Things to Do
The National Marine Life Center (www.nmlc.org, 508-743-9888) on the Cape Cod Canal in Buzzards Bay rescues and rehabilitates stranded marine animals, like Eco the loggerhead sea turtle, its first patient in 2004. Visit the NMLC Discovery Center for exhibits on marine life, educational programs, and arts and crafts, and see the progress on the marine hospital expansion.
For a glimpse of wildlife in its natural habitat, bike, walk, or rollerblade the path along the scenic Cape Cod Canal, which runs about seven miles from Buzzards Bay to Sagamore.
For stunning artistic interpretations of the area landscape, stop in at the Cataumet Arts Center (www.cataumetartscenter.org, 508-563-5434), where solo and group shows are held year-round.
While most of the Bourne beaches are on the warmer waters of Buzzards Bay, Sagamore Beach, along Cape Cod Bay and north of the Cape Cod Canal, offers another option for bathers who like a chilly bite to their swim. The water is clear, and beachcombers will be duly rewarded with delicate sand dollars, which tend to be more plentiful here. The downside: Finding a way to deal with limited parking that requires a sticker.