|Brewster, Massachusetts Travel Guide|
|A country store, several fine churches, and a Town Hall make it look like many other pleasant Cape Cod towns, but Nickerson State Park makes it different.|
Brewster is one of the picturesque little towns on the north shore of Cape Cod along MA Route 6A facing Cape Cod Bay (map) with several seaside resorts, hotels, motel and inns, not to mention the 400 campsites in Nickerson State Park, and a number of cultural institutions.
Wholly within the boundaries of the town of Brewster, the 1900-acre (769-hectare) Roland C Nickerson State Park is a Cape Cod anomaly: a non-commercial forested nature and recreational reserve boasting eight freshwater glacial kettle ponds.
With its 400 campsites and yurts, the park is the premier natural lodging-place on Cape Cod. The campsites can be reserved up to six months in advance, and many of those in Nickerson State Park are reserved well in advance. More...
Besides camping, Nickerson State Park offers fresh-water and salt-water beaches and swimming, bike paths and mountain biking, bird-watching, boating, canoeing, fishing, walking and hiking, and many of these activities are accessible to the handicapped. More...
Brewster is proud of its historic grist mill and herring run on Stony Brook Road near the intersection with Satucket and Run Hill roads. The 19th-century mill is now part of a park owned by the town of Brewster.
The waterwheel, still in good working order, powers the grinding machinery inside the mill. You can watch the whole process at work, and buy freshly ground cornmeal, from 2 to 5 pm on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons in July and August.
Upstairs there's a small museum with artifacts from the "Factory Village" which occupied this site over 100 years ago.
Wander around the millpond, certainly one of the most romantic and picturesque locales on all of Cape Cod. If your visit falls during mid-April to early May, watch for the run of alewives (herring) which surges upstream from the ocean to freshwater spawning grounds. More...
Hidden away off MA Route 6A, the Cape Rep offers high-quality semi-pro theater in the summer months. More...
Those interested in Cape Cod's flora, fauna, and ecology will want to visit the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Route 6A (tel 508-896-3867).
The museum organization was founded in 1954 to preserve the wildlife and plant life in the area around Stony Brook and its marshes, to study this land, and to teach others about it.
Nature walks, a lecture program, and children's classes are held year round. In summer museum naturalists lead trips to Monomoy Island to observe birds and wildlife. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan