The historic Old Indian Meeting House in Mashpee. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.
What You Should Know
Mashpee (pop. 14,006), unlike any other Cape Cod town, remains firmly rooted in its Native American heritage. A large population of Wampanoag people still call Mashpee their home. In addition to Wampanoag culture and history, Mashpee is probably best known for its shopping, restaurants, golfing and New Seabury Resort. Mashpee includes the villages of New Seabury and Popponesset.
Why You Should Go
Wampanoag culture permeates the fabric of Mashpee. While in town, don't miss several historic Native American sites including the Old Indian Meeting House and the Mashpee Wampanoag Museum.
Each year, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hosts an annual powwow featuring cultural activities, music, dance, food and more at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in East Falmouth.
The annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow. Photo courtesy of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
Aside from Native American culture, Mashpee is probably best known for its shopping and restaurants. Mashpee Commons and South Cape Village are two of the largest shopping centers on Cape Cod. Both, along with the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce, host several events throughout the year including a holiday celebration and Christmas parade and an Oktoberfest.
If you enjoy the outdoors, you'll love Mashpee. It’s home to some wonderful hiking trails including the Mashpee River Woodlands, Lowell Holly Reservation and South Cape Beach State Park. If swimming is your thing, you can spend the day at South Cape Beach, or at the fresh water Wakeby Pond and John’s Pond.
Have a romantic rendezvous? Getting married? In any case, you’ll want to hit the spa. Ahh Time Skin and Lash Studio provides cleansing facials, massages, and cutting-edge airbrush makeup technology. Look flawless for your date, and feel even better with massages and other spa treatments. Or go to Painted Red Nails for mani/pedis, waxing, and more. Even the guys can get in on the relaxation with services directed for men. Indulge in some spa-time and look and feel your best before an important date.
Family & Kids
The Cape Cod Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization where families can learn and play together. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, make new friends, and learn about the many events and programs while your child is free to explore, touch and discover.
For a special treat, take the kids to The Red Balloon Toy Shop, Cape Cod's premier specialty toy store since 1970. Featuring a huge selection of toys, including Legos, puzzles, games, stuffed animals, wooden trains, and more, it will make any child happy and any adult feel like a kid again.
To cool off on a hot day, head over to Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour. Easily recognizable by its pink and white building and polar bear mascot, it serves up generous portions of specialty flavors like Arctic Landslide, Frozen Pudding, Mashpee Mud, and Baby Bear Bubble Gum.
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