"A man may stand there and put all America behind him." Henry David Thoreau

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.

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Shark Safety

Be shark smart while visiting Cape Cod!

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Symphony at the Seashore 2022

Don't miss it! Friday, August 26 at 7 pm at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.

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Oversand Beach Driving

Permits and regulations for oversand beach driving.

Ranger programs are offered spring through fall. Join us!

Explore, Hike, Paddle, Tour!

Share your seashore adventure with a park ranger. Get up close with the seashore's nature and history.

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Can I bring my best friend? Where can my pal go?

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Beach Fire Permits

Read about beach fire permits and other permits required by the seashore.

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Enjoy Six National Seashore Beaches

Swim when there are lifeguards on duty, from late June through Labor Day. Beach safety tips are posted at all beaches.

Fishing at Cape Cod National Seashore

Go Fish!

Learn more about fishing rules and regulations.

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet , MA 02667


To speak to a park ranger, call 508-255-3421 for visitor information.

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