Sandwich

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Sandwich is on Cape Cod in Massachusetts at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal. It is the oldest town on the Cape, settled in 1637. Sandwich is famous for the glassware produced here in the 1800s. It is also home to numerous gift and antique stores, art galleries, and rare book stores.

Get in[edit]

Looking west on Main Street

By car[edit]

Sandwich, is a little more than an hour and a quarter from both Boston and Providence.

  • From Boston take I-93 south to Route 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge. (Becomes Rt. 6). After the crossing Sagamore Bridge any of the first 3 exits off Route 6 leads into Sandwich.
  • 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 of the bridge go almost all the way around and travel along the Canal to Route 6. Any of the first 3 exits off Route 6 leads into Sandwich. Rather than taking Route 6, you can continue straight under the Sagamore bridge on Route 6A into town.

By bus[edit]

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

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]

The center of Sandwich is very walkable, but generally a car is the best way to get around.

  • Upper Cape Taxi, +1 508 540-1290. [5] [dead link]

See[edit]

Dexter Grist Mill on Shawme Pond, Sandwich Center
  • Heritage Museums & Gardens67 Grove St. +1 508 888-3300, e-mail: . mid-Apr- mid-Oct 9AM-5PM. The gardens on the 100-acre grounds are always beautiful, with over 1,000 varieties of plants, featuring extensive collections of rhododendrons, hydrangeas and day lilies. Museums have exhibits of antique cars, American history, Native history, folk art (including basket making and scrimshaw), and a 1908 Charles Looff carousel. A windmill built in 1800 is also on the grounds. Various special exhibits, events, programs, performances and reenactments are also scheduled. Gardens Aglow - Thanksgiving to Christmas, 4:30PM-8:30PM. "Hidden Hollow" is the children's interactive outdoor area. New in 2015, an outdoor adventure featuring zip lines through the trees called The Adventure Park at Heritage. This is the only extra charge part of Heritage; all other areas, museums and carousel included. Reservations recommended for the Adventure Park, where fees run from $33 to $43. [ Combo tickets available] which include the other areas. Free handicapped accessible trams with wheelchair lifts can take you between museums on the wooded grounds. Best time to see thousands of rhododendrons in bloom is late May through early June. Summer time features many hydrangeas and day lilies. Adults $18, age 3-11 $7. Under 2, free. Active duty military get in free with up to 5 family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of Blue Star Museum program. MTA teachers are admitted free from mid-April to mid-October. AAA discounts available from mid-April to mid-October..
  • Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen6 Discovery Hill Rd (off Rt. 6A, East Sandwich),  +1 508 888-6870. This non-profit educational is not just for the kids. Some fantastic jams, jellies, relishes and pickles are made and sold here. Preserves are slow-cooked in oldest commercial solar-cooking operation in the country. Try the peaches in brandy.
  • Sandwich Glass Museum129 Main St (Corner of Tupper Rd. and Rt. 130),  +1 508 888-0251, e-mail: . Summer hours daily 9:30AM-5:00PM, Winter except Jan. W-Su 9:30AM-4:00PM Wed-Sun.. Glass blowing demonstrations here and in many other glass artists around town. Sandwich boasts several other fine glass artists such as David McDermott and Michael Magyar. Michael Magyar is also known around town for his "Giants",large illuminated sculptures seen lining Route 6A during the Christmas season. Another glass blowing operation worth seeing is Pairpoint Glass, located near the Sagamore Bridge. Pairpoint has been in business since the mid-1800s. Adults $9, kids 6-14 $2, 6 & under free.
  • Sandwich Art Gallery153 Main St +1 508 833-2098. Daily Mar-Dec. An antique building houses a variety of paintings and lithographs.
  • Nye Homestead and Museum85 Old County Rd +1 508 88-4213. Jun 15-Sep 15. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM.
  • Hoxie House18 Water St. +1 508 888-1173. Open daily 10AM-5PM, Jun to mid-Oct. This house was built in 1637, and is probably the oldest restored house on the Cape.
  • Wing Fort House69 Spring Hill Rd +1 508 888-1540. Jun 15-Sep 15 Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM. Built in 1641, it's the oldest house in New England continuously lived in by a single family.
  • Dexter Grist MillTown Hall Square +1 508 888-4910. Open daily 10AM-4PM in summer, limited hours Sep-Oct. A working 17th-century grist mill on Shawme Pond, which offers tours (with very knowledgable guides) and fresh corn meal. Be sure to fill up your water bottles at the fresh water fountain nearby and feed the ducks on the pond. Watch for the huge turtle.
  • Cape Cod Canal60 Ed Moffitt Dr +1 508 833-9678. The east end of the Canal is in Sandwich and the Canal Visitor Center is there. See the Bourne Wikivoyage guide for a section on the Canal and its recreational uses.
  • Sandwich MarinaEd Moffitt Drive. The only harbor along the Cape Cod Canal.
  • [dead link]My Sister's Gallery20 jarves st. Sandwich Ma +1 508-888-0756. 10-5 pm. A char ming gallery located in the heart of Sandwich village. Here you will find some of the most talented artists on the cape and surrounding area.

