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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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Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod

Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod

3800 State Hwy, Eastham
3.8
of 5, from 97 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Eastham, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Arnold's Mini Golf and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Nauset Lighthouse. Schoolhouse Museum and Salt Pond Visitor Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Cape Cod Home in the Trees by RedAwning

Cape Cod Home in the Trees by RedAwning

70 Chester Ave, Eastham
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Schoolhouse Museum and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Nauset Lighthouse. Salt Pond Visitor Center and Arnold's Mini Golf are also within 1 mi (2 km).

฿2,485
The Inn at the Oaks

The Inn at the Oaks

3085 State Highway, Eastham
4.3
of 5, from 46 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Schoolhouse Museum and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Nauset Lighthouse. Salt Pond Visitor Center and Arnold's Mini Golf are also within 10 minutes.

฿1,636
Blue Dolphin Inn

Blue Dolphin Inn

5950 State Highway rt 6 n., Eastham
3.5
of 5, from 139 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Eastham, this motel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Nauset Lighthouse. Poit's Lighthouse Mini Golf and Arnold's Mini Golf are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Captains Quarters Motel & Conference Center

Captains Quarters Motel & Conference Center

5000 State Highway/Route 6, Eastham
3.7
of 5, from 168 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Eastham, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Poit's Lighthouse Mini Golf and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Nauset Lighthouse. Arnold's Mini Golf and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary are also within 2 mi (3 km).

฿2,299
Town Crier Motel

Town Crier Motel

3620 Route 6, Eastham
3.4
of 5, from 35 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Salt Pond Visitor Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cape Cod National Seashore and Nauset Lighthouse. Marconi Beach is 6 mi (9.7 km) away.

Beach Plum Motor Lodge

Beach Plum Motor Lodge

2555 State Highway, Route 6, Eastham
4.6
of 5, from 9 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Eastham Windmill and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Nauset Lighthouse. Swift-Daley House and Schoolhouse Museum are also within 15 minutes.

Ocean Park Inn

Ocean Park Inn

3900 State Highway, Eastham
3.3
of 5, from 54 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Arnold's Mini Golf and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Nauset Lighthouse. Schoolhouse Museum and Salt Pond Visitor Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).