Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

Visitor Services

Visitor Centers

Salt Pond Visitor Center is Cape Cod National Seashore's main visitor facility, with frequent orientation movies, a well stocked bookstore, a comprehensive museum, and restroom facilities. The indoor theatre routinely offers 5 short films daily on a rotating schedule. (Click here for film descriptions and schedule.) Offering breathtaking views of Nauset Marsh and the Atlantic beyond, this Visitor Center is also convenient to the popular 1.5 mile Nauset Marsh 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, and the Nauset Bicycle Trai.

The museum collection at Salt Pond reflects the vast range of natural and cultural themes represented on Cape Cod. Quotes highlight themes that the museum's exhibits encompass, along with artwork from prominent artists. In the atrium, the museum offers highlights of the Cape's complex natural composition. Realistic models of native plants and mounted animal specimens emphasize the rich and diverse natural history of the Outer Cape. Displays cover salt marsh plants and animals, beach dynamics, upland plant communities and prominent residential and migratory birds.

Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the corner of Nauset Road and Route 6 in Eastham. Hours: daily 9 AM to 4:30 PM (increased hours during the summer). Phone: (508) 255 - 3421.

The Province Lands Visitor Center is located on Race Point Road, off Route 6, at the northern end of Cape Cod National Seashore, approximately one mile from Provincetown. It is open daily from May 1 through October 31st from 9 AM to 5 PM. (508) 487 - 1256.

The observation deck at this Visitor Center provides a 360-degree view of the Province Lands dunes, the Outer Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. From this location you can see Race Point Ranger Station, Race Point Beach, the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station and the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Exhibits about local plants and animals and the Pilgrim's landing in Provincetown are featured.

The indoor theater routinely screens 5 short films daily on a rotating schedule. Eastern National has a bookstore with books, tapes, videos, toys and gifts all related to some aspect of Cape Cod and the National Seashore.

Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore

One of the goals for the Highlands Center is to create a community of artists, scientists and educators who will pursue their work in a national park setting. The core of the Highlands Center will be its program partners, enriching each other's work through their distinctive activities and opportunities for interaction. These partner organizations will establish an active community of creative individuals and will help carry out the Center's mission. Together, these various perspectives will form a dynamic mosaic that reflects and celebrates the unique character of Cape Cod. The Highlands Center will explore how the Cape can hold on to a sense of this past while establishing an authentic link to the future.

Another ongoing goal for the Highlands Center is to adopt the National Park Service's commitment that special emphasis be placed on park efforts to incorporate environmentally sound practices. Environmental impacts in terms of resource usage and performance will be taken into consideration and assessed during a project's initial investment phase and throughout its lifetime. The Highlands Center will demonstrate environmental stewardship through the use of environmentally sustainable practices and technologies in its design, building rehabilitation, and ongoing operations.

Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC) offers a diverse group of trained adults a residential living opportunity serving the critical environmental and disaster preparedness needs of Barnstable County. Part of a national network, it pairs service-minded volunteers with citizens, educators, scientists, and environmental professionals to promote land and water conservation, environmental education and disaster preparedness.

A pioneering Program Partner, Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro (PPACT) , has its seasonal tent located at the Highlands Center. PPACT produces affordable, professional theatre, art, and music. Their second year of programming at this site included drama classes, yoga, independent films, music, storytelling, period actors, magicians, political satirist and much more. PPACT is a member of the Cape Cod Theatre Coalition.

Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) in Provincetown, where artists and writers in the early stages of their careers are nurtured in a seven-month residency program, inspired by professionals and by the Cape Cod environment. Since its inception in 1968, FAWC has provided housing and stipends for over 500 emerging artists from around the United States and abroad.

The National Park's North Atlantic Coastal Laboratory has operated at the site for a number of years and, while not official Program Partners, is actively involved in the collaboration. Two buildings were recently renovated and in summer 2007 were made operational for use by the NPS Atlantic Research Center (ARC). The ARC promotes research and information exchange on the physical and biological systems within or affecting Cape Cod National Seashore. For more information on the ARC, e-mail us, attention Carrie Phillips.

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill has agreed to oversee the operational management and facilitation of a wood burning kiln, performing such services as constructing the actual kiln, and operating open pottery programs at the site. The installation of a wood burning kiln in partnership with HCI will advance the Highlands Center mission, constituting a joint effort that will foster benefits to local artists and craftspeople, attractiveness to visitors, and a unique form of artistic education in the community.


Eastern National Bookstore

The little bookstores with the BIG selection of books, maps, postcards, music, videos, puzzles, and educational items for ALL ages

Open year round at Salt Pond Visitor Center, and seasonally at Province Lands Visitor Center

Place a phone order at: (508) 255 - 6860,

or by mail to:

Salt Pond Visitor Center, Route 6, Eastham, 02642


Cape Cod National Seashore does not offer camping. Nickerson State Park is a nearby state campground and can be reached at (508) 896-3491.

Information about accomodations, including privately-owned campgrounds within the park and in surrounding towns, is available through the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. You may contact the chamber by phone at (888) "33-CapeCod".