Pocasset MA is the cultural and historical center of Barnstable County on Cape Cod. Ideally set on Buzzards Bay, the weather, scenery, culture and history could not be more ideal for the vacation traveler looking to escape in the off-season, or for summer sun and sand adventurers in the summer. History here dates back hundreds of years, and it was founded by the pilgrims in 1627. It is also home to the United States’ oldest country store, the Aptucxet Trading Post that proudly served the surrounding areas for hundreds of years. Today, it is a museum dedicate to the life in Pocasset MA that once was. As part of Bourne, MA it offers some of the most beautiful landscape and extraordinary beaches the area has to offer. A visit here is a step back in time, to when the birds flew, the sea breeze chilled the air, and there was time to stop and smell the roses.
The area of Pocasset MA and beyond and is a water lovers paradise. There are over 550 miles of sandy beaches, islands, coves, harbors, rivers and ponds to explore. Strategically situated on the easternmost portion of Massachusetts, it is at home on one of the biggest barrier islands in the world. The island protects the mainland from Mother Nature’s fury and only rarely does it experience significant weather adversities. The rare tropical storms in the summer and rare blizzards in the winter make Pocasset an ideal get away. Weather here is mild in comparison to the mainland and summer temperatures are often several degrees less and in the winter, several degrees warmer.
Getting to Pocasset MA isn’t difficult. While there aren’t the busy interstate highways typically found in the Northeast part of the United States, it is easily accessible by one of three bridges. Two of the bridges from Bourne and Sagamore were built in the 1930s and still proudly serve the residents and visitors of this tranquil locale. The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority offers year round public bus service and long distance service from Boston, Logan Airport and New York City are available. In recent years, the Cape Cod Central Railroad has offered passenger train service, including a dinner train, those transverses this lovely island from the Cape Cod Canal and Hyannis.
Pocasset MA is historically significant to all Americans and as such offers some not to be missed sites while visiting. In 1848 the Wing’s Neck Light House was commissioned and provided countless sailors save passage through the night and foggy days of the coast. The iron ore in the area increased the shipping traffic of the area and the lighthouse provided safe harbor with its lantern room 50 feet above the ocean. This lighthouse was kept by many keepers over the years until it was decommissioned and sold in the mid-1940s. Staying true to the romance of the site, the new owner lived there until 1999.
The area offers many outdoor activities and adventures for visitors including some of the finest golf courses in the country, kayaking, hiking, walking, sun bathing, and countless opportunities for sport fishing for fish including blue fin tuna, flounder, striped bass, bluefish, bonito, and fluke. Events including the Naukabout Music Festival feature local, regional and national talent. This family-friendly event features fantastic food, art and fun for the entire clan.
The main tourism season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day however some say the best time of year to visit Pocasset MA in the unseasonably warm “Indian Summer” months of September and October. Whale watching here is extraordinary. A variety of sightings are available including the great humpbacks, the elusive fin whale, the graceful minke whale, the extraordinary sei whale, and the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. If you tire from strolls on the beach, hikes around the land, whale watching, kayaking, and shopping, there are a plethora of art galleries and unique boutiques to venture through.
A trip to Pocasset MA is a good idea, any time. You’ll find the weather moderate, the activities plentiful, and the people welcoming.