Whether you plan on pitching a tent or taking a road trip in an RV, Cape Cod offers several places to set up your home base. Cape Cod campgrounds and RV parks make it easy to get out and see the sights during the day with a memorable place to rest your weary head in the evenings. Taking camping to another level, resort parks add the convenience of amenities like swimming pools and mini golf while professionally managed summer camps are a great way to let kids explore the wonders of the Cape while giving parents a chance to take a break and enjoy some adult time.
Tent camping is a great way to immerse yourself in Cape Cod’s incredible natural settings. Many camping areas are near the beach, nestled in wooded groves, or perched on a hillside with fantastic views. Favorites include Bay View Campground near Bourne, Nickerson State Park at Brewster, Coastal Acres in Provincetown, North Of Highland Camping Area at Truro, and Maurice’s Campground near the Cape Cod National Seashore at Wellfleet. Bay View is close to The Adventure Park at Heritage Museum and the Cape Cod Canal Railway Bridge, is pet-friendly, and has swimming pools, an arcade, and playgrounds. Nickerson State Park offers beaches, ponds, and miles of wooded trails for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding. Coastal Acres is within walking distance of Provincetown’s Commercial Street district and beaches. North of Highland is only a half-mile from Head of the Meadow Ocean Beach with nearby attractions like the Highland Light Lighthouse and Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod. Finally, Maurice’s sits right next to the Cape Cod Rail Trail with quick access to National Seashore beaches, Nauset Light, and the Wellfleet Drive-in Theater. Each of these has well shaded campsites with lots of trees for privacy. There are dining options either onsite or very close by, most have laundry facilities, and all have showers and clean restrooms. Tent camping on Cape Cod is definitely a step above “primitive.”
If roughing it in a tent is not your cup of tea, Cape Cod RV camping lets you bring your personal space with you. In addition to some of the above locations that also support RVs, Cape Cod has several RV parks that are really part campground, part resort. Cape Cod RV Resort in Falmouth has swimming pools, miniature golf, a clubhouse, a game room, and a recreational lake with its own sandy beach. Sweetwater Forest in Brewster offers an internet café, multiple playgrounds, miniature golf, canoeing and kayaking. Campers Haven in Dennis Port has a playground, miniature golf, a hot tub, basketball, billiards, and a snack bar. Scusset Beach at Sagamore offers picnic areas, a nature center, the historic Sagamore Hill, swimming, saltwater fishing, hiking and bird watching. On the other side of Sandwich, Peters Pond RV Resort has campsites, cabins and cottages, a lounge with a library, an outdoor pool, hot tub, playground, volleyball and basketball courts, and a game room.
And, on Martha’s Vineyard, the island’s only campground has RV sites as well as cabin rentals with a recreation room, playground, basketball hoop, and a recreation field. Most Cape Cod RV parks include free wi-fi, electric and cable or dish TV hook-ups, laundry rooms, restrooms, showers, and dump stations. Many also rent bikes, kayaks and canoes, and all are conveniently located near some of the Cape’s best attractions, bike trails, beaches, and towns.
For families, whether you’re tent camping, RV camping, or staying in a hotel, the kids can get bored and adults can be in desperate need of some grown-up time. Once again, Cape Cod delivers. Summer camps offer overnight stays for older kids and day camps for almost all ages.
Programs are designed to help campers develop skills, respect, and accountability in an “unplugged” environment through activities like archery tag, water sports, sailing, performing arts, athletics, and arts & crafts. Several provide outdoor learning environments with hands-on experiences that build leadership and self-esteem. Others are therapeutic, hosting kids and families who are dealing with illness, trauma or crisis. On the flip side, Camp TimeOut offers all-inclusive experiences for just the adults with activities like cardio tennis, ziplining, bouldering, canoeing, swimming, hayrides, art workshops, lawn games, bonfires, and an open bar in the evenings.
Cape Cod has a camp experience for every taste, from bare bones to full service, from youngsters to retirees. Check out the options we’ve shared, pick a spot, and make yourself at home!