Last summer, we waded/walked across the mouth of Chase Garden Creek to the sandy beach on the other side of the water, where off-road vehicles go from the end of Chapin Beach Rd. Everybody seemed to enjoy it...dogs love it. Am scheduling it at 8:30 because I think the lifeguards at Gray's Beach don't arrive until 9:00; this is not an "accepted activity" at Gray's Beach.
Low tide in Barnstable Harbor is about 9:53, but the water will still be going out of the creek for more than an hour and a half. There is new shoe-sucking mud close to shore, so bare feet for at least that portion works best.
There is a HUGE area of wet sand on the Chapin Beach side where we can walk.
Suggestions: bare feet might be best (for that muddy patch....I leave my water shoes on shore at the edge of the boat ramp). If bare feet are not your preference, maybe water shoes/kayaking shoes would be good. A bathing suit or shorts seems ideal. Consider NOT carrying anything you don't want to get wet....if you slip, you'll end up in the water. Cell phones in a Ziploc bag.
DIRECTIONS: From Rt.6, the Mid-Cape Highway, take exit 8 and go NORTH on Union St. to Rt 6A. Cross 6A, by going a tiny bit to the left of a gas station to get on Old Church St. (If you miss that and are on 6A heading west, take the next right on Playground and head north...it will join Old Church St. ) About 0.3 mile up Old Church from 6A, bear right at the stop sign onto Center St. Go 0.5 mile on Center and at the T, take a left to stay on Center and drive until you are in the parking lot. Park there and walk down the gravel road to the beach, just before the boardwalk. There are restrooms at the back of the parking lot. If you get there early, walking out the boardwalk gives a nice, distant view.