Falmouth (Massachusetts)

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Falmouth is in Massachusetts on Cape Cod's southwest corner. It includes the villages of Woods Hole, West Falmouth, North Falmouth, Hatchville, Silver Beach, East Falmouth, Teaticket, and Waquoit. It is the Cape's second most populous town.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

  • Most travelers would fly into Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS), [1], or Warwick, Rhode Island's T.F. Greene Airport (PVD), [2] near Providence.

By car[edit]

Falmouth is best accessed via Route 25 to the Bourne Bridge. At the traffic circle on the Cape Cod side of the bridge take Route 28 south. Traffic will be heavy at peak travel times during the summer. Falmouth is about a 70 mi (112 km)drive from Boston and will take at least 1.25 hours.

By bus[edit]

  • Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway, 17 Elm Av., Hyannis, +1 508-771-6191, [3]. Service between most Cape towns.
  • Peter Pan Bus Lines, Toll free: +1-800-343-9999 or +1-888-751-8800, [4]. Service between Bourne, Falmouth, Barnstable and Hyannis.

Get around[edit]

  • Visitor Information Center, 20 Academy Ln.
  • WHOOSH Trolley, [5]. Local seasonal service around Falmouth.
  • Upper Cape Taxi, +1 508-540-1290. [6]

See[edit]

  • Free Outdoor Concerts, Harbor Bandshell, Marina Park, Scranton Av. Thursdays in July and August 8PM.
  • Falmouth Historical Society55 Palmer Av +1 508 548-4857.
  • The Cape Cod Theatre Project7 Highfield Drive. Falmouth Academy, +1 508-457-4242 (General Information), Phone: +1 508-457-4242 (Box Office).
  • Falmouth Theatre Guild, Highfield Dr., +1 508-548-0400 (General Information), Phone: +1 508-548-0400 (Box Office).
  • Cape Cod Winery681 Sandwich Rd, e-mail: . East Falmouth, +1 508-457-5592 or Phone: +1 508-457-7285. Open for wine tasting on weekends, Jul 1-Aug 30 Th-Su 12PM-4PM. Sep-Dec Sa,Su 12PM-4PM. Winery tours are Sa (July and August) at 2PM. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Seyval and Vidal. Produces 2500 cases of wine annually.
  • Falmouth Commodores. In Cape Cod Baseball League action. Gus Fuller Field. Eleven players drafted by Major League Baseball teams in 2005.
  • Spohr Gardens45 Fells Rd (off Oyster Pond Rd.).
  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium, see Woods Hole village listing.
  • Osborn & Rugh GalleryQueen's Buyway, 114 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, MA 02540 (Corner of Queen's Buyway near the Village Green),  +1 508 548-2100. see web site. Watch the husband and wife artists at work at their easels on landscapes, still lifes and portraits in this studio that doubles as a gallery.

Do[edit]

  • Gold Coast Parasail +1 508 495-3330. Fly single or double up to 800 feet. Dry takeoffs. Also jet ski, banana boat, more.
  • Shining Sea Bikeway, Starts 4/10 mi (.64 km)west of Route 28 on Locust Road. Runs for 3 mi (4.8 km), but an extension is planned to the north.
  • Corner Cycle +1 508 540-4195. Top quality bike rentals 2/10 mile (.32 km) away from the path, friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  • Open Mic Nights, Every Monday during the summer in Woods Hole. Free live local bands in front of Pie in the Sky bakery. Come play or listen and have a good time.

Fishing[edit]

Golf[edit]

  • Paul Harney Golf Club74 Club Valley Dr +1 508 563-3454. E. Falmouth. 18 hole, par 59.

Beaches[edit]

Lifeguards at all public beaches in season 9AM-5PM. Windsurfing allowed before or after these hours.

  • Falmouth Heights Beach, Parking (fee).
  • Old Silver Beach, Off Route 28A and Quaker Road, N. Falmouth, +1 508-548-7611, Parking, (fee), bathhouse, food. Arrive early.
  • New Silver Beach, N. Falmouth
  • Menauhant Beach, E. Falmouth, Parking (fee), food.
  • Surf Drive Beach, Parking (fee), food.
  • Chapoquoit Beach, W. Falmouth, Parking (fee).
  • Woodneck Beach, W. Falmouth/Quisset.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

See Woods Hole village article for other choices.

  • Coonamessett Inn311 Gifford St +1 508 548-2300. Year round. Tavern restaurant or fancy. Comprehensive Sunday brunch is excellent.
  • The Flying Bridge220 Scranton Av (off Main Street),  +1 508 548-2700. Mid Apr-Mid Oct. Fresh seafood, pastas and steaks, overlooking Falmouth Harbor. If the wait is long, be sure to take a stroll along the boardwalk and look at the boats docked at the marina.
  • Quarterdeck Restaurant164 Main St +1 508 548-9900. Year round. Lunch 11:30AM-4:30PM, Dinner 5PM-10PM. Use of salvaged wood and ship parts creates a "below decks" atmosphere. $15-$25.
  • Molly's Tea Room227 Main Street. Su-Th 11:30AM-7PM, F-Sa. 11:30AM-9PM. Nice quiet atmosphere, great, fresh sandwiches and pastries and fine teas.
  • Clam Shack227 Clinton Ave. Fried seafood, right on Falmouth Harbor

Bakeries[edit]

  • Pies a la Mode352 Main Street (at Shore Street),  +1 508 540-8777. Fabulous pastries made here and, if you have cooking facilities, try the frozen chicken pies.
  • Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery829 Main St +1 508 540-9696.
  • Peach Tree Circle Bakery881 Palmer Av +1 508 548-4006.
  • Pie In The Sky Bakery10 Water St. Woods Hole.

Drink[edit]

  • Grumpy's Pub29 Locust Street +1 508 540-3930. Great live music Th-Su Not a touristy place at all. Nice local crowd.
  • Coffee Obsession110 Palmer Av +1 508 540-2233. Internet and coffee connection.
  • Liam Maguire's Irish Pub273 Main St +1 508 548-0285.
  • McGann's Pub and Restaurant, 734 Route 28, East Falmouth, +1 508-540-6656. Another Irish entry with live music weekends.

Sleep[edit]

  • Holiday Inn Falmouth291 Jones Road +1 508 540-2000. Full-service Holiday Inn. Indoor heated pool, fitness room, guest laundry facilities, private meeting and function rooms. Kansas City Steakhouse Restaurant on property.
  • Inn on the Square40 N Main St +1 508 457-0606. The hotel features colonial architecture with luxury rooms close to Falmouth Village Green, downtown, the beaches and the shuttle to Martha's Vineyard. Large indoor pool, private courtyard and patio, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast.
  • Inn at One Main, One Main Street, +1 508-540-7469 or Phone: +1-888-281-6246. 6 room B&B. $145-$225.
  • J.R. Brody's Roadside Tavern734 Teaticket Highway, East Falmouth, MA. Took the place of McGanns Restaurant on February 17, 2009

Campgrounds[edit]

Go next[edit]

After exploring Cape Cod, move on to Boston or elsewhere in New England.

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