Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species (courtesy,

In the words of Henry David Thoreau, "Cape Cod is the bared and bended arm of Massachusetts: the shoulder is at Buzzard's Bay; the elbow, or crazy-bone, at Cape Mallebarre; the wrist at Truro; and the sandy fist at Provincetown. ..." The 40-mile seashore boasts some of the world's most beautiful white-sand beaches. Buried deep in the New England sand is the story of the Mayflower and America's first settlement at Plymouth, dating back nearly 400 years.

It is a land of parabolic sand dunes, 19th-century lighthouses, shipwrecks, pilgrims, and wading plovers. The Highland cliffs tower more than 100 feet above the Atlantic, where surf casters battle with bluefish in the waves that pound the shore. Take off your shoes and wade barefoot in the calm waters of Pleasant Bay as fiddler crabs scurry over your toes.

There are some 365 freshwater kettle ponds on Cape Cod created by giant blocks of ice left by the last Ice Age. These ponds now nourish Cape Cod's abundant freshwater marshes, and along with saltwater marshes, serve as oases for waterfowl and shorebirds. These marshlands shelter swampy forests of red maple and white cedar that are best explored by kayak and canoe.

You can easily fly into Hyannis and Provincetown on regularly scheduled daily flights from Boston. The Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway provides daily runs from Boston to Hyannis and the Outer Cape (Provincetown).

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Away Travel Expert: Steve Jermanok
FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children of all ages
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Go to the Salt Pond Visitors Center in Eastham.
  • Then take the bike trail to Nauset Light Beach.
  • Check out the dunes at Truro's Longnook Beach.

(Administrative Office)
Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, Massachusetts 02667
Parking: 24 hours daily

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 1 508 349 3785
Neighborhood: Outer Cape
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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