When originally settled the main industry of this entire area was farming and fishing. Then in the early 1900’s artists, writers and intellectuals from New York set up a bohemian community that has prospered to this day. While the Kennedy family had been vacationing in the area for many decades, it wasn’t until JFK became President that tourism surpassed fishing as the number one industry. People from all over began vacationing at the Cape in hopes of catching a glimpse of the famous First Family spending time at their compound in Hyannis Port.
The Breakers and Marble House Scenic Drives
The most visited attraction in Newport; The Breakers took three years to build at a cost of over seven million dollars back in 1895. It was constructed for Cornelius Vanderbilt II and is considered the “grandest” of all the summer cottages built on Newport during the late 18th century. Marble House was also constructed for a Vanderbilt; William K. Vanderbilt for his wife Alva’s birthday in 1892. This home has over 500,000 square feet of white marble and like The Breakers is a designated National Historic Landmark.
Because of its location, Newport played a major role in the American Revolution and many points of interest revolve around structures from that period in history. In fact, Newport is home to the largest collection of surviving colonial buildings in the United States. Tour restored Gilded Age mansions, stroll beautiful rocky beaches, explore both the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse…Newport has it all!
Home to Some of Cape Cod’s best beaches, Provincetown has funky boutiques, great locally owned and operated restaurants, historical museums, Beech Forest: one of the country’s top bird watching locales, art galleries, lighthouses and so much more!
Nantucket is often referred to as “The Little Grey Lady of the Sea” because of its frequent fog and all the grey shingled buildings. You’ll enjoy such Nantucket landmarks as The Old Mill, Low Beach, the Sankaty Head Lighthouse, the Nantucket moors and the gorgeous rose covered cottages of Sconset Village.
New England Lobster Dinner
Roll up your sleeves and dig in to an authentic New England Lobster Dinner complete with fresh local boiled lobster dripping with melted butter, lobster rolls stuffed with huge chunks of sweet lobster mixed with creamy mayonnaise, grilled corn on the cob, boiled potatoes and wonderful fresh cole slaw.
This New England attraction consists of a re-created 19th century coastal village, a working preservation shipyard, four vessels that are all National Historic Landmarks, the Tregworgy Planetarium and nineteen acres of exhibits, art galleries, gift shops, restaurants, bakeries and taverns.
Liberty Bell Center
Home to the famed Liberty Bell there is also a video presentation and other exhibits showcasing the history and symbolism of the bell. The 2,000 pound bell is now encased in a large glass chamber against the backdrop of Independence Hall.
National Constitution Center
This hands-on museum is just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. You’ll experience interactive exhibits, programs, the inspiring story of “We the People”, rare artifacts including a chair constructed for the First Congress back in 1790, and the amazing multimedia production of Freedom Rising.
Come visit the actual site where the Mayflower Pilgrims landed all the way back in 1620. Then enjoy the Plymouth Rock State Park and tour the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship.
A living history museum created to tell the story of both the Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag people, Plimoth Plantation includes a recreation of the 17th century farming and maritime village started by the Pilgrims in 1627 on the banks of Plymouth Harbor. All the villagers you encounter are costumed actors who will entertain and educate you about life in colonial Plymouth.
Travel to the bright lights of New York and City and experience an award winning Broadway play starting top name actors and actresses.