Chatham is located at the southeast tip of Massachusetts and half way down the 75 mile long Cape Cod Peninsula. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean, to the South is Nantucket Sound, to the north is Pleasant Bay. Cool summer sea breezes, warm Indian summers, and mild winters make Chatham a place to vacation year-round.

Whether you are an avid fisherman or a boater, Chatham is your homeport to the ocean. Take a seal tour or watch them follow the fishing fleet into the Chatham Fish Pier. If the water is not your thing, relax on the beach with miles of pristine white sand.

This stunning town is blessed with beautiful scenery, and offers many Nature Trails and Parks for biking and hiking. If golf is your passion, there are beautiful golf courses overlooking the Altantic. If you enjoy visiting historic places and museums, there are some of the best preserved homes and buildings in the area. The Old Village protects more than 300 historic properties.

Chatham is well known for its fresh fish and seafood. While many restaurants feature the “catch of the day” and other local favorites, there is no lack of other fare, including Italian, French, Continental, Asian and, of course, good old traditional American.

10 things to do in Chatham

  1. EAT SEAFOOD – Fresh seafood can define your vacation on Cape Cod, Chatham’s active pier ensures you dine on the freshest! Everything from fried seafood sandwiches at the pier (Chatham Pier Fish Market), to a foodie heaven overlooking the Chatham Municipal Airport’s tarmac (Hanger B Eatery), to fine dining at Impudent Oyster awaits your taste buds satisfaction.
  2. SHOP – Filled with Mom and Pop shops and bursting with character, Chatham’s Main Street is a do not miss while visiting Cape Cod. If you detour down some of the side streets you will see some noteworthy cottages and mansions. There are 5 great Main Streets for strolling and shopping on Cape Cod and Chatham is one of them.
  3. RIDE – At the Harwich bike rotary you can branch off the Cape Cod Rail Trail onto the Old Colony Rail Trail and it will lead you right into the heart of Chatham. Pass a refreshing Ice Cream shop, a foodie lunch stop at Hanger B Eatery, and maybe take a swim at White Pond along the way. For things to do in Chatham, it doesn’t get much more Cape Cod than this!
  4. SEE THE LIGHT – Start at the easy to reach, drive up and park, Chatham Light overlooking the stunning Lighthouse Beach. If you like to get off the beaten path a bit, take an easy 20 minute hike from Harding’s Beach to the formidable Stage Harbor Light. It is the ‘secret’ lighthouse of Chatham.
  5. SAIL – Leave from Stage Harbor on the adventure of a lifetime. Chatham is where our charter boat captain heads out each day for private Whale Watching, Sportfishing, and Shark Watching adventures. Empty your bucket list one great experience at a time, on Cape Cod.
  6. CHATHAM PIER – Head to the Chatham Pier if you want to see what’s being served tonight at the best restaurants on Cape Cod. Better yet, if you are looking for one of the best lunch spots in Chatham, the Chatham Pier Fish Market is right behind you. While you are there you are sure to spot the fisherman’s nemesis, the Seal.
  7. BEACHES – The water seems bluer around Chatham and the beaches are spectactular! Great for long walks and sightseeing, not so much for swimming. There are thousands of seals to spot off the coast of Chatham.
  8. SHARK CENTRE – The men in grey suits are so prevalent, in fact, that they have their own research center! The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Centre is in Chatham and offers some astounding facts and presentations about these incredible, apex predators.
  9. ELDREDGE LIBRARY – While it may seem a waste while on vacation, the Eldredge Library in Chatham is an astonishing example of a classic library from the past. If you are on Cape Cod and a storm blows through or you are here to enjoy the shoulder season…it’s a perfect time to check out a beautifully restored library.
  10. SWIM – There are lots of great swimming holes around Chatham. A favorite is White Pond, conveniently located right off the Old Colony Rail Trail and perfect for a refreshing swim.

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