I honestly believe that Falmouth, Massachusetts is one of the nicest places to visit in the United States. This is a guide of things to do in Falmouth, Ma – hopefully, this convinces you to take a trip out there and see exactly what I’m talking about!
Falmouth, Massachusetts, is a lovely small town in Barnstable County, the second-largest municipality in the beautiful city of Cape Cod. It is a water town on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod and is a lovely vacation destination.
There are so many fun things to do in Falmouth Ma, and great places to see. Visit the many different attractions, sip wine at the vineyards, enjoy the many shops and restaurants, or relax on the white-sandy beaches.
10 Things To Do In Falmouth Ma
Climb The Nobska Lighthouse
One of the most beautiful sights in Falmouth is the Nobska Lighthouse, also known as the Nobska Point Light.
Located between Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound, and Buzzards Bay, the Nobska Lighthouse is an iconic landmark in Cape Cod. It is separated from the shore by Nobska Road and on the very southwestern tip of Cape Cod.
It was initially built in 1826, with the tower being replaced in 1876, with what is now a 12.8m (42ft) tall iron tower. It was automated in 1985 after the last lightkeeper had retired. And in 1987, the Nobska Lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The architecture is magnificent and extremely unique. And the spiral staircase inside is a must-see. I definitely think it’s photo-worthy; it’s a very interesting and intricate feature.
Sip On Some Vino At The Cape Cod Winery
Next on my list of things to do in Falmouth, Massachusetts, is Cape Cod Winery. If you’re heading to Cape Cod and wanting a “Date Night,” then a visit to the Cape Cod Winery is something to consider.
It’s a rustic vineyard and winery, less than 5km (3miles) from the ocean, on Oxbow Road, with over nine varieties of excellent wines to choose from. All of which are made right here and sure to bring you a very tranquil Cape Cod feeling.
There is also a side menu of crackers with salami and cheese to enjoy with your wine.
To take in all the beauty of the surrounding land and its wonderful views, make sure you sit outside and enjoy your time of relaxation.
The Knob – A Hidden Seaside Trail
If you’re looking for things to do in Falmouth, where you could easily spend a peaceful couple of hours with family and friends, I suggest going to explore The Knob. It does seem like it’s one of the most popular nature walks in Cape Cod.
The Knob is located in Woods Hole, Ma. Whether you feel like a picnic at the beach or going on a lovely nature walk in a bird sanctuary, The Knob has it all.
It is a hidden treasure with the most breathtaking views of Buzzards Bay and Quissett Harbor’s making this a perfect location to watch the sunset.
Hop-On The Ferry To Martha’s Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard is a year-round destination.
It is just under 11km (7 miles) off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. There are no tunnels or bridges to get over to the island, so the only way to go is by ferry.
The ferry voyage time from Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard is about 40 minutes. The Steamship Authority ferry option is for those who wish to take their car over to the island with them. If not, you also have the option of a biking tour or bus tour.
Martha’s Vineyard is triangular-shaped and is home to six towns. It is 40km (26 miles) long and 12.8km (9 miles) wide.
The three towns, known as “down-island” towns, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and Vineyard Haven, are great for shopping, dining, and other attractions. These are the most frequently visited.
The smaller and more rural towns are Chilmark, West Tisbury, and Aquinnah. However, some top attractions you’ll find here is; the weekly Farmer’s Market and Agricultural Fair in West Tisbury, the fishing port of Menemsha in Chilmark, and the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah.
Visit in summer and enjoy the island’s laid-back lifestyle with its world-class beaches, fresh seafood, farm-fresh produce, and fantastic cultural events.
When visiting in fall or spring, there’s a host of outdoor activities to enjoy on the water or in the woods.
And in winter Martha’s Vineyard has its beauty that will keep you going back again and again.
Watch The Sunset From Old Silver Beach
Old Silver Beach is a favorite in Falmouth and one of the most popular beaches in Buzzards Bay. With its soft white sand, the clearest Caribbean blue shimmering waters, perfect for swimming in the bay, and the spectacular views, an ideal location to sit back and watch the sunset at the end of a beautiful day.
This beach sits quite high on my list of one of the best things to do in Falmouth, Ma.
The beach itself is split into two sections: one side is for Falmouth visitors, and the other is for the residents. But do not worry, there is parking available and public amenities for everyone. Delicious snack food is served too.
After a day full of fun in the sun, the real show begins once the crowds clear off the beach. There is a spectacular view across Buzzards Bay to Mattapoisett and West Island on a clear day, giving off a magnificent backdrop for a beautiful sunset.
