Cape Cod National Seashore waives entrance fees August 25

CCNS to celebrate the National Park Service's 98th with a free day at the beach
Swim, sunbath, surf and SUP for free at Cape Cod National Seashore beaches Monday. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

To celebrate the National Park Service's 98th birthday, the Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) will waive beach entrance fees on Monday, August 25. "Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everybody to join the party," said CCNS Superintendent George Price Jr.

President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. Today, there are 401 national parks across the United States including the Cape Cod National Seashore.

In honor of that day 98 years ago, the $15 entrance fee for the six CCNS beaches will be waived. Those beaches are Coast Guard and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro and Race Point and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.

In addition to the waived entrance fee at the beach, park goers are also invited to enjoy the fun and always free activities CCNS offers all summer. Many of these activities will be held throughout the park on Monday. There will also be open houses at many of the park's historic buildings.

Two featured birthday/Founder's Day events will also be held on Monday: "Take the Cape History Challenge" at 10:30 a.m. at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and a campfire at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown at 7 p.m.

For complete details about this special day (and every day) at the park, visit the CCNS website here, or head to the Salt Pond Visitor Center at 50 Nauset Road in Eastham.

NPS's birthday will be celebrated across the country and fees will be waived at all 401 parks, of which only 133 charge an entrance fee. 2016 will mark the National Park Service's 100th birthday. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on