Welcome to Cape Cod National Seashore!
This information is intended to help receptives and guides plan for a satisfying, safe, and successful trip to the national seashore with their guests.
For public and staff safety and in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some services at the national seashore have been adjusted. Visitor center buildings are closed and rangers are providing information services outdoors on the visitor center grounds. Buses are welcome to stop at the visitor centers, but be aware that interior exhibits and films are not available. The store at Salt Pond Visitor Center is open with reduced capacity. Guests may have to wait briefly before entering the store. Restrooms are available at both visitor centers.
Passenger Unloading and Loading
Coaches must unload, park, and reload in designated parking areas at the visitor centers and beaches. Please do not drop guests off at the foot at the stairs at Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers. This blocks traffic and creates an unsafe situation for other vehicles and for pedestrians crossing at those locations.
Multiple-stall restrooms are available in the Salt Pond and Province Lands parking areas. There are also a few stalls inside or adjacent to each building.
Cape Cod National Seashore is a Climate Friendly Park. This recognition, which is in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demonstrates our commitment to significantly reduce solid waste, emissions, and energy consumption over the next several years. Idling vehicles, including buses, are an issue at the seashore, whose annual visitation exceeds 4 million. Under Massachusetts law, vehicles may not idle. Please remind drivers to turn off engines.
Guides are reminded to sign in at Salt Pond.
Free Park News
Inform passengers before they enter the visitor centers that copies of the informative, full-color park newspaper are available to all passengers free of charge. The newspapers contain timely and relevant articles and information about the national seashore.
Each visitor center contains stores that are well-stocked with seashore-related books, puzzles, maps, CDs and DVDs, interpretive souvenirs, and local items, such as food, pottery, jellies, and candles. A percentage of bookstore revenue is donated to the park for interpretation and education improvements.
From spring through fall, movies play on schedule at Salt Pond,check the schedule in advance online, or check the schedule at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. At Province Lands there is no set schedule of when titles are shown, except during summer months.
For safety reasons, vehicles, including buses, may not park or idle in traffic lanes, including Cable Road at the Three Sisters Lights. Please use pull-offs.
Bluffs on the Outer Cape are unstable and can collapse at any time. Urge passengers to stay back from bluffs.
Encourage passengers to recycle cans and bottles, and to use water bottle filling stations located throughout the park, instead of purchasing bottled water.
Beach Entrance Fees
Entrance fees for the six national seashore beaches are collected on spring weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend, and on fall weekends through the end of September. Fees are collected daily from the third week of June through Labor Day. Buses anticipating visits on days when fees are being collected, or during the height of the season in July or August, should notify the seashore well in advance to discuss the fee and to determine if it is feasible for the bus to enter the beach parking area given summer congestion. In spring 2021 construction of a new bathhouse is underway at Nauset Light Beach. During construction, parking is significantly reduced and buses will not be able to enter or navigate the lot.
Visits to Highland Light
Eastern National, the park partner offering tours of Highland Light in Truro, welcomes bus tours. Please visit https://www.highlandlighthouse.org/ to inquire. The tower will be closed for rehabilitation in 2021, but the Keeper's Shop exhibit and store and tours are anticipated to reopen in 2022. Buses are welcome to park so guests may walk out to the overlook.
Park Visitor Center Operating Dates and Hours
Last updated: April 16, 2021