Wildlife Reserve in Chatham

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Take Morris Island Rd beyond the Chatham Lighthouse to reach this 7600-acre wildlife refuge, spreading from Morris Island to encompass the shifting sands of the uninhabited North Monomoy and South Monomoy barrier is…
Beach in Chatham

Lighthouse Beach

Directly below Chatham Light is Lighthouse Beach, an endless expanse of sea and sandbars that offers some of the finest beach strolling on Cape Cod. Swimming isn't recommended – there are strong currents and no life…
Pier in Chatham

Chatham Fish Pier

In the mid- to late afternoon, head to the Chatham Fish Pier, 1 mile north of Chatham Light, to watch the fishing fleet unload its daily catch.This is also a prime time to see seals, which swim around the boats as t…
Museum in Chatham

Chatham Shark Center

Stop here for the lowdown on one of the Cape's most intriguing summer residents: the great white shark. Interactive exhibits and videos aimed at kids and adults attempt to demystify the animal given a good deal of b…
Museum in Chatham

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Communication in all its guises is the focus at this museum dedicated to the history of WCC, a short-wave radio station that operated for many years in Chatham. WCC was the busiest coast station in the public ship-t…
Lighthouse in Chatham

Chatham Light

For dramatic vistas of sand and sea, head to the lighthouse viewing area on Shore Rd. The landmark lighthouse dates to 1878; its light is visible 15 miles out to sea. No reservations are taken for the tours, so just…
Beach in Chatham

Hardings Beach

For the warmer waters of Nantucket Sound, the long and sandy Hardings Beach is the prize. It's a good family option, and there are lifeguards, restrooms and food trucks. To reach it, take Barn Hill Rd from MA 28. Pa…
Museum in Chatham

Chatham Railroad Museum

Train buffs won't want to miss the 1910 caboose and assorted memorabilia at Chatham's original 1887 railroad depot. The Victorian building is an architectural treasure worth a visit in itself.
Beach in Chatham

Oyster Pond Beach

Oyster Pond Beach, on a calm inlet, is small but the swimming is good and parking is free (but fills up quickly). It's a popular family spot.