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Things to do

The Bell’s Neck Conservation Area offers 250 acres of conservation land around the Herring River. Enjoy walking trails, tidal creeks, marshland, and a pond. In the spring, don’t miss the herring run, where alewives work hard to make their way upstream from Cape Cod Bay and into inland ponds to spawn.

Cyclists won’t want to miss the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 25-mile route that follows the Old Colony Railroad and intersects the Bell’s Neck area.

For indoor entertainment for the whole family, attend a show at the Harwich Junior Theater (, 508-432-2002), where recent productions included Jack and the Beanstalk and The Secret Garden.

Beach it

Two of Harwich’s saltwater beaches offer daily stickers you can buy at the beach for $15—Red River Beach, off Venies Road south of Route 28 in South Harwich, and Earle Road Beach, off Earle Road, which intersects Lower County Road. Both beaches are on Nantucket Sound, offer warm and calm surf, lifeguards, and restrooms. Arrive early to grab a parking spot.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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