Falmouth is a charming town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States of America. This picturesque 54.5 square mile town is situated at the southwestern tip of Cape Cod. Falmouth, Massachusetts offers great opportunities to enjoy the sites and sound of the sea. Falmouth has a population of a little over 30.000 residents. The name - Falmouth - is inspired from Falmouth of Cornwall in England, the home of one of the settlers of the town, Bartholomew Gosnold. The first activities that took place in Falmouth were farming, shipping, whaling and sheep husbandry. Falmouth is famous as being the birthplace of Katharine Lee Bates, in 1859. She was a writer, a poet and she was the one who wrote the lyrics of America the Beautiful. Other famous residents of Falmouth are Ben and Casey Affleck.
Top 5 Things to Do in Falmouth
1. Enjoy a day at the beach: Twelve miles of public beaches sit among the 68 miles of coastline in Falmouth. There is a fee for parking. Old Silver Beach seems to be the most popular and parking fills up early.
2. Visit the Nobska Lighthouse: The lighthouse is open for tours at scheduled times throughout the year. Overlooking the harbors of Woods Hole and Falmouth, this is an excellent spot for picture taking.
3. Ride the Shining Sea Bike Trail: This 4 mile paved bike path winds through woods and beside sea. The trail is based upon Wampanoag Indian paths who occupied this territory in prehistoric times. This trail is perfect for all ages and abilities and bikes are available for rent from area merchants.
4. National Marine Fisheries Service Aquarium: Located in Woodshole, one of the villages in Falmouth, this small but interesting aquarium features local sea life. There is also a hands-on tank featuring star fish and sea cucumbers. The most entertaining attraction is the two harbor seals in an outdoor pool. Admission is free.
5. Cruise over to Martha's Vineyard: Both passengers and cars can board this ferry at the Woods Hole terminal. Take in the sights and sounds of the sea aboard this 45-minute cruise to Martha's Vineyard.
Top Attractions within Falmouth
Woods Hole Theater is an attraction of Falmouth and its purpose is to promote the cultural growth of the locals through live music performances and exquisite plays. The theater opened to public in 1974 and since then, the institution has been a promoter of cultural activities for years.
Island Queen Ferry
goes from Falmouth to Martha's Vineyard. Admire the nature from the top of this great ferry and have a wonderful and relaxing time. The departure station is Falmouth Harbor and the arrival station is Oaks Bluff Harbor.
Peterson's Farms is a small family business where you can see how farming work is done, how animals are being raised and you can also visit their little petting zoo.
Falmouth Museums on the Green
depict life in the colonial times. The museum is located not in one, but in three buildings available to see during a guided tour. The tour is based on the colorful history of Falmouth and is available daily for a small fee. The oldest house of the three is named Julia Wood House and was raised in 1790. You would better not miss this great Falmouth attraction.