Trying New Summer Activities
Part of what I enjoy about summer vacation is knowing what to expect. I know what I like, what my family likes and historically my husband and I try to guide our vacations around those common ideas and goals. In the summer we head to Cape Cod and spend most of our days relaxing on the beach. We tend to eat out a lot, head to the Trampoline Park in Harwichport and visit the Fishing Pier in Chatham (followed by a stop at the “penny” candy store.)
This summer has been a little bit different. It’s been the summer of trying new activities. Our primary motivation came when our friends drove from Ohio to spend 6 days with us. With 3 boys, including one who is 17 months, hanging on the beach everyday was not going to keep everyone’s attention. We also quickly remembered how challenging eating out with a toddler was which means dinners out were quickly an idea of the past. When our friends arrived, they had one request. They wanted to go on a whale watch. While I’d been on a couple whale watches as a child, it had been years since I actually gone on one. In years past my husband and I had considered taking the kids but were a little overwhelmed by spending 4 hours at sea with 2 little kids.
We didn’t hesitate to meet our friends request however. We packed up early one morning and headed to the boat. After a little more than an hour, we made it to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary where we saw several beautiful whales for nearly two hours. It was an amazing experience and especially rewarding to see the excitement in my kids eyes.
Attending a Cape Cod Baseball League game has also been one thing we’ve wanted to do for many years but we’ve never actually made it. The CCBL has been around since 1885 and is a premier amateur league with 257 former players going on to play in the majors. Our friends are avid baseball fans so there was no better way to spend a night then to attend the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox go up against Bourne Braves. It was really special because within moments of our arrival our friend caught a foul ball. We brought in our own pizza (easy with the toddler) and enjoyed the game from multiple spots (no assigned seats!) I’m certain we’ll be back!!
With this group of friends we also went on a Mud Flat Mania tour. This excursion, which can only be done at the lowest of tides, allowed all of us to have a guided close-up view of all types of sea creatures, including seeing a horseshoe crab (which we’ve never seen living outside an aquarium). At the conclusion of the tour (which only happens once or twice a week), my daughter asked if we could return the next day! We’ve wanted to do this tour for years but since it’s always at low tide (the best time at the beach), I could never quite motivate to leave. I’m thankful for the extra motivation!!
Earlier in the summer we took the long trip to Provincetown, MA on the 4th of July. The weather wasn’t great that day for the beach so we took the opportunity to make the 75-minute drive. We saw an unexpected parade, enjoyed shopping and the culture of this unique town. What I found interesting about all our little excursions that were outside our norm this summer, was that previously we didn’t do them because of the time commitment. However, we let time go and just enjoyed much of what Cape Cod has to offer without worrying about what we’d be missing or how long something would take. What new activities has your family tried this summer?