My daughter is in line with me at Target and smiles at all the masked faces she sees. This is the new normal and she is accustomed to it at only 9 months old. She waves gently and admires the brighter colored masks. Even though everyone’s smiles are covered, I can still see them and I think Alyda can too.
I am confident to say that I have felt safe this Summer living the new normal on the Cape. Everyone has been respectful with socially distancing and wearing masks. Yet, it is hard to find safe activities to do with your family. One of the more fun things we have done is mini golf! We have been to both Pirate’s Cove and Skull Island, which are in Yarmouth. They take the appropriate measures to sanitizing all the clubs and balls. The line may look long when you drive by but it goes by quickly.
I recently went to Tony Andrew’s Farm in Falmouth. Sunflower season is almost over but it was still a great time. With that being said, apple picking season is right around the corner! Crow Farm in Sandwich is where we are planning on going. They already have COVID-19 guidelines that state no tractor rides are available this year but it’s an easy walk to the orchard. They are encouraging people to bring a wagon to help with children and to carry their apples. All guests and workers are required to wear a face mask and to keep a social distance of six feet between groups. There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the walk and orchard. No tasting of apples are permitted due to the MDAR regulations.
A past time that has become extremely popular this summer is drive-in movie theaters! The Yarmouth Drive-In just opened here a couple of months ago and offers movies, concerts, and comedy shows! Something for everyone to enjoy. They have food trucks that you can order from and bring back to your car. They have all safety regulations and prices per car on their website here: https://yarmouthdrivein.com/collections/events.
If you want to get out and enjoy nature with your furry four legged friends, I would highly recommend stopping by on any of the Cranberry Bog trails on West Yarmouth Road in Yarmouth . We also love to walk on the Cape Cod Rail Trail in Dennis. There are trails that go off the bike trail and into the woods and if you walk far enough , you’ll go over the Bass River. My favorite walk though is in Falmouth on the Shining Sea Bikeway. The views are gorgeous and it’s such a perfect Cape Cod scenic walk.
Riddle Cape Cod in Mashpee is fun to go with your family and they are only allowing reservations ahead of time online for private bookings. They offer five escape rooms. You can book your escape room here: https://www.riddlecapecod.com. My favorite is the game of pirates!
Speaking of pirates, one last adventure I recommend is going to the Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth. This is a great place to go with your kids to learn some history and see amazing pirate artifacts. The Whydah Pirate Museum has new procedures in place that include online ticketing and reservations, timed visitation, extensive new cleaning protocols, and reduced capacity to allow for safe social distancing. Masks are required for the safety of all visitors. You can get your tickets here: https://www.discoverpirates.com.