Communities Orleans

Communities Orleans

Orleans is nestled between the spectacular 9-mile long Nauset Beach on the Atlantic, the tranquil Skaket Beach on Cape Cod Bay and the beautiful beaches and islands of Pleasant Bay – you are never far from fishing, boating, swimming, biking or just plain relaxation.

Orleans is the only town on the Cape without an English or Native American name – named after the Duke of Orleans (and later King of France), Louis-Philippe de Bourbon who visited the Cape in 1797.

Serving as a hub for the surrounding area with good shops, restaurants and cafes Orleans town is a popular center. There are plenty of cultural activites: the French Cable Museum (terminus for the first transatlantic cable between the United States and France), the Meeting House Museum, home of Orleans Historical Society and the Playhouse for drama.

Villages in Orleans
Orleans / East Orleans / South Orleans


Meeting House Museum
French Cable Station Museum
The Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts
Jonathan Young Windmill
Rock Harbor
Nauset Beach