These are the golden days when those of us in the Northern half of the country realize that now is the time to fully celebrate the temperate weather before the winter is upon us. One way to keep the feel of endless summer is by an off-peak season (fall and spring) visit to Cape Cod. The temperatures might be a bit cooler at night in Cape Cod during this time, but the days warm up beautifully. But lest you think that Cape Cod is only about summer time and beaches, the following details the many unique activities you and your family can enjoy during the fall and spring in Cape Cod, especially in the Hyannis area.
- SANDY NECK BEACH PARK:
I was delighted this year to discover and explore Barnstable’s Sandy Neck Beach Park which is only a 15 minute ride from Main Street in Hyannis. This is a barrier island full of rugged seaside scenery and natural life. The walking paths are in a sheltered area behind the beach and dunes, thus making it a warm and protected area to explore. During my time there I saw a juvenile osprey spread its impressive wings and I got some lovely photos of the dunes.
What’s more is that a few minutes from the nature preserve is the beach. Located on Cape Cod Bay, the beach’s gentle waters are crystal clear and great for skimming stones with your kids at this time of year. From a parents’ viewpoint, you can’t beat the easy access to the beach, which is only a few stairs away from the parking lot, yet hidden by dunes.
- CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE HALL OF FAME MUSEUM AND JOHN F. KENNEDY MUSEUM:Let’s play ball! Cape Cod is a haven for up and coming professional baseball players who frequent The Cape each summer as a part of the Cape Cod Baseball League. While the league’s games are held in the summer, throughout the year you and your kids can enjoy the boys of summer via the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame and Museum on Main Street in Hyannis. Here you’ll see memorabilia of the Cape Cod Baseball League along with impressive statistics regarding the many league players who went on to be drafted for professional teams.
The John F. Kennedy Museum is located in the same building. This quaint museum documents in photos the idyllic moments President Kennedy spent with his family here in Hyannis. Featuring plenty of photos of JFK sailing, walking the area’s beaches and playing football at the Kennedy’s Hyannis Port compound, there is a very personal atmosphere to the museum. This feel and tone greatly differs from the monumental and presidential JFK Library in Boston.
- BEACH TIME:
The fall and spring are some of the best times to enjoy Cape Cod’s scenic beaches. Gone are the full parking lots and gone is the need to haul a beach umbrella with you. Instead the beaches are wide open to frolic with ease.
My children, nieces and nephews love dipping their toes in the off-season water and playing a rousing game of football or Frisbee on the beaches without concern for hitting someone with their ball or Frisbee.
They also love climbing on the lifeguard chairs which, during the fall, winter and spring, stand like empty sentinels to the summer season. I love snapping photos of my extended family in the lifeguard chairs high atop the beach and surf.
- INDOOR WATER PARK:
What kid doesn’t enjoy water slides? And what parent doesn’t relish an indoor water park that can be enjoyed day and night year round? Hyannis’ indoor water park is located at the Cape Codder Resort in a large dedicated building that houses two water slides, a wave pool, mushroom water fountain and huge soothing soaking tub for adults. I find the beach scene murals that adorn all the walls so very atmospheric of Cape Cod.
- CAPE COD MALL:
While one can visit a mall anywhere, what my family likes about this mall is its versatility for all ages. The Cape Cod Mall is also a great option if the weather turns inclement.
My 10-year-old son enjoys the carousel immensely which is located in the food court. The carousel is very family friendly since I can comfortably enjoy a snack or lunch while keeping a close eye on him.
My teen daughter enjoys many of the shops which range from Forever 21 to Aeropostale, Sunglass Hut and American Eagle Outfitters. She and her teens cousins also frequent fun eateries such as Candy Crossing and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
I am a huge fan of Starbucks’ chai lattes so I get my fill at the Barnes & Noble located in the mall.
After time at the Cape Cod Mall, we enjoy recuperating with the many non-mall
activities offered at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa which is just a few minutes away. From the heated outdoor pool to the indoor water park, hot tub and sauna, we end the day in Hyannis collectively saying “ahhhh!.”