A walk on the beach is enjoyable no matter the season; but let’s face it, if they can’t go swimming, the kids would usually prefer to be somewhere else! Why not explore the awe-inspiring Autumn on Cape Cod…full of apples, pumpkins, ghosts and things that go bump in the night!
Hawk’s Wing Farm
41 Hawks Wing Road, Yarmouthport
You and your family will enjoy apple picking, pumpkin picking, wagon rides, caramel apples, face painting and fun in the barnyard and playground. The aroma of cinnamon and hot apple cider wafting from the kitchen and the cool crisp fall air only start to describe this all-organic farm in the fall. Dwarf apple tree tops are nearly always within an arms reach, with a majority of the fruit within a child’s grasp. A variety of organic selections are available to take home from the farm stand.
October is perfect for … APPLES!! Apple cider, apple pies, arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, collards, escarole, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, chard, turnips, winter squashes, butternut squash..
Visit Hawk’s Wing Farm for more information and directions.
- PUMPKIN PICKING – Roam around the pumpkin field and find a small, or large, or extra large, round or tall but definitely orange, “just right for you” pumpkin!
- HAY RIDES – Tour the grounds of this beautiful little farm while munching on some treats and looking for woodland creatures. The ride will take you around the pumpkin patch, through the woods, around a pond and back to the Farm Store.
- HAY HOUSE – Sheltered under a round roof but still open to the fresh fall air, it’s a great place to jump & roll around in the hay while learning a bit about what creatures live on a farm!
- FARM STORE – Bring home the freshest and finest fruits and vegetables of the season; try some delicious jellies and jams while picking up corn stalks, gourds and mums to decorate your home for the fall.
Visit Cob Webb Farm for more details and directions.
A.D. Makepeace Cranberry Tour
158 Tihonet Road, Wareham
The Makepeace business has been growing cranberries since the 1800s. Abel D. Makepeace established hundreds of acres of bog across southeastern Massachusetts and became known as “The Cranberry King.” Today, the company farms approximately 1,750 acres of bog in the towns of Carver, Middleborough, Plymouth, Rochester and Wareham. A.D. Makepeace is the largest grower-owner of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., and the largest cranberry grower in the world. With more than 400 growers producing nearly 25 percent of the nation’s cranberry supply, cranberries are the number one food crop in Massachusetts, having a crop value of $50 million.
Makepeace blends state-of-the-art technology with centuries-old growing techniques. Take some time to explore, tour and learn about this fascinating industry. Individual tours are available, advance reservations are required
Visit A. D. Makepeace for more information and reservations, or call (508) 295-1000.
Barnstable Village’s Haunted & History Walking Tour
Are you looking for something out of the ordinary to fill your evening? Discover this unique walking tour of the historic and haunted “Old Kings Highway” in Barnstable Village. You will hear stories of the conflict between the Loyalists and the American Whigs (Patriots) and how England had a stronghold on this small quaint town. There are over ten stops on the tour and eight have ghost stories. Visit Cobb’s Hill Cemetery where many strange and unusual things have taken place, and the Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant where a mischievous specter lurks in the dining room. The tour finale ends with the “Old Jail” built in the 1690’s by order of Massachusetts Bay Colony Courts, which is actively haunted.
ADVISORY: we have not personally participated in this tour. Please use discretion with children. You may wish to call the tour company to inquire about age appropriateness – (508) 771-2725.
Visit Barnstable Village’s Haunted & History Walking Tour for more information and to view other tours.
Cape Cod Central Railroad
252 Main Street, Hyannis
All Aboard For Fun on the Narrated Scenic Train! Climb aboard one of the Cape Cod Central’s climate-controlled passenger cars and feel the thrill as the whistle blows and your fun-filled adventure begins. The rhythm of the train and the spirit of the crew will whisk you away on an exhilarating two-hour journey by rail. You’ll pass beautiful cranberry bogs, natural woodlands, lush marshes and more as you make your way between Hyannis and the Cape Cod Canal.
Advance reservations suggested. (508) 771-3800, or toll free at (888) 797-RAIL.
Visit Cape Cod Central Railroad for more information, departure times and reservations.
Haunted Hotel Package
At Cape Codder Resort & Spa
This isn’t a trick – it’s a true TREAT all the way! The festivities include an all-new Ghostly Halloween Musical Light Show in the courtyard, trick-or-treating in the safety of the hotel, a Halloween Dance party with prizes and giveaways, a Halloween movie (under the stars if weather permits) and storytelling around the bonfire, plus much more! The evenings activities include:
- Early Check In
- Face Painting from 3 – 6 with the fun factory
- Trick or Treating in the hotel from 4 – 6
- Ghoulish Ballooning
- Halloween Dance Party with best costume awards
- Halloween movie on the deck
- Bonfire Story Telling
Visit Cape Codder’s Haunted Hotel page for more information and reservations.