The 10 Best Things to Do in Harwich, United States

February 13, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Harwich (/ˈhɑːrwɪtʃ/ HAR-witch) is a New England town on Cape Cod, in Barnstable County in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. At the 2010 census it had a population of 12,243. The town is a popular vacation spot, located near the Cape Cod National Seashore. Harwich's beaches are on the Nantucket Sound side of Cape Cod. Harwich has three active harbors. Saquatucket, Wychmere and Allen Harbors are all in Harwich Port. The town of Harwich includes the villages of Pleasant Lake, West Harwich, East Harwich, Harwich Port, Harwich Center, North Harwich and South Harwich. Harwich is also home to the exclusive Wequassett Resort and Golf Club.
Restaurants in Harwich

1. Nickerson State Park

Rte 6A, Brewster, MA 02631 +1 508-896-3491
Excellent
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4.5 based on 239 reviews

Nickerson State Park

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

Locals know all about Nickerson State Park. So they are reluctant to tell out-of-towners about it. But their secret is out. This state-owned, public recreation area covering more than 1,900 acres on in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, is a popular go-to destination for families that love to indulge in hiking, biking, camping, fishing and swimming. The park offers more than 400 campsites, including cabins, eight miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and mountain bike riding, an eight-mile set of bicycle trails that connect to the Cape Cod Rail Trail, fishing on four ponds that are stocked yearly with trout, a boat ramp, lakes for canoeing and kayaking and swimming, showers, interpretative programs, an amphitheater, restrooms, picnicking facilities and wheelchair-accessible beaches. Who needs tennis or golf? The park once was part of the estate of Samuel Mayo Nickerson, an area native and Chicago liquor distiller who made a fortune as one of the founding officers of the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1934, Nickerson's daughter-in-law donated that portion of the estate as a "state forest park." It became Massachusetts' first state park.

2. Cap'n Kids Fishing Adventures

715 Route 28, Harwich Port, Harwich, MA 02646-1914
Excellent
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5 based on 86 reviews

Cap'n Kids Fishing Adventures

Reviewed By TarHeel071 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Took my 15-yr. old granddaughter for a new adventure for both of us. I love to fish but have never done deep sea fishing by boat--I can get seasick easily. Since this fishing adventure was kid-focused, I didn't think I would have any problems. We did go far out but was not sick at all. We all caught fish; 7 each for granddaughter and I. Great experience for all.

3. Harwich Junior Theatre

105 Division St, West Harwich, Harwich, MA 02671-1326 +1 508-432-2002
Excellent
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Harwich Junior Theatre

Reviewed By Barbara D

Local actors present various plays on small informal stage. Very entertaining time. If you enjoy live theatre, take time to see a show.

4. Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

847 Orleans Rd, North Chatham, Chatham, MA 02650-1165 +1 508-945-8889
Excellent
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5 based on 127 reviews

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Museum, Education, Lectures, and more! Founded in 2002, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center sits on the 11.3-acre, 10-building campus which comprised the former Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station, once the busiest ship-to-shore station on the East Coast and a significant military installation (during World War II). The Operations Building now houses the Marconi/RCA Wireless Museum offering interactive exhibits tracing the story of wireless communication in Chatham from its formative days with Marconi, through the 20th Century. The recently renovated campus residence, also once known as the Hotel Nautilus, is the Education Center with additional space for administrative offices, classes, and lectures. CMMC began working on STEM classes in 2008 and launched a major education initiative in 2011 when it partnered with the Public Schools of Chatham and Harwich, MA (now the Monomoy Regional School District), and the MIT Club of Cape Cod to develop curriculum and teacher training materials in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The specific focus of the program is on the subject areas of Communications Engineering and Design. These fields are two of the subtopics in the MA Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks. They also coincide with the mission of CMMC and our emphasis on wireless communications. Finally, we live in the "information age." Innovations are occurring on a daily basis and the products that reach the marketplace are having a profound effect upon society. Our implementation plan includes active roles for both professionals and volunteers in K-12 classrooms throughout Cape Cod. We also offer a wide array of classes and workshops in the summer, a winter science camp, after school programs, and professional development for teachers. To see a complete list of our courses and a preview of our museum offerings, visit our website.

Reviewed By John g - Seattle, Washington

This small but informative museum is packed with a number of displays of historical events in the early history of radio telegraphy in the 20th century all tied in to the Cape Cod and Chatham area. The museum personnel were very helpful and friendly as well. a lot of hands on aspects to the displays.

5. Sea Street Beach

Dennis Port, Dennis, MA 02639
Excellent
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Sea Street Beach

Reviewed By Kelley R - Holyoke, Massachusetts

This beach is actually a succession of a few, separated by jetties...family friendly, well patrolled by lifeguards. I do wish there was better cleanup by folks who visit, but I would go back.

6. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

869 Main St, Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631-1032 +1 508-896-3867
Excellent
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4.5 based on 244 reviews

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History integrates the three strands of its organizational identity - as museum of natural history, nature education center, and steward of conservation land. As a small museum of natural history, we will preserve, exhibit, and interpret our own collections of natural history artifacts and display relevant traveling and loan exhibits. We may also collaborate with local and regional organizations on co-sponsored exhibits. As a nature education center, we will engage children and adults in high-quality programs, classes, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, films, walks, field trips, traditions and interactive exhibits that reveal the many facets of the natural world and the reciprocal impacts that humans and nature exert on each other. As befits a nature education center, we will explore our potential as a center for citizen scientists and amateur naturalists, and as a forum for informed discussion of important issues related to the natural world, especially on Cape Cod. As a steward of 400-plus acres of museum-owned land in Stony Brook Valley and Brewster conservation land adjacent to the museum, including Wing's Island, the salt marsh, and the beach along Cape Cod Bay between Quivett and Paine's Creeks, we will monitor and protect the land and focus our programming on its varied habitats - our outdoor classroom and teaching tool. Programs may also take place elsewhere on Cape Cod and in New England when appropriate.

