During COVID-19 rangers are staffing outdoor information stations at each visitor center (year-round at Salt Pond in Eastham and May 1-October 31 at Province Lands in Provincetown). Hours are 9-4:30 daily, and 9-5 beginning May 1. Stop by the outdoor stations to ask a question or for help planning your visit. Pick up the seashore Trip Planner and brochures on trails and resource topics, check out our self-serve info boards, or ask about becoming a Junior Ranger. Drop by the The America's National Parks store at Salt Pond to browse books, maps, field guides, apparel, and other seashore-related items for sale. The visitor center grounds are open, offering dramatic views of seashore landscapes and waterscapes. In addition, there are outdoor exhibits located at many seashore sites.
As conditions regarding COVID-19 change, visitor center operations may be adjusted.Up-to-date information is available at Current Park Conditions - Cape Cod National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) and via our social media outlets @CapeCodNPS.
Did you know?
In the visitor center lobby, a large topographic map illustrates Cape Cod's glacial history, its position in the Gulf of Maine, and natural forces that continue to shape it.
The museum in the Salt Pond Visitor Center emphasizes the cultural themes represented on Cape Cod. A new section interprets Wampanoag culture and history through artifacts, photographs and art, a partial wetu (home), and oral histories; this exhibit focuses on native peoples' uses of natural materials for food and shelter.
Other themes covered in the museum include whaling, lifesaving and lighthouses, maritime industries, agricultural life, and everyday life.
When you visit the museum, make sure to enjoy everything that the Visitor Center has to offer.
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.
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.