Oceanside adventure from Eastham to Wellfleet.
Outer Cape Cod: Back to Nature
Credit: Tara Donne

The Outer Cape includes 27,000 acres of beach protected as the Cape Cod National Seashore, and the low-key town of Wellfleet. This scenic area is the ideal spot to take in the salt air “in season” (May through October) by car, on foot, or even from the water.

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the network of trails here extends some five miles, encompassing woodlands, salt marsh, barrier beaches, and nearby tidal flats. Visitors are encouraged to track birds they see—such as Orioles and Whip-poor-wills.

Jack's Boat Rental

There’s no better way to explore the coast than by water, and Jack’s will outfit you with kayaks, canoes, and Sunfish sailboats. They’ll even arrange for a temporary license if you want to fish a nearby pond.

South Wellfleet General Store

Those who are fans of nostalgia and good deli food should make a stop at this general store on Route 6 near Lecount Hollow Road and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Out front is a Coca-Cola sign with "So. Wellfleet General Store" above the logo. Walk through the door, which may be open to the ocean breeze on nice days, and step onto a well-worn hardwood floor. The shelves are full of foodstuffs and household items, chickens turn on a rotisserie, and The Between the Tides Deli serves sandwiches, coffee, and other food (it's a good stop before a picnic).

Even'Tide Resort Motel and Cottages

Popular with families and couples alike, these comfortable accommodations are a smart, affordable choice for those wanting to be close the shore (and who don’t mind walking)—a 3/4-mile path leads directly from the property to Marconi Beach. There’s an indoor pool, too.

Moby Dick's

The Wall of Fame at Moby Dick’s is covered with framed photos of patrons who bought Moby Wear in the gift shop and then sent a picture of themselves wearing the apparel in various U.S. cities. A big wooden sign out front says “LOBSTER” in bold red letters above the restaurant’s logo, and the theme indoors and out is nautical. Open May through October, Moby Dick’s serves popular dishes like fried clams, clam chowder, lobster rolls, and a Moby’s Ultimate Madness dessert. A cluster of chalkboards outlines the different menu categories, complete with chalk art, and diners may bring their own beer and wine.