About Orleans

beach at sunset

The once agriculturally focused Orleans is today a lush, tourist hot spot. You will find the streets lined with trees and many hiking trails, making it a fantastic place to call home, all year long. 

Orleans is home to Kent's Point Conservation Area, a nearly 30-acre area of land that contains more than a mile of undeveloped shoreline as well several hiking trails. 

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Arts & Entertainment

The Academy of Performing Arts Playhouse
Orleans is home to The Academy of Performing Arts Playhouse. They put on 12 shows a year. Performances range from dance to classical plays to contemporary musicals. They also offer classes and workshops for people of all ages and skill levels. 


Land-Ho in Orleans serves up local seafood and pub food as well as several beers on tap, in an atmosphere that truly screams Orleans. Land-Ho is unique and tasty. See what has tourists and locals alike coming back. 

Mahoney's Atlantic
Located in the heart of downtown Orleans, Mahoney's showcases local seafood in an atmosphere that's sophisticated and charming. They have won Cape Cod Life Magazine's "Best Place for Cocktails" for the last 4 years in a row. For the past 3 years, they have received Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence.

The Knack
A seasonal roadside stand, The Knack serves up delicious burgers and seafood that all come from local sources. Everything is made fresh in house, even the sauces they put on their burgers. 

Hole in One
Check out Hole in One if you're looking for a delicious breakfast or lunch. They have 20 different kinds of donuts!


Crystal Lake
Monument Road
Orleans, MA

This freshwater beach offers clear waters, beautiful views, and shade. The lake is stocked with fish and is popular among fishermen. There is a boat ramp, but no engines allowed. The parking is very limited. 

Nauset Beach
Beach Road
Orleans, MA

Nauset Beach is a very popular beach in Orleans. There is excellent fishing, good waves for surfing, soft sand, and gorgeous views. Surfing is only allowed on non-protected beach areas from 9am - 6pm. There are lifeguards on duty. 

Pilgrim Lake
Herring Brook Road
Orleans, MA

This freshwater beach has plenty of parking. There are swimming docks and paddle boats are allowed. This beach is popular among fishers. 

West Road
Orleans, MA

Skaket Beach is a great place for flying kites. Lifeguards are on duty, and there is a snack bar. The soft sand and calm waters make for a great place to spend the day. 

South Orleans Beach
Route 28
Orleans, MA

This calm, scenic beach is best at low tide. There is limited parking so plan ahead. The warm waters make it a great place to swim.


Children in Orleans attend schools in the Nauset Regional School District along with students from Brewster, Eastham, and Wellfleet. Elementary aged children attend Orleans Elementary School. Middle schoolers attend Nauset Regional Middle School. 8th - 12th graders attend Nauset Regional High School. High school students also have the option of attending the Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Harwich free of charge. 

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