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With good waves for boogie boarding and for surfing, Ballston Beach presents a quiet, less crowded option for beachgoers on Cape Cod. This Truro beach also allows for some outstanding views, not just of the ocean but also of the nearby hills.

Nature isn’t just responsible for the scenery, though, it’s also gradually changing the beach itself. For years now the beach has been at the mercy of Mother Nature, with hurricane force winds just a few years ago heavily damaging the dune and flooding the nearby parking lot.

That was followed up by yet another winter storm and another overwash, creating an even wider opening in the dune. It’s a theme that’s repeated itself over and over again. That’s led area leaders and residents to question the future of the

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ballston beach - truro ma

A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Ballston Beach just gained top honors when it comes to the Cape’s best beaches. The designation from Cape Cod Magazine details the ’20 Best Beaches on Cape Cod’, with Truro’s Ballston Beach listed in the top spot.

The Atlantic-facing beach is praised for its endless sand, stretching out along the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s also pointed out that this picturesque beach is quiet and peaceful, with small waves, cliffs, and even sandbars at low tide.

Situated at the end of a residential road and flanked by hills, the large beach is also praised for its soft sand and its spacious appeal. A great place for boogie boarding and for surfing, you won’t find a boardwalk or space to picnic, but you will find plenty of

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sunset in truro ma at high head beach - cape cod national seashore

With plenty to see and experience, the summer season is the ideal time of year to enjoy the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s the place of beaches, woods and ponds, with all of it stretching along Cape Cod’s eastern shore.

In fact, the Cape Cod National Seashore exists within the towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. With that in mind, it’s no surprise then that the Cape Cod National Seashore includes around a half-dozen beaches.

This includes Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Head of the Meadow in Truro, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, plus both Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Despite some current limitations due to nesting piper plovers and some limited off-roading options, there’s

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highland light - truro ma

A fixture of North Truro, Highland Light continues to shine bright above the Cape Cod National Seashore, with more than two centuries of history to its name. Now owned by the National Park Service, the light is the tallest and oldest such fixture on all of Cape Cod and still used to this day by the US Coast Guard.

While the current tower has only stood since the mid 1850s, two previous towers have marked the area for generations. The first tower went up in the late 1700s, followed by a second tower in the 1830s.

In fact, former President George Washington first authorized a light station in the area, with a wooden lighthouse to help warn ships about the dangers posed by the Cape Ann to Nantucket coastline. At the time it was the first Cape Cod light,

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corn hill in truro by edward hopper

One of the most inspirational locations of renowned artist Edward Hopper’s career, the prominent painter cherished the Outer Cape. The deep appreciation can be traced to the early 1930s when Hopper and his wife Josephine first rented a cottage in South Truro, a decision that led to the Hoppers returning to the area each summer from then on out.

The two artists commonly took day trips to other nearby areas, providing the inspiration Edward Hopper needed for his next piece of artwork. Mostly landscapes at this point in his life, his work turned to the sea and grass, lighthouses, farmhouses and sailboats.

One of his most famous depictions is ‘Corn Hill’, a 1930-era oil painting. There’s also ‘Highland Light, North Truro’, which shows a lighthouse that has

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pamet harbor real estate

A landmark of Truro, tiny Pamet Harbor has long served boaters in the Cape Cod area. The harbor makes it simple to easily reach other spots such as Wellfleet and Provincetown, as well.

Found at the Pamet River for which it gains its name, you will find plentiful parking and a great launch ramp that easily helps boaters access Cape Cod Bay. While popular these days, the harbor itself actually dates back centuries.

Around the late 1700s, Pamet Harbor was commonly the site of fishing and shipbuilding. Following the Civil War and the decline of shipbuilding in the area, though, the site sat mostly deserted.

Over the years, crews focused on dredging the harbor, with the last major dredging project about a decade ago. These days, the harbor is commonly used for

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ballston beach truro ma

With views of the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by golden hills, there’s plenty to discover at Truro’s Ballston Beach. Ideal for lounging in the sand or boogie boarding and surfing in the waves, the beach is a real favorite of locals and visitors alike.

You won’t find a lot of extras here, as there aren’t any lifeguards on duty, there’s not a picnic area and camping isn’t allowed. However, this saltwater beach is fairly easy to reach, with a short yet steep walk to the sand, plus its not very crowded off-season. If you enjoy simply walking along the beach, Ballston Beach also gets high marks for it’s often a quiet place to take in some pretty fantastic views.

The beach hasn’t been all sun and sand, though, over the years. Area leaders have dealt with the

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truro vineyards

There’s no doubt that Cape Cod is known for it’s fresh seafood, but there’s also the opportunity to wash it down with one of the many fantastic selections of local wine, beer and spirits.  Here are just a few of the places to keep in mind when it comes to where to sip on Cape Cod:

First Crush Winery- Harwich

First on our list is the First Crush Winery.  This unique coop offers the opportunity for wine connoisseurs to help out in the actual winemaking.  The winery includes more than 300 coop members, invited to take part in hands-on events.

The idea is to showcase winemaking as a true social event, while also educating consumers about the winemaking process.  The winery also hosts tours and tastings by appointment and delivers wine to area stores and

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payomet theatre truro

There’s a lot to do and see in Truro, from historic landmarks to the performing arts.  Here are just a few of the best sites to visit when you’re out and about:

Highland House

First constructed as a summer resort hotel in 1907, the old Highland House now serves as a museum, preserving history of the region.  The Highland House Museum offers a chance to look back at the lives of Native Americans, early European settlers and outer Cape fisherman that helped formed the region.

If you want to go, keep in mind the museum is only open seasonally, on select hours from June through September.  Museum admission is just $5 for adults and $4 for students.  Kids ages 12 and younger are free!

Whitman House Restaurant

When you’ve filled up on the history of region,

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whydah museum provincetown

While a fantastic place to live and vacation, for hundreds of years Cape Cod has also held the distinction of serving as a final resting place for thousands of ships.  In fact, between Provincetown and Chatham alone the ocean graveyard has laid claim to more than 1,000 shipwrecks.

The trend dates back to the 1600s, with the first recorded shipwreck in the region.  That’s when the Sparrowhawk sunk near Orleans.  The ship stayed underwater for 200 years, and is now partially on display at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth.  It’s still possible, though, to see the wreckage during low tide of another shipwreck, the Frances, which sunk in 1872 off North Truro.

In fact, during the early 1800s, shipwrecks were commonplace along the coast of Cape Cod, with an average of

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