Salt Pond Visitors Center Walk
On Saturday after enjoying a quiet morning at the beach we decided to go to the Salt Pond Visitors Center. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at 50 Nauset Road, at the corner of Nauset Road and Route 6 in Eastham. Hours: daily 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Phone: (508) 255 - 3421. Inside the visitors center is a small theater that shows 5 different movies about the area and history, a gift shop, three small exhibits: one about piping plover, one a tide pool tank and the last about becoming a junior rangers with sea artifacts to touch, a large exhibit on Wampanoag culture and history where a partial wetu can be seen and of course maps and park rangers to answer questions.
When we arrived at the large parking lot there was plenty of parking. We head right off on our walk with the promise of a movie at the visitors center afterwards. The walk started by walking by the amphitheater down to Buttonbush Trail. Buttonbush Trail is only a .25 m walk that has a rope and braille signs for the blind as well as multi-sensory activities along the way like catch something in a net that is chained to the boardwalk. On Buttonbush Trail my kids spotted a frog, huge green grasshopper and lots of red dragonflies. When we reached the top of the trail instead of heading back we continued on The Nauset Marsh Trail a 1.5 mile loop. Which allowed us to see more insects, plants, rodent holes, the remnants of farms and an old golf course (a roller can still be seen lying in the marsh) as well as Salt pond. The kids made the 1.5 mile walk with minimal complaining and enjoyed exploring and observing nature. Once back at the visitors center we discover the movies were not playing due to a projector issue. The kids took it well and enjoyed looking at the tide pool tank and looking at the books and stuffed animals in the gift shop.
If you and your kids enjoy nature walks I highly recommend the Salt Pond Visitors Center and Nauset Marsh Trail! It is a great free activity.
Have you been to Salt Pond? What nature trails do you enjoy?
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