The historic seaside village of Wellfleet, nicknamed “the gallery town”, is an old whaling port, a contemporary fishing village and a cultural haven. Wellfleet’s walkable streets are famous for art galleries of both local and national acclaim. Gallery-hopping is fun any day of the week but Saturday is the town’s official Gallery Night. You can enjoy opening receptions from 6 to 8 pm in almost every gallery.
Wellfleet was first inhabited by several Indian villages of the Nauset tribe. Captain John Smith voyaged here in 1614 and the pilgrims visited in 1620 before moving on. The town was incorporated in 1763. In the early days, whaling ships dotted the coastline. Today you will still find shell fisherman gracing the harbor at low tide, cultivating the world-renowned mollusk – the Wellfleet Oyster.
To the eastern part of the town is the Cape Cod National Seashore, home to miles of beach and notably Marconi Beach where you can walk out to the observatory on which Gugliemo Marconi dispatched the first transatlantic wireless message (telegraph) to King Edward VII of England in 1903.
Along main street, you will find quaint shops and restaurants and the town’s clock, at the First Congregational Church, which is the only clock in the world that strikes ship’s time. Nature-lovers and families will enjoy hiking the trails of the 1,000-acre Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary – with its exhibits, walking trails, tidal pools and bird-watching spots.
Kids love the drive-in movie theater on a nice summer night.
Villages of Wellfleet
Wellfleet Village / South Wellfleet
TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN WELLFLEET
Cahoon Hollow Beach
Marconi Station Site
Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary
Newcomb’s Hollow Beach
Wellfleet Town Center and Harbor
Uncle Tim’s Bridge