Cape Towns-Orleans


Orleans

The largest commercial center on the Lower Cape, Orleans offers shops, restaurants, art galleries, theatre, college baseball and access to beautiful beaches.

Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Parish Park, 44 Main Street, Orleans
508-255-7203, www.orleanscapecod.org


Orleans Beaches

  • Nauset, Beach Road: Ocean
  • Skaket, Skaket Beach Road: Bay
  • Pilgrim Lake, Herring Brook Road: Freshwater Pond

To learn more about beach fees and sticker requirements, contact Parks and Beaches Department at 508-240-3700, ext. 465 or check the website. www.orleanscapecod.org/explore/beaches


History/Museums

  • Orleans Historical Society, 3 River Road – open July through Labor Day (see website for hours). Displays include historic documents and photographs, shipwreck artifacts, lifesaving equipment, Pendleton rescue articles, revolutionary war artifacts, and Native American tools and weapons.
    508-240-1329, www.orleanshistoricalsociety.org
  • Motor Lifeboat CG36500 – berthed at Rock Harbor during the summer months. Famous for the 1952 rescue of 32 crewmen on the ill-fated tanker Pendleton.
    www.cg36500.org/
  • French Cable Station, 41 Route 28 at Cove Road – provided first direct communication link from France to the United States. Collection includes original cables, maps, instruments and related memorabilia. Open weekends June through September.
    508-240-1735, www.frenchcablestationmuseum.org

Recreation/Nature

Biking – Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22-mile route from Dennis to Wellfleet, accessible from several points in Orleans.

Baseball – Cape Cod Baseball League, www.capecodbaseball.org and www.orleansfirebirds.com

Walking/Hiking – for a complete list of conservation areas, visit www.orleansconservationtrust.org

  • Sea Call Farm, Tonset Road – 6 acres on Town Cove. Gardens, picnic area, paths, birdwatching, parking.
  • Baker’s Pond Conservation Area, Baker’s Pond Road – 15 acres on pond, trails, parking.
  • Kent’s Point Conservation Area, Frost Fish Lane (a narrow dirt path) – 27 acres of trails, benches, parking. Overlooks Namequoit River and northern edge of Pleasant Bay.

Other Points of Interest

Snow Library, 67 Main Street
508-240-3760, www.town.orleans.ma.us/snow-library


Browse Additional Cape Towns

Brewster | Chatham | Dennis | Eastham | Harwich
Provincetown | Orleans | Sandwich | Truro | Wellfleet