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Cape Cod National Seashore

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Over 40,000 beautiful acres of protected beach and dunes, stretching from Chatham to Provincetown.
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99 Marconi Site Rd, MA 02667-8142
(508) 255-3421
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Reviewed January 8, 2019

The National Seashore wasn't somewhere we had heard of and saw it on signs when we were on the bike trail so decided to make a detour. It is beautiful, clean, untouched coastline.. breathtaking.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

One of the best places to go on the Cape. Off season is extra special without the crowds! The beach is great to walk in the winter. You really feel the power of nature this time of year!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 26, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore was on my list of things to do while leaving Boston returning to New York. I had to stop in somewhere because of my National Parks fascination and we were only there for a couple hours but there is so much...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lou1776
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

Cape Cod National Seashore is gorgeous in the winter. Parking is free. The beach is free—free of people. Enjoy walking the beach, seal watching and a lone passionate surfer in a wet suit—now that is dedication. Don’t forget to stop at Doane Rock and take...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 19, 2018

We stopped here on a recent trip to Massachusetts and were glad we did. Since it was late in the season the place was almost deserted. Winds were gusty and the weather perfect for a fall visit. We prefer traveling in what is known as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

Full disclosure. I am a Real Estate Agent in Welllfleet. I moved here about 6 years ago. Marconi has always been one of my favorite beaches growing up. It was fun bringing my son's there for the first time. There is something special about bringing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018

Thanks to President John F. Kennedy for creating this National Park with so many different nature sites on the eastern shore of Cape Cod. Visiting the beaches from north to south each one is unique. It is great fun to explore this wonderful area hiking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

We visited here Fri Oct. 19. 2018. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is the gateway to the vast Cape Cod National Seashore. Stop here first for orientation, restrooms, maps, etc. This is a US Park Service site established in 1961 and encompasses 43,607 acres. Multiple...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

One day was not really enough to really explore this gem of a national park! We started at the first visitor center we came to on the south end to gather information and watch the film. We soon realized this would have to be a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Texans112
Reviewed November 7, 2018

What a magical place, we started from Provincetown and worked our way back with wonderful beaches, lovely lighthouses, stunning estuary's and villages, delightful trails. A well planned day and you can see most things on the National Seashore, an experience we will never forget.

Date of experience: September 2018
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June 11, 2018|
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Response from Anne R | Reviewed this property |
An entrance fee to what? A beach? Most beaches stop charging after Labor Day, especially if it is a state beach.
June 10, 2018|
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Response from PekepooEmma | Reviewed this property |
Just about “all the beaches at the “National Seashore have great viewing”, for seals! I have observed them at “all the beaches from Chatham to P’town!” Honestly, the more crowded the beaches are( especially during high... More
May 30, 2018|
Response from JIMMIE56 |
Yes and No! Allowed only in limited areas, with variety of rules. Avoid areas with seals to prevent pet from catching the distemper virus.
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Wet and Windy Wellfleet Weekend (Fall) (8 Replies)
Hi All - Posting a brief report about my recent long weekend in Wellfleet, maybe it will help future off-season travelers. We rented Hatch Cottage, a restored mid century cottage in the Cape Cod National Seashore that was derelict for a number of years after the Park Service took it over but was recently rehabbed back to its rustic mid century glory by the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, The house sits on a dune overlooking the beach and has a beautiful view of the bay, Kicked off our...More
October 05, 2016|
Response fromyellowbird|
Glad you salvaged the weekend! Thanks for posting.
Ashburn, Virginia
First-time visitor - question on beach stickers/fees (5 Replies)
We are visiting Cape Cod for 3 days the week of July 19th, staying at The Tern Inn in West Harwich. We like to explore and would like to have the option of visiting a variety of beaches, but are confused by the beach sticker requirements. If you walk to a beach, such as one in Harwich, is a beach sticker required? Is it per family or per person? If per person, are beach stickers required for adults only? What about daily vs. weekly passes? It's likely that we'll only spend a day or...More
July 12, 2009|
Response fromCapeCodCharlie|
But Kate, since you'll only be able to go to the beach for 3 days you will not be buying a beach sticker. It would not be cost effective as you will probably want to go to different beaches in different towns including the National Seashore beaches. The folks at the Tern Inn will advise you but just have some cash in your pocket when you arrive at whatever beach you want to visit. Also, for the National Seashore, keep the receipt and you can park at other Seashore beaches without paying a...More
Saint Louis, Missouri
Tues-Sat in June (8 Replies)
We are heading to Cape Cod and staying in Hyannis in June with 4 adults and 4 kids (ages 10 to 16) and I'm starting to put together an itinerary. Would love any feedback! Tuesday - we are driving from Boston and will probably just want to hang out in Hyannis to enjoy the home, but need a good place for dinner. Good seafood and wine are are the only requirements - casual to upscale works for our group. One thought was the Naked Oyster. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we want to explore....More
March 07, 2015|
Response frombeagle33|
To go to Baxters will cost you a fortune to eat on paper plates and serve yourself. You can't have kids on the waitress side. You would need to get your wine separately. Pain in the butt. Does the restaurant have to be seafood only or just have an option for seafood? Also, I would definitely make the trip to Provincetown. It's really like no where else.