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Cape Cod National Seashore

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.


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Eastham, Cape Cod - In Cape Cod National Seashore. Walk to Coast Guard Beach
Eastham, Cape Cod - In Cape Cod National Seashore. Walk to Coast Guard Beach

Eastham, Cape Cod - In Cape Cod National Seashore. Walk to Coast Guard Beach

Eastham, MA
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salt Pond Visitor Center, Nauset Beach, and Cape Cod National Seashore. Schoolhouse Museum and Lecount Hollow Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    #440: Minutes to Coast Guard & Nauset Light Beaches! Dog Friendly!
    #440: Minutes to Coast Guard & Nauset Light Beaches! Dog Friendly!

    #440: Minutes to Coast Guard & Nauset Light Beaches! Dog Friendly!

    Eastham, MA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Eastham, this resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nauset Light Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore, and Nauset Beach. Lecount Hollow Beach and Salt Pond Visitor Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      #452: Spacious Home Near Oceanside Beaches, Dog Friendly w/ Game Room!
      #452: Spacious Home Near Oceanside Beaches, Dog Friendly w/ Game Room!

      #452: Spacious Home Near Oceanside Beaches, Dog Friendly w/ Game Room!

      Eastham, MA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Eastham vacation home is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Schoolhouse Museum, Arnold's Mini Golf, and Salt Pond Visitor Center. Cape Cod National Seashore and Nauset Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        A Relaxing Vacation Well Spent At This Spacious 4 BR Cape
        A Relaxing Vacation Well Spent At This Spacious 4 BR Cape

        A Relaxing Vacation Well Spent At This Spacious 4 BR Cape

        Eastham, MA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of The Three Sisters Lighthouses, Cape Cod National Seashore, and Nauset Beach. Schoolhouse Museum and Arnold's Mini Golf are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Close to Nauset Light Beach!
          Close to Nauset Light Beach!

          Close to Nauset Light Beach!

          Eastham, MA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nauset Light Beach and Cape Cod National Seashore. Nauset Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

            Immaculate Cape Cod Cottage + Outdoor Living on Private Sandy Lane
            Immaculate Cape Cod Cottage + Outdoor Living on Private Sandy Lane

            Immaculate Cape Cod Cottage + Outdoor Living on Private Sandy Lane

            Eastham, MA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this cottage is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Schoolhouse Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nauset Beach and Cape Cod National Seashore. Salt Pond Visitor Center and Arnold's Mini Golf are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              #445: Great Eastham Location! Hot Tub, Central A/c, Dog Friendly!
              #445: Great Eastham Location! Hot Tub, Central A/c, Dog Friendly!

              #445: Great Eastham Location! Hot Tub, Central A/c, Dog Friendly!

              Eastham, MA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Eastham, this vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Arnold's Mini Golf and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cape Cod National Seashore and Nauset Beach. Schoolhouse Museum and Salt Pond Visitor Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Private Home in Quiet Ocean Side Neighborhood
                Private Home in Quiet Ocean Side Neighborhood

                Private Home in Quiet Ocean Side Neighborhood

                Eastham, MA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Arnold's Mini Golf and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cape Cod National Seashore and Nauset Beach. Schoolhouse Museum and Salt Pond Visitor Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).