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About Wellfleet
Located seventy five miles out into the Atlantic ocean on the outer end of Cape Cod, the Town of Wellfleet offers an abundance of quaint rural sea-side character and charm. Bounded on the east by the ocean and the west by Cape Cod Bay, 61% of the land area of Wellfleet is in the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. During the summer, the population swells to an estimated 17,000 persons enjoying the town's miles of ocean and bay-side beaches; numerous beautiful, clear, spring-fed, ponds; many fine art galleries, shops and restaurants; and the magnificent Wellfleet Harbor offering a constantly changing panorama of sail boats, motor yachts, sport fishing boats and trawlers. An extremely diverse community with an intriguing history of an extraordinary nautical atmosphere, the friendly charm of the Central Village provides the pedestrian with a vast array of browsing, dining, picture-taking and sight-seeing opportunities within a relatively short walk. The town is home of the Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters as well as the 1,000 acre Massachusetts Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of Cape Cod's finest ocean surf-casting, fresh water pond and Cape Cod Bay boat fishing possibilities are found in Wellfleet, and the town is well-known for its plentiful supply of shellfish, including the famous "Wellfleet Oyster".

Town Location
Southeastern Massachusetts, on the forearm of Cape Cod. Bordered by Truro on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Eastham on the south, and Cape Cod Bay on the west. Wellfleet is about 33 miles north of Hyannis; 101 miles southeast of Boston; 113 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island; and 280 miles from New York City.

What To Do
Below are links so you can learn about some of what's going on Wellfleet. We've found links for particularly interesting ways to spend time around town. Explore and discover some wonderful activities. See calendars for special events.
 

 

 
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore comprises 43,604 acres of shoreline and upland landscape features, including a forty-mile long stretch of pristine sandy beach, dozens of clear, deep, freshwater kettle ponds, and upland scenes that depict evidence of how people have used the land. A variety of historic structures are within the boundary of the Seashore, including lighthouses, a lifesaving station, and numerous Cape Cod style houses. The Seashore offers six swimming beaches, eleven self-guiding nature trails, and a variety of picnic areas and scenic overlooks.
Wellfleet offers a variety of ocean, bay and freshwater pond beaches. This link provides information about various beaches, dates when beach parking permit is required, permit office location, town beach parking locations, and beach fire permits.
 
To be eligible for a Visitor's Beach Sticker, the applicant must be staying in the Town of Wellfleet.
 
All applicants for any sticker must present the following documentation:
1. Written PROOF OF STAY from the property owner (cottage rental lease).
2. Valid vehicle registration for each vehicle with the applicant as the owner of the vehicle
3. Lease listing the applicant as the lessee of a leased vehicle
4. Appropriate written documentation connecting a company owned or leased vehicle to the applicant (i.e., business card or letter of authorization on company letterhead)
5. Applicants presenting Dealer Plates must provide registration of vehicle or documentation connecting that vehicle to the applicant.
Free online maps and routes for short walks, hikes, and bicycling. Cape Cod Rail Trail, ride along the wild dunes in Wellfleet overlooking the Atlantic, ride along the edge of vast Wellfleet Harbor to Duck Harbor beach.
Cape Cod Pathways is a growing network of trails linking Cape Cod's coastal areas, historic villages, and open space. The Pathways network will encompass all 15 Cape Cod towns from Falmouth to Provincetown.  
 
Trails on town conservation lands, state and federal lands, and on lands owned by nonprofit conservation trusts and historical societies, statewide conservation organizations, museums, and private foundations offer an almost infinite variety of experiences for the Cape Cod walker. The trails are of varying length and difficulty in a wide diversity of environments from seashore to salt marsh, to woodlands, ponds, and bogs. This directory lists approximately 75 areas with walking trails that can be found across Cape Cod. The directory is organized by town with the exception of trails within the Cape Cod National Seashore. Several of these trails are in  nearby Wellfleet.
Enjoy first run double features every night starting May 23rd at the only Drive-in on Cape Cod. Built in 1957, the Wellfleet Drive-In hosts a 100' x 44' screen, and a state-of-the-art FM stereo sound system that decodes modern sound tracks.
 
