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Top Choice Museum in Eastham

Salt Pond Visitor Center

The Salt Pond Visitor Center is the place to start exploring the National Seashore – and it has a great view to boot. Here you'll find exhibits and short films on the Cape's ecology, history and ever-changing landsc…
Beach in Eastham

Coast Guard Beach

All roads lead to the National Seashore's Coast Guard Beach. The main road from the Salt Pond Visitor Center deposits you here, as do cycling and hiking trails. And it's for good reason: this grand beach, backed by …
Beach in Eastham

Nauset Light Beach

Cliff-backed Nauset Light Beach, north of Coast Guard Beach, is also the stuff of dreams. It's broad and sandy and its features and facilities are similar to Coast Guard Beach, but there's a large parking lot right …
Lighthouse in Eastham

Nauset Light

Nauset Light is a picturesque red-and-white lighthouse guarding the shoreline at the Nauset Light Beach. Look familiar? You may have seen it on all the Cape Cod potato-chip packets!It's open to the public for free t…
Beach in Eastham

First Encounter Beach

First Encounter Beach, where Samoset Rd meets Cape Cod Bay, is a fine place to watch the sunset. With its vast tidal flats and kid-friendly, calm, shallow waters, it offers a night-and-day contrast to the National S…
Viewpoint in Eastham

Fort Hill

Don't miss the commanding view of expansive Nauset Marsh from Fort Hill. It's a favorite place to be at dawn, but the view is memorable any time of the day. And bring your walking shoes for the 2-mile Fort Hill Trai…
Seafood in Eastham

Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar

Fried seafood is the staple (plus renowned onion rings); there's also salads, baked cod and steamed lobster on the menu. Everything is fresh, and at night this place adds on a raw bar, separating it from other count…
South African in Eastham

Karoo Restaurant

Home-style South African cooking is an unlikely find on the Cape, and an interesting option if your palate is growing weary of seafood. In a cool space with a splash of African color, sample bobotie (a mild curried …
Historic Building in Eastham

Captain Penniman House

Near Fort Hill sits the striking Captain Penniman House, an 1868 sea captain’s house topped with mansard roof and an octagonal cupola overlooking both bay and sea. It's fronted by an awesome whale-jawbone gate. Ask …
Seafood in Eastham

Friendly Fisherman

This simple eatery, attached to a fish market, has outdoor picnic tables and serves the perfect lobster roll: huge, overflowing with sweet chunks of claw and tail meat, and with just enough mayo to hold it all toget…