Do[edit]

Sandwich Boardwalk to Town Neck Beach
  • Take a walk on The Boardwalk. A cool raised boardwalk across Mill Creek to the dunes at Town Neck Beach. Boards are purchased by folks who specify the lettering on them. For walking, take Jarves St. toward the Bay, left on Factory St., right on Harbor St. and follow to end.
  • LauraJay Sportfishing Charters28 Chapaquoit Way +1 508 888-4033. East Sandwich. 31' Custom Duffy Sportfisherman leaving from Sandwich Harbor on the Cape Cod Canal. 1-6 person trips, 1/2 or full day. Experienced crew targeting Striped Bass, Blues, Cod, and Giant Bluefin Tuna.
  • Walk, bike, rollerblade or fish at the Cape Cod Canal. See the article at Bourne.
  • Sandwich Cycles, 40 Route 6A, +1 508 833-2453.
  • Click here for an event calendar by the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce.


  • Ecotourz L.L.C.20 Jarves Street (exit 2 off Rte 6 down Rte 130 towards the village of Sandwich),  +1 774-313-0421. 7am-9pm. Ecotourz offers Kayak rentals as well as bike rentals. varries.

Beaches[edit]

All require non-resident parking stickers $40/season, Sandwich Town Hall Annex, 145 Main St., +1 508 833-8012.
  • Sandy Neck Beach, off Rt. 6A, E. Sandwich (at Barnstable line). Lifeguards, food, restrooms, Parking $10. Six-mile barrier beach on Cape Cod Bay. Special off-road equipment is required to travel down the beach.
  • Town Neck Beach, off Town Neck Road and Rte. 6A. No facilities. Rocky, narrow beach at the end of the boardwalk.
  • Wakeby Pond, Ryder Conservation Area, John Ewer Rd. (off South Sandwich Rd), South Sandwich. Lifeguards, food, rest rooms Parking $10. The Cape's largest freshwater body of water.

Buy[edit]

  • Chocolate at Cape Cod Chocolatier, Route 6A, Merchant's Square, +1 508 833-2613. Daily 10AM-5PM.
  • Something from one of the many gift and antique shops on Route 6A and Sandwich Village.
  • Preserves from Green Briar Jam Kitchen.

Eat[edit]

Dexter Rhododendron Garden
  • Sandwich Farmers MarketQuaker Meetinghouse Rd (Located in Oak Crest Cove Field across from the Pop Warner Football Field, Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Exit 3 off of Route 6),  +1 508 420-5475. 2:30-6:30 PM every Tuesday. Every Tuesday June 17 thru Oct 28, 2008, 2:30PM-6:30PM all summer long to browse and buy locally grown and/or produced goods such as: produce, organic vegetables, fruits, honey, eggs, breads, cheeses, oils, vinegars, pastries, live lobsters, potted plants, cut flowers, herbs, soaps/lotions, canned goods, crafts, art, gifts, souvenirs and so much more! Good for the community...good for you! FREE.
  • Dan'l Webster Inn,149 Main St +1 508 888-3622. Fine dining with an outstanding wine list. $$$$.
  • Belfry Inne and Bistro,8 Jarves St +1 508 888-8550. Fine dining in a unique old church. $$$$.
  • Marshland Diner, 100 Rt. 6A, +1 508 888-9824. Great breakfasts, also lunch and dinner. Catch their bakery next door. $
  • Amari Bar & Ristorante674 Route 6A +1 508 375-0011. M–F: open 4:30PM; Sa, Su also lunch at 12PM. Contemporary Italian. Brick oven pizza, on the pricey side.
  • Beehive Tavern, 406 Route 6A, East Sandwich, +1 508 833-1184. Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Wide range of dishes and prices. You won't believe the ginger bread! Always there, not always on the menu.
  • Seafood Sam's on the Canal6 Coast Guard Rd +1 508 888-4629.
  • Tomatoes Italian Grille & Bar, 280-C Rt 130, +1 508 888-6008. Daily 4:30PM-10PM. Traditional and creative Italian. $13-$22.
  • British Beer Company46 Route 6A (Old King's Highway) +1 508 833-9590.

Specialty[edit]

  • Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe, 21 Route 6A, +1 508 888-0566. Towards the canal. Popular, but good service. Not homemeade, but many flavors. Beautiful Grounds!
  • Dunbar's Tea Room1 Water Street +1 508 833-2485. 11AM-4:30PM. Much more than tea. If you appreciate refinements, don't miss this lunch. $8-$12.

Drink[edit]

  • Bobby Byrne's Pub, 65 Route 6A, +1 508 888-6088.
  • British Beer Company46 Route 6A (Old King's Highway) +1 508-833-9590.
  • Sandwich Tavern, 290 Route 130, Forestdale, +1 508 888-2200.

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Go next[edit]

  • Day trips to Plymouth and other areas of the Cape are quite worthwhile.
  • The Cape Cod National Seashore on the Outer Cape is very beautiful.
  • A trip eastward on Route 6A winds through a number of interesting villages and past numerous galleries and interesting shops.
  • The bridges get very busy on summer Sundays. If leaving the Cape try to leave before noon or after 8PM.
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