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Wellfleet is the perfect place for a summer getaway. Its small-town charm belies a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Miles of spectacular beaches line the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod Bay, and Wellfleet Harbor, and glacier-formed ponds surrounded by pine trees. Long known as a center for art and architecture, Wellfleet’s art galleries draw visitors from all over the world. The Cape Cod National Seashore has preserved a significant portion of the land in Wellfleet, opening walking and bike trails, beaches, and historical landmarks, such as the Marconi Center, to the public. Similarly, the Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary organizes activities and offers walking trails along tidal marshes where birds and animals can be observed in their natural habitat. The town library boasts a great selection of books, movies, seminars, readings by authors, and activities for children of all ages, while the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (www.what.org) and the Harbor Stage (www.harborstage.org) offer a full schedule of performances for children and adults.

Wellfleet’s historical ties to fishing remain a strong part of its character today. Sport fishing is available on charter boats, and the local fishing fleet supplies fresh fish and shellfish, including world-famous Wellfleet oysters, to the many wonderful restaurants in town and beyond.

The Colony of Wellfleet is located on Chequessett Neck Road, one of the most scenic roads in the area, leading to Sunset Point and Duck Harbor. It is adjacent to the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club and up the hill from Powers Landing, a town beach on Wellfleet Harbor. Additional information is available in the annual Wellfleet guide or at www.wellfleetchamber.com or www.wellfleetma.org.

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