Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore showing general coastal views and tranquil scenes
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Covering over miles of shoreline around Cape Cod, this national park offers endless things to see and do regardless of the season.

President John F. Kennedy created Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961. Encompassing 40 miles (65 kilometers) of shoreline, this area on the Massachusetts coastline is a popular summer destination for families. Whether you explore it by boat, bike or foot, you’re sure to fall in love with this natural paradise.

If you want to go swimming on Cape Cod National Seashore, you have six beaches to choose from. Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is a very popular beach for swimmers. Head to Nauset Light Beach, also in Eastham, and take a hike to the iconic Nauset Lighthouse.

From Head of the Meadow Beach, in Truro, you can look out across the “ocean graveyard.” Hidden sandbars of the coast have caused over 1,000 wrecks between Truro and Wellfleet alone.

For a more secluded beach experience, go to the cliffs at Marconi Beach. Nearby Marconi Station was the first two-way transatlantic radio transmission.

Provincetown is home to a number of beaches. Herring Cove Beach is the most popular. Keep an eye out for whales swimming offshore in winter and early spring. Brave the chilly waters of Race Point Beach but be careful of rip tides here.

Learn more about the area at Salt Pond Visitor Center. Explore the museum's exhibits, which feature everything from area history to local art. Watch a short educational film in the theater. Stop by the gift shop, where you can buy a Cape Cod sweatshirt or an informational book. The visitor center is open daily, with increased hours during the summer.

Although it is smaller, Province Lands Visitor Center is also worth a visit. Peruse its exhibits, which take you back in time to the Pilgrim's landing in Provincetown. On a clear day, head out to the observation deck and enjoy the panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean, Province Lands, Race Point Beach and Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Province Lands Visitor Center is open from the beginning of May through the end of October.

You can visit Cape Cod National Seashore any time of year. Its parking lots are open daily from morning to midnight. However, if you want to get in the water note that the park's six beaches only have lifeguards on duty from late June through Labor Day.

Top Hotels Close to Cape Cod National Seashore

The Rugosa Guest House
The Rugosa Guest House
3 out of 5
4885 US-6, Eastham, MA, 02642
The price is $99 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$99
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Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Eastham. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Poit's Lighthouse Mini Golf and Cooks Brook ...
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Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
3 out of 5
3800 State Hwy, Eastham, MA, 02642
The price is $119 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$119
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Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Eastham. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (646 reviews)
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Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

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The Inn at the Oaks
The Inn at the Oaks
2.5 out of 5
3085 State Highway, Eastham, MA, 02642
The price is $174 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$174
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this B&B in Eastham. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (293 reviews)
Wonderful Bed & Breakfast!!
"This was our first visit to Inn at the Oaks and were thrilled with our visit. We are long-time visitors to the Cape and are very pleased with this find. Friendliness, cleanliness, delicious breakfast, etc. are a priority! Beautiful historic home too!"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

The Inn at the Oaks
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Viking Shores Motor Inn
Viking Shores Motor Inn
2 out of 5
5200 State Highway Rte 6, Eastham, MA, 02651
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3 out of 5
3800 State Hwy, Eastham, MA, 02642
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2.5 out of 5
3085 State Highway, Eastham, MA, 02642
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3 out of 5
4885 US-6, Eastham, MA, 02642
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Captains Quarters Motel & Conference Center
Captains Quarters Motel & Conference Center
2 out of 5
5000 State Highway/Route 6, Eastham, MA, 02651
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Town Crier Motel
Town Crier Motel
2 out of 5
3620 State Highway, Eastham, MA, 02642
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Ocean Park Inn
Ocean Park Inn
2 out of 5
3900 State Highway, Eastham, MA, 02642
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Midway Motel and Cottages
Midway Motel and Cottages
2.5 out of 5
Route 6, Eastham, MA, 02651
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The Seagrove Suites & Guest Rooms
The Seagrove Suites & Guest Rooms
3 out of 5
25 Seaview Rd, Eastham, MA, 02642
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