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    Things to Do for Families on Cape Cod


    Right Whale skim feeding off Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown, MA


    Cape Exploration

    Situated at the tip of Cape Cod in the historic village of Provincetown, CCS has the unique advantage of being able to utilize numerous natural and cultural resources such as the Province Lands Area of the Cape Cod National Seashore and offer many activities for families. From our vantage point, where the land meets the sea, PCCS scientists study the surrounding coastal and marine environment, bringing a wealth of scientific knowledge to all our exploration walks and activities. All exploration activities are led by our trained naturalists/scientists.


    Meet Delilah

    Step inside Delilah, an inflatable, life-sized North Atlantic Right Whale, and learn all about these rare and amazing animals. Free. Suggested donation $3. An exciting activity for kids of all ages.


    Whale Field Walks

    Cape Cod is arguably one of the finest spots on earth to view cetaceans from land. Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales come to Cape Cod Bay each winter to feed, while in late spring and early summer, humpback, fin and minke whales arrive. CCS staff and scientists will lead guided walks to Race Point, Wood End, and Herring Cove to watch for whales as they feed in the surrounding waters, often only a few hundred feet from shore. Information and updates on right whale research will also be available. Must have good walking shoes and be able to walk ½-2 miles. Free. Suggested donation $5. No reservations necessary. Times and locations vary.

    Seal Walks

    A number of different species of seals occupy New England waters. Harbor and gray seals are often sighted throughout the year in the water and resting on local beaches in large groups or herds. CCS is leading an effort on Cape Cod to identify and create a picture of local seal population movements and behavior. CCS will offer naturalist led seal walks for groups, and individuals to seal haul out sights located on the outer beaches of Cape Cod. Free. No reservations necessary. Times and locations TBA.

    Tidal Flats Exploration

    Every twelve hours, the tides of the Outer Cape retreat to reveal an exciting world of hidden creatures. Despite their barren appearance, tidal flats are highly productive systems that support large numbers of animals. Come get you feet wet and discover the secret world of tidal flats with a CCS naturalist. Meet at the West End Breakwater, Provincetown Inn. $3 for non-members, members free. All ages welcome. No reservations necessary.


    Naturalist Kayak Tours

    See Provincetown how it is meant to be seen, from the water. Join a CCS naturalist for a watery tour of Provincetown Harbor. Learn about the geology, history and nature of the harbor and surrounding waters while searching for sea birds, seals and the occasional whale. Kayak to the very end of Cape Cod, Long Point, or paddle alongside the West End Breakwater and see what amazing creatures make it their home. Paddling experience not necessary, but welcome. Must be 15 years or older. Fee applies. Reservations necessary. Call Venture Athletics 508-487-9442.


    Whale Camp

    CCS is excited to announce two three-day summer camps for kids ages 8-12 to learn about the wonderful world of whales and the ocean; July 7-9th and August 11-13th 9am-12:30pm. Highlights include the chance to step inside a life size North Atlantic right whale, learn what it's like to disentangle whales and turtles, be able to identify whales by their distinctive markings, whale art and a culmination whale watch aboard the Dolphin Fleet. Participants will be able to meet scientists and members of CCS Marine Animal Disentanglement Team. Participation is limited. For more information or to make reservations, contact Marine Education Director Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 x 103.

    Please view our calendar on the homepage for event dates and times.

    For more information, please contact Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 ext 103 or email





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