Cape Cod boasts state and local parks with fun activities all year
Salt Pond Visitor Center at Nauset Road and Route 6 Eastham, MA, 02642 Phone: 508-255-3421
Magnificent national park encompasses all shoreline and interior features of Cape Cod
There are two visitor centers: Salt Pond Visitor Center at 50 Doane Road, Eastham, offers orientation movies, a bookstore, a museum, and restrooms. The Visitor Center is near the Nauset Marsh and Buttonbush trails and the Nauset Bicycle Trail. Phone: 508-255-3421.
The Province Lands Visitor Center on Race Point Road, off Route 6, Provincetown, has an observation deck with a 360-degree view of the Province Lands dunes, the Outer Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Exhibits about local plants and animals and the Pilgrims' landing in Provincetown. Phone: 508-487-1256.
Other highlights of the Seashore are the Fort Hill Area off Route 6 (Eastham); the Coast Guard and Nauset Light beaches, Nauset and Three Sisters Lighthouses off Route 6 (Eastham); the Marconi Station Site(Wellfleet); the Highland Lighthouse (Cape Cod Light) and Highland House (Truro); and the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station (Provincetown).
Beach Entrance Fees: Per day vehicle, $15; motorcycle, $5; walker and bicyclists, $3; annual pass, $45
Season & Hours: The Salt Pond Visitor Center (Eastham) is open year-round, daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with longer hours in summer. The Province Lands Visitor Center (Provincetown) is open Memorial Day to October 31, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking lots are open year-round, daily, 6 a.m. to midnight. The park's six swimming beaches are lifeguarded from late June through August. Most restrooms that are not at park visitor centers are open seasonally; closed in winter.
Inland park offers lots of camping; fresh water swimming, fishing and paddling; hiking and biking
Cape Cod Rail Trail
South Sandwich Road Mashpee & Sandwich, MA, 02563 Phone: 508-636-4693
Extensive walking trails among holly and rhododendron gardens; two ponds stocked with fish
Open: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.