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“Spend all day”

Cape Cod National Seashore
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$54.00*
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Cape Cod Fast Ferry
Ranked #3 of 413 things to do in Cape Cod
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Owner description: Over 40,000 beautiful acres of protected beach and dunes, stretching from Chatham to Provincetown.
MD
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Spend all day”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Get to the beach early or you may not get a parking space. Coast Guard beach has a shuttle from the parking area to the beach. The water is COLD but the waves are great and the scenery is beautiful. We brought our bikes and went for a bike ride after a day on the a beach.

Visited August 2014
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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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“Beautiful but Cold”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

The seashore is beautiful. The park rangers at the visitor centers were very helpful, a good place to stop if you have not been here before. They also run various activities that may be of interest. Like most national parks they have a gift shop. However, be forewarned that the water can be cold. We went in August and the water was around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. We were on the side of Cape Cod facing east to the Atlantic Ocean. That said the seaside is gorgeous. We saw whales and seals from the shore.

While the visitor centers are free there is a fee for cars to use the beachfront parking where there is swimming.

Traffic can be bad on the roads, especially as everyone is leaving in the evening.

Visited August 2014
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Ashburn
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16 reviews
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“Worth the visit”
Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This large beautiful coastline is worth the visit. The wild life, seals that swim 150 ft off shore and very tall dunes. Issue with this park is it is the most unfriendly to guests driving in. Parking is limited or just not available. Some lots have shuttles but those have other issues. NPS please address.

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La Vista, Nebraska, United States
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“Choice Beaches”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

During our visit to the Cape we especially enjoyed National Seashore beaches of Marconi Beach and the Coast Guard beach. The Visitor's Center at Salt Pond is worth a visit too...we hit it three times. Once for our permit for a fire on the beach...it was memorable.

Visited July 2014
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Chicagoland, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Quintessential, Old-Fashioned, American Summer Vacation Spot”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is the stretch of land that represents the forbearers of our national heritage. (This is where the pilgrims on the Mayflower spotted land!) More than 4 million people visit here yearly, making it one of the country’s most popular national parks.

If you’re lucky enough to find a summer rental cottage within the park itself – DO IT!

The CC National Seashore is a reason to base your visit on the outer Cape: for the history, educational Park Ranger programs, architecture, scenery, clean world-class beaches, limitless other recreational opportunities.

No matter what part of the country we’ve lived, we’ve been coming here for the better part of three decades. It’s a quintessential, old-fashioned, American summer vacation destination.

Visited July 2014
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