The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.
"A man may stand there and put all America behind him." Henry David Thoreau
Hike, Paddle, Tour with a Ranger
Find Your Park on a ranger program--canoeing, hiking, touring historic buildings, snorkeling, and yoga are experiences that await you!
What's New in Science and Research?
Seashore science spans many disciplines, including plants and animals, air and water quality, shoreline change, and sea level rise.