The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species.
Parking lots are open 6 A.M. to midnight, daily, year-round. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is open from 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), year-round, with extended hours during the summer months. The Province Lands Visitor Center is open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily, early-May through late-October. Headquarters is an adminstrative facility only, open daily, except weekends and holidays, 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.