Orleans attractions

Beach in Orleans

Nauset Beach

Dune-backed and gloriously wide and sandy, this wild barrier beach extends for miles along the open Atlantic. Nauset is one of the Cape’s best beaches for surfing, bodysurfing, long walks, ace sunrises and just plai…
Beach in Orleans

Skaket Beach

On the bay side of town, calm Skaket Beach is a magnet for families – kids love wading in the shallow waters to dig for hermit crabs. Its generous sands triple in size when the tide goes out – at low tide you can wa…
Museum in Orleans

French Cable Station Museum

The first cable connection between Europe and the US was established in 1879 by the French Telegraph Company on a windswept bluff in Eastham. When conditions there proved inhospitable, the station was moved to Orlea…
Waterfront in Orleans

Rock Harbor

A favorite spot for sunset-watchers, this scenic inlet on the bay has docks and a small fishing fleet, plus a few summertime charter boats offering excursions. There's a small sandy beach, and free parking that can …
Gallery in Orleans

Left Bank Gallery

The light, the beaches and the sights of the Cape act as an artist's muse – you can see some of the inspired works of local artists at this classy gallery.