What to do and see in South Dennis, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 21, 2017 Malia Yoakum

South Dennis is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Dennis in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 3,643 at the 2010 census, the most of the 5 CDPs in Dennis.
Restaurants in South Dennis

1. Edward Gorey House

8 Strawberry Ln, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675-1725 +1 508-362-3909
Excellent
79%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 160 reviews

Edward Gorey House

Dedicated to the author-illustrator, Edward Gorey, and to raising awareness for animal welfare issues.

Reviewed By CapeCodDiamonds - Barnstable, Massachusetts

Quirky. Bizarre. Delightfully decadent. The man's home is not for sensitive little children and their helicopter parents. The rest of us love the wicked escapades of the Ghashlycrumbs and all Edward Gorey's creatures, many of whom can be seen in various states of demise/repose on windowsills, buried beneath the massive magnolia, or flung across the narrow staircase inside. Everywhere you look there is a Gorey story unfolding in macabre detail. He was a unique one, and his house is the perfect representation of one strange dude. Loved it.

2. Harwich Junior Theatre

105 Division St, West Harwich, Harwich, MA 02671-1326 +1 508-432-2002
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Harwich Junior Theatre

Reviewed By Barbara D

Local actors present various plays on small informal stage. Very entertaining time. If you enjoy live theatre, take time to see a show.

3. Sea Street Beach

Dennis Port, Dennis, MA 02639
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Sea Street Beach

Reviewed By Kelley R - Holyoke, Massachusetts

This beach is actually a succession of a few, separated by jetties...family friendly, well patrolled by lifeguards. I do wish there was better cleanup by folks who visit, but I would go back.

4. Mayflower Beach

Dunes Rd, Dennis, MA +1 508-760-6159
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Mayflower Beach

Reviewed By Andrea B - Massillon, Ohio

As we approached from the parking lot, I could not believe my eyes. The sand was soft and white - so pretty! And then we spotted the water, and it was a beautiful shade of blue-green! I would have thought we were in the Caribbean, not Cape Cod! We were there in late June. The water was very cold, so I didn't get in past my knees. But it sure was pretty to look at. We walked the beach a ways (even going past Private Beach signs). No one said anything as we walked along the water. Very clean beach.
My only complaint is the rocks that you have to cross over to get into the water (at least they were there in June). I would have brought water shoes to make it a little less painful if I had realized that was an issue. Otherwise, it is a perfect beach. The concession stand food was good. Plenty of choices. Prices were average for the area.

5. Bass River Beach

Bass River Beach, South Yarmouth, MA
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Bass River Beach

Reviewed By Amy B - Worcester, Massachusetts

Nicknamed "Smugglers," this beach is family friendly, large and has a pier that overlooks Bass River and the many sail and motor boats going out to sea. The beach also has a Sunrise Sunday Methodist mass/service @ 7:30 am. The beach is clean and has a Snack Bar with beach eats and public bathrooms. Lifeguards are on duty. Beware NO DOGS allowed.

6. Devil's Purse Brewing Co

120 Great Western Rd, South Dennis, MA 02660-3715 +1 508-694-7171
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Devil's Purse Brewing Co

Reviewed By HaverhillJim - Haverhill, Massachusetts

Kolsch, ESB, and Session were very good. Funk was awesome. Our trio of hop heads did not dig the IPA nor pale ale - maybe we've been too spoiled with other New England IPAs (Sip of Sunshine, Heady, Trillium, Leatherlips, Harpoon, Tributary, etc.) Maybe the tap lines were a little dirty; those beers just didn't taste good. It was a muddy, off flavor that created a distracting aftertaste. But of course, you should make your own opinion on this.

It's located in an industrial park like Mayflower or From The Barrel Brewing, cute tasting room just a few feet from the fermenters. The decor and bar in the tasting room was very cool, a little industrial, a little craftsman with great signs/posters on the walls. But you are essentially standing in a garage / warehouse.

We went early in the season and it was still pretty crowded (20+ people), we were getting pushed out the door by groups of college kids - and then brewery staff scolded us for stepping one foot outside the open garage door. It must be a violation of a local code or something.

The one guy working in the brewery was very nice, one server was also very pleasant, the other server was constantly distracted on her cell phone. Sadly, that's the server that put together our "to go" order and accidentally gave us Pale Ale instead of Session. Very disappointed when we got home. It tasted a little better from the can, but not much.

Anyway, this is a great thing to do if you are in the area. It's always good to support local beer, and I look forward to more good things from these guys as they expand. A restroom and outdoor seating would be awesome.

