Orleans (Massachusetts)

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Orleans is in Massachusetts on Cape Cod. With the Rock Harbor sunsets and the Nauset surf, Orleans has the best of both Cape Cod waters.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Highway access is by Route 6 from the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne which is about 55 minutes away.

  • From Boston take I-93 south to Route 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge (Becomes Rt. 6). Exit onto Route 6A at Orlean's landmark rotary (or roundabout) on Route 6, approximately 55 minutes from the Sagamore Bridge and 1.75 hours from Boston.
  • From Providence or points south take I-95 north to I-195 to Route 25 south to the Bourne Bridge (I-495 also becomes Route 25). At the rotary (traffic circle) on the Cape side, go almost all the way around and travel along the Canal to Route 6 east.

By bus[edit]

  • Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway, 17 Elm Av., Hyannis, +1 508-771-6191, [1].

By air[edit]

  • Most travelers would fly into Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS), [2], or Warwick, Rhode Island's T.F. Greene Airport (PVD), [3] near Providence.

Get around[edit]

by phone


  • The French Cable Station Museum, Cove Rd. and Route 28, +1 508-255-0343. Early communications and the telegraph.
  • Orleans Historical Society3 River Rd +1 508 240-1329.

Art Galleries[edit]


  • Academy of Performing Arts Playhouse120 Main St +1 508-255-3075 (General Info), +1 508-255-1963 (Box Office).
  • Academy of Performing Arts School5 Giddish Hill Rd +1 508 255-5510.
  • Stages Theater Company, Rock Harbor, Orleans, +1 508-240-2400 (General Information), +1 508-240-2400 (Box Office).
  • Orleans Bowling Center, 191 Route 6A, +1 508-255-0636.


  • Nauset Beach, Main St., East Orleans. Fine ocean beach with good surf.
  • Skaket Beach, West Rd. (off Route 6A).
  • Pilgrim Lake, Monument Rd. (off Main St), East Orleans.



  • Abba, Old Colony Way & West Rd., +1 508-255-8144. Fine Dining. Recommended. $20-$35
  • The Beacon Room23 West Rd +1 508 255-2211. Lunch 11:30 AM-3PM Dinner daily 5PM-9:30PM. Some imaginative dishes here. Patio dining available when warm enough. $15-22.
  • Cooke's Seafood1 S Orleans Rd +1 508 255-5518. Casual restaurant. Great (and surprisingly light) fried clams and onion rings. Some of the best clam chowder on the Cape!
  • Mahoney's Atlantic Bar and Grill28 Main St +1 508 255-5505. Something a little special from the chef here.
  • The Old Jailhouse Tavern28 West Rd +1 508 255-5245. Year round. 11:30AM-1AM. Jailhouse theme to this old stone building. Basic menu.


  • The Land Ho +1 508 255-5165. Rt. 6A and Cove Rd. Open daily, year round, until 1AM. The Land Ho is a tavern-type restaurant that is open every day, but at night serves appetizers, burgers and soups until midnight. It is frequented by locals and is known for its Cape Cod flair and numerous business signs that hang in its interior. Frequented by young and old alike. Beers run approximately $3.50 (domestic bottles) to $4.75 for imports and draughts. Cocktails range $3 and up. Open year round.


  • The Cove13 S. Orleans Rd +1 508 255-1203fax: +1 508-255-7736. 47 units, some kitchenttes and balconys overlooking the cove.

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