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"We look forward to coming back. We loved the booklet detailing the local restaurants and activities. There was so much to do. Our favorite activity was relaxing on the deck overlooking the water. Thanks for helping us discover Onset, truly a hidden treasure. "    

~ Melinda & Dave

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Exploring Onset, MA

A walk to the center of Onset Village includes wonderful, sandy Onset Beach (also called Point Independence Beach), playgrounds, tennis courts, fishing on the town pier, jet ski rentals, movie night at the band shell, a selection of restaurants, small shops and of course fantastic ice cream! Whether you're exploring Onset's Victorian village, kayaking, relaxing on the shore or shopping at the Cape's largest outlet stores, vacationing here is truly what you make of it.

Outdoor Adventures:

Cape Cod Canal  508-749-4431
Both sides of the canal have bicycle paths which are service roads maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Cape-side path runs 6.8 miles. Walk, bike ride, or rollerblade along the paved trail; you can also fish, hike along the nature trails, or just watch the boats go by along the canal.

Bike rentals are available at several area locations

Cruises/Whale Watching/Fishing:
Cape Cod Canal Cruises (508) 295-3883 • Onset Pier, Onset, MA

Golf Courses:
Bay Pointe Country Club (508) 759-8802 • 19 Bay Pointe Dr., Wareham, MA
Little Harbor Country Club Inc. (508) 295-2617 • 8 Little Harbor Rd., Wareham, MA

Family Fun:

Water Wizz Water Park
Water park includes water slides, wave pool, swimming pools and special water play for young children. Also includes miniature golf. 5 minute drive
Ryan Family Amusement Center
Enjoy bowling and arcade games with the family. 10 minute drive
Cartland of Cape Cod, Inc.
Go Carts, Mini Golf, Batting Cages, Ice Cream and more! 5 minute drive
Plimoth Plantation
Plymouth as it was in the 17th century: You will have the opportunity to enjoy unique living history experiences when you visit Plymoth Plantation. No trip to the Plantation is complete without a trip to historic Plymouth Rock. 30 minute drive
East Over Farm 265 Mary's Pond Road Rochester, MA 02770 (508) 763-5257
Rich in history, Eastover farms started out as a small mill community in the 1600's and later became a palatial estate and a working dairy farm. The farm now supports a thriving Cranberry and blueberry operation and a farm stand.
Flax Pond Farms
100 acre cranberry farm located in Carver, MA. Tours daily. 25 minute drive
Porter's Thermometer Museum
Visit Richard Porter's world famous thermometer museum which contains more than 2500 thermometers. Admission is free. Phone number 508-295-5504
New Bedford Whaling Museum
This museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area. It houses the most extensive collection of art, artifacts, and manuscripts pertaining to American whaling in the age of sail - late eighteenth century to the early twentieth, when sailing ships dominated merchant trade and whaling. Phone number is 508-997-0046. Located in New Bedford, MA. 30 minute drive
New Bedford Whaling National Park
Stroll down cobblestone streets, visit the world’s largest whaling museum, tour a whaling merchant’s home and whaleman's chapel, and walk a 19th century schooner’s decks. Stop by the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center and pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet. The booklet includes questions, games, and activities related to the park and its themes. There is also a scavenger hunt for kids of all ages, so make sure you pay attention and stay alert while on your voyage through the park. 30 minute drive
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Nearly 200 species of animals are represented in the Buttonwood Park Zoo, ranging from tiny frogs to enormous elephants. You'll see River Otter, Beaver and Harbor Seals, Black Bears, Asian Elephants, Bald Eagle and Coyotes, Cougars and Bobcats, Fox and Raccoons, Bison and White-Tailed Deer, and more. Located in New Bedford, MA. 30 minute drive.
Battleship Cove
Come see the world's largest naval ship exhibit. Located in Fall River, MA. Phone number is (508) 678-1100 40 minute drive

Rest and Relaxation:
Sit on our waterfront deck and sunbathe, watch the boats and birds go by, or stroll along miles of public sandy beach in Onset Village.

Point Independence Inn
Relax at this seaside spa offering massages, body treatments, facials and pedicure and manicures.

Movie Theatres
Onset Bay Movie Co. (508) 295-9026 • 29 Locust St., Onset, MA
Thursday evenings during the summer at the band shell in the center of Onset Village enjoy a movie outside.
Heritage Theatres Inc. (508) 833-7777 • 280 Route 130 #G, Sandwich, MA
Flagship Cinemas (508) 985-3000 • 500 Kings Hwy., New Bedford, MA


Onset Sports Resort (508) 295-7577
Watch the game or have a drink at the bar. Enjoy the DJ Wednesdays—Saturdays.

Stroll through Onset Village and browse many art, craft, gift and antique shops. On your way to the Cape Cod Canal stop and shop at one of the many antique shops just off of Route 6.

Cape Cod Factory Outlet Mall
Visit the largest factory outlet mall on the Cape. Mall includes over 20 nationally known brand name stores including Van Heusen, Izod, Nine West, Reebok, Bass, Oshkosh B'Gosh, Carters are just a few. Also visit the Christmas Tree Shop just around the corner. Only a 20 minute car ride.
Wrentham Village Premium Shopping Outlets
With over 170 outlet stores it is well worth the trip. Something for everyone. 45 minute drive


Ella’s Wood Burning Oven Restaurant
Stonebridge Bistro
Marc Anthony’s Pizzeria
Bailey’s Surf & Turf
Lindsey’s Family Restaurant
East Wind Lobster

Wineries & Breweries

Plymouth Colony Winery (508) 747-3334 • 56 Pinewood Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
Located on Rte. 44, three miles west of Exit 6, this picturesque winery features working cranberry bogs and vineyards in West Plymouth. Sample cranberry, blended and other wines at a free tour and tasting.
Plymouth Winery (508) 746-3532 • 170 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360
Go enjoy samples of cranberry, grape and a variety of fruit wines. Made by their award-winning wine maker. Located in the Village Landing Marketplace. Plenty of free parking. Call ahead for special events.
Westport Rivers (800) 993-9695 • 417 Hixbridge Rd., Westport, MA 02790