YARMOUTH, Mass. – Cape Cod’s busiest visitor center will be back in operation this summer, with staffers dispensing maps and free advice – from the best lodging, gourmet dining and clam shacks to the hottest concerts, coolest ice cream stands and where to fish for stripers and blues.
The Route 6 Rest Area and Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, said Visitor Center Manager Glenn Van Wickle. The highway rest stop is located on Route 6 East between Exits 6 and 7 in Barnstable, and features picnic tables, restrooms and a one-room cottage-style visitor center with maps, brochures and information about the Cape’s many popular destinations. Roughly 90,000 travelers made use of the facilities in 2018, said Van Wickle, and some 40,000 guests visited the information center for tips on what to do while vacationing on the Cape.
Even though the center is managed under a two-year contract with the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, staffers provide information on attractions and events across Cape Cod – from Bourne to Provincetown.
“We try to make sure that visitors get what they need,” said Van Wickle, noting that staffers even keep track of which hotels are full and which are vacant, so they can quickly make lodging arrangements right at the center if guests haven’t already booked a place to stay. The center also makes dinner reservations and helps visitors book tickets to local attractions and cultural events.
The Route 6 Visitor Center is also home to one of three signature sand sculptures created by world-famous street artist Sean Fitzpatrick of Fitzysnowman Studios. The 2019 sand sculpture outside the Visitor Center was assembled in mid-May and features a beach-bound motorcycle rider.
Every summer, the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce organizes the largest Sand Sculpture Trail in the nation. When it’s completed in early July, this year’s trail will contain 33 original creations at businesses and public places around town. The trail’s three largest sculptures can be found by Memorial Day Weekend at the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Route 28 in West Yarmouth; the Route 6 Visitor Center located between Exits 6 and 7 on the Mid-Cape Highway; and on Strawberry Lane in Yarmouth Port.
More details can be found at yarmouthcapecod.com.