Sandwich was first settled in 1637 and is the oldest town on Cape Cod. Town center features beautiful old homes, some that have been converted to inns, B&Bs, restaurants and shops. In addition to numerous historic sites and museums, there are public beaches, nature walks, and a thriving arts community.
Town of Sandwich, 130 Main Street, Sandwich
Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, 128 Route 6A, Sandwich
Sandwich has two ocean beaches and three fresh water beaches:
- Ocean Beaches are Town Neck Beach and East Sandwich Beach.
- Fresh Water Beaches are Snake Pond, Wakeby Lake, and Peters Pond Property.
Beach stickers are required and can be purchased at the Tax Collector’s Office, Town Hall Annex, 145 Main Street.
- Heritage Museum and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich – Largest public gardens in Southern New England with 100 acres of grounds and trails on the banks of Shawme Pond. Three gallery buildings house an automobile gallery, an American Art and Carousel gallery, and a Special Exhibits gallery. 508-888-3300, www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org
- Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich – Sandwich history is deeply involved with American glass production. The museum collects, preserves and interprets this history, and includes a glassblowing area where visitors can watch glass being turned into creative forms. 508-888-0251, www.sandwichglassmuseum.org
- Hoxie House, 18 Water Street, Sandwich – This oldest house on Cape Cod dates to 1675. The house was lived in by families into the 1950s without electricity, central heating or plumbing, all of which preserved its authenticity. 508-888-1173, www.capecodmuseumtrail.com/museum-directory/hoxie-house
- Nye Family of America Associates Homestead, 85 Old County Road, East Sandwich – This timber frame home dating from colonial America is in a rural setting with marsh views and a mill stream. The property is listed in the National Register of Historic Homes. 508-888-4213, www.nyefamily.org
Arts and Entertainment
- Heritage Theaters, 280 Route 130, Sandwich – Six movie screens with stadium seating in Heritage Park Plaza. 508-833-7777, www.heritagetheaters.com
- The town offers recreation programs for youths and adults throughout the year. For more information, contact Sandwich Recreation Department. 508-888-4361, www.sandwichrec.com
- Conservation Lands – There are six conservation areas available for walking, hiking and enjoying nature.All are managed by the town’s Natural Resources Department.
- Briar Patch, located behind Green Briar Nature Center on Route 6A
- Murkwood, located on Route 6A
- Talbot’s Point, located on Old County Road
- Maple Swamp, located along the Service Road between Route 6 Exits 3 and 4
- Boyden Farm, located on Cotuit Road just south of Farmersville Road
- Ryder, located on Cotuit Road
- Shawme-Crowell State Forest, 42 Main Street, Sandwich – Offers 285 wooded campsites and over 15 miles of roads and trails for hiking and horseback riding in a 700-acre pitch pine and scrub forest. 508-888-0351, www.mass.gov/locations/shawme-crowell-state-forest
- Adventure Park at Heritage Museum and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich – This aerial forest adventure includes five trails of varying difficulty and 65 unique climbing challenges with zip lines and “bridges” between tree platforms made of rope, cable and wood. 508-888-0199, www.heritageadventurepark.org
- Sandwich Hollows Golf Club, 1 Round Hill Road, East Sandwich – Full service municipally owned 18-hole course. 508-888-3384, www.sandwichhollows.com
- Holly Ridge Golf Club, 121 Country Club Road, Sandwich – Full service 18-hole, Par 54 executive course. 508-419-7289, www.hollyridgegolf.com
- The Ridge Club, 70 Country Club Road, Sandwich – A private 18-hole golf course. 508-428-6800, www.ridgeclubcapecod.com
Other Points of Interest
- Sandwich Public Library, 925 South Main Street, Sandwich. 508-888-0625, www.sandwichpubliclibrary.org