5 Fun Things to Do in the Fall

August 3, 2022

The best time of year to visit Cape Cod is the fall, so we put together a list of five fun things to do on the Cape this fall:

Cranberry Harvest

Fall is the harvest season for cranberries, many of which are grown right here on Cape Cod! Explore cranberry harvesting with the whole family during the fall harvest season. 

Annie’s Crannies is located in Dennis. Stop by and the crew will tour you through their scenic bogs, show you their processes, and tell you stories about Cape Cod. Annie’s Crannies will put you to work cleaning berries on their antique screening equipment. The gift shop and barn are both full of antique equipment and machinery as well as delicious jams, fresh fruit, and more! Not only do they grow cranberries, but they spin their own honey and beeswax candles!

The largest organic cranberry bog on Cape Cod is located at Cranberry Bog Tours in Harwich. Reserve your spot for a daily tour of the bog, the equipment, and the farm animals! Before and after your tour, stop by the farm stand and gift shop for gifts, farm-fresh eggs, and cranberry items!

In Orleans, start your tour at Governor Prence Inn in Orleans and take a trip to Chatham through Cape Cod Cranberry Bog Tours. Learn about the history and cultivation of cranberries. Watch the cranberries grow from mid-July to mid-September and be harvested from mid-September to mid-December. The tour is a walking tour daily in season at 4 pm, but tours can also be arranged by appointment. 

Falmouth in the Fall Road Race

Participate, volunteer, or watch the local fall road race held each autumn since 1979! The Falmouth in the Fall Road Race is a 7 mile route on the same seaside course as the ASICS Falmouth Road Race. Each year, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a featured charity partner to support the community. 

This year’s race date is Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 11 am! Visit the Falmouth in the Fall website for more information!

Golf

Cape Cod is home to many beautiful and scenic golf courses! Whether you are just beginning to play or are on the road to be a pro, Cape Cod has 27 public courses and 15 private facilities for all skill levels. 

Test your skills at the 27-hole, year-round, public golf course at Falmouth Country Club. Looking for a shorter course? The Paul Harney Golf Course is a 3,500 yard, 18 hole public course. The Cape Club is the oldest course in the Falmouth area, opening in 1895.

Interested in joining a private club? Visit Sconnesset Golf Club for 18-holes over 7,005 yards with a par of 72. Also try the Woods Hole Golf Club, a scenic course overlooking Buzzards Bay and Quissett Harbor.   

Whale Watching

The best time to see whale activity in the area is in September and early October when the whales migrate south. Baitfish fill the waters around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, attracting humpback, finback, and minke whales as well as dolphins and seals!

Join Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises for an amazing journey to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat! The Whale Watcher is a 130 ft long, 28 ft wide vessel with no external propellers to protect whales and other marine life. With three viewing levels, enjoy the sun deck or sit inside as well as enjoy snacks and drinks on-board. 

Each trip is about 3.5-4 hours and is led by their experienced captains and narrated by expert naturalists. Look for splashing, blows, backs, dorsal fins, or tails at the surface.

Before going on your trip, remember to stay hydrated, dress warmly, wear appropriate shoes, bring sunglasses and sunscreen, and don’t forget your camera!

Woods Hole Island Tours and Water Taxi

Woods Hole Island Tours and Water Taxi offers transport or water adventures surrounding the Elizabeth Islands and Martha’s Vineyard. The tours offer private group charters for up to 6 people. Customize your tour to include island hopping, sunset cruises, booze cruises, picnics, swimming, and more! Feel free to bring your own food or check out their charter menu to order food for beach cookouts!

If you are looking for a shorter ride, try the Happy Hour Tour! The tour is a 45 minute slow tour of the Woods Hole Harbor available for singles or groups. 

The crew consists of two Woods Hole natives who have boated in these waters for years! They love sharing the beautiful surroundings with those who don’t have regular access to the Woods Hole waters, islands and beaches! Reserve early as the tours fill up quickly between May and October!