Family Fun at the Cape Cod Canal

27 Jun Family Fun at the Cape Cod Canal

 

You always are crossing the Cape Cod Canal over the two bridges, but when was the last time you walked the canal, watched giant tankers cruise by or visited the cape Cod Canal Visitor Center for one of its summertime events just for kids and families.

Here’s the summer calendar for you to make plans. Consider bringing a picnic and give yourself enough time to tour the center’s museum.

 

 

7 Days a Week             CANAL VISITOR CENTER TOUR                        2pm

Discover the rich history, unique design features & vigilant operations that make the Cape Cod Canal the safe & viable navigable waterway it is today. View real-time radar, camera & computer images of the Canal, transmitted live from the Central Marine Traffic Control System. 30 minutes.

 

Mondays                       STORY TIME                                                      10am

Drop in for an educational story followed up by a fun craft. Topics vary weekly. Suitable for families with children ages 2 and up. 40 minutes.

 

Tuesdays                      CANAL KIDS                                                      10am

Join Canal Park Rangers for fun and educational programs designed for kids ages 6-10. Explore different aspects of the canal each week with hands-on activities & games. Topics vary from ‘What do Park Rangers do?” to marine life to water safety to engineering & more. Join us for 5 or more Canal Kids programs this summer & you’ll receive a Junior Ranger patch and certificate! 1.5 hours.

 

Wednesdays                     EVENING PRESENTATIONS                              7pm

Park Rangers or special guest speakers present a range of programs related to the Cape Cod Canal. Programs may involve slide show presentations, hands on activities, or live demonstrations and performances. Visit our website or call for the evening’s topic. 1 hour.

 

Thursdays                    HIKE OF THE WEEK     

Join a Park Ranger to explore different areas along the Cape Cod Canal. It’s a great way for all ages and interests to connect with the Canal’s natural and cultural history. List of hike schedules, below. For hike descriptions, locations and durations visit our website or call the Visitor Center.

 

What’s Blooming?               July 6 & August 24                             10am

Take a stroll along the Canal with a Park Ranger to identify plants in bloom. Discover what’s native, non-native or invasive, and the benefits, or potential harm, they have to wildlife and humans.

  • ½ mile. 1 hour
  • Meet at the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center.

 

Low Tide Exploration          July 13 & 27                                        9am

Join a Park Ranger for a walk along the shoreline at the Canal’s east end. During this 3/4-mile walk, we’ll explore life along the beach, focusing on the intertidal zone. Discover how this area has changed and continues to change, and how the plants and animals adapt to living in such extremes

  • Meet at the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center
  • 1 mile. 1 ½ hours.

 

Bournedale Trail Hike          Aug 3 & 10                                          10am

Learn about the Canal while riding your bicycle alongside the waterway. Cape Cod Canal Park Rangers or volunteers will ride with you, share interesting stories and images, and point out many unique features of the Canal.

  • Meet at the Herring Run Recreation Area Info Building. 830 Scenic Highway, Bourne.
  • 1 ¼ miles. 1 ½ hours.

 

Bike Hike                             July 20 & Aug 17                                9am

Learn about the Canal while riding your bicycle alongside the waterway. Cape Cod Canal Park Rangers or volunteers will ride with you, share interesting stories and images, and point out many unique features of the Canal.

  • Meet at the Sandwich Recreation Area, 70 Freezer Rd, Sandwich, MA.
  • 13 miles. 3 hours.

 

More programs may be added through the summer! 

Look for updates & more  information at www.capecodcanal.us or at the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center.

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