10 Things to Do in Wellfleet That You Shouldn't Miss

August 10, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Wellfleet is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States, and is located halfway between the "tip" and "elbow" of Cape Cod. The town had a population of 2,750 at the 2010 census, which swells nearly sixfold during the summer. A total of 70% of the town's land area is in protection, and nearly half of it is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Wellfleet is famous for its eponymous oysters, which are celebrated in the annual October Wellfleet OysterFest.
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1. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

291 State Highway, South Wellfleet, Wellfleet, MA 02663 +1 508-349-2615
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 318 reviews

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

This preserve is a great place to commune with nature and watch the sunset.

Reviewed By Stewart T - Boston, Massachusetts

Very nice place to walk and be out in nature. Good for birding. Be prepared for noisy people! This past Sat, one person thought he'd entertain his friends by singing as he walked. So much for appreciating nature! Recommend going early to avoid the crowds of you are into birding. Also bring bug repellant, especially for one of the trails along the pond.

2. Marconi Beach

Wellfleet, MA
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 439 reviews

Marconi Beach

Reviewed By TaraB0997 - Toronto

This is the location of Marconi's famous transmissions, but there isn't much to see, except a few display boards explaining the history of the sight. Worth a quick stop.

3. Great Island Trail

Wellfleet, MA
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Great Island Trail

Reviewed By Two-Baby-Boomers - Fairfax, Virginia

We rarely encounter many people on this trail. Perhaps the word has gotten out that it is not for the casual hiker. Sandy trails, no shade, and tidal transformations can take their toll, so follow the advice of some of the other reviewers and plan accordingly. On our first visit we were caught off guard, but thankfully we were sufficiently experienced to realize our limits and turned back without incident. Sunscreen, hat, water, food, sturdy footwear, and a map are all essential for a good experience. The best time to visit is early in the day (tides permitting) before the heat becomes a factor.

4. White Cedar Swamp

Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA 02667-8142 +1 508-255-3421
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

White Cedar Swamp

The site of Marconi's wireless transmission station.

Reviewed By ZamiaV - Miami, Florida

We are from Florida so seeing a swamp is not an unusual event for us. But this easy trail located close to the Marconi wireless site was a fun short trip nonetheless. The routes in and out of the swamp are easy hikes; the whole round trip journey is only one mile. The boardwalk loop in the swamp area itself is very well done and provides a pleasant meander through the trees. It was nice to see a totally different plant community from the pine uplands and beach dunes that dominate the Cape. Mosquitoes love swamps, of course, so be prepared with bug spray and long sleeves.

5. Wellfleet Public Library

55 W Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667-7300 +1 508-349-0310
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 45 reviews

Wellfleet Public Library

Reviewed By Kathy E - Stowe, Vermont

You sense the community when you enter the bright sunny space....in addition to what you'd normally expect to find, books, books, more books, you'll find a large children's room, numerous computer stations, welcoming seating/browsing areas, a large white board covered with announcements of activities/lectures/recitals/art shows/classes, etc., offered in the attached community room. The librarians are always friendly and welcoming. No wonder it's a top rated libarary!!! Be sure and put this on your list even if you're just passing through...you won't be disappointed.

6. Marconi Wireless Station

Six miles north of Salt Pond Visitor Center, Wellfleet, MA +1 508-255-3421
Excellent
43%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Marconi Wireless Station

The site of the first trans-Atlantic message, transmitted by the "Father of Radio," Guglielmo Marconi.

Reviewed By ITRT - Virginia

In order to get to the site, we walked less than a mile on paved road from the park headquarters. Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi sent his first successful transatlantic wireless radio message from Wellfleet, MA. There is very little of the original buildings since they were washed away by the frequent storms. Marconi’s site was closed in 1917 for wartime security reasons. Marconi chose this site because of the bareness of the landscape and the fact it overlooked the ocean. I do not know if the road leading to the site is open for vehicle travel during the in-season.

7. Great Pond

Wellfleet, MA
Excellent
66%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Great Pond

Reviewed By Sundancekid330 - East Fishkill, New York

Great Pond is the ideal spot for swimming or kayaking. It's a large, beautiful serene lake. For those who wish to just sit, to read or just enjoy the view, the beach on the Eastham side has a large shade tree for protection. Launching a kayak is easy here.

8. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

2357 State Hwy Rte 6, Wellfleet, MA 02667-9800 +1 508-349-9428
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 45 reviews

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

Founded in 1985, WHAT is the award-winning non-profit theater on Cape Cod that the New York Times says brought "a new vigor for theater on the Cape." and the Boston Globe says "is a jewel in Massachusetts' crown." Boston Magazine named WHAT the Best Theater in 2004 and the Boston Drama Critics Association has twice awarded WHAT it's prestigious Elliot Norton Award

Reviewed By ThirdStarToTheRight - South Yarmouth, Massachusetts

My wife and I enjoy collecting the caterpillars of the Monarch butterflies and releasing the Monarch's when they emerge from their chrysalis. So we were very excited to see that there would be a movie presented at the WHAT about the professor and his team who discovered where the Monarch's winter over in Mexico. The movie was great and the theatre it was shown in was even better. This is a wonderful venue that we hope to get back to on a regular basis for plays and other events,
There isn't an obstructed view seat in the house and they also have cafe like seats along the upper rail on the right and left of the main seating. On the top row they can pull out some seats to allow for wheelchair access. The seats they pull out are then placed on the back wall for people to use.
Fresh made popcorn in the lobby with some beverages also available. All of which can be brought into the theatre. Take the elevator to the top floor to get access to the top row seats, but remember you might have to give up some of the seats for wheelchair access.
The seats are roomy and comfortable and were not assigned for this showing. While the presentation was scheduled to start at 7:00 pm people were still arriving at 7:15 pm so the start was delayed.
Conveniently located right on Route 6 on the left if you are headed to P'Town. If you go past the Dunkin' Donuts you missed it...Nice people, good prices, great seats, we will be watching to see what other productions we might attend...

9. White Crest Beach

Ocean View Dr, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Excellent
69%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

White Crest Beach

Reviewed By Two-Baby-Boomers - Fairfax, Virginia

You'll need a Wellfleet town sticker to park there in high season. All you need to do is go to the office down at the harbor, show proof of rental, and you're good to go. The town beaches are all fine, but White Crest has a special place in our hearts. Maybe it will for you too.

10. Duck Harbor Beach

Duck Harbor Road, Wellfleet, MA
Excellent
61%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Duck Harbor Beach

Reviewed By Bklyn4ever - Western New York

This is not a beach where you will want to spend hours lounging in the sun or bathing in the water. There are rocks that make entry into the water painful without water shoes. However, Duck Harbor Beach is a great place to watch a sunset over Cape Cod Bay. Just be aware that there is a bit of a trek from the parking lot to the beach, if you are carrying lounge chairs and bags.

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