Massachusetts Bucket List ~ Cape Cod and The Islands Region

Finally we are reaching the end of the Massachusetts Bucket List series. Now that we’ve been traveling again, I’ve been mixing in travel journal logs with our bucket list options, so it takes me a bit longer to get these all up and written! Later this week, we will begin to explore our next bucket list state: Rhode Island.


  • Gay Head Lighthouse: Iconic lighthouse located on Martha’s Vineyard.


  • Nickerson State Park: Fun area with wooded trails around ponds.


  • Chatham Light: Coast guard lighthouse.
  • Monomoy Lighthouse: Take a ferry to visit this lighthouse.
  • Stage Harbor Light: Cape Cod’s youngest lighthouse.


  • Mayflower Beach: Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod.


  • Cape Cod National Seashore: Encompasses woods, lake, and beachfront along the Atlantic.
  • Coast Guard Beach: Beautiful beach area along the national seashore.
  • Nauset Light: Restored lighthouse along the seashore.
  • Three Sisters Lights: Trio of lighthouses along the National Seashore.


  • Cape Poge Light: Located on the northeast tip of an island that is part of Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Edgartown Lighthouse: Located on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard.
  • South Beach State Park: Dog friendly beach on the cape.


  • Bird Island Light: Historic lighthouse at the entrance of the bay.
  • Buzzard’s Bay Entrance Light: Light located in open water to mark the entrance of the bay.
  • Katherine Lee Bates Birthplace Museum: Homestead of the author of “America the Beautiful.”
  • Wings Neck Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse along the Cape Cod Canal.


  • John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum: Journey through the life of JFK and his family.


  • Mashpee Wampanoag Museum: Historic Museum on the grounds of the Wampanoag Tribe.
  • Old Indian Meeting House: Oldest Native American church on the east coast.


  • Brant Point Lighthouse: Stunning lighthouse on Nantucket Island.
  • Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum: Museum dedicated to the shipwrecks that occurred off Nantucket Sound.
  • Nantucket Whaling Museum: Explore the history of whaling in the area.
  • Sankaty Head Light: Still operational light, was one of the first in the nation to receive a Fresnel lens.

North Truro

  • Highland Lighthouse: Oldest and tallest lighthouse on Cape Cod.

Oak Bluffs

  • East Chop Lighthouse: Overlooks Vineyard Sound.


  • Long Point Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse at the northeast tip of Long Point.
  • Pilgrim Monument: Commemorates the first landfall of the Pilgrims.
  • Race Point Lighthouse: Historic lighthouse on Cape Cod.
  • Wood End Light: Active lighthouse located along the dunes.

South Yarmouth

  • Point Gammon Lighthouse: This old lighthouse was converted into a bird watching tower in the 19th century.

Vineyard Haven

  • West Chop Lighthouse: Full light station located along the harbor of Vineyard Haven.


  • Marconi Beach: This beach is part of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Woods Hole

  • NOAA Fisheries Science Aquarium: This small science aquarium features several touch tanks to explore animals native to the Atlantic seashore.
  • Nobska Lighthouse: Restored lighthouse on the southwest tip of Cape Cod.

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