Map to beaches, beach sticker booth, town pier & marina, Uncle Tim's Bridge at Duck Creek, Wellfleet Historical Museum, Indian Neck Jetty and Breakwater, post offices, sunset view, Blackfish Creek, Chamber of Commerce Information Booth, Public Rest Rooms, Public Library, and more.
 
Bring this map if you want to explore bike path, beaches, and local back roads.
1,100 acres of salt marsh, sandy beach, pine woodland, freshwater pond, and rare heathland attract a wide array of wildlife, especially songbirds and shorebirds. Discover the true nature of Cape Cod as you amble along the five miles of trails that traverse these habitats.
The scenic trails are complemented by the Nature Center's green architecture, friendly volunteers, and a beautiful butterfly and hummingbird garden. A variety of educational programs for children and adults, including walks, workshops, and cruises, are offered both on the sanctuary and at other pristine locations on Cape Cod. Enjoy a naturalist-led bird walk on the property or listen to an evening lecture. Participate in hands-on activities aboard our Cape Cod Bay Marine Life Cruise for families. Observe seals, shorebirds and other wildlife on guided tours of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Wellfleet comes alive for a three-day celebration in October of the town's famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions in this street party that brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of food, frolic, and fun. There is something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, kayak and road races, children's activities, educational exhibits, walking tours, theatre, live music, and the Oyster Shuck-Off.
The finest classical and contemporary chamber music by world-class ensembles and exceptional young artists in various locations from Wellfleet to Woods Hole. Concerts and other special events take place during the Festival’s three-week Summer Series each August and throughout the year on the Cape, in Boston and New York.
Why overload your car with the crib, linens, bikes, and more when they will deliver them right to your vacation rental? Vacation rental equipment includes full size cribs, highchairs, booster seats, monitors, even infant baths. For the sports enthusiasts, our kayak and bicycle rentals are an affordable way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Cape.
 
Your Cape Cod vacation would be incomplete without relaxing on one of our exceptional beaches, so pick up a few beach chairs, an umbrella and a cooler. They rent linens and towels for the whole family.
 
Browse the online catalog.
Whether you are driving or flying, sheets and towels are added weight and take up a lot of room. Not only that, but at the end of your vacation you have to take them home dirty and do piles of laundry! DonÂ’t bother! Use our convenient linen rental service! You can pick up your linens at our central Wellfleet location or have them delivered for an additional fee. After your vacation, just drop off the soiled linens on your way out of town!
Art exhibits, yoga, children's storytime, literary readings, and a variety of other cultural entertainment.
 
A unique collection of books about Cape Cod. An extensive choice of periodicals. Audio books on tape. Video cassettes of foreign, domestic, and children's movies.
Cape Cod's most eclectic, edgy professional theater company, staging World Premieres and New England Premieres.
Located on Mayo Beach, next to the Town Pier, WHAT's intimate (90 seat) space provides the perfect setting for high quality, dynamic productions. Cited by The New York Times and The Boston Globe for producing some of the best theater in the region.
 
The Wellfleet Historical Society was organized in 1951 to foster an interest in the town and its history. The society's collection includes old photographs, maps, documents, marine artifacts, Indian artifacts, a small collection of period clothing, household, agricultural and commerce related items. Special theme exhibits are planned for summer months.
Monthly meetings take place April through September with varied programs and speakers. A schedule of these free programs can be viewed at the calendar of events. Refreshments are served and all are welcome.
 
Wellfleet's Chamber of Commerce maintained calendar of events.

CapeEvents.com Calendar
Cape Events is a website promoting events happening on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Listings for craft fairs, fireworks, art shows, symposiums, sidewalk sales, open houses, and more!
Uncle Tim's Bridge
Off Commercial Street. One of Wellfleet's most photographed landmarks, the narrow bridge extends across a tidal creek and a marsh to a small, heavily wooded island.
The gym offers aquatics, tennis, racquetball, squash, strength training, martial arts, basketball & soccer, rock climbing wall, and wellness activities. For kids there's a summer adventure camp for daily to weekly periods.

