Falmouth is a classic Cape Cod town, full of delights and authentic experiences. Best known for its beaches and summer happenings, Falmouth actually has something to offer in every season. A collection of eight villages and seven historic districts, Falmouth has a lot to enjoy along with 68 miles of coastline. But enough about numbers. You’ll also find sandy beaches, boutiques, and galleries explore at your leisure, close to gourmet dining and one of the finest aquariums in New England: Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Falmouth MA also has a deep connection to agriculture. Its cranberry bogs and farms help add to Falmouth’s Cape Cod character. With four ferries that connect Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard, it’s a snap to experience the best of Cape Cod on one vacation.
Beaches Image: e.mcclay (flickr)
Often beaches along the Atlantic Coast have chilly water, even in the summertime. Falmouth’s Cape Cod beaches are warm deep into fall thanks to the Gulf Stream. The same conditions also mean calm waters ideally suited for swimming. A total of 10 public beaches wrap around Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound in Falmouth MA. Lifeguards are on duty in the summertime, and most of the beaches are handicapped-accessible. Both residents and visitors need to purchase stickers, available for the week or the season, with daily parking fees extra. It’s a small price to play for so much to enjoy.
Every beach offers a long stretch of sand and shore, but each one was something a little different to offer. Falmouth Heights along the Vineyard Sound has a high sea wall and fantastic views of Martha’s Vineyard. Megansett beach is a favorite of families; the locals will tell you it’s a great place to watch the sun set. Surf Drive is a classic Atlantic Coast beach, complete with a concession stand and a bathhouse. Here, you can purchase parking stickers for any of the beaches—you should really experience more than one while vacationing in Falmouth MA. Also within easy reach are the beaches of Marthas Vineyard.
Fishing Image: Putneypics (flickr)
The same conditions that make the swimming so great also make the fishing scene one of the best along the Massachusetts coast. Both freshwater and saltwater fishing is excellent in Falmouth, and licenses are needed for both types. Falmouth anglers can go surf fishing for bluefish or stripers or try grab their line and search for trout and both large- and small-mouth bass There are many places to go fishing throughout the coast, including the public beaches, jetties, and bridges. Small ponds and streams also offer opportunities for casting a line. Plenty of charters are available, with a guide and the equipment you need to find success if you don’t want to go out on your own.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Woods Hole Science Aquarium
If you’re the type that would rather see the fish than catch them, a visit to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium is in order. One of the most popular things to do along Cape Cod, this aquarium is also an important place of scientific research. The aquarium has come a long way since opening in 1875. Today, it provides a home to nearly 150 species of marine life native to the Atlantic Coast. You’ll be greeted by a friendly group of seals before you even head inside. Touch tanks are really popular with younger visitors, and older kids and adults will appreciate the behind-the-scenes tours.
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