Cape Cod National Seashore
Spend some time exploring and enjoying all that the Cape Cod National Seashore has to offer, this 43,000 acre protected natural area holding ponds, beaches, woods, and so much more along the Atlantic Coastal pine barrens ecoregion. This seashore was created in 1961 by John F. Kennedy, providing visitors with over 40 miles of dune-filled beaches, hiking paths, and scenic salt marshes. This truly is the perfect place for your get to get out and explore the local ecosystem.
There is so much to do here, it may be hard to decide where to start! We suggest heading to one of the two visitor centers first, the Salt Pond Visitor Center open year-round, the Province Lands Visitor Center open seasonally (spring-fall). Salt Pond offers guests a surprisingly expansive museum covering the ins and outs of the Outer Cape as well as a book and gift store, and Province Lands also provides the stores, as well as interactive exhibits and film screenings. Both are excellent places to learn a little bit more about the land on which you stand, it's history, and it's future.
After you've learned a bit at the visitor centers head outside to take part in any of the many recreational activities, such as hiking, paddling, biking, fishing, swimming, or taking part in any of the ranger-led programs offered at the time, such as various walks, talks, canoe trips, history explorations, and even yoga sessions! You could even just take the time to take in the sights, Cape Cod's history and lifestyle coming alive through the various lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs scattered throughout.
Here is a list of all the beaches available in the summer:
Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Light Beach, Marconi Beach, Head of the Meadow Beach, Race Point Beach, Herring Cove Beach