Patrons in the cafe get free high-speed wireless internet access using your own laptop/wireless PDA or rent one of their laptops. Enjoy espresso drinks, the full-service bar, restaurant, and weekend brunch.
We don't allow pets in the homes. While it might be best to leave them with friends back home, we've provided local resources for boarding and other services for your pet while you're on the Cape so you don't have to miss Rover and Boots.
Located in the fishing village of Wellfleet on picturesque Cape Cod the 9 hole golf course has two sets of tees for 18 hole play with fabulous views of Cape Cod Bay. The club also offers 5 asphalt tennis courts, a sailing club and clubhouse facilities for special events. CYCC is semi-private and is open to the public on a daily use basis.
Resources about fishing in Wellfleet: good fishing spots, saltwater fishing and stocked freshwater ponds, charter trips, fishing supply & bait shops, local & state regulations.
 
Wellfleet Shellfish Department's website for everything you need to know about shellfishing on your Wellfleet vacation. Their Frequently Asked Questions pages provide info such as how to get to shellfishing sites, which tools you'll want to use, proper care of shellfish, how to shuck, and how to get an annual or seasonal permit & permit cost.
 
For a Cape Cod Wedding, a Cape Cod Clambake, and Celebrations of all kinds. Cape Cod caterer offering creative personalized menus and event planning. Cosmos Catering specializes in an array of worldly culinary masterpieces that blend tradition and simplicity with innovation and creative flair.
 
Keeping kids safe and comfortable during travel is our number one concern, hence our slogan "safety never takes a holiday(tm)". We carry a large inventory of equipment such as highchairs, car seats, cribs and baby joggers that have been carefully chosen and safety checked prior to being purchased for lease.
 
Cape Cod is a favorite vacation destination for families and for good reason. On "Cape Time" you can spend hours playing in the waves, resting under an umbrella on soft white sandy beaches, meandering through quaint old New England villages, riding bikes along the 45 mile "Rail Trail" bike path, whale watching -- you name it. Kids on the Cape Guidebook & Webguide is your source for family activities and information.
 
Fun Seekers offers instruction and guided tours for kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, and kiteboarding. Fun Seekers is located on Cape Cod in the town of Wellfleet. This superb location and surrounding towns offers the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod Bay, estuaries and pristine fresh water ponds for your enjoyment. Fun Seekers was founded in 1992 by Eric Gustafson. Fun Seekers' philosophy and goals are to safely instruct and guide all clients in various activities while providing the best experience possible. We focus on fun, safety, and a minimal impact on the environment. Fun Seekers offers activities for the individual or family. We cater to all levels and abilities, from the inexperienced to the advanced.
 
Fishing Cape Cod Bay aboard the 60 foot Naviator. Scup (Porgy), Sea Bass, Tautog, Fluke, Flounder, Mackerel, Blues

Cape Cod Bay Marine Life Cruise with the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Hop aboard the Naviator and cruise into Cape Cod Bay for a close-up look at some of the marine life creatures that live under the sea.

Seal and Seabird Cruises With the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a cruise out of Wellfleet Harbor to Billingsgate Shoal in search of Seals and Seabirds.
Come bird watching with the Cape Cod Bird Club ! All are welcome to join the field trips. There is no fee and no registration, unless noted.
This resource has specific information for free wireless internet access in town at the library and for patrons of local cafes, even laptop rentals, too !
If you want internet one step closer, the folks at www.WellfleetLighthouse.com hand-picked a FREE one-month trial offer of internet for while you're on vacation in Wellfleet ! Read all about it below. Set it up before you travel !

Internet access right from your vacation home right on your own laptop (click to read system requirements) !

NetZero HiSpeed 3G is the next generation of dial-up Internet access. It accelerates your Web surfing experience using your existing dialup modem and the phone jack at your vacation rental home to allow you to surf the Web.

NetZero HiSpeed 3G technology claims to be the fastest surfing you can get without a broadband connection.
 


You're on vacation and shouldn't be thinking about doing laundry. This full service laundromat will pick up and delivery your laundry washed, dried and folded ! Contact them for their pickup and delivery schedule. For Wellfleet typically they pickup on Tuesday and deliver Wednesday.
 
Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places. It takes the ancient custom of placing a rock on a cairn upon reaching the summit of a mountain to an artform. It started when a gentleman simply left his calling card in a bottle by a remote pool on the moors of Dartmoor, in England.

