Daytrip to Sandwich

By Mary Moran

Photography by P. L. O’Connell

When visiting the Cape, no matter what season, the town of Sandwich has something to offer for a day of fun that will excite the entire family. From the beaches to the museums, there are plenty of activities and learning experiences to explore in Sandwich. However, if you want to avoid the crowds we recommend staying in Falmouth (just 30 minutes away), and take a daytrip to Sandwich.

Waterfall at the Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich.
Waterfall at the Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich.

Heritage Museums and Gardens

Heritage Museums and Gardens is an excellent location to visit. There you will find numerous exhibitions ranging from meticulously maintained antique cars to a variety of artists’ collections, to aerial trails and zip-lines (new this year). In the gardens, there are one hundred acres of beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees that are unique to each season. Be sure to check out Heritage’s website to find lectures, workshops, and activities that are offered. There is something for everyone! Be sure to also check out the antique carousel that will have you reminiscing about a simpler and more carefree time. If you are bringing the kids, take them to Hidden Hollow. There they can explore the land and participate in exciting activities all while learning about nature and what it has to offer. Heritage Museums and Gardens is open year-round with ever changing offerings for learning science, enjoying beauty, and experiencing adventure.

Historic Sandwich Glass Museum on Your Daytrip to Sandwich

For a more historic view of Sandwich, take a trip to the Sandwich Glass Museum. In this museum you can learn about the unique history of the town and the important ways that the glass industry contributed to the local communities and nation. In addition to viewing beautiful, one of a kind 19th century glasswork, the museum offers a variety of exhibitions to view and even holds shows and events where one can watch the fine art of glass-blowing and sculpting created by local artisans. To remember this trip forever and the beautiful works of art you have admired in the museum, you can stop in at the gift shop and purchase some glass art for yourself or others (great gift idea)!

While in Sandwich, take a walk on the Boardwalk and enjoy the beauty and serenity that the ocean coast has to offer. Located at Town Beach, the Boardwalk is a 1,350 foot walkway right over and along the water’s edge. This walkway was destroyed in 1991 by Hurricane Bob, but the community rebuilt the beautiful boardwalk for people to enjoy for years to come. At the end of the walk, on a clear day, you can even see all the way to the tip of Provincetown, across Cape Cod Bay, Cape Cod’s most easterly town at the tip of the peninsula. When you aren’t soaking up this breath-taking  view, be sure to explore the beach and check out the wildlife, including several endangered species of birds that thrive on the coastal land. Parking is available at the beach year-round and non-residents permits are available.

Sandwich, Massachusettes

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Heritage Museums & Gardens: 41.749446, -70.507567
Sandwich Glass Museum: 41.758657, -70.500466
Palmer House Inn: 41.555639, -70.620020
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Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA, United States
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Sandwich Glass Museum
129 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563, United States
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Palmer House Inn
81 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA, United States

Next time you are visiting us at at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast inn and are looking for something new or old to explore, be sure to take the pleasant day trip to historic Sandwich, Cape Cod’s oldest town. The staff, and Bill and Pat, at the Palmer House Inn are happy to answer any questions you may have about planning the day, just pop right in at the front desk!

Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Sandwich and Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

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Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Reviews

12.6.2014     We chose to have a little get away and could not have chosen a better place. We were well taken care of, great attention to detail, and the warmth and coziness of the Inn all helped make it such a wonderful stay. Thank you so much.     -Dan and Linda

12.6.2014     Splendid. I own a rental property in Falmouth and often visit throughout the year. This is my first, but definitely not the last stay at the Palmer House Inn. Perfect spot for the annual lighting of the Green and truly delightful stay!     –Christine

12.25.2014   Thank you so much for the wonderful, relaxing vacation experience. We loved our stay with you.    – Carol and Dustin

12.26.2014    Pat and Bill, Thank you for your gracious hospitality over the Christmas holiday. The bed was very comfortable and breakfasts were delicious. Best to you both in 2015!     –Louise and John

12.29.2014    We wanted to give ourselves a post Christmas holiday gift after our kids left….so we came here. The room is serene and furnished in a lovely way. The skylight, the candles, the big tub, and very comfy bed were very helpful in lessening our stress. Sunday night we walked the Boardwalk and watched the sunset in Sandwich. This evening we saw an even more glorious sunset at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown. I was disappointed by how built up Cape Cod has become since I was last here (1975) but it still has charm and beauty. Especially the National Seashore. The Henry James room allowed us a tranquil spot for marriage renewal (32 years and counting).    –Kim and Peter

Daytrip to Sandwich, Cape Cod

During your stay at the Palmer House, consider a delightful daytrip to the charming town of Sandwich.

Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod. For a daytrip it is a short drive from Falmouth. On April 1st the beautiful Heritage Museum & Gardens opens. It boasts 100 acres of rolling lawns and colorful gardens. The spring features Dexter Rhododendrons and flowering trees, while summer is resplendent with annuals and daylilies. Autumn is ablaze with foliage and the fall blooming Frankinia. Winter showcases heathers bright berries and noble evergreens.

The Shaker Barn Museum houses an impressive antique automobile collection and the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame exhibit. For lunch, the charming Dunbar Tea Room is a must.

You will also enjoy an afternoon visit to the Thornton Burgess Museum. Burgess was the creator of Peter Rabbit and the author of 170 books and more than 15,000 stories for newspapers.

Last but not least travel to the Sandwich Glass Museum where nearly 5,000 pieces of glass produced at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company between 1825 and 1888 are on display. Visitors love the glass-blowing demonstrations.

With your daytrip complete, return to the Palmer House to prep for the evening meal at one of the fine restaurants on Falmouth’s Main Street.