List Of Falmouth Beaches
Spending the day in the perfect sun has got to be one of the best things to do in Falmouth, Ma. I’ve put together a list of great beaches to choose from.
Each beach offers something different. Whether it’s shallow tidal creeks that are always popular with the kids searching for sea creatures, to the rougher seas that are more suited for those who want to windsurf or kiteboard. There is a beach for everyone.
Sippewissett: Wood Neck – This hidden gem is off the beaten path of Sippewissett Road in downtown Falmouth. It’s a family favorite known for its sandbars and tidal pools.
West Falmouth: Chapoquoit “Chappy” – Famous for its waves. This beach is a great spot for windsurfers and kiteboarders. Great for all swimmers, as the tide dips gradually. And perfect for kids to enjoy some boogie-boarding or body surfing.
North Falmouth: Megansett – This small beach is next to the Megansett Yacht Club and harbor. It’s a busy launching spot for sailboats and small powerboats. And an excellent location for paddle-boarding and kayaking.
Falmouth Heights – The Fourth of July fireworks are launched from a barge right off the beach. This beach is known for its calm, warm waters. Some parts are rocky, but the eastern side, also known as “Family land,” is perfect for kids.
The British Beer Company is very close, or grab a cocktail at Soprano’s, right next to the beach.
North Falmouth: Megansett – Located near downtown Falmouth and right off the Shining Sea Bikeway, Surf Drive is wide open with stunning views of Vineyard Sound and Falmouth Heights. The biggest attractions here are Doggz n Hoggz Snack Shack and the kids’ pool.
Wood Hole: Stoney Beach – The calm surf makes Stoney Beach a favorite spot for paddle boarding and kayaking. Each year international scientists and their families flock to the village for seasonal research at the local laboratories.
East Falmouth: Menauhant – Pronounced “Min-nont.” Located on the way to Mashpee, off Central Avenue, this stretch is divided into two by an inlet to Bournes Pond. Very popular with both visitors and locals.
The Shining Sea Bikeway
Get out and ride! This 17km (10.7 miles) paved path built on the former railroad right-of-way is ideal for beginner and casual cyclists.
It runs from County Road in North Falmouth and goes through to the Steamship Authority parking lot in Woods Hole and winds along the Vineyard Sound shoreline.
Along this beautiful scenic route, you’ll ride past Cape Cod tree species and flowers. Follow the Old Colony rail line, through Sippewissett Marsh, passing cranberry bogs and overlook Chapaquoit Beach.
By going along this route, you’ll avoid Falmouth’s summer traffic, going along the coastline and crisscrossing the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Next on my list of fun things to do in Falmouth Ma is to take the kids to Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Established in 1885, it’s the country’s oldest aquarium.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium might be smaller than other aquariums, but it’s a great place to learn about local marine life.
Here, you’ll find 140 species of marine life found in the Northeastern and Mid Atlantic waters.
The seals are fed at 11 am and then at 4 pm each day in the outdoor exhibit. This is great fun for the whole family to watch. And kids get so much joy out of the “touch tank,” where they can reach into the tide pools and touch starfish, crabs, or even a lobster.
This is the perfect location for a great day of exploration, where the wonders of our lovely ocean come to you!
Take A Tour Around Woods Hole Historical Museum
Take a walking tour around Woods Hole Historical Museum and learn all about the culture and the history of Woods Hole. It’s a small museum that focuses on the local history, as well as the sea life.
With plenty of interesting artifacts on display, all providing a good overview of the history and rich heritage of Woods Hole.
There’s also a unique boat museum that houses a wide variety of boats. So be sure to include the Small Boat Museum on your next visit.
And there’s the bonus of being able to use your hands to try out some fun stuff in the workshop.
A Little Known Treasure – Spohr Gardens
Between Woods Hole and the center of Falmouth is Spohr Gardens. Six acres nestled on the banks of Oyster Pond in Falmouth.
It does not have expansive lawns, but it does offer plenty of trails and pathways, leading visitors to some beautiful spots.
The original owner, Charles Sphor, was a collector of ship bells and anchors. So, Spohr Gardens has a real nautical feel to it. It is a lovely, kid-friendly attraction where our little ones can learn all about all things nautical, with all the information available.
There is no fee to enter, and in springtime, all the beautiful flowers are in full bloom, giving us all the perfect opportunity to capture great photos right by the water.
Historic Falmouth Village
Take a stroll along the beautiful Falmouth Village’s tree-lined Main Street. It is excellent for dining, and it’s a shopper’s paradise.
Shopping is a huge part of any journey, and Falmouth Village is filled with locally-owned shops offering gifts, artwork, various apparel, books, and so much more.
