Top 6 Family Friendly Nighttime Activities

Traveling with your family and looking for things to do after the sun goes down? Cape Cod has almost as much to offer at night as it does during the day.

Looking for suggestions on what to do when the sun goes down on a perfect beach day? There’s never a reason to be bored on Cape Cod, and that holds true for both day and night. Here, we uncover six extra-fun activities to keep the kids entertained well into those nighttime hours.

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1.    Take in a Baseball Game: Since 1885, the Cape has been home to the one of the country’s most storied amateur baseball leagues. Check out the Chatham Anglers on their home turf, and see the greats before they hit the majors. Bonus: There’s no charge to attend the games!

2.    Play a Round of Mini Golf: This family-friendly activity is right up there with surf shops and flip-flops when it comes to beach-town staples. Heading out for a round or two is a fantastic way to unwind with your little ones in the evening, especially if the local course offers nighttime features. Try Pirate’s Cove in South Yarmouth or Harbor Lights in Brewster.

3.    Go for a Twilight Stroll: Even though the best beach vacations are designed around daylight, there’s something magical about the shore at sunset. Take your children on a twilight adventure to search for shells, scope out wildlife or simply enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. Plus, a walk is the perfect way to calm the kids before bedtime.

4.    Admire the Night Sky: Crystal-clear nights are made for stargazing. Find a sandy spot away from the local hustle and bustle, and spread out a blanket for a relaxed sky-watching session. Help your children search for constellations, or make up a few stories about astronauts and space adventures.

5.    Indulge that Post-Dinner Sweet Tooth: You’re on vacation, is there a better excuse for ice cream after dinner? Sample the flavors at Buffy’s Ice Cream Shop or taste some yummy-smelling fudge or the tried-and-true saltwater taffy at the Candy Manor.

6.    Take One Last Swim: The evening is the best time to take advantage of the pool at the Chatham Seafarer. Not only is the area likely to be quieter just after the sun goes down, but splashing around is also a great way to burn off any extra energy.

What’s your favorite way to spend vacation nights with kids? Share your tips in the comment section below!