Things to do in a day in Dennis

Excellent Blog By Jennie Sparrow

The town of Dennis has a little something for everyone! From fabulous restaurants to gorgeous beaches, great hiking to the arts, you’re sure to find something for everyone to do and enjoy while visiting this great Mid-Cape town. Here is a list of things to do and see if you’re visiting the area for the day . . . though you might need more than one day to do them all!

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View from Scargo Tower in Dennis.

Hiking and Biking

There is a ton of gorgeous scenery in Dennis — and many ways to take it all in! One of our favorites is climbing Scargo Tower. The views on a clear day from this highest point on the Mid-Cape stretch from Plymouth to Provincetown. You can find more scenic beauty as you walk down a dirt path to the beach, by marsh and dunes, at Crowes Pasture. Explore the 27 wooded acres around a freshwater pond at Dennis’ Fresh Pond Conservation Area. Something new to the area is a dog-friendly park with two fenced enclosures and a fresh water swimming area. An easy way to explore the Cape, while getting plenty of exercise, is biking the Cape Cod Rail Trail! Perfect for biking, walking, running and inline skating, it is over 22 miles long and winds through the towns of Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet.

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Mayflower Beach in Dennis.

Dennis Beaches

There are so many wonderful beaches in Dennis. One of the most popular is Mayflower Beach. This bayside, extensive, white sandy beach attracts thousands of visitors each the summer and is the perfect spot to enjoy a warm, sunny day sunbathing and swimming. Another wonderful bayside beach, perfect for families and small children, is Corporation Beach. The calm waters are lovely for swimming, and when the tide goes out, there are many tidepools left behind to explore. Another large, popular beach is West Dennis Beach. Located on Nantucket Sound, it is a little breezier but very well suited for swimming, kiteboarding and windsurfing, or playing volleyball. For a freshwater retreat, visit Princess Beach, located on Scargo Lake. There is a roped off area for swimming as well as a small playground, making it an ideal spot for families with small children.

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The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis.

Arts Center

Dennis is home to a thriving arts community. There are several buildings, all within walking distance of each other, offering a different branch of the arts. You’ll find art and exhibits featuring artwork from Cape Cod’s finest artists, past and present, at the Cape Cod Museum of Arts. The Cape Cinema, around since 1930, offers movies and theatrical performances as well as concerts and ballet. And the Cape Playhouse, a summer theater continuously running since 1927, boasts past performers like Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Julie Andrews, and hosts present day Hollywood stars as well! And if it’s live music that you’re looking for, be sure to catch a live band concert at the Dennis Bandstand on Monday nights in the summer!

A lobster roll from the Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis.


There are a number of fantastic restaurants in Dennis, too many to name here! (See a full list of them here.) One of our favorite places to grab a lobster roll and enjoy a sunset is the Sesuit Harbor Cafe located on Sesuit Harbor. And you can’t visit the area without stopping in for some amazing fried seafood at the Kreme N’ Kone (their fried clams are amazing!) For tasty fare set in a casual atmosphere, try the Marshside, Chapin’s, Scargo Cafe, and Wee Packet. And for a fine dining experience with views like no other, the Ocean House Restaurant is the place to go. Perched right on the water, the sunsets here are amazing!

Old Manse Inn, Brewster MA

Old Manse Inn COVID-19 Update

Updated September 6, 2021

Dear Old Manse Inn Family,

Charlie and Brian hope that this note finds you all doing well and staying safe. We have missed many of you during this pandemic and we are certainly looking forward to seeing and hosting you all once again in 2021 and beyond!!  We subscribe to the idea that we can achieve our best selves here at the Inn by working towards the common good.  This includes the safety and well-being of our guests - and our great staff too!

It has been a wonderfully busy season here at the Inn on Cape Cod!  Occupancy has way surpassed even 2019 numbers.  As vaccinations continue to make hopeful progress, we are excited to see you all enjoy a more relaxed stay after the LONG time spent indoors and/or away from friends and loved ones.  We will attempt to keep you updated here on any new developments that we become aware of.  Here is what we know so far:

Brian will continue to work on the Brewster Reopening Advisory Board for as long as the group remains together to communicate any new information to the town, fellow businesses and guests.  He will communicate the latest Social Guidelines and available options to all guests as their arrival dates approach.  Responses may be requested from each guest regarding preferences for breakfast dining, guest room cleaning, etc.  With some creativity, we hope to still provide all of the amenities that you are used to enjoying here at the Inn!  We feel that the precautions are the socially-responsible choice and will support a more favorable long-term outcome for the communities and guests that support us.

For those guests are not fully vaccinated (2 shots + 2 weeks), we will continue to highly encourage those guests to do the following when in common areas & public spaces:

If you have any questions or need more details, please reach out directly to Brian at the Inn via email ( or phone 508-896-3149). We will be monitoring the evolving situation constantly as we move forward so that we can welcome you all for a great stay!

We hope you will join us as we know everyone needs that time away to re-charge after the last year!

All Our Best,

Brian & Charlie