Guided walking tours are available to the public year round. Stores abound, meaning there is something for everyone, from clothing and handcrafted furniture to fine olive oils and eco-friendly pet food.

There are several food options as well, whether you want a quick bite or a formal dinner, there are 18 eateries to choose from. Additionally, 11 well-known hotels are within a short distance. Visitors to the compass can stand in the center and face the direction of their ancestor’s homeland. This four-sided open air memorial is surrounded by a circle of 48 granite pillars, each representing the 48 states at the time of war.Additionally, there are 20 plaques describing war time events and milestones. Visitors should take their time while exploring this memorial and meditate on the lives lost. For a gallery of its size, it has an astonishing variety of exhibited works, and brings more than 10, 000 visitors a year to its exhibits. Docent tours, special events and programs are available, and admission is always free. There are five-week shows, with three showings each weekend day. It is recommended that guests bring a blanket and come prepared for the weather by keep a sweater or umbrella handy.

Volunteers created the theatre and still maintain it 50 years later. Recent renovations have produced excellent acoustics in its 750-seat auditorium.

You may have a guided tour of the interior of the lighthouse and tours are limited to 18 people per boat. Reservations are required, as is a safety video. Guests are advised to plan ahead as there are no toilet facilities anywhere. Since major exterior preservation work has been done, the focus now turns to finishing the interior of the lighthouse. The company produces two major shows a year, special operas for children and lectures to the community. The space is intimate, giving performers a chance to connect with the audience. They also offer experimental theater and works by new playwrights. Their mission has always been to entertain, instruct and enrich the community by the dramatic arts. All activities are open to the public, as they have been for half a century. Hogshead is one of the very few remaining gambrel-roofed buildings in the area. They generally stayed just a few days or weeks. Much of the original framing remains, but the siding and roof were replaced. The second story has the original flooring, partition walls and trim. The cellar was filled in, but it was re-excavated to show a brick floor, a large fireplace and a beehive oven. Admission is free; donations are welcome. This 5 acre stretch of greenery is perfect for strolling and discovery, or for relaxing and contemplating. Guided tours are free, with a reservation, and the park is open daily, from dawn to dusk. The cafeteria and gift shops are also open daily. Part of the beach has lifeguards and a bathhouse, restrooms and showers, with grills and picnic tables nearby. Nine sheltered areas, two for 160 people and one for 300 people, can be reserved for gatherings. Fishing and crabbing are permitted on the park’s pier, and supplies can be obtained at the marina store. The marina has 22 slips to launch your boat and a small-craft launch site for smaller vessels.

Today, the 112-acre linear area goes through parks, neighborhoods and wooded areas.

You may order small portions to eat while there, or larger portions to take home. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are always welcome at no charge. As a retrospective, the collection’s specialty is books, maps and periodicals from the late 1960s to the 1980s. Before going on your trip, be sure to consult with your travel agent.