Wellfleet is a picturesque village & harbor with many fine art galleries and the Wellfleet Marina. Located halfway between the “tip” and “elbow” of Cape Cod. A total of 70% of the town’s land area is in protection, and nearly half of it is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Wellfleet is famous for its eponymous oysters which are celebrated in the annual October Wellfleet OysterFest.


Highlights of Wellfleet

Historic town with semi-outdoor farmer’s market

Wellfleet Harbor
– Harbor walk along pier
– Eat in the harbor at Mac’s take out

Great Island – Historic island seen from Wellfleet Harbor – hike among salt marshes & along sandy beaches

Marconi Site and beach – historic site w/short trails to lovely vistas and beautiful beaches


Marconi Beach/Marconi Station site is down the road from Wellfleet village.


It was here that the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi (1874 to 1937) directed his most expensive dream, the first communication that was transatlantic without cable between the U.S and England: a message from the US President to the king of England was transmitted here the 18th of January in 1903

Great Island, Wellfleet (part of the National Seashore)


Historic period archaeological sites, mainly small farmsteads widely spaced and linearly arranged along small, east-west running valleys, exist throughout the outer Cape. The initial European settlement of the outer Cape occurred about 1644 when colonists from Plymouth relocated in Eastham. Historical research tells us that fishing, whaling, trading, and farming all were important for these new inhabitants of the outer Cape. One unique site that can be visited is the Wellfleet Tavern site (also known as Samuel Smith Tavern Site and Great Island Tavern site) on Great Island, part of the headland that now forms an outer boundary of Wellfleet Harbor. The site was excavated in 1969 and 1970 by archeologists Erik Ekholm and James Deetz. The artifact types found at the site relate to its designation as a tavern, including high percentages of drinking vessels, pipe stems, and other kinds of glassware.

The park’s Great Island Trail passes by the Wellfleet Tavern site. Interpretive displays describing and illustrating ancient and historic inhabitants and ways of life on Cape Cod can be found at the National Park Service Salt Pond Visitor Center, at the corner of Route 6 and Nauset Road, Eastham.



Outer Cape & Provincetown Tour


Tour includes Provincetown, Dunes, National Seashore beach Truro, Wellfleet town

– Stroll the historic streets and harborfront

Cape Cod National Seashore, Outer Cape
– Pamet Beach at Truro
– Province Lands Visitor Center vistas
– Provincetown Dune Tour (one hour) – $32 (details below)

Wellfleet town
– Picturesque fishing village on the Cape north shore. http://www.wellfleet-ma.gov
– Walk pier & buy take out seafood and ice cream at Mac’s (their picnic tables are on waterfront)
– Great Island marsh walk and beach visit (time permitting)


Provincetown information


Provincetown video

Enjoy a video on YouTube.com about Provincetown called “A Walk in Provinetown” produced May 24, 2015


Henry David Thoreau described Cape Cod as “the bared and bended arm of Massachusetts.” If you go to the very, end of that arm, you’ll arrive at Provincetown.

“P-town,” as it’s known, is one of America’s oldest arts colonies — a longtime sanctuary for novelists, playwrights, painters and Pilgrims. In 1620, the Pilgrims landed first in Provincetown before heading on to Plymouth, and Provincetown has the monument to prove it.

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

Location: High Pole Hill Road


$12; $10 + 65 years Open 9-5 Climb the monument
The Provincetown Museum, at the base of the Pilgrim Monument, features a unique collection of exhibits that depict important events and people in Provincetown history and our nation’s history. Exhibits also include the arts, the fishing community, and Provincetown’s rich tourist culture.
The Monument commemorates the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims. It’s the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Come climb to the top on a series of stairs and ramps and you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of Provincetown and beyond. 252 feet high
Museum features history of Provincetown and the Outer Cape with exhibits on the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, as well as the monument itself.

Expedition – Whydah Sea Lab and Learning Center


Location: 16 MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown Open times: 10am.- 5 pm daily
Features treasures from the Whydah (an authentic pirate shipwreck ) as well as displays on diving, artifact conservation and the lives of pirates. $5 for adults (flagship museum “Whydah Pirate Museum” developed with National Geographic, is now open in West Yarmouth http://www.discoverpirates.com )

Dune Tour on the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore (one hour tour) out of Provincetown
Arts Dune Tours

Company owns several vehicles. Will put 7 persons in each car. Price: $30-$32 per person
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Cape Cod Sand Dunes. Take a tour of the peaked hill bars historic district sand dunes on the Provincetown Cape Cod National Seashore protected lands.
Imagine dunes stretching as far as you can see with wispy beach grass, dark green pine trees and deep red beach plums nestled in hollows which are brought together by a silhouette of blue sky. Your guide will point out the “dune shacks” where famous artists and writers like Eugene O’Neill and Harry Kemp became inspired to create their art. You will also pass the remains of the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station.

Cape Cod National Seashore

(see separate link on this website for Cape Cod National Seashore)



(see separate link on this website for Wellfleet)