The deep respect, care and sense of wonder this area has for its natural surroundings are on display in many forms. The Polly Hill Arboretum and the Maria Mitchell Association began as one person's curiosity about the natural world. The Mass Audubon Society has eight nature sanctuaries on Cape Cod and the Islands, including two nature centers at Felix Neck and Wellfleet. With an eye toward inspiring the next generation of scientists, many nature centers and zoos let children get close enough to interact with the animals.
The leaves on Cape Cod and the Islands are the last to turn, starting around October 17th to 24th. With all the trails available for biking, horseback riding and walking, you can get right into the thick of the fall colors.
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The Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has more than 1,100 acres that touch salt marches, woodlands, freshwater ponds and beaches. Explore the terrain and freshwater ponds that glaciers created in Nickerson State Park more than 10,000 years ago.
Elephants? On Cape Cod? One of the Buttonwood Park Zoo exhibits features Asian Elephants and much more on its newly renovated $10.5 million, 10-acre site.
The Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket is home to several scientific explorations, including an aquarium, an astronomy department and tours that explore the birds, beaches and water of the island.
A coastal resort community straddling the arm of Cape Cod.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Once a prosperous whaling port, Edgartown is now an elegant yachting center filled with stately homes.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Throughout Nantucket, you'll find a wide range of restaurants and interesting antique, craft and specialty stores.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Located in Sandwich, here you'll see rhododendron-filled grounds, early-American artifacts and antique cars. Learn more>>
Like going around and around? The Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs is the oldest working carousel in America. Learn more>>
Restored 1847 candle factory and museum featuring exhibitions on Nantucket whaling history, decorative arts, Nantucket folk art and more. Learn more>>
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