As part of the Corps' plan to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe, and to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Cape Cod Canal will not be hosting its usual programs or events in 2020. You and your family can continue to enjoy and learn about the Cape Cod Canal with self guided hikes and activities available on our website.
Before the Cape Cod Canal, two rivers flowed though this valley. To the southwest flowing into Buzzards Bay was the Manomet River, later called the Monument River. To the northeast, flowing into Cape Cod Bay, was the Scusset River. As the bird flies, little more than a mile of land no more than 33 feet above sea level separated these rivers.
Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center offers excellent insight into the rich history, fascinating features, and vigilant operation of the Cape Cod Canal. Inside you will discover a museum that is fun, fascinating, family friendly and free. Interactive exhibits offer something for visitors of all ages. Come on by and…
- Board a retired 40-foot US Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat.
- Scan live radar and camera images to locate vessels in the waterway. Captain a virtual boat ride through the canal.
- Investigate what’s inside many of the ships that transit the canal
- Discover wildlife that live in or around the canal
- View films about canal history, wildflowers and wildlife
- Participate in various free interpretive programs
- Or… just relax and soak in the waterfront views from the rocking chairs on our front deck
Army Corps staff and volunteers staff the Center, and provide information about the canal and its recreational opportunities. A small bookstore is also offered.