Everything You Need to Know About the Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center

Cape Cod is best known for its sandy beaches! Our area is a peaceful oasis for locals and visitors alike. The Cape is able to maintain its peaceful seaside environment thanks to the U.S. National Park Service protection of the Cape Cod National Seashore. This area features 40 miles of beaches, marshland, and other environmental treasures on the Cape. The Cape Cod National Seashore is more than just beautiful beaches, though! Learn about and appreciate this area’s history through interactive exhibits at the Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center

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Top 3 Things to Do at the Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center 

Open year-round every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham, MA, is an excellent resource for Cape Cod travelers. Learn more about what you can experience here below!

1. Learn About Cape Cod Natural History

The Salt Pond Visitor Center is a great place to learn about Cape Cod’s natural history. Just inside the lobby, visitors can view a large map that brings this area’s glacial history to life! Follow along with the illustration to see how natural forces have and continue to shape this area. Still curious about this area’s natural history? Head to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History to learn more! 

The Salt Pond Visitor Center also offers permanent exhibitions on the Cape’s cultural history.  No matter what questions you have about Cape Cod’s rich history, the Salt Pond Visitor Center has the answers!

2. Explore the Nearby Trails 

During the warmer months, explore the outdoors near the Salt Pond Visitor Center! Here, you can find three distinctly different trails: Nauset Marsh Trail, Nauset Bicycle Trail, and the Buttonbush Trail. The Nauset Marsh and Bicycle Trails are the perfect spots for an afternoon of leisurely walking, jogging, or cycling. 

The Buttonbush Trail is the most unique! This .3-mile trail loop offers interactive sensory activities. According to the Salt Pond Visitor Center, this trail features “… a guide rope and text panels printed in large lettering and Braille, as well as discovery activities for children.” 

3. Head to the Cape Cod National Seashore 

Head to the Cape Cod National Seashore after a visit to the Salt Pond Visitor Center. No matter where you stop along the 40-mile stretch of protected land, you’re sure to see amazing views of sandy beaches, swelling waves, historic lighthouses, and more.  

Travel Back to Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod

Bed and fireplace view of the Breezing Up room at Candleberry Inn.

Our Brewster, MA, bed and breakfast is about a 15-minute drive from the Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center. It’s easy to head back to Candleberry Inn after an afternoon of learning about the Cape’s rich history and appreciating its views. 

Relax in quintessential Cape Cod charm with a stay in the Breezing Up Room! This popular room is located on the first floor of the Main House and features a queen-size bed, private bathroom with a shower, fine furnishings and decor, as well as refinished 200-year-old wide pine floors. 


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