Family Fun Itinerary

Great family fun is child’s play in Orleans, home to a host of family-friendly attractions and activities, from sailing and kayaking to mini-golf and museums.

Day One – Learn to Sail

When you want to learn to sail, Orleans is your home port. There’s a summer youth program at the Orleans Yacht Club, orleansyachtclub.org; and sailing for juniors at the Namequoit Sailing Association, namequoitsailing.org. Arey’s Pond Boat Yard offers sailing classes for all ages, com; as does Pleasant Bay Community Boating, combining marine education with sailing lessons, pbcb.cc.

Orleans Yacht Club Sailing School

Day Two – Meet the Animals

Guides take you through salt marshes and pine woodlands, home to a wide array of wildlife, at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Just north of Orleans, Cape Cod National Seashore’s coastal ecosystems provide habitats for more than 450 animal species, including marine mammals, turtles, waterbirds, reptiles, rabbits and foxes.

Creatures that creep, crawl, flutter and swim are spotlighted at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History; while The Chatham Shark Center takes an in-depth look at sharks via interactive exhibits.

Seal the deal with Blue Claw Boat Tours, traversing Pleasant Bay on the way to Chatham Harbor and viewing seal colonies along the way. Or join a Dolphin Fleet excursion out of Provincetown to view humpback whales, all 40 feet and 40 tons of them.

Blue Claw Boat Tours

Day Three – Fun and Games

The whole family can get swinging at Cape Escape Adventure Golf, home to 18 holes of award-winning mini-golf, then go gift shopping or enjoy ice cream afterward.

Nearby, Arnold’s Mini Golf also boasts clambakes, cocktails and a raw bar.

Families will be bowled over at the Orleans Bowling Center, offering candlepin bowling along with arcade games and savory barbecue.

Summer nights are baseball nights in Orleans, when our Firebirds take the field at historic Eldredge Park. Players stay with local families and participate in Youth Summer Baseball Clinics and reading programs at local libraries.

Orleans Firebirds

Day Four – Get Moving

At the Orleans Community Playground, kids can swing, climb and explore to their hearts’ content, orleans.ma.us/parks-and-beaches.

In summer, beat the heat at the Charles Moore Arena, offering public ice skating as well as learn-to-skate classes, charlesmoorearena.org.

Paddle a kayak or stand-up board on Town Cove; rentals and tours at Goose Hummock.

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