Harwich Bucket List A – Z
Harwich will inspire you with the wide variety of artists throughout town. Whether strolling the unique galleries of Harwich Port or wandering through 204 Sisson meeting local artists and artisans working on their craft, you are surely going to find that perfect piece of art in Harwich.
Enjoy fun on the water for all ages – from Cap N’ Kid Fishing, Shanti Sportfishing, Perfect Catch, Monomoy Island Excursions, to the Freedom Cruise Line to Nantucket − these boats and many more offer something for everyone! Create memories that last a lifetime with one of Harwich’s many experienced captains
and charter enthusiasts. They’ll have you reeling in the fun!
CRANBERRY BOG TOURS
A guided tour of a Cape Cod cranberry bog is a fun and an educational experience where you can learn about the operation of a cranberry bog through all of the natural cycles. You’ll see the equipment used in harvesting, and maybe even get to visit with the farm animals.
DR. GRAVITY’S KITE SHOP
Dr. Gravity’s is considered a required stop by thousands on their visits to Harwich Port. Peruse through all the fun items – colorful kites, games, beach toys, and more. Bring your children or your inner child!
EAT IN A SMALL TOWN WITH BIG TASTES
If you have a craving for a tasty treat, you can find it in Harwich. From BBQ, Italian, and French to sushi, pub fare, and fresh seafood – with more than 30 dining establishments, there’s truly something for every appetite!
Located in front of Brooks Academy Museum in Harwich Center, the Harwich Farmer’s Market is held each Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. The growers and producers are all from Barnstable County and off er the finest in produce, fruit, and specialty items such as herbal products, pastries, and local honey. Plants and cut flowers are also available from time to time. Buy Here, Buy Local!
Get ready to tee off at Cranberry Valley Golf Club, an 18-hole Championship Golf Course owned and operated by the Town of Harwich. Cranberry Valley is a Cornish and Robinson gem with a wide variety of well-designed holes. If mini-golf is more your speed, then head to either Bud’s Mini-Golf next to Bud’s Go Karts in Harwich Port or the Weatherdeck in West Harwich (where you can also get a plate of fried clams or an ice cream!)
HARWICH MARINERS BASEBALL
Play ball! The Harwich Mariners are one of 10 teams that play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The CCBL is the premier collegiate summer baseball league for college baseball players. Come and watch the Major League players of the future at Whitehouse Field on Oak Street.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Did you know there are five ice cream shops in Harwich? With something for every craving, Harwich has Dairy Queen and the famous Blizzard, the wide variety of homemade specialty flavors of premium ice cream at Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Yogurt and at Sundae School, Sweet Izzy’s dairy-free and gluten-free selections, and new this season is Seagulls Ice Cream and Soda Fountain, offering soft serve with a twist and craft soda for ice cream floats.
Whether on foot or on wheels, Harwich has trails for everyone! Enjoy exploring the Cape Cod Rail Trail – and you can easily stop for something cold to drink or something to eat in Harwich Center and Pleasant Lake right off the trail. Stop by the Harwich Chamber to pick up a copy of the Bike Trail map and the Harwich Conservation Trail Guide. There are a number of trails through Harwich where you can see osprey and enjoy the natural beauty of our town. <
Bud’s Go Karts has been operating every summer since 1960! Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Come take a spin around the track, located at the corner of Route 28 and Sisson Road.
Looking for a good book? Whether you’re seeking the latest New York Times Bestseller or looking to explore the history of our seven villages, the libraries of Harwich have it! The historic Brooks Free Library in Harwich Center, Chase Library in West Harwich, or the charming 100-year-old Harwich Port Library offer lots of options for your reading pleasure.
The Harwich Town Band is one of the oldest and proudest volunteer concert bands on Cape Cod. Founded in 1975, the Town Band has brought enjoyment to thousands of Cape residents and summer visitors through weekly concerts every Tuesday evening during July and August. Come and enjoy the melodies in Brooks Park in Harwich Center.
