Looking for a Cape Cod information center? In this directory I'll show you 23 places to go for tourist info, free maps and directions, plus a wealth of helpful visitor services.
5 Patti Page Way
Open: Monday to Saturday, year round (limited off-season hours)
The is the "Big Daddy" of the area's official Welcome Centers.
If you'll be anywhere near Centerville (next door to Hyannis), it's well worth stopping here to pick up a handful of tourism booklets, brochures, and pocket maps to guide you on your travels around the Cape.
7025 Route 6
(Between Exits 6 & 7 in the eastbound rest area)
Open: Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As you drive into the rest area, you'll spot this pretty little shingled building tucked among the trees. Go on in! The staff are super-friendly and always happy to answer your questions.
FYI: On summer holiday weekends, you'll see progressive signs along Rt. 6 for about a half-mile before the rest area: "Ask Mom! Tell Dad! Free coffee ahead!!"
Grab a cup of coffee to go. And be sure to buy a donut or pastry from the Scout troop or other organization that's operating the food tent that day. It's always for a great cause!
Route 6 and Nauset Road
Open: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year round. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Extended in-season hours.
You might think it's odd that someone who has a home on the Cape would love, love, love a Cape Cod tourist center. But I do!
It's easy to spend an hour or more here ... watching short films in the theater, perusing the museum, poking around in the gift shop, checking out the children's exhibits, and walking the trail around Salt Pond.
The employees at Salt Pond's information desk are incredibly helpful, too. Need help planning your explorations of the National Seashore area? They have you covered with activity suggestions, maps, and detailed directions to anywhere you'd like to go.
171 Race Point Road (off Route 6)
Open: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May through October only
Although it's smaller than the information center at Salt Pond, the Provincelands facility has plenty of info for you, and some pretty cool features, too ... including an observation deck with spectacular views.
The deck is open year round. Bring your binoculars, or use the ones that are provided, to look out over the ocean. You never know what you'll see. Whales, perhaps?!
60 Ed Moffitt Drive
Open: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., early May though late October only.
When you're looking for lots of information about a particular town, head to that town's Chamber of Commerce visitors' bureau. Their staff know the town "inside and out"!
Here's where you'll find them:
Canal Area Visitors Center
1 Meetinghouse Lane
Sagamore Beach, MA
Open: May to September only
Buzzards Bay Information Center
70 Main Street Buzzards Bay, MA
Open: May to end of August only
Sandwich Welcome Center
520 Route 130
Sandwich, MA 02563
Open: May-October - daily from 10am-4pm; November-April - Monday to Friday from 10 am-4 pm.
Falmouth Visitor Information
20 Academy Lane
Open: Monday-Friday year round. Extended hours in the summer.
Mashpee Chamber of Commerce
Open: Monday - Friday, year round. Extended hours in the summer.
Hyannis Area Visitors Center
397 Main Street
Open: Memorial Day to Columbus Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Yarmouth Visitor Center
424 Route 28
West Yarmouth, MA
Open: Monday to Saturday, year round. Extended hours in summer.
Dennis Visitor Information Center
238 Swan River Road
West Dennis, MA
Open: Monday to Friday, year round. Extended hours in the summer.
Harwich Visitor Information
One School House Rd. & Route 28
Open: Monday to Friday, year round.
Brewster Chamber of Commerce
2198 Main Street
Open: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. year round.
Chatham Tourism Information
2377 Main Street
Open: March - December (closed January and February)
Downtown Info Booth
533 Main Street
Open: Late spring through Columbus Day only
Orleans Visitor Information Centers
Orleans Chamber of Commerce Offices
44 Main Street
Open: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., year round
Orleans Information Booth
Eldredge Park Way (off Rt. 6A)
Open: Daily, Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend only
Eastham Information Booth
1700 Route 6 (at Governor Prence Road)
Open: Daily, May to October only
Wellfleet Information Booth
Off Route 6 near the Post Office and General Store
South Wellfleet, MA
Open: Daily during the summer months, weekends only in spring and fall, closed for the winter.
Truro Information Center
Route 6 at Head of the Meadow Road
Open: Daily, May to October only
Provincetown Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center
307 Commercial Street (at Lopes Square)
Provincetown, MA 02657
Open: Daily, May through October. Limited off-season hours.
Town of Provincetown Tourism Office
330 Commercial Street
(508) 487-7000 ext.5
Note: Hours of operation at the visitors centers may vary. It's always best to call ahead and confirm that the center will be open when you get there!