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Harwich

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Harwich is a tony New England town on Cape Cod, in Barnstable County in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. At the 2010 census it had a population of 12,243. The town is a popular vacation spot, located near the Cape Cod National Seashore. Harwich's beaches are on the Nantucket Sound side of Cape Cod. Harwich has three active harbors. Saquatucket, Wychmere and Allen Harbors are all in Harwich Port. The town of Harwich includes the villages of Pleasant Lake, West Harwich, East Harwich, Harwich Port, Harwich Center, North Harwich and South Harwich. Harwich is also home to the exclusive Wequassett Resort and Golf Club.HistoryHarwich was first settled by Europeans in 1670 as part of Yarmouth. The town was officially incorporated in 1694, and originally included the lands of the current town of Brewster. Early industry involved fishing and farming. The town is considered by some to be the birthplace of the cranberry industry, with the first commercial operation opened in 1846. There are still many bogs in the town, although the economy is now more centered on tourism and as a residential community. The town is also the site of the start/finish line of the "Sail Around the Cape", which rounds the Cape counter-clockwise, returning via the Cape Cod Canal.
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Golf Course
Cranberry Valley Golf Course
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Duration: 2 hours
Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishtale Sportfishing Harwich Port
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Duration: 4 hours
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Jail Break Fishing Charters Harwich Port
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Duration: 4 hours
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Cap'n Kids Fishing Adventures Harwich Port
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Harwich

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History Museum
Plimoth Plantation Plymouth
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Duration: 3 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises Barnstable
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Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Heritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich
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Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Cape Cod National Seashore Cape Cod
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Duration: 6 hours

Hidden gems in Harwich

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Beach
Bank Street Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Bell's Neck Conservation Lands
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Duration: 2 hours
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Farm
Cape Cod Lavender Farm
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Duration: 2 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
The Potted Geranium West Harwich
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Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Harwich

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Beach
Red River Beach
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Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Harwich

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Antique Store
Harwich Antiques Center West Harwich
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Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Harwich

Fishing Charter / Tour
Magellan Sportsfishing Charters Harwich Port
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Duration: 2 hours

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