Just the fact that “The Cape” reaches out into the Atlantic Ocean away from the mainland makes it an intriguing place to visit.
We went to Provincetown for a wedding a couple of weeks ago. Here’s what we saw:
Cape Cod Fun Facts
- The first piece of North America the Pilgrims saw was Cape Cod. They landed on Cape Cod on November 11, 1620. After scouting around for a month, the Pilgrims decided to settle on the mainland near Plymouth Rock. (Why!?)
- Cape Cod National Seashore was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. Prior to being designated public land, a portion of the National Seashore was slated for development. Cape Cod National Seashore is 43,500 acres of forest, ponds and beaches that stretch throughout the Cape.
- Cape Cod is constantly, slowly changing shape. See this flash animation of how the shape of Cape Cod has changed over the past 6,000 years. The animation is from an article on the Cape Cod Times site titled Cape’s shape constantly changing, for good and for bad.
- A newsworthy visitor was in Provincetown a couple of weeks before we were there. A black bear – the first seen on the Cape in hundreds of years – was spotted wandering around Provincetown and other areas of the Cape. The bear was tranquilized and moved inland by wildlife officials. The tagged bear then traveled approximately 100 miles and was spotted a couple weeks later in a Boston suburb. He was caught again and transported deeper into the woods. Who can blame him for wanting to go back to the Cape?
We didn’t have enough time to truly explore when we were there. Like the Cape Cod black bear, we want to go back.
Have you been to Cape Cod? Where should we go when we go back?