Drive time from Providence, RI: @1 hour 45 minutes (@ 90 miles) (directions)
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History – 869 Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631
Open February through December
Admission: Adults – $8 (Seniors – $7), Ages 3-12 – $3.50, Under 3 – free. Free for members.
Indoors: Kids can see everything from woolly mammoth tusks and whale baleen to a real beehive and learn about fish weirs and coastal changes. In the bird viewing room, kids watch birds outside a large picture window (with or without the binoculars) or see the osprey nest via video cam. Lots of hands-on activities keep children of all ages engaged–from a sandbox to crayon rubbings to studying shells under microscopes. Spend some time in the library or head downstairs to visit the aquarium. It was quiet the day we were there and we were lucky enough to get a personal guide who told us about the sea life. We learned fun facts like all turtles have thirteen scoots (the patterns on the top of their shells), no matter what their size, and the blood from horseshoe crabs is used in many of today’s pharmaceuticals.
Outdoors: Choose from several great nature walks — around a salt mash, through a wildflower and butterfly garden, or through a wooded path down to the beach. There are lots of picnic tables out front for having lunch or pausing for a snack.
Things we brought along for our hike:
– Magnifying glass to look at bugs and other treasures (My boys each have their own – $1.49 each from Ocean State Job Lot)
– Rhodia graph pad to record discoveries (fits perfectly into a six-year old’s pants pocket)
– Bottle of water
– Snacks (unfortunately I left ours in the car)
– Bird book
– A great walking stick (we actually didn’t bring one but found several to choose from along the way)