Wellfleet harbor

Wellfleet is in Massachusetts on Cape Cod and includes the village of South Wellfleet. Its name is believed to be derived from "whale fleet". A quaint rural feel exists to Wellfleet. Over 60% of the land area is protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore, which has its headquarters here, and also by the 1,100 acre (4.45 km²) Massachusetts Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary. Wellfleet is blessed with a number of spring-fed freshwater "kettle ponds" that resulted from glacier activity. Its beautiful, working harbor is near the town center, making for a delightful walk in a nautical atmosphere complete with good dining, shopping and photographic opportunities. Gone are the days of a great whaling and fishing fleet, but Wellfleet retains its reputation for great tasting shellfish, particularly "Wellfleet Oysters".

Get in

By car

Wellfleet is about 50–55 minutes from the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne via Route 6.

By bus

By air

Get around

Route 6 is the main highway. Bordering towns are Truro to the north and Eastham to the south.


Be sure to see the heron sculpture on the cupola, the stained glass windows and the sculpted and painted wood doors. Architects, Landscape Architects - Hadley Crow Studio (Orleans, MA.)


Hours: Nature Center: June-Oct 12: Open every day, 8:30AM-5PM Oct 13-May 31 Tu-Su 8:30AM-5PM
Trails: Open every day, 8AM-dusk. Enjoy a naturalist-led bird walk here or listen to an evening lecture. They conduct tours and cruises inside and outside of Wellfleet. Admission: $5/$3.


Town parking permits(TPP) required 3rd Saturday in June to 1st Monday in September(Labor Day) Non-resident: week $60, 2 week $120, season $200.

Ocean side (All off Route 6 to roads shown) All excellent beaches.

Bay side (Town parking permit required at all except Mayo)

Freshwater (Town parking permit required at all)


Art Galleries





Go next

Remember that traffic is heavy on summer weekends. If leaving on Sunday, try to avoid leaving between noon and 6PM.

Routes through Wellfleet

Provincetown Truro  N  S  Eastham New Bedford

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