Falmouth Town Guide: About Falmouth, Cape Cod

Located in the southwest corner of Cape Cod, Falmouth presents travelers with eight unique historic villages filled with character and charm.

A picturesque New England town, Falmouth offers activities to suit every taste. Falmouth is well known for its beautiful beaches, boasting the crystal waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound warmed by Gulf Stream. There you’ll find dozens of inlets awaiting your exploration by both foot or by boat.

Once you brush the sand from your toes, Falmouth has a host of activities to enjoy: four public golf courses, over 100 unique retail shops, over 40 delicious restaurants and cafés, an 11.5 mile seaside bike path, multiple art galleries displaying the amazing work of local artists, museums overflowing with Falmouth’s rich history, dozens of square miles of conservation and park land nestled among the ancient Cape Cod forests, theaters, walking trails, deep sea fishing and hundreds of annual events held year-round.  After a full day of fun, unwind at any of the over 50 accommodations—from quaint Bed & Breakfasts to full-service resorts where you can drift to sleep to the calming sounds of the sea.

In 2009, the town of Falmouth was designated as a "Preserve America" community by the Obama administration. Falmouth is the first town on Cape Cod and one of a select group in the nation to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the town for its historic preservation and heritage tourism efforts.

Woods Hole
As you take the scenic route from historic down-town Falmouth along the shore to Woods Hole, you’ll pass Nobska Lighthouse, where you can stop for the perfect photo-op with magnificent views of Martha’s Vineyard and Vineyard Sound.

Woods Hole is a salty, strolling village bustling with life in the summer.  As you walk through this charming spot, you’re surrounded by views of the ocean as you pop into unique shops, galleries, museums, beautiful gardens and incredibly scenic vistas as well as some of the town’s most delicious restaurants, which provide a view of the very place your seafood dinner was caught that morning!

Woods Hole is unique in that it is a traditional fishing village which is also the hub of oceanic scientific research in the globe.  Woods Hole is home to world renowned scientific community, including the Marine Biological Laboratory, NOAA National Marine Fisheries, Sea Education Association and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as well as the oldest aquarium in the nation.

While visiting, be sure to check out some lesser known hidden gems - Spohr Gardens is a 6-acre garden on Oyster Pond filled with thousands of blooming flowers, winding paths and scenic treasures, and the Knob requires a short hike to the tip of a cliff offering sunsets that will take your breath away,