Things to Do in Mashpee, Massachusetts

by Jennifer Gibbons

Mashpee, Massachusetts is rich in American history and scenic beauty. It's location near Waquoit and Popponesset Bays gives the area an extensive waterfront along with sandy beaches on Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds. Mashpee is also home to four large freshwater ponds creating plenty of opportunity for fishing, kayaking and swimming. Take the time to paddle the local waters, take a walk through history or stroll along Massachusetts' cultural coast.

Canoeing or Kayaking

Explore the Mashpee River Reservation by foot along shore side or by paddling the canoe trails. It's a tidal stream with a pristine shoreline that hasn't been effected by development. The clean water makes it a good source for sea-run brook trout. Bring your fishing gear if you're planning a canoe trip. Waquoit Bay is another canoe trip worth taking. It's a shallow bay that was created by receding glaciers and is framed by barrier beaches. The calm waters are home to hermit and horseshoe crabs, many species of birds and a variety of fish.

The Cape Cod Children's Museum

The Cape Cod Children's Museum ( is a place for the family to spend an afternoon. There are hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, a pirate ship and a puppet theater. The museum hosts events throughout the year such as Digging for Dinosaurs, tea parties and My Grandparents and Me Day. Kids ages 3 through 10 can participate in the Little Sprouts program at Coonamessett Farm. Admission prices are $7 for ages 1 to 59 and $6 for seniors 60 and over, as of the date of publication.

South Cape Beach and Nickerson State Parks

South Cape Beach State Park has several bodies of water including kettle ponds and features more than a mile of white sand beach. There is a boardwalk built over the dunes and restrooms are available. Activities in the park include hiking and walking trails, swimming and a scenic viewing area. Special events are held throughout the year including night hikes with a ranger and interpretive walks. Nickerson State Park is in nearby Brewster. The terrain isn't the typical coastal offerings of Cape Cod but wooded areas surrounding fresh water ponds. There are 400 campsites, ponds stocked with trout, a bike path that connects to the Cape Cod Rail Trail and recreational activities offered by rangers.

Woodruff's Art Center

Woodruff's Art Center is located in Mashpee Commons among a group of locally owned shops. The store itself is a work of art and the gallery shows off the work of Cape Cod artists' Amy Rice and Cecilia Capitanio. Guest artists' works are also on display and the Center hosts events throughout the year such as group shows and artist receptions.

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