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Salt Pond Visitor Center

Route 6, Eastham, MA 02642
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Eastham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, History Museums
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: The Salt Pond Visitor Center is the main service facility for Cape Cod National Seashore.  Here visitors can see a museum of natural and cultural... more »
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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Lovely easy walk on Nauset Trail with stunning views across Salt Pond Bay takes about 45 minutes. A path goes off to Doane Rock that takes about an hour round trip. There are toilets at Doane Rock. Visitor centre has some interesting exhibits and maps on Cape Cod. Parking is free.

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Saint James, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

beautiful visitor center with much information. Nice trails around the water even though some repairs are going on. Educational movies in the auditorium were helpful in learning about Cape Cod history. The rangers were very friendly and helpful.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The visitors center had some great views on the back side of the center. Also a nice gift shop with some interesting items. I love the ball cap I purchased. The Park Rangers will cheerfully help you plan your visit, as they are very knowledgeable.

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East Granby, CT
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

First, the rangers are so helpful in making your visit an enjoyable and interesting one. They will guide you to trails you can walk on your own, provide information on guided walks at the Center and throughout the area. Personally, I head for the beautiful view just outside the Visitors Center.

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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

This is a great starting off point for a Cape Cod vacation. The Forest Service employees were wonderful. They gave us all kinds of information on things to do and points of interest. There are daily showings of four different short films on Cape Cod, which were very informative. Also if you are over 62, you can buy your senior... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Plenty of informative little films run all day, a good museum, and the ranger talk & walk to the pond was excellent (we were lucky, as the quahog grower was opening his hut and let us look inside). The bridge on the trail is currently undergoing refurbishment, but should be open again by mid-Sep, allowing the loop to be walked.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I never understood why more people don't stop to visit with the rangers at the National Parks before setting out on their own. Armed with invaluable information the Rangers and volunteers will guide you in the right direction based on your criteria. Hiking? Seals? Fishing permits? Campfire permits? You won't know unless you ask. We arrived 1 day after Labor... More

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Cape Cod National Seashore is quite nice and an ineresting take. From the dunes to the wide open beaches to the wetlands/rain forest boardwalk, it's quite a nice place. The visitors center offers good information on the national Seashore as well as an ineresting diorama and clean restrooms.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Lots of fun trails and beautiful sites to be seen. Shop in the visitor center shop and support your national parks! Great trails to walk and relax. A great no tech day.

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Toronto, Canada
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277 attraction reviews
432 helpful votes 432 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The visitor's center is a great spot to load up on maps, guides and tips to make the most of your visit to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Don't be shy in asking one of the Park Rangers for their "must sees" and if you have time stroll the Nauset Marsh Trail which starts just outside the visitor's center (best... More

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