4 Cape Cod Ponds to Visit this Summer

Man riding a bicycle on a paved road that runs along greenery with large water views

Long Pond as seen from the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Credit: Massachusetts Office of Tourism/Flickr

Cape Cod may be known for its pristine beaches, but it’s also home to more than 1,000 ponds which cover nearly 11,000 acres. These ponds formed after a giant glacier that covered the area began to recede.

We picked our four favorite ponds on the Lower Cape, all within 20 or so minutes from Brewster by the Sea Inn!

Long Pond, Harwich/Brewster (11 mins. from the Inn)

Long Pond, Cape Cod’s largest pond, encompasses more than 700 acres and is the perfect place to swim, kayak, and motorboat. The pond has 6.5 miles of shoreline, giving visitors plenty of space to relax by the water. 

Flax Pond, Brewster (14 mins. from the Inn)

Situated in the middle of Nickerson State Park in Brewster, Flax Pond is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The 51-acre pond is home to Jack’s Boat Rentals so you can enjoy a relaxing day on the water.

Crystal Lake, Orleans (19 mins. from the Inn)

When you arrive at Crystal Lake in Orleans, you’ll immediately understand where it gets its name from: The water really is crystal clear. It’s a great spot for fishing (provided you have a state permit), boating, or swimming. Even if it’s too chilly to go for a dip, Crystal Lake is the perfect place to sit and have a picnic.

Schoolhouse Pond, Chatham (21 mins. from the Inn)

Schoolhouse Pond in Chatham is a quiet, relaxing pond teeming with wildlife. There’s a small beach to sunbathe on with a roped-off swimming area which is perfect if you’re meeting families there. After a day in the sun, continue heading into Chatham for a bite to eat and a stroll down Main Street.

Be sure to add these beautiful Cape Cod ponds to your itinerary next time you’re on the Cape! Don’t have a Cape trip planned just yet? Take a look at Brewster by the Sea Inn’s rooms and book your stay with us today! We’d love to host you at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast.

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