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Things to Do in Chatham, Massachusetts

Chatham Things to Do

The Massachusetts’ Cape Cod is a top destination for tourists. Chatham, located on the southeastern tip of the cape, offers visitors lots of charm and things to do.


There are many beaches in Chatham, after all, it’s at the tip of the “elbow” and surrounded by three sides of water. The water can be on the cold side and there are currents in some places. Look for shallow places to swim, it’s safer. Before you go, ask a local about the beaches and where there are lifeguards, dangerous currents or sharks. Also be mindful of beach curfews.

Chatham Light

Built in 1808, Chatham Light is Cape Cod’s second lighthouse and Chatham’s most popular landmark. Just opposite of it there is a panorama spot from where you can see the huge beach below, sand bars and the ocean.

Historic Main Street

Chatham has the typical small town main street. Along here and Route 28 are some of the oldest and nicest buildings in town. It’s best to park in a public lot and explore on foot.

Seal Watch

One of the best things to do on the Cape is go seal watching. You can get close up to them and see hundreds. After you reach the shore where they are resting the young ones swim closer to the boat and stare curiously at you. Don’t move too fast though, they’ll swim away.

Other places to visit while in Chatham include the Fish Pier, Chatham Rail Museum, Chatham Memorial Park and the Guild of Chatham Painters. You can also explore the several ponds in the area by foot or bike; there are salt and fresh water ones.

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