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Cape Cod National Seashore

What is the Cape Cod National Seashore?

The Cape Cod National Seashore is not only a regional treasure, it is a national jewel. Created by legislation sponsored by Senator John F. Kennedy and then signed into law by newly-elected President Kennedy, this pristine coastline situated on Cape Cod in Massachusetts is a touchstone for people to connect with the wildlife and natural beauty of our country. The Seashore not only protects the Cape's fragile coastal ecosystem, it tells the story of human existence on this sandy spit of land – protecting and interpreting of 40 miles of coast, 44,600 acres of land and 9,000 years of human activity. Annually, the Cape Cod National Seashore greets at least 4 million visitors and residents.

Is the Cape Cod National Seashore a National Park?

Having summered on the Cape since childhood, President John F. Kennedy realized that the Cape Cod he had grown to love was disappearing.  It was this deep connection with the sand and sea that led President Kennedy to sign a bill in August of 1961 protecting forty-three thousand acres of space from Chatham to Provincetown and preserving it as a National Park.

What is there to do on the Cape Cod National Seashore?

One might think that with all that space there would be an almost limitless supply of things to see and do, and indeed there is.  From picture-perfect beaches and beautifully maintained walking trails to campfire programs, historic sights and working lighthouses, it can all be found at the Cape Cod National Seashore.