Falmouth, Massachusetts

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Falmouth, Massachusetts

If you love the beach and the unique seaside air, Falmouth, Massachusetts, is definitely the place to see. Ride across Cape Cod aboard the Island Queen Ferry, relax on the warm and pleasant Old Silver Beach, or take a scenic tour of the Nobska Lighthouse in this comforting city. There is plenty to do and see here, so stop by and have a blast.

The City

The city of Falmouth is brimming with history. It is home to 10 historical sites on the United States National Register–Bourne Farm, Nobska Lighthouse, Poor House and Methodist Cemetery, Josiah Tobey House, Teaticket School, Falmouth Pumping Station, Elnathan Nye House, Lawrence Academy, Woods Hole School, and Central Fire Station. Thus, visitors to Falmouth receive a detailed look at this city centuries ago. Although its population is only 35,000, Falmouth is the second-largest town on Cape and is comprised of the eight villages of Falmouth Village, East Falmouth, Hatchville, North Falmouth, Teaticket, Waquoit, West Falmouth, and Woods Hole. After railroad service was established in the XIX century, Falmouth also shared a deep connection with Boston and Cape Cod. This is also when Falmouth began to experience an upward tick in its own population and to see more and more travelers visiting the town for recreation as well as business. Today, tourism is a vital component of this seaside town as well as the entire Cape, which combines all of the charm and history of a New England vacation with the sunny skies, salty air, and sandy shores of a relaxing beach getaway. In addition to a plethora of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, and biking, Falmouth is also a major scientific and cultural asset to the Cape. Major cultural attractions in Falmouth include the College Light Opera Company, the Falmouth Art Center, and the annual Woods Hole Film Festival. The village of Woods Hole is also home to major marine science institutions, such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Woods Hole Research Center, and the National Marine Fisheries Museum. It is also the location of the ferry port that carries passengers back and forth from Martha's Vineyard. There is all of this and more to experience in Falmouth. Because of its moderate size, there is more to do year-round. Even when the weather gets cold, you can still enjoy dining at some of the area's popular eateries, shopping at the unique boutiques, perusing the local art galleries, and learning about the history of this eclectic seaside town.

Do & See

Maritime fun is the overarching theme in Falmouth. Its beachside bike-way and its ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard are touted as being the most fun and exhilarating experiences by many who visit Falmouth. Falmouth also has a range of historical sites to visit so you can soak up some fun, sun and learn a little bit of Massachusetts history.


Because of its seaside proximity, Falmouth food specializes in fish and other ocean-based delicacies. The different restaurants offer a range of different themes and options so you can have a unique eating experience no matter what your choice is. Some restaurants are only open during the summer so check an establishment's hours if you are visiting the Cape in the winter.


Many of Falmouth’s cafes are influenced by French-style pastries and other treats. There are also several bakeries in the area whipping up pastries influenced by international flavors. They also offer beautiful bay-side views to compliment your coffee experience.

Bars & Nightlife

After the sun sets over the beautiful sea, there is still plenty to do and many places to see in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Falmouth is home to a few laid-back lounges as well as venues hosting touring rock bands and centres for the cultural arts. This quaint Cape town's pubs are also home to some of the best pub grub you've ever tasted.


There are a plethora of antique shops, organic markets, and clothing stores in Falmouth to make your trip as memorable as possible. Take a leisurely stroll along Main Street and take in the sights of the architecture and the smells wafting from the local eateries. Pop into one of the local shops selling apparel, home decor, or specialty food products.

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