3 of the Best Ways to Experience the Heritage Museum and Gardens

More than 1,000 varieties of flowers create an enchanting paradise at the Heritage Museum and Gardens on Cape Cod. This secluded haven spans 100 acres and invites thousands of annual visitors to experience the natural wonder of the great outdoors. In addition to the gardens, the museum showcases stunning galleries designed to bring together arts, history, horticulture, and education. Learn more about this unique attraction you can only experience on Cape Cod.

As you plan your trip, request a copy of our free Cape Cod Vacation Guide! This wonderful resource highlights one-of-a-kind attractions like the Heritage Museum and Gardens, as well as beaches, and local restaurants. It also includes detailed information about the amenities and accommodations at the historic Captain Farris House!

What Will I See at the Heritage Museum and Gardens?

This culturally-rich museum is located in Sandwich, MA, beside the Shawme-Crowell State Forest. “The Cape’s Best Kept Secret” is open daily from mid-April to early October. Plus, it’s less than a 30-minute drive from your accommodations at The Captain Farris House, which makes it a perfect morning or afternoon excursion.


Every year, the Heritage Museum and Gardens features pieces from contemporary painters, sculptors, artists, and collectors from across the nation. Their compelling exhibits decorate the grounds with installations of contemporary landscape paintings, special outdoor art collections, and vintage automobiles.

The American Art & Carousel Gallery will be featured from The Heritage Collection exhibits. The rare collection at the Heritage Museum and Gardens has an array of rare books, American firearms, and military miniatures. Each of these pieces was collected by the late J.K. Lilly, Jr. These unique items are an incredible way to learn about the interesting past of Cape Cod.


The Heritage Museum and Gardens has a number of walking paths that are bursting with color throughout the year. Even the beautiful property is open to the public from April to October, you can attend one of the special events held there during the winter months. The bright hues of the Dexter Rhododendrons and flowering trees decorate the property in spring. Every summer, you’ll see the bold shades of brilliant annuals and dazzling daylilies. In the fall, the trees decorate the gardens with red, orange, and yellow colors. Even in the winter, rich red hues of the American and English hollies and witch hazels adorns the grounds. When you visit this stunning paradise, you’re sure to be enthralled by its natural beauty from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave.

Outdoor Adventures

After touring the galleries and grounds of the Heritage Museum and Gardens, follow the walking trails to The Adventure Park. This on-site recreation area affords you the unique opportunity to see the color-rich gardens and beautiful buildings in a different way. Walk along the “aerial trails” (wood and rope pathways connecting the trees) or glide down the Heritage Museum zip line course. Whatever way you want to experience this amazing place, you’re sure to have a wonderful time doing it!

Book Your Stay at The Captain Farris House

After spending the day at the beautiful Heritage Museum and Gardens, make the 30-minute drive down Mid-Cape Highway back to the Captain Farris House. Whether you stay for one night or one week, you’re sure to delight in the peace and quiet of our accommodations. Our rooms and suites have the finest linens, plush bedding, luxurious comforts, and sweet treats. You’ll also be able to enjoy a gourmet breakfast every morning of your stay in our stunning dining area or in our enclosed courtyard. With natural beauty and luxury waiting for you, why wait?

Start planning your visit to Cape Cod today!