Here's the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. The hider then usually writes directions to the box (called "clues" or "the map"), which can be straightforward, cryptic, or any degree in between. Often the clues involve map coordinates or compass bearings from landmarks, but they don't have to. Selecting a location and writing the clues is one aspect of the art.

Once the clues are written, hunters in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clue and any maps or tools needed to solve it, the hunter should carry at least a pencil, his personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. When the hunter successfully deciphers the clue and finds the box, he stamps the logbook in the box with his personal stamp, and stamps his personal logbook with the box's stamp. The box's logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal log .


The staff at Quiet Mind Studio is rich with experience, qualification, and heart. They have a diverse team of massage therapists and yoga instructors on hand to help what ails you!

* swedish relaxation massage
* deep tissue massage
* hot stone massage
* shiatsu
* reflexology
* thai massage
* more...
Restaurants / Food
 
The Wicked Oyster, 50 Main St., Wellfleet, MA 02667; Phone: (508) 349-3455. Our menu focuses on catch from our local waters and flats combined with the seasonal flavors of New England. That said, we also serve the finest cuts of meat and a very nice burger! This all served by a local, happy and welcoming staff. Zagat Rated, Fodor's Choice, Cape Cod Life Editor's Choice
 
Bookstore and Restaurant 50 Kendrick Ave., Wellfleet, MA 02667; Phone: (508) 349-3154; www.wellfleetoyster.com Overlooking Wellfleet Harbor and Great Island, this unique restaurant and bookstore specializes in seafood including oysters from its own shellfish beds. Try the Fish Pot for a taste of all things Cape Cod --Wellfleet oysters and mussels, Chatham cod and Cape sea scallops.
 
The Whitman House Route 6 and Great Hollow Road, Truro, MA 02666; Phone: (508) 487-1740; www.whitmanhouse.com
 
Seafood shack, market, sushi bar, ice cream. Great to eat outside under picnic tables with sunbrellas by the Wellfleet Pier.
 
For a quick sandwich perfect for the beach.
 
A family owned business that has been providing the freshest and widest variety of local fish, lobsters, shellfish, and produce to Wellfleet residents and visitors for over 50 years. Hatch's produce carries more than 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables; much of the produce is organic and locally grown. Wide selection of fresh bread, herbs, and salad greens. Produce arrives daily.
 
Wellfleet Market Place
The supermarket on Main Street in town. Better quality foods than the average market.
 
Fresh coffee, bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, newspapers, magazines, local produce and fish, certified black angus beef, Bell and Evans chickens, prepared foods, delicious sandwiches, housewares, groceries, imported cheese, gourmet and international delights, ice, health and beauty aids, household supplies, organic and natural products, free wifi hotspot.
 
 
Note that rates and hours at accommodations and restaurants may change with the seasons and some may close for part of the year. Always call in advance.
 
Residents and visitors of the Lower/Outer Cape will be rewarded with frequent, year-round public transportation with the innovative Flex bus running under the direction of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.

The bus will run every half hour, seven days a week from 6 in the morning to about 10 p.m. through Labor Day. After then, hourly service is planned.
Flex will run along a defined route between Harwich Port and Provincetown (serving Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Brewster) but will also go up to three-quarters of a mile off its route to pick up and discharge passengers who have made a reservation at least two hours ahead of time. See the route map here.

Jack's Boat Rental
Imagine yourself in a canoe alongside a painted turtle or a Great Blue Heron in an isolated pond or river… or catching the perfect wave at one of the Outer Cape’s spectacular ocean beaches. How does a guide-led kayak tour through a salt water marsh at sunset sound to you? Maybe you’re just looking for peaceful spot to relax and read while your family enjoys a pedalboat or surfbike on a kettle pond in the Cape Cod National Seashore or in Nickerson State Park.

Whether it’s surfing, canoeing, sailing, or kayaking, Jack’s Boat Rental, Inc. has the equipment and a location suited to your needs. For more than 30 years, visitors to the Lower Cape have included Jack’s Boat Rental in their vacation plans! Jack’s customers appreciate the updated and varied inventory and the “hands-on” service that keeps people coming back for more each year.

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