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Things to Do in Truro (MA)

Table of Contents

1. Must-visit Attractions

2. Best Activities

3. Family Friendly Activities

4. Pet-Friendly Activities

5.  Where to Eat

6. Travel Tips

Escape the summertime Cape Cod bustle and discover the serene charm of Truro, Massachusetts. Tucked away at the very tip of the peninsula, just down the road from Provincetown, and slightly more than 100 miles by road from Boston, Truro offers a world of pristine beaches, rolling dunes, and untouched natural landscapes. Here, it's the rhythm of the waves that sets the pace, inviting you to reconnect with the beauty of the Cape Cod coastline.

Beyond its breathtaking beaches, Truro is in itself a tribute to the spirit of exploration, from the iconic Highland Light guiding ships at sea to the charming Truro Historical Society. It's also very much a living testament to the joys of the senses, from its vibrant art scene to the intense, lush flavors of the Truro Vineyards.

Today, we'll delve into the top Truro sights, from family-friendly activities and pet-welcoming adventures to must-try culinary experiences and luxury vacation rentals. Whether you seek relaxation on the shore, historical exploration, or a taste of local culture, we'll equip you with the information you need to plan your perfect Truro getaway.


Must-Visit Attractions in Truro

No visit to Truro would be complete without taking the time to marvel at the iconic Highland Lighthouse. This historic lighthouse, which has been operational since 1797, stands proudly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can climb the tower (weather permitting) for breathtaking panoramic views and a deeper appreciation for its role in maritime history.

Wine enthusiasts can also embark on a delightful journey to the Truro Vineyards. Nestled amid rolling hills, this family-owned winery offers a unique opportunity to savor award-winning wines – as well as cranberry-flavored delights – while surrounded by scenic vistas. Be sure to inquire about their guided tours and tastings to fully immerse yourself in the local winemaking experience.

No exploration of Truro is complete without experiencing the pristine beauty of its beaches. Ballston Beach, with its vast expanse of soft sand dunes, beckons nature lovers for long walks and sunbathing. Bayside Corn Hill Beach, known for its calmer waters, provides a perfect setting for families with young children or those seeking a relaxing swim. 

But these are just a few of the highlights Truro has on offer. Truthfully speaking, just about every spot in this quaint Barnstable County town boasts its own unique charm, historical significance, and natural beauty.


The Iconic Highland Light in Truro

Best Activities to Enjoy in Truro

Nestled amidst the beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the very essence of Truro revolves around its stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. But beyond its captivating scenery, Truro offers a vibrant tapestry of activities that cater to a diverse range of interests.

One of the most frequently recommended activities is an exploration of the vast expanse of the National Seashore. Hike along scenic trails, marvel at the ever-changing ocean vistas, and soak in the tranquility of the unspoiled natural environment.  For the adventurous, a kayak or paddleboard excursion offers a unique perspective of the coastline, allowing you to spot hidden coves and encounter marine life in their natural habitat. 

For the history buffs among you, a visit to the Truro Historical Society and Highland House Museum unveils the town's fascinating past. Here, you can discover and experience the rich heritage of Truro and the Outer Cape through fascinating art and artifacts as well as living history exhibits.

Truro's unique location also makes it a prime spot for whale-watching excursions. For unforgettable memories, embark on a thrilling boat trip and witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.  

Art enthusiasts will find themselves captivated by the vibrant local art scene. Stroll through the art galleries showcasing diverse artistic expressions, from captivating paintings and sculptures to handcrafted jewelry and unique local crafts. Be sure to inquire about special events or artist talks, offering a deeper insight into the creative soul of Truro.

Nowhere is this creative soul more on display than at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, a world-class arts center offering workshops in painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, writing, photography, and more. 


The National Seashore

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Hiking Trails in Truro bordering Provincetown

Family-Friendly Activities

With its relaxed atmosphere, Truro is an ideal escape for busy families, and offers a plethora of activities that cater to all ages.  

Building sandcastles will fast become a favorite activity at Truro's pristine beaches. The oceanside Head of the Meadow Beach, with its gentle waves and expansive shoreline, provides the perfect setting for a relaxing family outing. Little ones can splash in the shallow waters while parents unwind under the warm Cape Cod sun.

For a dose of history and local culture, families can embark on an educational adventure at the Truro Historical Museum. Interactive exhibits showcase the town's fascinating past, bringing the stories of early settlers and the area's rich maritime heritage to life.  The Highland House Museum, perched atop a scenic bluff, also offers breathtaking views and historical insights into the lives of the indigenous Nauset people.

Another local favorite is the Payomet Performing Arts Center in North Truro, featuring live music, circus, comedy, and more.


And of course Truro's natural beauty beckons to explorers of all ages. Rent bikes and embark on a scenic family ride along designated trails. The Pamet Area Trails offer a network of paths suitable for all, meandering through lush landscapes and providing opportunities to spot local wildlife. 

For a change of pace, a visit to the renowned Highland Links golf course provides an exciting challenge for older family members, while the younger ones can have a blast practicing their putting skills at the mini-golf course.

Also keep an eye out for special events throughout the year: outdoor movie nights and lively community festivals brimming with local food, music, and entertainment are often highlights of the summer season.


Activities If You Have Pets

Truro's beaches are some of the best beaches in the world, and include spots where leashed dogs are allowed in the summer. Explore the vast network of trails within the Cape Cod National Seashore, where well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome on designated paths.  Remember to carry waste bags and dispose of waste responsibly. Also keep on the lookout for sharks!

Truro also boasts pet-friendly dining options.  Enjoy a delicious meal outdoors on a restaurant patio that welcomes furry guests.  Remember to check with individual establishments beforehand to confirm their pet policies.

Note that Del Mar’s Truro Vacation Rentals offers pet-friendly accommodations!


Where to Eat in Truro

Truro's culinary scene offers a range of delights catering to diverse palates and preferences. 

For a memorable upscale experience, consider Blackfish. This critically acclaimed restaurant showcases fresh, locally sourced seafood in a sophisticated setting. Savor creative dishes featuring the day's catch, perhaps accompanied by a glass of wine from their carefully curated list. 

For a quick bite or a relaxed afternoon coffee break, explore Truro's cafes. Days Market & Deli offers delightful pastries and sandwiches, while Box Lunch Truro offers a convenient and delicious option for a picnic lunch on the go. Don't miss Savory and the Sweet Escape, a local favorite for down-home American cuisine, including pizza and homemade ice cream.

Truro's popular eateries tend to fill up quickly, especially during peak season. Consider making reservations in advance, particularly for fine dining establishments or those offering oceanside views. Also remember that some restaurants operate with seasonal hours.  It's advisable to check their websites or call ahead to confirm their availability during your visit.


Truro Travel Tips

1 The charm of this New England escape truly shines in the shoulder seasons (April-May and September-October). During this time, the refreshing spring air, like the vibrant fall foliage, provides a picturesque backdrop for your exploration, while avoiding the peak summer crowds and associated price hikes. 

2 Del Mar Vacation Rentals is a favorite in the Cape Cod region, and offers a rich catalog of Truro vacation rentals, including bay views, beach access, and luxury retreats.

3 As you explore Truro's nooks and crannies, consider renting bicycles for a scenic and eco-friendly option. Taxis are limited, so ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft might be helpful for venturing to nearby towns like Wellfleet or Eastham. 

4 For day trips, take a scenic ferry ride to beautiful Martha's Vineyard, or venture further down Route 6 to explore the historic town of Plymouth.  


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