Brewster is a coastal town and gateway to the picturesque Cape Cod region. Settled in the 1600s, Brewster will charm you with its centuries-old sea captains houses, many reimagined as cosy hotels and B&Bs. Explore the vast tidal flats, visit a handful of excellent local history museums and enjoy some of the best oysters in the United States.
Things to do in Brewster
In the town centre, the Brewster Store has been welcoming customers since the 1800s. Browse the huge collection of hurricane lamps, purchase a bag of vintage sweets and climb the stairs to the 2nd floor to check out the mini museum.
The Brewster Tidal Flats stretch for more than 4,800 hectares and are some of the largest in North America. At low tide, it’s possible to walk out onto the sand flats and past the enormous oyster farms of Cape Cod Bay. High tide is great for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding.
Nickerson State Park protects a pristine landscape of oak and pine forests. The park is dotted with freshwater “kettle ponds” carved by glacier action thousands of years ago. Explore the family-friendly hiking trails, spot local birdlife and pedal along the scenic Cape Cod Rail Trail. Some of the larger ponds are great for swimming and canoeing.
Discover the unique flora and fauna of the area at the Cape Cod Museum Of Natural History. Admire colourful insects in the butterfly house and walk along the boardwalk to discover the surrounding salt marshes and tide pools. The Brewster Historical Society Museum occupies a handsome Georgian mansion and showcases a treasure trove of local artefacts. In summer, the museum hosts antique fairs, farmers markets and other community events.
Getting around Brewster
Brewster is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is located in Barnstable County, a 1.5-hour drive from Boston and Boston Logan International Airport. Barnstable Municipal Airport is a 30-minute drive away.