With a coastline that traces more than 50 miles of lake shores, estuaries, marshlands, and the sandy beaches of Buzzards Bay, the small town of Wareham is a community defined by water. Whether you're setting sail on the nearby Cape Cod Canal, splashing in the cool waves of a public beach, or admiring thousands of acres of working cranberry bogs, our Wareham vacation rentals offer a unique glimpse of New England life for boating enthusiasts, agritourists, and nature lovers alike.
Founded in 1739 in the southern reaches of Plymouth County, Wareham is strategically positioned at the head of Buzzards Bay - the point at which Massachusetts becomes the upper arm of Cape Cod. This town of nearly 22,000 residents is just 55 miles south of Boston, 17 miles south of Plymouth, and 25 miles north of Falmouth.
A colonial town with structures that date back to the late 17th century, Wareham has seen its turn as an iron manufacturer, a shipbuilder, a whaling and fishing center, and a salt producer. In the early 1900s, the local economy transformed to focus on the growth of summer tourism and the cultivation of cranberries, the leading commodity crop in Massachusetts.
With more than 30 percent of the town's 29,940 acres dedicated to cranberry growing, guests at our Wareham vacation rentals can experience these picturesque bogs for themselves at the A.D. Makepeace Company. This world-famous cranberry grower offers tours, events, and a selection of gourmet foods and gifts in all seasons, from the fall wet harvest to the blossom-filled spring.
Planning to get out on the water? In addition to several dockside dining options, Wareham is home to eight public beaches and five public boat ramps. The 280-acre White Island Pond is also a serene summer haven for swimming, kayaking, sailing, and canoeing. In search of local wildlife? You'll find 219 acres of pine forests, carriage road trails, and species that range from herons to great horned owls at the Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
And don't forget that Spillane Field is the home of the Wareham Gatemen, the local franchise of the famed Cape Cod Baseball League!
With more than 63,000 acres of open space, Cape Cod is a natural wonderland for hikers, cyclists, wildlife lovers, and beach-goers. And our Wareham vacation rentals are ideally located for a variety of day trips through the upper arm, the elbow, and beyond.
The artistic town of Sandwich, a short 17-mile drive to the east, is the oldest town on Cape Cod, while Hyannis, a mere 14 miles beyond, is the site of both the Kennedy Compound and the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. Looking for beautifully preserved New England charm? Travel to the quaint village of Chatham just 48 miles east. Or, drive a few additional miles to Eastham, the gateway to the gorgeous dunes, ponds, marshes, and lighthouses of Cape Cod National Seashore.
No matter the time of year you choose to visit, experience a getaway in New England that you'll never forget - book one of our Massachusetts vacation rentals today!
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