Cape Cod National Seashore; Marconi Station & Beach – Wellfleet, MA

Last Visited: Sunday; May, 13, 2012

What to do here:  The Marconi Station Area is a prominent part of the Cape Cod National Seashore the extends 40 miles and covers over 40,000 acres of pristine wilderness that was set aside by President Kennedy.  Marconi Station is a great place to visit in the summer and has plenty of activities available to keep a family busy for a day:

  • Scenic Vista:  The view from the site of Marconi Station, the first radio transmitter and receiver in the world, is breathtaking.  Views of glacial sand cliffs with the Atlantic Ocean stretching out to the horizon are amazing.

  • Marconi Station Historic Site:  There is an interesting diorama and some basic history about Marconi Station and the historical significance of the place (including the first transaltantic radio transmission and picking up the SOS distress signal from the sinking Titanic).
  • Atlantic White Cedar Forest Boardwalk:  There is trail from the parking lot at Marconi Station that takes you to a Boardwalk around a White Cedar Forest Wetland Environment.  This environment was common when the Cape was first settled by English immigrants and is now very rare as most of the original forested swampland was cleared for various purposes.  The brochure available at the park headquarters and other information on site makes this a very interesting walk for those interested in exploring different ecosystems

    Boardwalk through the Cedar Swamp at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Boardwalk through the Cedar Swamp at Cape Cod National Seashore

  • Marconi Beach:  The beach at Marconi Station has expansive views of the Atlantic Coast of the Outer Cape.  There are facilities for changing and showering and plenty of space to spread out.

Getting Here: Marconi Station and Beach can both be reached directly from Route 6 in Wellfleet, MA.  Once you cross into Wellfleet keep an eye out for the brown National Park Service signage, including the one that points out the turn to Marconi Beach and Station.  They are both the same turn off Route 6 but are a few miles apart.

Facilities, Fees and other information:  A parking fee is charged to use the beach during peak season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) and summer weekends can get very, very busy so be prepared for crowds.  There are facilities at the beach area as well.

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