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Riding the Shining Sea Bikeway

Riding the Shining Sea Bikeway this Summer

One of the best things you can do while on Cape Cod is to rent a bicycle and ride the Cape Cod Shining Sea Bikeway, a 10.7 mile ride that takes you in and out of woodland, around cranberry bogs, and along the sea coast. Gorgeous views of crystalline water, sightseeing cranberry harvests during the fall, and even spotting some wildlife while on your bike are all things you can encounter on your ride. The Boston Globe recently said, “One of the great things about biking on Cape Cod is the many wonderful places to ride: quiet back-country roads, dirt trails, and paths that go from your cottage to the beach.” 

One of America’s first 500 rail trails, it was originally the rail bed for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company (no longer in service). Dive into the history of the bikeway by reading “A path through the natural history and cultural heritage of Falmouth on Cape Cod“.

Perfect field trip for the family, it is considered as nature’s classroom. Ride the bikeway and discover wooded area, ponds, saltwater marshes, and even swamps. Along with these natural settings, families will be entertained with nature’s creatures. For example, you’ll be able to watch wildlife in their natural environment, such as bluefish, Great Blue Herons, red-tailed hawks, osprey, turtles, red foxes, and deer. A learning opportunity for young and old, it’s a fantastic moment to connect with nature!

Since it’s the only bikeway on Cape Cod that rides along the seashore, it’s a great idea to take a ride on a sunny day when you’re visiting. If you need to rent bicycles, contact Corner Cycle Cape Cod or Art’s Bike Shop for more information or contact the Front Desk so we can make your bike reservation and have them delivered to the hotel at your convenience.