Salt Pond Visitor Center is Cape Cod National Seashore's main visitor facility, with frequent orientation movies, a well stocked bookstore, a comprehensive museum, and restroom facilities. The indoor theatre routinely offers 5 short films daily on a rotating schedule. (Click here for film descriptions and 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 and the Buttonbush Trail, a .25 mile multi-sensory trail that featuring a guide rope and text panels printed in large lettering and Braille, and the Nauset Bicycle Trai.
In the visitor center lobby, a large topographic map illustrates Cape Cod's glacial history, its position in the Gulf of Maine, and natural forces that continue to shape it. The museum in the visitor center emphasizes the cultural themes represented on Cape Cod. A new section interprets Wampanoag culture and history through artifacts, photographs and art, a partial wetu (home), and oral histories;this exhibit focuses on native peoples' uses of natural materials for food and shelter. Other themes covered in the museum include whaling, lifesaving and lighthouses, maritime industries, agricultural life, and everyday life.
Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at 50 Nauset Road, at the corner of Nauset Road and Route 6 in Eastham. Hours: daily 9 AM to 4:30 PM (increased hours during the summer). Phone: (508) 255 - 3421.
The Province Lands Visitor Center is located at 171 Race Point Road, off Route 6, at the northern end of Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown. The visitor center is approximately one mile from Provincetown center. It is open daily from May1 through October 31, from 9 AM to 5 PM. (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 5 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.