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Visiting Dennis MA
Cape Cod's All-American Town 

The town of Dennis MA is known for its expansive beaches, welcoming atmosphere, and its official designation some years back as the "All American Town".

Kids playing on the beachSandcastles & Bubbles ~ Playtime at Mayflower Beach

Dennis Massachusetts on the Map

Centrally located in the heart of the Mid-Cape region, the town of Dennis is an easy drive from the bridges and a convenient "jumping-off" spot for day trips to other parts of Cape Cod.

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Is Dennis the Best Cape Cod Vacation Town for You?

Like Yarmouth, its neighbor to the west, the villages of Dennis offer visitors two distinctly different vacation atmospheres to choose from.

On the Nantucket Sound (south) side of town, in the villages of West Dennis and Dennisport, it's a summer "resort-y" feel.

This is the part of town where:

  • Seasonal hotels and resorts dot the shoreline.

  • Family restaurants, clam shacks, and ice cream shops are around every corner.

  • And kid-friendly fun like kayaking, biking, parasailing and watersports are plentiful.  

On the Cape Cod Bay (north) side of town, in Dennis Village and East Dennis, the feel is more rural and relaxed.    

  • Vacation rentals are the popular lodging choice.

  • Dining options run the gamut from pizza shops, to casual waterside dining, to lunch or dinner cruises on Cape Cod Bay.

  • And visitors enjoy less-touristy pursuits like beachcombing, nature walks, and festivals on the town green.  

Activities & Attractions in Dennis


When it comes to "beachy" Cape Cod towns, Dennis is right up there at the top of the list.

The town's 16 saltwater and 2 freshwater beaches offer plenty of room for toddlers to splash in tide pools, for teens to swim and socialize, and for adults to get away from it all.


Scargo Tower (Scargo Hill Road, East Dennis) sits on one of the highest points of land on Cape Cod.

For a view of Cape Cod Bay like no other, step to the top of the tower and spend a few  minutes enjoying the scenery. Have your camera handy. You'll want to snap some pics, I guarantee it!


Boating is a big-time activity in Dennis MA.

Rent a kayak, canoe or electric paddleboat. Or bring your own floating conveyance with you. Swan River's calm waters and breathtaking scenery make it a favorite spot for a few hours of paddling and a refreshing swim at the beach.


Cape Cinema (35 Hope Lane, East Dennis) is a throwback to bygone days with its beautiful decor, plush seating, and luxurious velvet drapes that cover the screen until showtime.

On a rainy summer afternoon or a chilly winter day, this lovely 1930s-era theater is a wonderfully nostalgic place to see a movie. 

Prime fishing spots are plentiful in Dennis MA. Easy access to the water, both salt and fresh, gives fishermen of all ages lots of chances to wet a line.

Whether you're an avid surf fisherman, or looking for a spot to introduce your kids to the sport, there's a beach, inlet, pier, or jetty in Dennis that'll give you a good shot at landing your limit.

Places to Stay in Dennis MA

Sesuit Harbor House (1421 Main Street, Rt. 6A, East Dennis) is an absolute gem on the north side of town. 

This fabulous inn is comprised of four different buildings with a range of room sizes and styles suitable for singles, couples or families. It's also in a very handy location,  within walking/biking distance to several popular Bay-side beaches, and a quick drive to many local restaurants and attractions.

Make your reservations early. Repeat visitors snatch up their favorite rooms, year after year!  [More about Sesuit Harbor House ...]

Inn at Swan River (829 Main Street, Rt. 28, West Dennis) is a charming motel-style inn, known for its reasonable rates and welcoming, relaxed atmosphere.

Rooms here are clean, comfortable, and well appointed. And after a day at nearby  West Dennis Beach, the beautifully landscaped grounds are a welcome respite with shaded lounging areas, a heated pool, picnic tables and gas grills, and a firepit for evening campfires.  [More about the Inn at Swan River ...]


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