Fees & Passes

Fee booth in black and white. A bird sits perched on top of the booth.
Fee booth in black and white. A bird sits perched on the roof.

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Entrance Fees

Cape Cod National Seashore beach entrance fees are collected daily from late May through early September, and on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to the middle of September at certain beaches. All passes (including the America the Beautiful series) are only sold during the months that the fees are collected. The six national seashore beaches where fees are collected are: Coast Guard and Nauset Light in Eastham, Marconi in Wellfleet, Head of the Meadow in Truro, and Race Point and Herring Cove in Provincetown. Passes can only be purchased at these beaches and are no longer sold at park visitor centers.

Daily Vehicle Entrance Fee - $25.00
Pass is for one private, non-commercial vehicle — passenger cars, pickup trucks, RVs and vans.

Daily Motorcycle Entrance Fee - $20.00
Pass is for one motorcycle.

Daily Bicycle or On-Foot Entrance Fee - $15.00
Pass is for one person 16 years of age or older — entering on foot or by bicycle.

There is no entrance fee for active duty military and their dependents with proper ID, nor for any children under the age of 16.

2021 Entrance Fee Free Days at Cape Cod

Wednesday, August 4: One Year Anniversary of the Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act
Wednesday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
Saturday, September 25: National Public Lands Day

There are additional fee free days at federal lands outside of the period that Cape Cod collects fees. Find them here.

Annual Pass

Passes are available at beach entrances during times when fees are normally collected. Entrance into the park with a pass may also require a driver's license or other form of picture identification. Available passes are described below:

Cape Cod National Seashore Annual Pass - $60.00

Valid for the current season. Permits access to any of the six Cape Cod National Seashore beaches. The annual pass allows entrance for the pass holder and additional passengers in a single private non-commercial vehicle, or pass holder plus three adults when entering on foot or bicycle.

 
Image of the 2021 pass featuring Redwood National and State Parks in California
2021 The America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

Sam Jezak, Redwood National and State Parks in California, 2019 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner

America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

In addition to the daily entrance fees and annual seashore pass, the park also sells America the Beautiful Passes all all beach fee booths. The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States.

Passes cover:

  • entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges
  • standard amenity fees (day-use fees) at national forests and grasslands and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers

In general, one pass covers the fees listed above for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to four adults at sites that charge per person. Children age 15 or under are admitted free. Some passes provide additional benefits, such as a 50-percent discount on camping at some sites for holders of Senior or Access passes. Passes are available for purchase at any of our beach fee booths between Memorial Day and mid-September. Passes can only be purchased at beaches and are no longer sold at park visitor centers.

Interagency passes include:

  • Annual Pass: $80
  • Senior Pass: $80 (lifetime); $20 (annual)
    • Available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents aged 62 or older. Valid for the lifetime of the passholder.
  • Access Pass: Free
    • Available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a permanent disability. Valid for the lifetime of the passholder. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability.
  • U.S. Military Annual Pass (Active Duty/Veterans/Gold Star Families): Free
    • Available to current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserve and National Guard. Applicants must show a valid Common Access Card (CAC) or military ID (Form 1173).
    • Available to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. A veteran may prove their status by presenting one of the following: Department of Defense Identification Card (CAC card); a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC); a Veteran ID Card; or a Veteran’s designation on a state-issued driver’s license or identification card.
    • Available to Gold Star Families. Gold Star Family members can prove their status by downloading a voucher and completing the Self-Certification Statement found on NPS.gov and check the box indicating their agreement. Print the voucher, and bring it to an entrance station to recieve your Military Pass.
  • 4th Grade Pass for U.S. students in fourth grade: Free
    • Only available for 4th grade students. Visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, complete an online activity, print the voucher, and bring it to an entrance station to recieve your EKO Pass. The 4th grader who completed the online activity MUST be present to recieve the EKO pass. Valid through August 2021.
  • 5th Grade Voucher for U.S. students in fifth grade: Free
    • Only available for 5th grade students. Visit the website to download the voucher, print the voucher, and bring it to an entrance station to gain free entrance to the park. The qualifing 5th grader MUST be present to recieve free entrance to the park. Valid through August 2021.
  • Volunteer Pass: Free
    • Available to NPS volunteers who complete 250 hours of volunteer service in a given calendar year at Cape Cod National Seashore.

More information about the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series, including available passes, costs, benefits, and how and where they may be obtained, is available. Learn More About National Parks and Federal Lands Passes

The above passes replace the Golden Eagle, Golden Age and Golden Access Passports as well as the National Parks Pass. These passes will remain valid until they expire or are lost or stolen.


Last updated: July 6, 2021

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Wellfleet, MA 02667

Phone:

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