During summer and fall 2020, park rangers are staffing outdoor information stations and are providing short orientation talks at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown, and occasional walks. Stop by to ask questions and to pick up a 2020 Trip Planner, trail brochures, and Junior Ranger program materials. The America's National Parks store at Salt Pond is open. Province Lands Visitor Center will close for the season on October 31. Decisions about the late fall/early winter operation at Salt Pond Visitor Center are pending at this time.
View the seashore's award-winning orientation video here: https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=ADA10710-DE14-4824-940F9330B56FAEE0
Salt Pond Visitor Center is Cape Cod National Seashore's year-round visitor orientation facility. Located in Eastham, the center has a theater, America's National Parks store, museum, and restrooms. The seashore's award-winning orientation movie, Standing Bold, plays throughout the day, and other films show on rotation. Films have open captions and assistive listening. Nearby are the popular 1.5 mile Nauset Marsh Trail, the Nauset Bicycle 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, as well as discovery activities for children.
In the visitor center lobby, a large map shows Cape Cod's glacial history, its position in the Gulf of Maine, and natural forces that continue to shape it. There are expansive views of the Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh. The visitor center museum emphasizes the cultural themes represented on Cape Cod, including the First People--the Wampanoag; European settlement culture; fishing, life-saving, and lighthouses; communication technology; and tourism.
Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at 50 Nauset Road, at the intersection of Route 6 in Eastham. Hours: daily 9 am to 4:30 pm from mid-October to Memorial Day weekend, and until 5 pm from Memorial Day to mid-October. Phone: (508) 255-3421.
From late spring through fall, films at Salt Pond Visitor Center play daily on a regular schedule. In winter, films show on damand.
The Province Lands Visitor Center is open from May through October. This visitor orientation facility is located at the tip of the Cape in Provincetown. The center had new exhibits installed in 2018 showcasing the nature and history of the Province Lands. Included are 3-D models, large format images, artifacts, video, tactile features, and audio description. The park's award-winning orientation movie, Standing Bold, plays through the day, with other films showing on rotation. Films have open captions and assistive listening. The films at Province Lands Visitor Center play daily on a regular schedule. New outdoor exhibits were installed in 2020.
There are restrooms, an America's National Parks store, and outdoor exhibits and observation decks providing a 360-degree view of the Province Lands dunes, the Outer Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean. The outdoor decks are open all year, weather-permitting. From this location you can see the Province Lands dunes, Race Point Ranger Station, Race Point Beach, the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, and the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Whales and seabirds are often spotted. The Province Lands Bicycle Trail and Beech Forest Trail are nearby.
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. Hours: daily, May through October, 9 am to 5 pm. Phone: (508) 487-1256.