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10 Great Day Trips From The South Coast

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Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? There are lots of great options to keep your family entertained, and they’re all just a short drive or boat ride away.

Here are 10 of our favorite destinations just off the South Coast. So what are you waiting for? Pack up the car and experience New England before the season comes to a close!


Cape Cod Brewery
Cape Cod Brewery
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Cape Cod Beer Tour

1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis, Mass., 02601, (508) 791-4200
 
 

If you like beer and free things, then the Cape Cod Beer Tour is right up your alley.

Located in Hyannis, Cape Cod Beer produces three famed beer offerings: Flagship Cape Cod Red, light and refreshing Beach Blonde Ale, and the bold and hoppy Cape Cod IPA, as well as season picks like Cape Cod Summer, Harvest Ale, Cape Cod Porter, Berry Merry Christmas Ale.

Once done with the tour, lounge out on the outside patios and enjoy some of the Brewery's finest creations. Tours are held Monday to Saturday at 11 a.m.

 
Cliff Walk
Cliff Walk
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Cliff Walk

117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, R.I., 02840, (401) 845-5800
 
 

The Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island, is hailed as one of the area’s most renowned attractions. The three-and-a-half mile long public walkway meanders behind the most famous mansions in all of Newport, such as Rosecliff, The Breakers, Astor’s Beachwood and more.

Providing gilded age wealth and charm with architectural and geographical history, birds, geology and more, The Cliff Walk combines many of Newport’s most famed sites with beautiful views, great breeze, smell of ocean air and larger than life mansions make The Cliff Walk a memorable experience.

Following the walk, check out some of Newport’s best beaches and enjoy the best restaurants and shops in the area.

 
Newport Vineyards
Newport Vineyards
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Go On A Wine Tour

909 E. Main Rd. (RT. 138), Middletown, R.I. 02842, (401) 848-5161
 
 

New England might not be Napa Valley, but it still does manage to have some really great wine tours. Newport Vineyards, situated on a hill overlooking beautiful Rhode Island, has produced fine wins for nearly four decades.

Its immediate goal at the time of its inception was to preserve precious, uninhabited land from rapid growth and development. The beautiful views and relaxing atmosphere are as good as the wines you will taste!

Newport isn't the only place with great wine tasting and wine tours—Cape Cod and other New England hot spots have an abundance of vineyards as well.

[Sip New England]

 
Scarborough State Park
Scarborough State Park
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Scarborough State Beach

970 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, R.I. 02882, (401) 789-2324
 
 

Located in Narragansett, R.I., Scarborough State Beach is a fun, relaxing and enjoyable day trip. The Beach was just recently renovated, and now has a brand new pavilion and expanded beach area, as well as a wide range of new beach activities.

If you’re not the type that wants to lounge on the beach the entire day, check out Scarborough’s observation tower, beautiful views and extensive boardwalk.

Scarborough is one of the hottest and most lively beaches in the area, and is a great, quick getaway in the midst of the summer.

 
Cape Cod Parasail and Jetski
Cape Cod Parasail and Jetski
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Cape Cod Parasail and Jet Ski Gold Coast

1 South Shore Dr., South Yarmouth, Mass. 02664, (508) 398-7245
 
 

For nearly twenty years, Gold Coast’s Cape Cod Parasail and Jet Ski has been a premier water sports company on the Cape. They offer parasailing, banana boat rides, jet skis and a myriad of other watersports.

Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Cape Cod Parasail and Jet Ski is a perfect summer adventure, and with 25 Yamaha Waverunners, you can be sure to bring along all of your friends for a day full of good friends, good activities and good vibes.

 
World's End
World's End
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World’s End

250 Martins Lane, Hingham, Mass. 02043, (781) 740-7233
 
 

World’s End is one of the most scenic and serene places out there. The 251 acres run alongside rocky shores, vast hillsides and endless fields interspersed by woodlands.

At World’s End, you can walk, run, picnic, canoe, kayak, bird-watch, horseback ride and even too, too far off the beaten path.

 
Bay Spirit Tours
Bay Spirit Tours
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Bay Spirit Tours

180 Ocean St., Hyannis, Mass. 02601, (508) 771-0107
 
 

For a very affordable price, enjoy the historic and picturesque Cape Cod boat tour. Bays Spirit Tours offer a myriad of different tours and cruises, such as a lighthouse tour, sunset cruise, land and sea tour, wine tasting cruise and more.

The boats often feature lie music, a variety of drinks and views only seen in brochures. Bay Spirit tours are the perfect summer activity for anyone—couples, friends, families, and more!

 

 
Great Marsh Kayak Tours
Great Marsh Kayak Tours
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Great Marsh Kayak Tours

674 Rt. 28 (Main St.), West Yarmouth, Mass. 02673, (508) 775-6447
 
 

Great Marsh Kayak Tours offer a myriad of different kayak tours, ranging from the Sunset Spectacular to the Naturals Dream Tour to the Tidal Tour.

Begin with a quick safety and paddling lesson, and then get right into the water and begin paddling around! The tours will allow you to see the best of the area’s seals, shorebirds, dunes, and stunning views.

The guides who accompany you and lead you on the tour are immensely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Great Marsh Kayaking is a must-do this summer!

 
Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard
 

A 45-minute ferry ride off the coast of Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard is one of the country’s premier summer vacation destinations.

Step off the ferry in Vineyard Haven and explore some of the Vineyard’s most prized towns. Go to Oak Bluffs and immerse yourself in the fun and hip culture there, with its boardwalks and nightspots, amazing food and pristine beaches. Stop by Edgartown and check out the cool and eccentric boutique shops and hip restaurants.

One day in Martha’s Vineyard exploring the beaches and shops and famed sites will leave you wanting to come back for more.

 

 
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Let’s be real: who doesn’t love good food? New England is home to some of the best food in the country, especially in the summer when seafood abounds!

There are an abundance of options all over the area, and a two hour drive may end up proving completely worthwhile!

Grab some good friends, music and a big appetite. Here’s a small compilation to get you on your way.

 

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