The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What is There to Do in Chatham?

Large cities are popular with young professionals, but it can be difficult and costly to raise a family in one. When you live in a city, simple things like finding a safe place for your kids to play outside are more challenging. You can either pay a premium to get a house with a yard or live in a smaller place and take your kids to the park regularly. The challenges have driven many families to buy homes in smaller nearby towns and commute to their jobs in the city. If you work in or near Boston but would rather not live in a busy metropolis, Chatham, Massachusetts, could be the perfect place for you. Chatham isn’t big, but there are plenty of fun, relaxing things to do here. These are five of our favorites:

Visit the Beach

There are several beaches in Chatham, including Chatham Lighthouse Beach, Harding's Beach, Ridgevale Beach, and the whimsically named Cookie Cove beach. These beaches are open to everyone. Once you become a permanent Chatham resident, you’ll have access to additional locations like Schoolhouse Pond, a freshwater beach popular with kids.

Seal-Watching Tour

There are six charter boat companies in Chatham that can take you on a seal-watching tour you’ll never forget. These animals may look clumsy and awkward on land, but they are graceful and quick once they hit the water. Be sure to take this tour in different seasons to experience the full life cycle of these amazing, intelligent sea creatures.

Summer Concert Series

During the summer months, many Chatham residents go out on Friday nights for a series of concerts in the park. The bands play a variety of music that’s suitable for the whole family. If you're new in town, this is a great way to get to know the locals. Come early and bring a blanket just in case it gets chilly.

Play a Round of Golf

There are more than a dozen world-class golf courses within a half hour of Chatham. You can play a quick nine holes at Chatham Seaside Links or challenge yourself to complete all 36 holes at the Captain’s Golf Course. Either way, you'll enjoy scenic views of the Atlantic.

Activities for the Kids

The City of Chatham hosts several kid-friendly activities, including boating, creative art classes, day camps, and the summer science program. Boston proper might be more fun for adults, depending on their interests, but your kids will never be bored in Chatham.

Chatham is a small town, but it’s only a short drive from some of the biggest metropolitan areas on the East Coast. It’s a fantastic place to live, work, play, and raise a family. If you’re considering a move, contact our Chatham branch to speak with a local expert.

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