Chatham is a seaside town at the southeastern tip of Cape Cod. Bringing kids? Check out calm beaches like Cockle Cove Beach and Harding’s Beach. If you’re looking for stunning scenery, however, try Chatham Lighthouse Beach. Its tides can be strong (heed the posted warnings), but it’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the Cape, near the landmark 19th-century Chatham Lighthouse. The Chatham Railroad Museum exhibits model trains and train artifacts in a former depot dating from 1887. To the south, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge provides a vast habitat for migratory birds. Chatham has a beautiful downtown with shops, galleries, the Orpheum theater, and plenty of dining options.
Southeastern Massachusetts, at the “elbow” of Cape Cod. Bordered by Pleasant Bay and Orleans on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Nantucket Sound on the south, and Harwich on the west. Chatham is 17 miles east of Hyannis, 89 miles southeast of Boston, and 223 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at 549 Main street, Chatham, MA 02633. The main number is 508-945-5100.
|Chatham Marconi Maritime Center||847 Orleans Rd||508-945-8889||Chatham||Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays beginning June 27. Discover “world’s greatest” maritime wireless communications station and its secret WWII mission. Guglielmo Marconi’s Restored 1914 Global Wireless Station offers hands-on exhibits, documentary films, demos and gift shop. Admission $7.50, free under age 10.|
|Chatham Railroad Museum||Old Chatham Railroad Company Station 153 Depot Rd||508-945-5100||Chatham||Seasonal Mid June to mid September Tuesdays-Saturdays. Featuring an architectural style called Railroad Gothic, the building contains hundreds of exhibits and the New York Central model locomotives used at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The museum is child friendly and includes a 1910 restored wood caboose available for children and adults to explore. Donations accepted.|
|Atwood House Museum||347 Stage Harbor Rd||508-945-2493||Chatham||Hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Restored 1752 Old Atwood House and modern galleries include an archival center, Chatham’s twin light, period furniture, tools, glass, china and art in the galleries, and gift shop featuring nautical items, jewelry, toys and books. Admission $6, students ages 7-18 $3, children age 6 and under free.|