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Things to Do in Falmouth

Kennedy Ryan | 5/13/2021

If you’re looking for an action-packed week of outdoor fun and beautiful beaches, Falmouth is an excellent choice. This town is brimming with educational experiences, nature trails, and soft, sandy beaches. After a visit to Falmouth, you may find yourself returning every year!

Outdoor Adventures

While many visit the Cape for its beaches, there are other ways to enjoy the summer sun. Hiking, for example, is a fun activity that usually ends with amazing views. If you’re looking for a spectacular view in Falmouth, The Knob can’t be beat. After less than a mile of walking with a short incline, visitors arrive at a beautiful peninsula with 360-degree views of the water. This easy hike is suitable for all ages.

For those seeking a challenging hike, Mass Audubon’s Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary offers 1.5 miles of trails and 1,000 holly trees. There is even a Mystery Trail leading to the tallest holly, as well as a vernal pool. The luscious foliage and colorful flowers in bloom during the summer make this a beautiful destination for a peaceful walk.

Still in the mood to hike after visiting these destinations? Mashpee River Reservation is another option located just a short drive away. This 248-acre forest has a variety of hiking trails to explore. Waterfront views, local wildlife, and blooming foliage are just a few of the attractions here.

If you’re looking for another breathtaking view without a long walk, check out Nobska Lighthouse. Located on a hill with drive-up parking, visitors can take in the sights of the 40-foot lighthouse overlooking Buzzards Bay.

Educational Experiences

Local attractions are a fun way to learn about history, local wildlife, and more! Secluded on a hill, Highfield Hall and Gardens offers 400 acres of historical conservation land. Originally a 19th century summer mansion estate, Highfield Hall now offers educational and art programs. Visitors can walk throughout the beautiful gardens, explore the historic mansion, and view a variety of art exhibitions throughout the season. A variety of events throughout the year include cooking classes, live performances, crafting, and activities for kids, so be sure to check their schedule before visiting!

Did you know that Falmouth is home to the country’s oldest public aquarium? Wood’s Hole Science Aquarium offers visitors the chance to view over 140 species of local marine animals. The aquarium does not charge admission, but donations are welcome. While the aquarium is currently closed, be sure to check their website for updates.

Exploring the Cape with your little ones? Cape Cod Children’s Museum is fun for those under the age of 8. Located in Mashpee, this museum features 20 accessible and interactive exhibits that rotate every month. Children are sure to love this spot!

If you’re looking for another historical destination, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Museum is located just a short drive away in Mashpee. Thee only museum dedicated exclusively to Wampanoag history, it features dioramas, historical artifacts, and various educational displays. While the museum is not currently open to visitors, be sure to check their website for updates.

Local Bites

If you’re staying in the Falmouth area, there are a variety of restaurants that locals insist you visit. Pickle Jar Kitchen, located in the downtown area, is known for their delicious breakfast and lunch offerings. Among their salads, sandwiches, and soup options, you must try their homemade pickles, which are available in five varieties and can be purchased by the pound.

Still hungry after shopping in the downtown area? Be sure to visit Maison Villatte to sample their French pastries. Almond croissants, creme brulee brioche, and coconut macaroons are just a few of their artisanal offerings.

Another local favorite is Mary Ellen’s Portuguese Bakery. If you’re a fan of Portuguese food, you will love their selection of dishes like French toast, linguica sandwiches, and malasadas (fried dough). Visitors can dine in or take their delicious items to go.

If you’re in Woods Hole for the day, be sure to stop by Captain Kidd’s Restaurant. This waterfront spot is known for their seafood selections, upscale atmosphere, and refreshing cocktails.

A locally brewed beer is the perfect pairing for a delicious meal. Bad Martha’s Brewery is a great place to enjoy a unique variety of beers, brewed right in Falmouth. Not sure which flavor to try? The brewery offers flights of four flavors of your choice. If you’re hungry, Bad Martha’s also has yummy pizzas, appetizers, and salads. If you find that you love your beer, you can purchase a pack to go in the gift shop.

Do you prefer wine? Cape Cod Winery is a relaxing spot to sample local wines. The Winery often holds pizza pop-ups and other dining options for visitors to enjoy. If you’re looking to purchase wine to enjoy in your rental or after your vacation, their wines are also available for purchase in their shop.


Falmouth has plenty of options for those looking to spend a day shopping. Visitors should start their day on Main Street to browse the variety of shops. Locally owned clothing stores, jewelry shops, and cooking stores are just a few fun options.

If you’re visiting the area with a home cook, we recommend stopping in LeRoux Kitchen. Artisanal olive oils, high-end cooking equipment, and unique spices are just a few of the specialty items you’ll find in this shop.

Searching for flip flops or other summer clothing? La Touche is a fashionable store to find all of your accessory and clothing items for the season. They feature products for all ages, so you’ll be able to shop for the whole family!

To wrap up your visit to the downtown area, Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium is a fun spot that your entire family is sure to love. Visitors can purchase homemade chocolate, sweets, and ice cream while watching employees crafting confectionaries in the window display. This memorable spot is sure to be a sweet trip!

Looking for more destinations for a day of shopping? Be sure to travel to Mashpee Commons, a shopping lover’s dream featuring over 100 restaurants, local shops, and activities. It is just a short drive from Falmouth.


A trip to the Cape is not complete without walking on the beach and dipping your toes in the sea. There are so many beaches in Falmouth that it's hard to decide a favorite!

Old Silver Beach is one popular choice that brings visitors to the Cape every year. This large beach offers warm waters with varying currents. While calm during low tide, this is a great beach to catch some waves as the tides rise. There is a parking area, but this beach does fill quickly. Falmouth Heights is another widely popular choice. This large beach is great for active beach goers who enjoy volleyball, a round of frisbee, and plenty of room for beach games. Those who enjoy a relaxing day at the beach can also enjoy this spot’s calm waters and soft sands.

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, Chapoquoit Beach and Wood Neck Beach are great options. Both offer sandy beaches with calm waters that aren’t often crowded. Those looking for a peaceful day will be delighted by these secluded options.

Thinking of venturing outside of Falmouth for the day? South Cape Beach in Mashpee is another popular beach. This beautiful beach has a large parking area and nearby nature trails for visitors to enjoy. While relaxing on the soft, sandy beach, visitors can catch a glimpse of Martha’s Vineyard across Vineyard Sound.

With so many fun activities and excursions to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Falmouth!