illumiNITE is back on Cape Cod this weekend for the Cape Cod Marathon. Stop by the Gus Canty Recreation Center (790 East Main St., Falmouth) on Friday, October 27th from 3pm-7pm and Saturday, October 28th from 9am -3pm and say hello. Like it or not, winter is coming and we’ll have plenty of new, reflective winter gear to help you prepare for the cold months ahead.
Fortunately, runners won’t need winter gear this weekend. Skies look clear for Saturday and Sunday with temperatures a seasonable 60 degrees. If it’s your first time on the Cape, take some time from your pre-race rituals to explore this beautiful piece of Massachusetts.
AFTER you visit illumiNITE at the race Expo, here are five fun things to do in Falmouth while waiting for the starting gun.
Go to the Beach
While we don’t recommend swimming this time of year, we do recommend visiting the beach whenever possible. Old Silver Beach (Quaker Rd.) is beautiful and a nice place to carbo-load (i.e. eat lunch). Pack a sweatshirt and enjoy the autumn sun.
Meander to “The Knob”
Located at the end of an easy mile-long trail, the Knob offers visitors a secret hideaway with amazing views of Buzzards Bay. You’ll find the entrance to the trail at the end of Quisset Harbor Rd.
Visit the Fairies
Highfield Hall & Gardens (56 Highfield Dr.) has an art gallery, lovely gardens, and 400 acres of nature trails. Look for the Fairy Houses along Beech Tree Path.
See Some Seals
The Woods Hole Science Aquarium (166 Water St.) is the nation’s oldest aquarium and home to 140 species of marine animals from the Northeast and Middle Atlantic. The facility also cares for seals that can no longer live in the wild. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.
Learn About the Ocean
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is dedicated to research and education to better understand the ocean and its importance to humankind. Visitors are welcome at the Ocean Science Center and at periodic presentations and events. Check out the website to learn more: http://www.whoi.edu/
Good luck to all of the runners in Falmouth and enjoy your time on Cape Cod.
If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air
Quaint little villages here and there
You’re sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod
Cape Cod, that old Cape Cod
– Old Cape Cod by Patti Page