Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Over 40,000 beautiful acres of protected beach and dunes, stretching from Chatham to Provincetown.
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  • ogerkan
    New York City, New York4,742 contributions
    Over 40 miles of pristine beaches and more
    Stretching from Chatham to Provincetown, the Cape Cod National Seashore is dotted with excellent beaches (Nauset, Marconi, Race Point, etc) and a few historic sites incl. the Marconi Station's location for early trans-Atlantic radio transmissions). There is a visitor's center at Salt Pond that is at about the halfway point that is convenient. Easy to navigate.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Cakes77
    New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania565 contributions
    The main thing to do on Cape Cod
    A must do while in NE. park in the beach parking lot. Head to the beach, walk down the ramp, turn right. Walk 400 yards down the beach. Lay down your blanket. Welcome to your private beach! That is how it works. Most folks today are lazy and don't like to walk, so they lie gathered up near the beach enterance.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Jonathan M
    Tuxedo Park, New York552 contributions
    Enjoyable Beach Walks and lots of Birds
    While the national seashore covers vast amounts of the cape, we confined our visit to the area of the Salt Marsh visitor center. The visitor center has a fascinating museum with interesting displays as well as multiple films on a variety of subjects. Our walk on Coast Guard beach yielded quite a few piping plover and gray seal sightings. The Nauset Light is well worth a visit and the volunteers that manage it provide an excellent tour. We will definitely return to explore more of this unique place.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Jeffrey L
    24 contributions
    Salt Pond Visitor Center Eastham, Mass.
    The N.P.S. Visitor Center is a nice visit with friendly staff, a nice museum and a number of quality free short films in their theater. We did not get above Eastham so we cannot comment on the rest of the park. Nauset Lighthouse and the Three Sisters Lighthouses are just down from the Visitor Center parking lot. They are cool to see when you are at the beach. Nice place for couples or family.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
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Jeffrey L
24 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The N.P.S. Visitor Center is a nice visit with friendly staff, a nice museum and a number of quality free short films in their theater. We did not get above Eastham so we cannot comment on the rest of the park. Nauset Lighthouse and the Three Sisters Lighthouses are just down from the Visitor Center parking lot. They are cool to see when you are at the beach. Nice place for couples or family.
Written October 26, 2023
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS996 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
US6 is the main road through Cape Cod & all of the scenic sites along the road before Provincetown are well off the highway.
Written September 23, 2023
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Sylvia C
Philadelphia, PA46 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Pristine beaches! Everything is clean, clean, clean, and not overly crowded. We visited Coastguard Beach and used the shuttle to get to/from the beach. Super convenient that they offer this from the parking lot that's further away from the beach. We enjoyed watching seals hunt in the shallows while we lounged during the day. Super cool to view them so close. Having been to many other beaches along the east coast, these are by far the cleanest and best kept. Can't wait to return!
Written September 5, 2023
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Natalie L
Binghamton, NY44 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This was amazing. We happened to come across a large group of seals while walking Race Point beach. The water was cold and often rough, but we loved walking along and wading (and one teen played in the water, even though it was 60F).

My husband and I have decided that all future trips to the Cape will definitely involve the National Seashore.

It wasn't super hot when we were there, but we loved how un-crowded the beaches were. We walked Race Point for about 3 miles and there were long stretches of time where we were the only people around.
Written July 17, 2023
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY552 contributions
Jun 2023
While the national seashore covers vast amounts of the cape, we confined our visit to the area of the Salt Marsh visitor center. The visitor center has a fascinating museum with interesting displays as well as multiple films on a variety of subjects. Our walk on Coast Guard beach yielded quite a few piping plover and gray seal sightings. The Nauset Light is well worth a visit and the volunteers that manage it provide an excellent tour. We will definitely return to explore more of this unique place.
Written July 4, 2023
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Cakes77
New Bloomfield, PA565 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
A must do while in NE. park in the beach parking lot. Head to the beach, walk down the ramp, turn right. Walk 400 yards down the beach. Lay down your blanket. Welcome to your private beach! That is how it works. Most folks today are lazy and don't like to walk, so they lie gathered up near the beach enterance.
Written June 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ogerkan
New York City, NY4,742 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Stretching from Chatham to Provincetown, the Cape Cod National Seashore is dotted with excellent beaches (Nauset, Marconi, Race Point, etc) and a few historic sites incl. the Marconi Station's location for early trans-Atlantic radio transmissions). There is a visitor's center at Salt Pond that is at about the halfway point that is convenient. Easy to navigate.
Written June 5, 2023
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theressastanley64
Colcord, OK29 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
We went the first week in October. What a great time to visit. No crowded beaches. No traffic. Great time to beachcomb and visit the seaside towns. Granted, the first few days we dealt with the after affects of the hurricane that had hit Florida, but then the sun came out and we really soaked up the beautiful beaches.
Written December 19, 2022
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Pat G G
Philadelphia, PA47 contributions
Sept 2022
Stayed at a lovely hotel on the beach. Beautiful location, friendly people. Wish we had planned to stay longer.
Written November 10, 2022
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA284 contributions
Sept 2022
There is so much to see and do here that there is something for everyone. We started the visit at the Salt Pond Visitor's Center where they have films about the park and various exhibits illustrating the wildlife and environment within the park. The center also includes a gift shop and you can get maps of the park. Since it was after Labor Day, there was no park entrance, beach fee. There are also multiple lighthouses between Chatham and Provincetown for history buffs. There are multiple hiking trails throughout the park located off the beaches for outdoor enthusiasts.

We hiked the Fort Hill Trail, Swamp Maple Trail, White Cedar Trail and other locations and found the trails are easy to hike since the land is relatively flat with no large hills or mountains. The light houses were nice to visit, but not all of them were open. For example, we toured the Highland Lighthouse also has a highland house museum which required an admission fee. But some of the lighthouses were no open to the public or had closed at the end of summer.

In terms of planning, if you enjoy seeing great scenery, hiking, biking, boating, lighthouses, etc, you can easily spend 3 days here or more - which is what we did. On the other hand, if you only have several hours, you have to prioritize what you wish to do.
Written October 19, 2022
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