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Top Choice Seafood in Chatham

Chatham Pier Fish Market

If you like it fresh and hyper-local, this salt-sprayed fish shack with its own sushi chef and day-boats is for you. The chowder’s incredible, the fish so fresh it was swimming earlier in the day. It’s takeout, but …
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 th…
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…
Bakery in Chatham

Marion's Pie Shop

It's all about pie here (and a sign warns that well-behaved children are welcome, the rest will be made into pies). We're talking fresh fruit (wild blueberry, lemon meringue, strawberry peach) and savory (chicken, b…
American in Chatham

Del Mar

The creative menu at this stylish bistro swings from thin-crust fig-and-prosciutto pizza to maple-glazed duck and beyond. Global influences enhance fine local produce: Portuguese steamed littlenecks, seafood gumbo, …
Books in Chatham

Where the Sidewalk Ends

A beautiful barn full of books, and an adjacent children's annex – it's heaven for bibliophiles. Summertime kids' events (story times, etc) are very sweet. It's open later in summer.
Cocktail Bar in Chatham

Chatham Bars Inn

Drink in the seaside views from the veranda of this refined resort (built in 1914), or join the fun at the Beach House, where cocktails, clambakes and cookouts rock summer evenings.
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…