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Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center

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Address: Ed Moffitt Drive, across from the Sandwich Coast Guard Station, Sandwich, MA
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Corps of Engineers operated visitor center with educational material about...

Corps of Engineers operated visitor center with educational material about the Cape Cod Canal.

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Out of the way gem

This is a terrific spot take bring young children. They have a super fun interactive activities inside.

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

This is a terrific spot take bring young children. They have a super fun interactive activities inside.

Thank commander15067
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Stopped here our first day in Cape Cod. Very informative visitor center with plenty of parking. You can stroll the grounds or have a picnic as the ships pass by.

Thank Cary S
North Eastham, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
Reviewed 20 December 2016

You get a welcome feeling as you enter. You can board a full sized tug boat that is inside the building. Displays and info about the Canal readily available. They also have a small gift shop. Friendly staff. Enjoy!

Thank fishtv2016
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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239 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

We had a really good welcome and shown around by the lady on reception. Interesting museum, quite small. Huge car park, presumably for when important ships go down the canal

Thank RachelDunsdon
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center offers excellent insight into the man-made channel’s origins. The center’s impressively well-designed interactive exhibits entertain young & older kids. They can get inside & Captain a retired 45-foot canal patrol boat "Renier." A 45-seat theater features a movie that tells the story of the canal, the commercial... More 

Thank ChanEvan
Litchfield, Connecticut
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We spent a rainy afternoon exploring the visitor center. The video of the canal's history was very entertaining and educational. It was fun to walk around on the Renier Canal Patrol Boat.

Thank Litchfieldgirl
New Hampshire
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

I've been visiting the Cape my whole life and now as an adult with my own kids. On a rainy day we visited the Canal visitor center and spent a good hour there! Kids were well entertained with a scavenger hunt and the various activities there and my husband and I enjoyed all the displays and great information about the... More 

Thank midnightdream88
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a great spot to stroll along the canal (or rent a bike), to watch the boats come and go, and also to get the history of the canal.

Thank Bw F
Liverpool, England
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359 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 407 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We called into the center at the start of our visit to Cape Cod, and looking at the photos on the walls and watching the film in the theater really brought our visit to life. We took a walk along the canal itself, it is a lovely place to walk. Great views from the center too from the comfy rocking... More 

Thank glamourpuss1000
Sandwich, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Great history of the cape cod canal! Many programs to choose from in summer including some night ones! Huge boat to climb on, navigation equipment , fishing games, scavenger hunt, free activity books... just a great place to really appreciate what went into building this modern marvel! See the movie too!

Thank Lydia A

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