Cape Cod stocked with helpful visitor centers

Province Lands Visitor Center -- Cape Cod National Seashore

Race Point Road, off Route 6 Provincetown, MA Phone: 508-487-1256

The observation deck at this Visitor Center provides a 360-degree view of the Province Lands dunes, the Outer Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. From this location you can see Race Point Ranger Station, Race Point Beach, the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station and the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Exhibits about local plants and animals and the Pilgrim's landing in Provincetown are featured. The indoor theater routinely screens five short films daily on a rotating schedule. Eastern National has a bookstore with books, tapes, videos, toys and gifts all related to some aspect of Cape Cod and the National Seashore.
Hours: Daily from May 1 through October 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Information: www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm
Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center

60 Ed Moffitt Drive Sandwich, MA, 02563 Phone: 508-833-9678

Visitor Center features include a 41-foot US Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat, a 46-seat theater showing continuous films on canal history, canal critters, and canal wildflowers, real time radar and camera images of the waterway, and interactive exhibits. The rocking chairs on the deck are a perfect spot to enjoy the sea breeze and watch ships on the canal. Park rangers provide free public programs on many subjects. Tide charts, canal guides, and brochures are available.
Hours: Open May to October. Admission is free.
Information: http://1.usa.gov/qUZDUR
Salt Pond Visitor Center of Cape Cod National Seashore

Salt Pond Visitor Center, Nauset Road and Route 6 Eastham, MA Phone: 508-255 - 3421

This is Cape Cod National Seashore's main visitor facility, with seashore orientation movies, a bookstore, a museum, and restrooms. The indoor theater offers five short films daily on a rotating schedule. Offering breathtaking views of Nauset Marsh and the Atlantic beyond, this Visitor Center is also convenient to the popular 1.5-mile Nauset Marsh Trail; the Buttonbush Trail, a 0.25 mile multi-sensory trail that featuring a guide rope and text panels printed in large lettering and Braille; and the Nauset Bicycle Trail.
Hours: Year-round, daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Information: www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm