Drive from Boston on Route 3 south, and take exit 1A toward
Buzzards Bay/Falmouth to merge onto US 6 West. Cross the Bourne
Bridge and follow Route 28 to the seaside town of Falmouth
. From its beautiful
beaches to its fun and friendly Main Street, Falmouth is a Cape Cod
vacation dream. Falmouth presents travelers with eight
distinctively charming villages where one cannot help but enjoy a
stroll along the historic Main Street past white picket fences and
historic church steeples, explore more than 40 farms, take a step
back in time to the town’s very own historic whaling village,
or tour one of several world renowned scientific organizations.
Falmouth’s essence is defined by the sea with 70 miles of
winding coastline and nine public beaches. The mild waters of
Vineyard Sound and Buzzard’s Bay, warmed by the Gulf Stream,
remain comfortable for swimming and windsurfing deep into autumn.
For the culinary tourist, Falmouth boasts more than 50 diverse
restaurants ranging from fine to family cuisine and a Jamaican
Buffet, farms raising organic produce and local fish markets with
their daily catch fresh off the morning boat.
A true haven for outdoor enthusiasts and leisure travelers alike,
Falmouth’s landscape boasts the 12-mile long Shining Sea
that allows cyclists and walkers to wind close to the
ocean and through salt marshes, while hiking trails abound on
thousands of acres of conservation land. Cape Cod is filled with
bike paths and all bike shops have rentals and trail maps. Go to
your bicycle in Falmouth and collect great information about the
Shining Sea path, which ends in the village of Woods Hole. Before
or after your ride, stroll Falmouth’s Main Street for a bite
to eat in one of the many diverse restaurants, and treat yourself
to a homemade ice cream!
Take time to visit historic Hyfield Hall
, a Late 19th
Century historical home where programs include walking tours,
concerts, art exhibitions, children’s activities and culinary
Next take a short drive to Nobska Light House
and climb the
hill for some magnificent views of Nantucket Sound, or you can just
relax on a blanket at Old Silver Beach.
If you have time, a trip to tiny Woods Hole, home of the
world-renown marine research facility, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
you can tour the public exhibits. Woods Hole is also the home of
, car-carrying ferries bringing visitors to the
islands of Martha’s Vineyard (via Woods Hole) and Nantucket
(via Hyannis), offering a great day trip for another day.
For those individuals in need of retail therapy, a glorious
selection of fine gift and clothing boutiques, antique and art
galleries and specialty shops that are sure to satisfy the most
sophisticated shoppers. Just to the east of Falmouth is the town of
Mashee. Visit Mashpee
, a pleasant outdoor shopping center with some wonderful
restaurants, so you can shop and have a memorable meal before you
leave Cape Cod.