Province Lands Visitor Center
171 Race Point Road
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Centers webpage
Cape Cod National Seashore website
Cape Cod National Seashore map
Guidlines for viewing nesting shorebirds at Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Searshore Self Guiding Trails brochure
Cape Cod National Seashore Trails webpage
Also, see Cape Cod National Seashore
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The Province Lands Visitor Center is open from May through October. This visitor orientation facility is located at the tip of the Cape in Provincetown. The center’s exhibits showcase the nature and history of the Province Lands. Included are 3-D models, large format images, artifacts, video, tactile features, and audio descriptions. The park’s award-winning orientation movie, Standing Bold, plays through the day, with other films showing on rotation. Films have open captions and assistive listening.
Rangers are on duty to assist with trip planning. Maps and brochures are available; ask about the Junior Ranger and B.A.R.K. Ranger programs. Many ranger-guided activities occur or begin at the center.
There are restrooms, an America’s National Parks store, and outdoor exhibits and observation decks providing a 360-degree view of the Province Lands dunes, the Outer Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean. The outdoor decks are open all year, weather permitting. From this location, you can see the Province Lands dunes, Race Point Ranger Station, Race Point Beach, the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, and the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Whales and seabirds are often spotted. The Province Lands Bicycle Trail and Beech Forest Trail are nearby.
From Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Centers webpage
About Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod is a large peninsula extending 60 miles into the Atlantic ocean from the coast of Massachusetts. Located on the outer portion of the Cape, Cape Cod National Seashore’s 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. These systems and their associated habitats reflect the Cape’s glacial origin, dynamic natural processes, and at least 9,000 years of human activity. Geomorphic shoreline change, groundwater fluctuations, tidal dynamics including rising sea level, and atmospheric deposition are among the many physical processes that continue to shape the Seashore’s ecosystems. Marine and estuarine systems include beaches, sand spits, tidal flats, salt marshes, and soft-bottom benthos. Freshwater ecosystems include kettle ponds, vernal pools, sphagnum bogs, and swamps. Terrestrial systems include pitch pine and scrub oak forests, heathlands, dunes, and sandplain grasslands. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.
From Cape Cod National Seashore website