Cape Cod National Seashore

But this shore will never be more attractive than it is now. Such beaches as are fashionable are here made and unmade in a day, I may almost say, by the sea shifting its sands. What are springs and waterfalls? Here is the spring of springs, the waterfall of waterfalls. A storm in the fall or winter is the time to visit it; a lighthouse or a fisherman's hut the true hotel. A man may stand there and put all America behind him.

—Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod

Created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the Cape Cod National Seashore consists of 43,500 acres of beaches, ponds, and woods, stretching from Chatham to Provincetown, Massachusetts. The beaches are windswept and the water is cold, but the views are spectacular. Nauset Lighthouse provides a perfect New England photo op and Coast Guard Beach was rated one of America’s top ten beaches in 2007.

But the Cape is more than just beaches. From well-kept bike trails to hikes through salt marshes, this park offers plenty for the outdoor enthusiast. And for history buffs, there are sites associated with the Pilgrims, Marconi's first transatlantic wireless station, and the Old Harbor Life Saving Station, which witnessed some of the over 1,000 shipwrecks that occurred off the coast from the 18th to 19th centuries.

The quaint gray cottages that nestle among the dunes speak of many happy memories—flying kites on the beach, gathering beach plums to make jelly, exploring a shipwreck washed up on the shore, searching for "sea glass" and shells. Let Cape Cod National Seashore create some wonderful memories for you.

—Tracey McIntire


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Maddie M

January 5, 2014

I've lived on the Cape my entire life and couldnt imagine living anywhere else.

Karen

July 26, 2013

Stripped down Nature at its most beautiful, most pristine. My children are third generation visitors every year.

RichardTheLion

July 17, 2013

Off to the Cape in 2 weeks, can hardly wait. Forty-nine years and counting!! Now it's 3rd generation, the grandkids have been talking about the "Cape House" in Eastham for months.

Chuck

July 4, 2013

My favorite place on earth.

Magoosie

June 6, 2013

Ahhhhh!!Cape Cod National Seashore Is beautiful.We went to the first welcome Center and enjoyed the brief info movies That explain the park.The ranger was very Informative and we easily went to points of interest.I was surprised to see how beautiful the area was.The shoreline drops down from the mainland and you see a endless beach. It is truly amazing and the sandcliffs are breath- taking.You can have a campfire on the beach with a fire permit from the visitor center.The sunsets are also spectacular.We went in the winter! It must be beautiful in the summer.The sound of the ocean and smell of the salt water it something we will always remember!

DL from ATL

June 6, 2013

Looking forward to visiting the Cape this summer. We spent last summer visiting Mt.Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park

Anonymous

June 6, 2013

This park breathes life into your soul. I have never loved any piece of land as I have and do love this area. Everytime I go there, I cry beacuse I am so moved and happy. It's beauty overwhelms me. The light,sounds, smells are exquisite. It brings peace and I feel as though I am finally home.

Tncapecod

November 10, 2011

Just love your national park. Can't wait to get back there next summer.

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