The seaside community of the Town of Sandwich was first settled by Europeans almost 150 years before the American Revolution. This quaint New England town is rich with history and seaside charm.
The Port of Sandwich has a humid continental climate with large temperature differences through the seasons. Summers can be hot and humid, and winters can bring severe cold and heavy snowfall. Temperatures in the Port of Sandwich range from the low 80s Fahrenheit (high 20s Celsius) in July and August to about 20°F (around -6°C). Rainfall is relative even throughout the year, ranging from around just above 3 inches (76 mm) in the summer increasing to a little over 4.5 inches (114 mm) in the winter. Snowfall reaches its peak near the end of January at almost 14 inches (355 mm).
The Port of Sandwich encourages visitors to see the Sandwich Glass Museum. Open in the summer from 9:30am to 5pm, one of the most popular exhibits is the live demonstrations of glass-blowing. Permanent exhibits include almost six thousand glass objects that were made in the Port of Sandwich by the by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company between 1825 and 1888, a chemistry room where visitors can learn about how the popular glass colors were created, a multi-media presentation that describes the Industrial Revolution in the Port of Sandwich, and a collection of glass lighting devices used from the early 1800s to the modern electric light bulb.
Visitors to the Port of Sandwich will also want to check out the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center. Open from May through October, the US Army Corps of Engineers operates the center that tells the canal's story including its history, its unique features, and how it is operated. Visitors can sit on the deck outside the building to enjoy the sea breeze while they watch ships move through the Canal.
Other activities available at the Port of Sandwich portion of the Cape Cod Canal include biking and walking on the service roads that parallel the Canal, fishing from the Canal banks, hiking the 2.3-kilometer (1.4-mile) Bournedale Hills Trail, using the services of the East Boat Basin marina for both recreational and commercial vessels, camping in trailers and tents at the Bourne Scenic Park or the Scusset Beach State Reservation, or attending interpretive presentations by Cape Cod Canal Park Rangers.
Sports fishers visiting the Port of Sandwich will find many opportunities to enjoy the plentiful catches in Cape Cod Bay. Port of Sandwich charter fishing trips are offered by Captain Joel Finley on The Hookie, Captain Mark Hickey's One Shot, or Captain Don Cianciolo's Laura Jay.