Cape Cod National Seashore
- Type: Beaches, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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In 1961, summer native President John F. Kennedy designated the east shore of the Lower Cape a national park. Today, the 40-mile stretch of coast is recognized as having some of the best beaches on Cape Cod, including Nauset Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and Race Point and Herring Cove beaches in Provincetown.
Beyond the shores, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails for you to explore, and two helpful visitor centers that are worth a pit stop. Plus, the seashore is a great place to attend lecture series and take in the spectacular scenery along the beach. "We went to Marconi portion of the National Seashore and were blown away by the views. The sand cliffs are incredible and the ocean seems to just go for miles," raved one TripAdvisor user.
The Cape Cod National Seashore is open year-round. Official parking lots are open from 6 a.m. to midnight with daily parking stickers costing about $15 a day and pedestrian and bicyclist beach entrance fees costing $3 from May through September. The Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year-round, and the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, from Memorial Day through October 31. Check out the National Park Service's website for more information on permits, parking fees and special events.