So, whether you want a new summer outfit or looking to purchase a lovely gift or a souvenir to take back home, Falmouth Village will no doubt have what you’re looking for.
There are also day spas, a range of different restaurants, and nightlife.
Other services to help make you feel right at home if you need them are banks, doctors, dentists, real estate agents, hairdressers, and other contractors. All ready to help you if you need them.
So, whether it’s shopping or dining out or history that interests you, Falmouth Village has something for everyone.
Other Falmouth Activities
There are a few fun things to do in Falmouth, Massachusetts, that I’ve not mentioned yet.
So, if you want to set out on the water, fishing is popular. There are charter boats that will take you out on day trips.
If you don’t want to fish, you can always hop on a sailboat for an ocean tour.
Spend the day in a kayak or on a canoe. Perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers to take in the beauty of Buzzards Bay and enjoy the calm waters and beautiful coastal views.
Where To Stay In Falmouth, Ma
There are many local inns, AirBnBs, and hotels in Falmouth. We, as visitors, are really spoilt for choice.
Here’s a list of some local accommodation to choose from:
• Captain Lawrence Inn – A casual Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast. A unique, historic property surrounded by natural beauty, well known for their creative ‘farm to table’ breakfasts.
• Captain’s Manor Inn – Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Falmouth Village.
• Plamer House Inn – A romantic Bed & Breakfast. Near quaint shops and restaurants in Falmouth’s historic district.
• Shoreway Acres Inn – Historic Inn & Lodging in Falmouth, Ma.
• Woods Hole Passage Inn – A Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast Inn between Falmouth and Woods Hole.
• InnSeason Resort Surfside – Offering some of the best waterfront views in Falmouth. And it is located between Great Pond and Vineyard Sound, with its own private beach.
Ever tried glamping before? Here’s your chance to try!
• AutoCamp Cape Cod – Luxury Airstream Camping, 5 minutes to the local beaches in Woods Hole, Falmouth.
Now, For The Food Lovers, You Have To Try These Places!
Between Irish, Greek, Mexican, Italian, Asian, local seafood to fine dining and casual American cuisine – you’ll find food for everyone.
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• Anejo Mexican Bistro – Mexican cuisine and Cocktails, and a Kids’ menu too.
• La Cucina Sul Mare – Elegant & charming Italian restaurant in the heart of Falmouth Village.
• Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub and Restaurant – Cape Cod’s favorite location for traditional Irish food, contemporary cuisine, live entertainment, and Irish music.
• Quarterdeck Restaurant – Freshest seafood, pasta, and steaks for casual lunches, relaxing dinners, or cocktails at the bar.
• Stone L’oven Pizza Co. – If you love pizza, Falmouth’s newest pizzeria is where you need to be! Choose from the hand-tossed, stone-fired pizza, Pasta, Paninis, Salads, or Sandwiches. There is something for everyone.
• The Pickle Jar Kitchen – A great place to stop for breakfast or lunch on Main Street, Falmouth.
• Water Street Kitchen – One of the most popular restaurants in Woods Hole. Open from 5 pm daily, with an extensive menu offering a variety of freshly caught seafood.
• The Glass Onion – Lovely elegant restaurant in Main Street, Falmouth.
And what’s a vacation if you don’t honor that sweet tooth?
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• Cupcake Charlies – Fresh gourmet cupcakes baked daily in Mashpee, Ma.
• Ben And Bill’s Chocolate Emporium – Located in Main Street, Falmouth, and famous for their delicious homemade ice cream. Plus, they have a vast selection of chocolates and candies.
• Pie In The Sky – Stop by for some freshly ground coffee or some delicious bakes. Located at the end of Shining Sea Bike Path, in Woods Hole. A step away from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal.
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• Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream – Located on Falmouth Highway, East Falmouth. If you need something to cool you down, Smitty’s has a selection of your favorite ice creams, sundaes, frozen yogurt, frappes, and so much more.
There are so many things to do in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and when you stay in the Falmouth area, you don’t have to travel far to find them.
It’s a perfect vacation destination for a couple or an entire family with kids. There are not many places where you can check out an aquarium, visit the beach, play mini-golf, eat at the most delicious restaurants, hike, and go on bike rides over just a few days.
Have you visited Falmouth Ma? If so, what do you think are the best things to do in Falmouth Ma? If you haven’t, what are you most looking forward to when you do visit?
With so many fun things to do in Falmouth Ma, you now know why I believe it’s one of the nicest places to visit.
Now, it’s your turn, comment below and let us know have you been to Falmouth Ma? What did you enjoy most about your trip? If not what are you looking forward to the most when you finally do visit!
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