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Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod
(4.8/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Enjoy the pristine landscape and tranquil beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore, where you can observe the ocean from the lighthouse or the sandy dunes. Many visitors to the area come for the chance to see whales in their natural habitat, while groups of seals frolick just off shore most of the time. Ride along the well-kept bike paths, take a walk on many hiking trails along the seashore, or swim in the clear, calm water. The park complex contains an info booth with knowledgeable and friendly staff, a gift store, and an observation deck overlooking the sea. You can also pop into the old harbor museum for information on local history. Plan to visit Cape Cod National Seashore and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Wellfleet attractions using our Wellfleet vacation trip planner.
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  • Very nice area for seeing the coast and exploring. Well done visitors center and very well run. Would recommend spending a day here in the area 
  • We started our day at Nauset. Beautiful shoreline. We saw the seals playing in the water. No shark sightings. We continued up the shoreline and hiked many of the trails. The trails were all well groom...  more »
  • The shoreline is beautiful, we saw the Nauset Lighthouse which is cool, gorgeous coast. We took the "Gray Lady"ferry and had a wonderful time around the island. 
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  • Beautiful national park! While you do have to watch for sharks if you go to this beach, it is a wonderful place. Herring Cove Beach has a very recently built changing facility and cafe. There is place to fill up water bottles with filtered water. Race Point Beach was spectacular because we saw so many playful seals and whales in the distance blowing water. The ranger at the life saving station at Race Point was very informative and worth learning more about the history of the area. Bike/walking trails are very well maintained!
  • Gorgeous! What else can I say? We went to the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp. The walk itself was short and easy. There were some older people on the trail, so have no fear about its difficulty! The overlook on the hill is nice and we saw a pod of whales blowing water in the air and swimming around.
  • The Cape is well known. The seaside scenery is fantastic. We went on a ranger led hike and she gave us excellent history and present day, with a good mix of nature and history. Enjoyed all points of interest we went to.
  • Part of the national park system. Ample car parking, easy bicycle access via the Cape Cod Rail Trail. If you've got a car, consider getting an annual pass. It pays for itself quickly. The Marconi transmission site is an interesting slice of history to visit too.
  • Wow. What a great place to go, spent a day on one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Spent a day hiking. Brought the dogs on the hike and they had a great time too. On the beach you could walk for miles and not see another person. This is what makes parks so great. Everyone should visit and appreciate the opportunity to see this place.