann Whale Watch Touring the Dark Side of Boston Meet the Wolfman The Up and Coming Eateries of East Boston Three Top Maine Campsites Behind the Scenes of the Boston Tea Party Springtime Fun in Boston Itinerary for a Single Day in Salem Discover the best hiking trails in Massachusetts In a Jam in Sandwich Trains Trains Trains Zip Into Summer Ski Across New England Massachusetts Movie Moments Visit Historic Salem in Massachusetts Historical Fun in Connecticut Make it Count in Massachusetts History on Cape Cod Inspired Fun in New Hampshire Top Things to Do In Rhode Island See the Beautiful Berkshires Ship Up to Boston for Historical Fun
View More

You have now added this profile to your suitcase

You are not logged in. To login or create an account please click here