In celebration of that National Park Services 100th birthday and our upcoming New England Southern Shores trip we are going to take a closer look at the National Seashore.
The National Seashore is part of the beautiful landscape of Cape Cod consisting of nearly 40 miles of beaches that sit on the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay. There are six swimming beaches each with their own individual personality and features. If you are a history buff you will want to visit the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station at Race Point Beach, Captain Edward Penniman House, Atwood-Higgins House and five lighthouses.
If you make your way to the National Seashore you have to take some time to visit of the lighthouses that are owned by the National Park Service. Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island lighthouses are available for climbs but keep in mind this activity can be strenuous but worth it! The oldest lighthouse in Cape Cod is the Highland lighthouse which is located in North Truro and as an added bonus this is also the tallest lighthouse that the area has to offer. Long Point lighthouse (pictured above) is at the very tip of Provincetown and is absolutely breathtaking and marks the entrance to Provincetown harbor.
After you haven taken in the lighthouses make some time to enjoy one of the six swimming beaches located throughout Cape Cod.
Coast Guard Beach has prime swimming during the summer and includes the Great Beach, Nauset Marsh and the Nauset Split which allows you to walk directly onto a barrier beach system.
Nauset Beach is only one-mile north of Coast Guard beach but has a very different feel as it is contained by a steep glacial scarp. It also has a trail to the Three Sisters Lighthouses.
Marconi Beach is slowly recovering from European land-use practices which strip the topsoil from the area. It also contains a platform that allows you to view both the ocean and the bay.
Head of the Meadow, known as the ocean graveyard, is home to over 1,000 shipwrecks. The first wreck recorded was in 1626.
Race Point Beach has rougher waters but a stunning landscape. It is a beach recommended for stronger swimmers as the tow can be forceful.
Herring Cove Beach, unlike Race Point, is popular for its calmer waters and has become very family friendly. After a day of playing at the beach grab your bike and hit up one of the local bike paths.
Though the majority of the activities in at the National Seashore are outside if you hit bad weather make sure to check out the Salt Pond Visitors Center for a schedule of indoor activities.
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