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Orleans

4.3
Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing · Bodies of Water

Popular things to do in Orleans

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Beach
Nauset Beach
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Skaket Beach
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Water Body
Nauset Inlet
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Nauset Model Railroad Club
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Orleans is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, which is co-extensive with Cape Cod. The population was 5,890 at the 2010 census.For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Orleans, please see the article Orleans (CDP), Massachusetts.HistoryOrleans was first settled in 1693 by Pilgrims from the Plymouth Colony who were dissatisfied with the poor soil and small tracts of land granted to them. Originally the southern parish of neighboring Eastham, Orleans was officially incorporated in 1797. Orleans was named in honor of Louis Philippe II, Duke of OrlĂ©ans, in recognition of France's support for the 13 colonies during the American Revolution, and because the town did not want an English name, as they had been captured twice by the British during the war.Early history, like much of the Cape, revolved around fishing, whaling and agriculture. As the fishing industry grew, salt works sprang up in the town to help preserve the catches. However, the town's growth helped deplete the town of lumber, a situation that did not begin to be remedied until the railroad came and brought lumber from the mainland in the mid-to-late 19th century. The rail also helped bring tourism to the town. In 1898, the French Cable Company built a 3200mi transatlantic cable to Orleans, which operated from the French Cable Station. Plan the details of your Orleans holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use United States road trip site.

Side trips from Orleans

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Beach
Cape Cod National Seashore Cape Cod
4.7
Duration: 6 hours
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Beach
Coast Guard Beach Eastham
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Cape Cod Rail Trail Cape Cod
4.7
Duration: 6 hours
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Beach
Marconi Beach Wellfleet
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Orleans

Water Body
Little Pleasant Bay
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Rock Harbor Marsh
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Educational Site
Academy of Performing Arts
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Church of the Transfiguration
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Orleans

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Specialty Museum
French Cable Station Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Addison Art Gallery
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
Tree's Place
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Orleans

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Antique Store
Yak Arts
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Young's Fish Market
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Orleans

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Historic Site
Orleans Historical Society Museum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

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