• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • Access at seashore locations

    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Parking lots are open 6 AM to midnight, daily, year-round. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), year-round, with extended hours during the summer months. The Province Lands Visitor Center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily, Memorial Day weekend through October 31. Headquarters is an administrative facility open daily, except weekends and holidays, 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

The park's six swimming beaches are lifeguarded from late June through the last week of August.

Most restrooms that are not at park visitor centers, are open seasonally and are closed during winter months.

Did You Know?

Cape Cod

In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.