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Luke Simpson

Things To Do

The Salt Pond Visitor Center, located just off of Route 6, is host to a museum, bookstore, and other educational facilities that illuminate the 51-year-old Cape Cod National Seashore. Park rangers offer canoe trips, interpretive walks, and other activities throughout thousands of protected acres—about one third of Eastham belongs to the National Seashore.

Visit Nauset Light, one of the most famous lighthouses on the East Coast. Originally built in Chatham in 1877 and moved to Eastham in 1923, the lighthouse was in danger of being lost to erosion and nearly decommissioned. The Nauset Light Preservation Society financed a project to move the lighthouse farther inland, and now offers tours of the structure every summer.

Beach It!

Coast Guard Beach is a prime swimming beach during the summer. In addition to pristine sand and pounding surf, you’ll find shorebirds and seals at nearby Nauset Marsh, which offers the opportunity to walk directly onto a barrier beach system. Coast Guard Beach is also a regular presence on Dr. Beach’s list of the 10 best beaches in the country.

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Nauset Light Beach, Eastham

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