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Wellfleet is an excellent place to admire the natural beauties of Cape Cod, its landscapes and its wildlife.

by Tom Brosnahan
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Before heading out to see the birds and the salt marshes, stroll along Wellfleet's pretty Main Street for a look in the shops.

Note the town clock in the steeple of the First Congregational Church, which, Wellfleetans proudly say, is the only church clock in the world that rings ship's time.

Out of the center, on US 6, is the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre, one of the last operating drive-in movie theaters in the USA. Of course, there are now indoor cinemas here as well, and the drive-in's parking area is used for flea markets during daylight. But if you're driving a convertible car (or any car for that matter) and want to live some 1950s American nostalgia, this is the place.

Wellfleet's beaches are mostly reserved for permanent or all-summer residents (you need two different permits to swim there, and if you're passing through it's not worth getting them), but White Crest Beach and Cahoon's Hollow Beach, off US 6 on the Atlantic coast, are open to day visitors for a fee.

Wellfleet's Chequesset Club rents watercraft (sailboats, kayaks, paddleboards) to non-members as well as members, giving visitors a chance to get out on the water. Sailing times depend on the tides, so check their website to learn the best times to go. More...

You can always go south on US 6 a short distance from Wellfleet and turn left (east) to the Marconi Beach in the Cape Cod National Seashore.

At Marconi Beach is an ocean overlook and an interpretive shelter explaining the activities of the Marconi Wireless Station, the first in the United States, which was on this site.

The Atlantic White Cedar Swamp nature trail starts from here as well.

The Massachusetts Audubon Society operates the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (tel 508-349-2615), 700 acres of woods and marshland which you can see on your own or by guided tour. The sanctuary is open all year long and interpretive walks are given year round.

There are also birding tours to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.

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