It’s time to enjoy the undisturbed solitude of Cape Cod in winter.
Wooded trails and empty beaches provide idyllic landscapes for a wealth of activity such as walking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and ice skating. Winter on the Cape typically has less snow and cold than its New England neighbors, but there is still enough wintry weather to make it a sporting destination to keep those calories burning.
Walking is a low-impact exercise with potentially heart-protecting benefits and is easy on the joints. Taking the dog on a long, brisk walk profits you and your furry friend.
If you’re a devoted runner, there’s no reason not to continue your routine during the colder months. Just plan your route carefully to be sure it’s safe from traffic and difficulties along the way.
Trails and fire roads in the Cape Cod National Seashore, overlook panoramic dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. Head to Nickerson Park with paved wooded trails perfect for cross-country skiers. For a straight and level experience the Cape Cod Rail Trail is a paved bike path that runs from Yarmouth to Wellfleet with a more than a few entry and parking areas.
Sensational sledding on the perfect hills of a golf course is a favorite winter activity. Highland Links in Truro, Eastward Ho, Chatham, Bass River in South Yarmouth and the Dennis Highlands are local favorites.
There are 3 local ice-skating rinks that offer indoor ice skating. The Charles Moore Arena in Orleans, the Tony Kent Arena in Dennis, and the Hyannis Community Center. However, if you want to participate in this Cape Cod winter activity outdoors, a cranberry bog is safer than a freshwater pond.
So bundle up and enjoy some of our favorite Cape Cod winter activities!
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