The Cape Cod National Seashore includes nearly 40 miles of seashore along the Atlantic coastline edge of Cape Cod, stretching from Chatham's North Beach up to the tip of the Cape at Provincetown. It covers over 43,500 acres of beach, dunes, ponds, and woods. Within the National Seashore, lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. It offers Atlantic Ocean swimming beaches, walking paths and biking trails, and a National Park Service Visitors Center
The Salt Pond Visitor Center is open from 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), year-round, with extended hours during the summer months. The Province Lands Visitor Center is open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily, early-May through late-October. The park's six swimming beaches are lifeguarded from late June through the last week of August. Parking lots are open 6 A.M. to midnight, daily, year-round. Most restrooms that are not at park visitor centers, are open seasonally and are closed during winter months.
The Cape Cod National Seashore was created on August 7th, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.