Town of Brewster
Intersected by Route 6A, Brewster was once home to many wealthy sea captains. Some of their homes still stand today and serve as inns and B&B’s. Nickerson Park, with its ponds, picnic areas, camping and miles of bike trails, offers a great alternative to a beach day for visitors.
Villages: Brewster, South Brewster, West Brewster, East Brewster
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Known as a quaint and quiet town located on Cape Cod Bay, Brewster was once made home by many wealthy sea captains. Many of the homes built by the sea captains still stand today and serve as bed and breakfasts and inns. Brewster was incorporated in 1803 when it was separated from Harwich. Brewster offers a wide array of art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants, especially along Route 6A, to keep visitors busy. In fact Brewster’s current year-round population of about 10,094 grows to about 20,000 in the summer season as visitors come to sample the diversions of the town. One of the most picturesque local sites is the weathered, wood-shingled Old Brewster Mill and waterwheel, a restored 19th Century gristmill. Upstairs in this landmark are exhibits of old mill equipment and a 100-year-old loom. During operating hours, lessons are given in both grinding corn and weaving. Afterwards, don’t forget to walk across the street to the Stony Brook Herring Run, where thousands of alewives swim upstream to spawn in freshwater ponds every spring. Brewster is also home to 1,964-acre Nickerson State Park, one of the busiest state parks in Massachusetts, with miles of bike trails, several ponds and camping and picnic areas. Once the private estate of Nickerson family, this land was donated to the state in 1934.
Brewster Points of Interest
1 Nickerson State Park – In the summer, this 1,964-acre park fills up quickly with campers swimming, fishing, boating and hiking during the summer. The winter offers cross-country skiing and ice-skating on its five frozen lakes. Reservations are required in-season. Truly an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
2 Bassett Wild Animal Farm – This small family zoo offers enough wildlife to enchant just about any age visitor. It features both common and exotic birds and animals. There are plenty of exciting events for the whole family: hayrides, a petting zoo and a large gift shop. Located off Tubman Road near Route 6A.
3 Paine’s Creek Beach – Inlets and coves cut into the wide beach on this shoreline. Paine’s Creek is the home to some interesting wildlife including rare birds and horseshoe crabs. Located at Paine’s Creek near Route 6A.
4 Museum of Natural History – Leave only footprints as you walk through these protected paths lined with salt marsh grass behind the Museum. This is a center for the study and research of Cape Cod’s diverse ecology. Offering lectures and tours, guides lead visitors down nature paths to catch a glimpse of the Cape’s intriguing flora and fauna. Located on Route 6A.
5 New England Fire & History Museum – This old blacksmith shop and apothecary was built in the 1700s. It was designed to be an exact replica of Ben Franklin’s Union House in Philadelphia. The edifice is now a museum housing the largest collection of firefighting equipment and nostalgia in the world. Among the exhibits is a diorama of the Chicago fire of 1871. It also offers a gift shop and picnic facilities. Located on Route 6A.
- Breakwater Landing Beach- A nice family beach surrounded by grassy sand dunes.
- Crosby Landing Beach
- Ellis Landing Beach
- Linell’s Landing Beach
- Paine’s Creek Beach
- Point of Rocks Beach
- Robbins Hill Beach
- Saint’s Landing Beach
Brewster Golf Courses:
Captain’s Golf Course 508-896-5100
Ocean Edge Golf Course 508-896-5911