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Tom Sobolik

Things To Do

Nature lovers and birdwatchers flock to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, a natural wildlife habitat with a special emphasis on migratory birds. Approximately 94 percent of the refuge is designated as a Wilderness Area, making it a sanctuary that supports an amazing diversity of wildlife and plant species. Walk the nature trails, and then take a stroll on the sand, where you’re sure to see numerous harbor and gray seals.  508-945-0594

Maps of Antiquity, set in an old Chatham farmouse built in the late 1700s, offers more than 15,000 antique maps and prints with a special focus on the Northeast. Inventory includes early American maps from the late 1700s, nautical charts, town maps, hand-colored 19th-century country and state maps, and more.

Beach It!

Lighthouse Beach in Chatham is the largest beach in Chatham. The view from this “elbow” of Cape Cod offers the full expanse of the Atlantic Ocean stretching out beyond the sandbars—you’ll probably even catch a glimpse of the braying seals that have made those sandbars a regular hangout in recent years. There’s a 30-minute restriction for the parking lot on the beach bluff, so you might want to leave your car in town and walk down.

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The board walk at Chatham Bars Inn