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History consists of a 17,000-square-foot main building with exhibit and office space and an additional 400 acres of town and conservation land that covers a wide range of habitats, including pitch pine woodlands, salt marshes, a barrier beach, beech forests, walking trails and a small river, Stony Brook, which functions as a herring run during the spring. The museum, which was established in 1954, constructed its first permanent building, now the Summer Pavilion, in 1960, then finally dedicated its current museum space in 1968 at 869 Main Street on Route 6A in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. The museum focuses on local natural history and archeology and includes a small aquarium featuring over 80 different species of local freshwater and saltwater marine life, a butterfly house, several beehives, a collection of taxidermied birds and a collection of wooden birds carver by Eldridge Arnold. The museum's Marshview Room provides a view over conservation lands with binoculars for birdwatching and a monitor displaying a livestream of the osprey next in the marsh. The Stony Brook Valley has been inhabited for 10,000 years and the museum's archeological exhibit offers information about the area's settlement by indigenous people such as the Wampanoags, the subsequent arrival of English settlers in the 17th century and the rise of industry in the 19th century. One of the museum's most interesting and unique exhibits, a special delight for kids, is a 44-foot inflatable humpback whale and a walk-through inflatable what that is used to teach visitors about whales.

7. Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Island Pond Trail, off Weston Woods Road, Harwich, MA 02645 +1 508-432-8397
Excellent
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4 based on 107 reviews

Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

My wife and I aren't gardeners--we live on the eighth floor of a condominium in downtown Chicago--but we love to have fresh flowers in our home, especially lillies, so when someone suggested that we stop at the Cape Cod Lavender Farm during our visit to this Massachusetts wonderland...well, we figured it might be a refreshing way to spend a summer afternoon. It was. On a patch of land overlooking Island Pond in Harwich on the lower Cape, on Island Pond Trail off Weston Woods Road, owner Cynthia Sutphin planted 400 lavender plants in the early 1990s. Today, her family runs one of the largest lavender farms on the East Coast with more than 14,000 plants in seemingly endless varieties. We were introduced to Grosso, a French favorite with a strong scent, Hidcote pink, which smells like peaches, and Harwich Blue, a dark indigo hybrid developed on the farm. You can buy individual potted plants, fresh-picked bouquets to dry and all sorts of products sprung from the farm's bounty, including Sachets, handmade skincare products and even edibles, like the very popular Lavender-Lemon Marmalade. Trust me, lavender jelly is treat that rivals raspberry, strawberry and blueberry. For relaxation, take a stroll through the fields and marvel at aisle after aisle of blue-grey-purple mounds and scent, lavender mingling with the salty breeze off Cape Cod. We missed the celebrated June/July harvest but the gift shop offers a wide-ranging variety of uses for lavender, from food and drink (did I mention that lavender lemonade is a real treat?) to body and home with lavender bath salts, lavender essential oil, lavender body butter, candles, soaps and washes. Then relax in the shade garden with plantings around a miniature stone replica of a medieval castle. Visiting Cape Cod Lavender Farm is a unique experience. Have you ever been to a lavender farm?

8. Jail Break Private Fishing Charters

Saquatucket Municipal Marina, 715 Main Street, Harwich Port, Harwich, MA
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5 based on 84 reviews

Jail Break Private Fishing Charters

Grab your family and friends and enjoy the best fishing on Cape Cod! Jail Break Fishing Charters offers half and full day striped bass, bluefish, and bluefin tuna fishing trips.

Reviewed By Gonefishing305

Just went striper fishing with Seamus. What an experience! We brought in lots of stripers in only a half day trip. Seamus is super knowledgeable and is patient with the most novice of fishermen! This is our third year going out with him and the trip never disappoints! Sign me up for next year!

9. Monomoy Island Excursions

702 Route 28, Harwich Port, Harwich, MA 02646-1931
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Monomoy Island Excursions

The seals of Monomoy are a rare treat seen close up from the shallow drafting seal watch vessel Perserverance. You will glide though narrow channels and into isolated lagoons where hundreds, sometimes thousands of Gray Seals swim and lay out along the shore. And you will spy sea birds and once in a while, the shadow of a great white shark passes by. Some of the best ocean fun adventure for your family.

Reviewed By Brian K - Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

I thought we would see a lot of other awesome animals, but our trip to Monomoy was just average. The captain and the naturalist were very good at what they do, both safe and informative, and I did learn a few things about the islands and the seals. But I was more impressed with all the Ospreys we saw as we returned to Harwich Port in the beautiful cove we circled.
If you're looking for something different to pass a few hours, don't go in with high expectations. It's just OK in my opinion.

10. harwich antique center

10 Route 28, West Harwich, Harwich, MA 02671-1040 +1 508-432-4220
Excellent
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

harwich antique center

We are a group shop with something for everyone. If it's old, odd, collectible and cool, we have it! Tons of furniture, vinyl records, primitives, victorian, jewelry, nautical, coins, gold, silver, sports and entertainment memorabilia, military items, Native American jewelry and items, books, and so much more. Ranging from $1 to high end. Come stop by and say hi to our friendly and knowledgeable staff!!!

Reviewed By NathanielGoodtimes - New York City, New York

The place has a great selection of basically anything and everything you can imagine.
My wife and I took a liking to a beautiful break front they had.
We dont live locally and after speaking on the the employees offered to drive it down to NJ on a family trip in a couple months from then.
Between that and the flexibility on the price it was one of the best experiences I have ever had in an antique shop!

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