The Provincetown Causeway was built in 1911 to prevent shifting dunes from creating a beach and destroying nearby marshland. It is a little over a mile long and would take about 40 minutes to walk one way across. On the other side you'll find Wood End Light, and Longpoint lighthouse. This area was habitated in the 1800's and was a thriving fishing port at that time. Because of its secluded nature, and the only fresh water coming from rainfall alone, this area was almost completely emptied by 1860
Herring Cove Beach is situated on the Cape Cod bay side of Provincetown, and Herring Cove is the only beach in the national seashore to be on the bay side. In the 19th century Herring Cove was once a busy Maritime hub with docks, piers, and more infrastructure. Now it is a beach paradise well known for music every wednesday, great swimming water, and beautiful sunsets. There is a bath house here which recieved a 5 million dollar renovation in 2013, and the entire northern parking area completely redeveloped in 2021 with a 3.3 million dollar project that involved moving the parking area almost 300' from the shore. This beach sees about 400,000 visitors each year and the new parking area is expected to last 20 years before the sea reaches it once more!
Race Point beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod. The name "Race Point" Comes from the strong currents that make maritime navigation a nightmare. Today Race Point beach is a very popular destination for folks due to the pristine sand, and thriving ecosystem just beyond the beaches edge. Here you'll find access to drive your 4x4 equipped vehicle through the sand, seals, stripers, and maybe sharks inhabit the waters, and the Old Harbor Lifesaving museum.
Race Point Lighthouse was Cape Cods 3rd light station, was run by 10 whale oil lamps, and has been in continuous operation since 1816, although it has been rebuilt 1876. The tower stands 40 feet tall and served as a crucial point for ships navigating in and out of the Boston Harbor. In the 1930's, children of the Lighthouse keeper had to walk 3 miles through the sand just to get to school!