Dennis, MA

From the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce (

When you cross into Dennis, a more peaceful Cape Cod emerges. Stately sea captains’ houses, rambling summer houses, artists’ studios and rich history all comprise part of Dennis’ charm. The quiet residential villages of Dennis and East Dennis run along Route 6A and Cape Cod Bay; West Dennis and Dennis Port lie to the south along Nantucket Sound. The town’s commercial hub of South Dennis is central to each of these villages, with easy access to Routes 134 and 6.

Dennis itself extends west and east from the junction of Route 6A and Old Bass River Road, just past the gazebo on the town’s village green. From its mix of residences and commercial offices, housed primarily in period buildings, to its glorious bay beaches, Dennis is a charmer. There are ample calm bay beaches—Chapin, Mayflower, Bayview and Corporation Beaches—wonderful seaside haunts to be explored and relished.

Just minutes from these beaches, the renowned Cape Playhouse brings stars of stage and screen to Cape Cod every summer. What started in the 1920s as a way for actors to escape the unyielding heat of New York City summers has turned into a New England tradition, and is often referred to as the “Birthplace of the Stars.” 

Dennis was home to many sea captains and manufactured some of the 19th century’s finest packet boats, clippers and schooners. The Shiverick Shipyard was known throughout the country and built at least eight magnificent clipper ships, all of which were recognized in the Golden Age of Sail. 

There is easy access onto the Cape Cod Rail Trail right from Route 134 in South Dennis, and the town’s dog park offers a freshwater swimming area for your four-legged pals. There are two municipal golf courses in town.

Find more information on Dennis through the Dennis Chamber of Commerce.