In Dennis, as in Yarmouth, virtually all the good stuff—pretty drives, inviting shops, and restaurants with real personality—is in the north, along Route 6A. Route 28, on the other hand, is chockablock with generic motels and strip malls. The main cultural target here is the Cape Cod Center for the Arts campus, a nexus for all sorts of arts events. 

If kids get sick of all the miscellaneous go-carts and minigolf concessions on Route 28, they can take in a show. On Thursday and Friday mornings in season, at 9:30 and 11:30am, the Cape Playhouse, at 820 Rte. 6A, in Dennis Village (tel. 508/385-3911;, hosts various visiting companies that mount children's theater geared toward kids 4 and older; at only $11, tickets go fast. Cape Cod's first Inflatable Park (13 Theophilus Smith Rd., South Dennis; off Rte. 134 next to Dick & Ellie's Flea Market; tel. 508/394-0588; has opened with multiple bouncers, slides, obstacle courses, water slides, and games. The park is open July 1 through Labor Day 10am to 8pm. Admission is $12. Socks are required. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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