Top things to do in Orleans

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…
Cafe in Orleans

Sunbird Cafe

While the outside of this cafe is a blah strip mall, the interior is full-on mid-century modern chic with lots of golden wood and plush cushions. It has a full coffee bar and a small menu of well-seasoned health foo…
Cafe in Orleans

Hot Chocolate Sparrow

One of the Cape's finest coffee bars brews heady espresso and cappuccino. Or, for a cool treat on a hot day, try the 'frozen hot chocolate.' Panini sandwiches, homemade pastries and fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon buns…
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…
Fusion in Orleans


Feeling adventurous? This fine-dining restaurant offers superb pan-Mediterranean fare with a hint of Thai thrown in, from an Israeli-born chef. Start with Wellfleet oysters on the half shell with Thai lemon sauce an…
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 …
Seafood in Orleans

Lobster Claw

Super family-friendly and decidedly retro, the Lobster Claw has a cute nautical interior and a menu of steamed clams, mussels and littlenecks, plus lobster every which way. One warning: kids may just want to take ho…
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.
Market in Orleans

Orleans Farmers Market

Buy fresh organic produce, Cape Cod honey and homemade baked goods direct from the source at this outdoor market, the oldest on the Cape.