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Harwich
Travel Guide

This multi-faceted destination encompasses old-time seaside villages, pristine beaches and cultural attractions.

With beautiful beaches, a rich history and a host of nostalgic seaside resorts, Harwich is a place to come enjoy quintessential Cape Cod pleasures. Don your swimwear for lazy days on the beach, hike on nature-packed trails and enjoy summertime strolls through low-key resort areas.

Look for all of Harwich’s seven villages: South Harwich, North Harwich, Harwich Port, Harwich Center, East Harwich, West Harwich and Pleasant Lake. Incorporated in 1694, the area has long been tied to fishing and other industries relying on the sea.

Lounge on the sands of Bank Street Beach, where the warm waters are ideal for swimming and the shell-strewn sand perfect for leisurely beachcombing. Another popular beach destination is Red River Beach. Kayak here or simply enjoy another great walk along its pleasant shoreline. For fishing or sightseeing trips on the water, head to Harwich Port.

Sniff out the Cape Cod Lavender Farm. Admire the stunning shade of the purple flowers and buy fragrant products made on the farm. See its Enchanted Garden, which features a small castle and a fairy house.

Tour the Brooks Academy Museum to discover Harwich’s history. Run by the Harwich Historical Society, the museum has materials ranging from Harwich’s relationship with the cranberry industry to the town records. The society runs many events dedicated to specific aspects of the area’s history in the museum, so check ahead to see if something appeals to you.

Harwich Junior Theater is worth visiting. Attend readings, musicals or other performances. The theater also offers acting classes and educational activities for all ages.

Immerse yourself in other cultural activities offered in Harwich. From July to October various festivals and artistic activities occur here, including Brooks Park Arts and Crafts Festival, Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival, and Art in the Park.

Harwich is about 1.5 hours from Boston Logan International Airport by car. Buses connect to the airport and also run locally. Take a trip to Harwich to experience culture and natural beauty all in one convenient location.

Where to stay in Harwich

Top hotels in Harwich

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
4.5 out of 5
2173 Route 28, Harwich, MA
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Nestled on the beach, this Harwich resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Caleb Nickerson House, Fox Hill and Captain's Cove Golf Course. Captains Golf Course is 2.4 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (153 reviews)

"This is a beautiful resort. I look forward to returning next summer"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
Winstead Inn
Winstead Inn
4 out of 5
116 Parallel, Harwich, MA
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Harwich bed & breakfast is in the historical district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Harwich Port and Bank Street Beach. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)

"Lacked coffee tea etc. available Throughout the day. In other words a refreshment station if some sorts."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

Winstead Inn
Harwich Cottage - Near Cape Cod Rail Trail & Beach
Harwich Cottage - Near Cape Cod Rail Trail & Beach
419 Great Western Road, Harwich, MA
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Situated in Harwich, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Cape Cod Lavender Farm and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Harwich Port. Allen Harbor Marina and Cranberry Valley ...

2.6/5 (5 reviews)
Convenient

"Great place"…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2017

Harwich Cottage - Near Cape Cod Rail Trail & Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Harwich

Harwich Cottage - Near Cape Cod Rail Trail & Beach
Harwich Cottage - Near Cape Cod Rail Trail & Beach
419 Great Western Road, Harwich, MA

Situated in Harwich, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Cape Cod Lavender Farm and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Harwich Port. Allen Harbor Marina and Cranberry Valley ...

2.6/5 (5 reviews)
Convenient

"Great place"…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2017

Harwich Cottage - Near Cape Cod Rail Trail & Beach
6 Crocker Rise - Four Bedroom House
6 Crocker Rise - Four Bedroom House
6 Crocker Rise, Harwich, MA

Situated in Harwich, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Captains Golf Course, Nickerson State Park and Caleb Nickerson House. Harwich Port and Chatham ...

6 Crocker Rise - Four Bedroom House
Family Friendly - 3 Levels, on a Secluded Acre. Linens Provided. Light & Bright!
Family Friendly - 3 Levels, on a Secluded Acre. Linens Provided. Light & Bright!
30 Bay Pine Road, Harwich, MA

This family-friendly Harwich holiday home is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Captains Golf Course, Caleb Nickerson House and Nickerson State Park. ...

5/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Great Family Vacation

"Everything worked out great. Jill and Jim have a beautiful house and it was pretty centrally located on the Cape. Plenty of room, everything well labeled - with a nice kitchen and comfortable bedrooms and the ping pong table provided hours of fun. Owners were very responsive to any questions. Would ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2020

Family Friendly - 3 Levels, on a Secluded Acre. Linens Provided. Light & Bright!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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