Cape Cod National Seashore

Overview

Cape Cod National Seashore comprises 43,604 acres of shoreline and upland landscape features, including a forty-mile long stretch of pristine sandy beach, dozens of clear, deep, freshwater kettle ponds, and upland scenes that depict evidence of how people have used the land. A variety of historic structures are within the boundary of the Seashore, including lighthouses, a lifesaving station, and numerous Cape Cod style houses. The Seashore offers six swimming beaches, eleven self-guiding nature trails, and a variety of picnic areas and scenic overlooks.

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Seasonality / Weather

Parking lots are open 6 A.M. to midnight, daily, year-round. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is open from 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. daily, year-round, with extended hours during the summer months. The Province Lands Visitor Center is open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily, early-May through late-October. Headquarters is an adminstrative facility only, open daily, except weekends and holidays, 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

The park's six swimming beaches are lifeguarded from late June through the last week of August.

Most restrooms that are not at park visitor centers, are open seasonally and are closed during winter months.

Directions

Driving: 

From Boston area: Take Route 3 south, to the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne. Follow Route 6 eastward to Eastham and Provincetown. From Providence, RI: Take I-95 north to, I-195. Follow Route 6 eastward as described above.

Flying: 

Regularly scheduled daily flights connect from Boston to Hyannis and Boston to Provincetown.

Public Transport: 

BUS: The FLEX route bus line serves town on the outer Cape. Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway provides daily runs from Boston to Hyannis and the Outer Cape (Provincetown). Bonanza Bus Lines provides several scheduled runs from New York City and Providence, RI to Hyannis, MA (approximately 30 miles southwest of Eastham).

FERRY: Bay State Cruise Company and Boston Harbor Cruises offer seasonal, high-speed ferry service between Boston and Provincetown.