Lavender is good for the body and mind! Cape Cod Lavender Farm is a family-owned business located at the heart of 11 secluded acres. Boasting more than 7,000 plants, the property is surrounded by 75 acres of conservation land with woodland walking trails. The farm is free to visit, open March through December. The lavender harvest, where visitors see peak color and bloom, occurs between late June and mid-July. Plants and a wide variety of lavender products are available for purchase.
Grab a pole and your gear at North Chatham Outfitters. They are sure to have all your on-the-water supplies and more. From fishing on the shore to beachcombing for sea glass, come explore the treasures that our 21 beaches and ponds have to offer.
No matter what kind of pizza you like – from authentic Italian at Scribano’s Italian Deli and Market to Greek style at George’s Pizza or Harwich Port House of Pizza, or even that “friendly” shark at Pizza Shark at Pleasant Lake General Store – there’s a pie for every palate in Harwich.
QUAINT INNS & B&BS
Come stay in one of our many B&Bs and inns, such as A Beach Breeze Inn, The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn, The Tern Inn, Winstead Inn and Winstead Beach Resort, or the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club. Take time to recharge as you snuggle into the quaint and charming hospitality of the innkeepers who specialize
in making your stay memorable.
If you love an active lifestyle, this is the place for you! Brooks Park in Harwich Center is home to tennis, pickleball, basketball, bocci, baseball, and easy access to the Cape Cod Rail Trail for biking, running, or walking. In addition, the Harwich Recreation Department offers lots of options for classes and activities, including swimming lessons!
SEASIDE MARKETPLACE ARTISAN SHACKS AT SAQUATUCKET HARBOR
Located next door to Brax Landing at Saquatucket Harbor, the Seaside Marketplace Artisan Shacks feature a variety of locally designed items, from jewelry to sweatshirts to art and more. The vendors rotate throughout the season, so there’s always something new to see!
All the world’s a stage with the theatrical offerings in Harwich! If you’re looking for nightly theater shows, check out the schedule of performances at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Home of HJT, Creative Arts Center, or South Harwich Meetinghouse. For more hands-on fun, Cape Cod Theatre Company/Home of HJT has classes for kids and adults in acting, dancing, improve, and more.
U BELONG HERE
Meet with one of the local wonderful Realtors who will assist you in living the dream and finding your Harwich home. Once you find your Harwich home, grab one of our photographers and capture that memorable moment.
There are seven villages that make up Harwich, each with its own special charm! Each village has special qualities and sights, such as Captains’ Row in West Harwich, Pleasant Bay in East Harwich, or the charming shops, galleries, and restaurants throughout Harwich. Can you name all seven villages?
WEQUASSETT RESORT & GOLF CLUB
Nestled on the elbow of Cape Cod, is a five-star luxury hideaway, now open year-round! Wequassett Resort & Golf Club features 120 lavish guest rooms and suites with a five-star designation, and was also awarded the five-star designation for its restaurant Twenty-Eight Atlantic – only one of 73 restaurants in the world with this honor. Wequassett also offers two magnificent pools, two extraordinary beaches, boating and water sports, four Har Tru tennis courts, and so much more. Truly a gem of Harwich.
Monomoy Island Excursions is a family owned and operated business in Harwich Port that for over 10 years has been taking people out to Monomoy, a barrier island and wildlife refuge off the coast of Chatham, where thousands of seals have made their home. You’ll see more than just seals, you’ll also enjoy a great view of some of the most scenic harbors and lighthouses. Or let Freedom Cruise Line take you back in time to the historic whaling port of Nantucket. During a short cruise you will see Cape Cod disappear and the island they call the “Grey Lady” appear ahead of you. >
YES – HARWICH!
Why Harwich? As you have seen with this list, which is just a sampling of some of what our wonderful town has to offer, Harwich is an adventure for everyone …
The Warm Side of the Cape!
You’ll need to catch up on your ZZZs after you’ve enjoyed exploring all seven villages on your Harwich Bucket List!