The second largest town on the Cape, Falmouth, has more shoreline than any other Cape town due to unique geography. It has no less than 14 harbors and numerous salt water inlets that reach up like fingers from Vineyard Sound.
Falmouth Center has a beautiful Main Street with a town park in the middle that's a lovely place to stop and gaze out a Shiverick's Pond. Main Street is lined with unique shops, boutiques, are galleries, cafés and restaurants. It is truly on of the most unique streets on the Cape.
Stroll down to the triangular Town Green, once used as a common cattle-grazing area, and visit the Museums on the Green, two 18th century houses complete with period furnishings. The Falmouth Historical Society has exhibits on the whaling industry and the life of “America the Beautiful” author Katherine Lee Bates, born and raised in Falmouth.
Bring bicycles or rent them to explore the magnificent 10.7 mile Shining See Bikeway, which will carry you all the way to Woods Hole, a little gem of a fishing village packed with charm.
Another historic site is 1878 Highfield Hall, which has been restored by a nonprofit group. The 20,000 square foot Victorian mansion is open to the public April through October, with a museum, galleries and special programs.
Considered a part of Falmouth, Woods Hole is a distinct location and destination. It is the home to three world-class scientific institutions: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The small downtown is built around the sea, and visitors have many waterfront restaurants and vistas to enjoy. Easily reached aboard the “WHOOSH” trolley or by the “Shining Sea Bike Path,” visitors will discover unique shops, galleries, museums, gardens, scenic vistas, and spectacular dining. Woods Hole is not to be missed.
Things to Do in Falmouth
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