Visitors to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster get their feet wet, literally, learning about the plants and critters that live on the Cape. Bring a pail and wear water shoes on the popular Mudflat Mania exploration (early July through Aug).
Two floors of exhibits, including aquariums and tanks filled with creatures, and interactive activities, keep kids entertained as they learn about the birds and the bees (the shore birds and the on-site beehive, silly!). Citizen Scientist programs allow those of us without a formal scientific education to help with observation, measurement, or computation.
Trails wind through the museum’s 80 acres of woods, marsh, and beach. Bring beach gear and spend the day at the secluded beach, just a bird-filled wander away down stunning Wing’s Island Trail (1.3 mi round-trip). The trail is named for a Quaker who was exiled from Sandwich for his religious beliefs.