Summer Fun and Learning with National Seashore Rangers

Recreation and learning come together at the park...

WELLFLEET, Mass. – Recreation and learning come together at Cape Cod National Seashore, with park rangers offering dozens of fun, guided activities for all ages. Most programs are free.

Along with guided walks and evening programs, which are standard fare at national parks, the national seashore offers innovative and immersive programs that take advantage of the seashore’s many recreational opportunities and local flavor.

Water recreation has deep roots on Cape Cod, and rangers offer surfcasting lessons, canoe and kayak tours, and salt marsh explorations. All equipment is provided.

The Cape’s maritime history can be explored during open houses and tours at historic buildings, including Eastham’s Captain Penniman House, Three Sisters, and Nauset Light; the Atwood-Higgins House in Wellfleet; Highland Light in Truro; and Old Harbor Life-Saving Station in Provincetown.

Cape Cod is also a place to unwind and slow down. Beach yoga, vacation mindfulness sessions, birdwatching, sunset hikes, and art programs offer opportunities for reflection and renewal.

Several activities are aimed at families and children, including Ninja Warrior and the Amazing Race in Provincetown, beach campfires at Nauset Light Beach and Herring Cove Beach, the Small Fry Special at Salt Pond Visitor Center, and Crafternoons at Province Lands Visitor Center. The seashore also has a Junior Ranger program; ask at visitor centers.

For information about Cape Cod National Seashore programs and to pick up a schedule of activities, visit Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham or Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown. Both centers are open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. The schedule is also available at welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on