7. Cuffy's of Cape Cod

723 Main St, West Dennis, Dennis, MA 02670-2201 +1 508-945-0544
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Cuffy's of Cape Cod

Reviewed By CraftBeers - Plano, Texas

We visited dozens of places in Chatham to find the right shirt and fleece to take home. We had gifts to buy for the owners of the house in Chatham. We also had gifts to bring back home. Cuffy's is by far the best place. I love the quality of the shirts and sweatshirts.

The one story building is much bigger than most stores throughout Chatham. It's a cute clapboard building painted white. Inside, there is lots of open space with white, yellow and slate accent colors adding to the openness. The floors are pretty wood planking. They have two huge sand sculptures built in different rooms. For a shirt shop, it's beautiful.

We ended up purchasing shirts, sweatshirts, fleece, coffee mugs and saltwater taffy. This store is pretty to look at. It's wide open with lots of space. They have quality nice looking clothing. I thinks it's better than most shops we visited.

8. Scargo Tower

Scargo Hill Road, Dennis, MA
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Scargo Tower

The highest point of land on Cape Cod, the view from this stone observation tower sweeps across Cape Cod Bay to Provincetown.

Reviewed By Robert J S - Dennis Port, Massachusetts

This iconic landmark is a must-see attraction, not only for the spectacular view of Cape Cod Bay, but because it shows up everywhere in photos and in the literature of the Mid-Cape. Unlike it's big brother, Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, this is an easy climb but be careful. Steps are narrow and twisty and can be slippy. And also be careful up top as there is nothing to stop you from going over the side if you lean too far over the wall.
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Great place for picture taking, especially at sundown. It's supposedly good luck to exchange kisses up top; worked for me.
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There's a lesser but still great view from the parking lot at the base if you have mobility challenges Hope to see you there next time I pop in.

9. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

869 Main St, Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631-1032 +1 508-896-3867
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 244 reviews

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History integrates the three strands of its organizational identity - as museum of natural history, nature education center, and steward of conservation land. As a small museum of natural history, we will preserve, exhibit, and interpret our own collections of natural history artifacts and display relevant traveling and loan exhibits. We may also collaborate with local and regional organizations on co-sponsored exhibits. As a nature education center, we will engage children and adults in high-quality programs, classes, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, films, walks, field trips, traditions and interactive exhibits that reveal the many facets of the natural world and the reciprocal impacts that humans and nature exert on each other. As befits a nature education center, we will explore our potential as a center for citizen scientists and amateur naturalists, and as a forum for informed discussion of important issues related to the natural world, especially on Cape Cod. As a steward of 400-plus acres of museum-owned land in Stony Brook Valley and Brewster conservation land adjacent to the museum, including Wing's Island, the salt marsh, and the beach along Cape Cod Bay between Quivett and Paine's Creeks, we will monitor and protect the land and focus our programming on its varied habitats - our outdoor classroom and teaching tool. Programs may also take place elsewhere on Cape Cod and in New England when appropriate.

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History consists of a 17,000-square-foot main building with exhibit and office space and an additional 400 acres of town and conservation land that covers a wide range of habitats, including pitch pine woodlands, salt marshes, a barrier beach, beech forests, walking trails and a small river, Stony Brook, which functions as a herring run during the spring. The museum, which was established in 1954, constructed its first permanent building, now the Summer Pavilion, in 1960, then finally dedicated its current museum space in 1968 at 869 Main Street on Route 6A in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. The museum focuses on local natural history and archeology and includes a small aquarium featuring over 80 different species of local freshwater and saltwater marine life, a butterfly house, several beehives, a collection of taxidermied birds and a collection of wooden birds carver by Eldridge Arnold. The museum's Marshview Room provides a view over conservation lands with binoculars for birdwatching and a monitor displaying a livestream of the osprey next in the marsh. The Stony Brook Valley has been inhabited for 10,000 years and the museum's archeological exhibit offers information about the area's settlement by indigenous people such as the Wampanoags, the subsequent arrival of English settlers in the 17th century and the rise of industry in the 19th century. One of the museum's most interesting and unique exhibits, a special delight for kids, is a 44-foot inflatable humpback whale and a walk-through inflatable what that is used to teach visitors about whales.

10. Cultural Center of Cape Cod

307 Old Main St, South Yarmouth, MA 02664-4534 +1 508-394-7100
Excellent
81%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 65 reviews

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Reviewed By apacheChatham_ma_ - Chatham, Massachusetts

Check their schedule of events; they have live music performances at night and on-going art shows. For music shows, it's set-up like a club, with tables around the dance floor. AND you can "Bring Your Own" to the shows. Very cool place.

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