When visiting Brewster, MA, you’ll likely want to enjoy some of the outdoor activities that are plentiful in this scenic area. Consider spending some time at the beach, camping in the state parks, hiking trails, and fishing. After a long, fun day of looking at museums, head to a local eatery where the seafood is freshly caught and well-prepared. With only around 10,000 people, Brewster keeps a quaint small-town feel on the coast.
1.Nickerson State Park
At 1,900 acres, Nickerson State Park is the place to camp in Brewster. With over 400 campsites available, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. There are open areas for both tents and RVs. If you want to camp, but are a little less adventurous, consider renting one of the onsite yurts. Of course, while camping (or just visiting the park), you’ll want to get involved with as many of the outdoor activities as you can find. In colder months, cross-country skiing is popular, but during the summer months, activities really shine with horseback riding, swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and boating.
3488 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631, Phone: 508-896-3491
2.Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
© Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Museums are great ways to learn about the area while relaxing and taking in some peace and quiet. At the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, you’ll have the great opportunity to enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. Along with indoor exhibits, educational programs, and tons of artifacts, you’ll be able to join talks, walks, and more in the 400-acre outdoor conservation space. Some of the exhibits you can look at include human habitation nearly 9,000 years ago in the area, honey bee habitats, biomimicry, birds, and Cape Cod erosion. Swing by the gift shop after your day of fun to purchase toys, books, jewelry, art, and more.
869 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631, Phone: 508-896-3867
3.Brewster Ladies’ Library
© Brewster Ladies’ Library
With a fun history, Brewster Ladies’ Library is a one-of-a-kind gem to history buffs and locals alike. In 1853, twelve women founded the Ladies’ Library to fulfill the need for a town library. At the time, men could also take books out, but they had to pay a higher fee. However, over time, this library moved to a new building in 1868, added over time, and dropped the men’s fee requirement. In fact, the library still maintains the Ladies’ Library name but included the moniker “Your Community Library” to dispel any confusion. Today’s visitors will find books, DVDs, research resources, and e-books available to them.
1822 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631, Phone: 508-896-3913
4.Cape Rep Theatre
With a popular place, like the Cape, it is no surprise that the arts play a big role, like with the Cape Rep Theatre. With roots back to 1986, the Cape Rep Theatre group invites local and worldwide artists to join their stage productions to offer authentic and diverse shows. There are typically four or five plays produced each theater season, and members also take part in the outreach program which includes classes for high school students and veterans, and reviews at nursing homes, senior centers, and libraries. Some previous shows include Mama Mia!, The Full Monty, and Shakespeare in Love.
3299 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631, Phone: 508-896-1888
© Crosby Mansion
Built for the love of his life, Crosby Mansion was Albert Crosby’s testament to how much he loved his younger wife. The Crosby Mansion is a museum and gallery all in one. It can be rented for weddings and other events, but visiting it requires some planning since there are only a few open house dates throughout the summer. When visiting, you’ll be treated to seeing all three stories of the home, as well as the 15 fireplaces featuring imported tile. You’ll also get to see the Versailles-inspired parlor and Buckingham Palace entry. This home was the place of many parties, as Mrs. Crosby enjoyed entertaining, and you’ll see why on your visit.
163 Crosby Lane, Brewster, MA 02631, Phone: 508-896-1744
6.The Flats Restaurant
© The Flats Restaurant
When you’re ready to fill that hunger you’ve been building all day, consider checking out The Flats Restaurant. This restaurant is the pinnacle of Cape Cod dining in a casual fine setting. Whether you choose to eat at the bar, in the main dining room, or out on the patio, you’ll find creative delights to engage your taste buds. Locally caught seafood is one option, though the wild game and wagyu beef are featured in several delicious plates. Order up small plates to try many things or get a large entrée that will fill you up, but be sure to visit on the weekends to enjoy live music.
2671 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631, Phone: 508-779-9413
© Sydenstricker Glass
Bill Sydenstricker was an artist with a unique glass-art design. He hand-carved stencils to use on clear glass. Once colored powders were stenciled in place, another layer of glass was added and kilned at over 1500 degrees to fuse the glass and powders together. This beautiful technique is still used at the Sydenstricker studio in Brewster. While the art is still crafter downstairs in the workshop, visitors can check out the gallery upstairs and even purchase pieces to take home and admire. With several patterns and glassware styles, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from (including several Cape Cod-specific pieces).
490 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631, Phone: 508-385-3272
7 Best Things to Do in Brewster, MA