Things to do
Go antiquing along Route 6A, where dozens of shops like Wisteria Antiques (www.wisteriaantiques.com, 508-896-8650) line the historic road, also known as Old King’s Highway.
For a sweet treat or essentials, stop at the Brewster Store (www.brewsterstore.com, 508-896-3744), a former church also located along Route 6A. Here you’ll find candy, a hand-crafted items, and ice cream at the Brewster Scoop located in a shed out back.
Sit for a spell on the benches out front, then meander down the road to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (www.ccmnh.org, 508-896-3867), where exhibits explaining the area’s natural world abound, including one that explains how the Cape looked 10,000 years ago and how it might appear 8,000 years from now.
Like most of the Cape towns, Brewster has a mix of freshwater and salt water beaches. The town’s eight salt water beaches run along Cape Cod Bay, off Route 6A. At low tide the beach flats extend for miles, delighting beachcombers. Tidal pools are created within the long stretches of sand, and adventurous children will want to splash around in the warmer water and search out sea creatures. Paine’s Creek Beach will especially appeal to kids, who can float in inflatable rafts and tubes along the creek, which runs through the marsh and out to the beach.