town in Massachusetts, United States

Falmouth is a town in Massachusetts on Cape Cod's southwest corner. It includes the villages of Woods Hole, West Falmouth, North Falmouth, Hatchville, Silver Beach, East Falmouth, Teaticket, and Waquoit. It is the Cape's second most populous town.

Main Street shops and restaurants

Get in edit

Map of Falmouth (Massachusetts)

By car edit

Falmouth is best accessed via Route 25 to the Bourne Bridge. At the traffic circle on the Cape Cod side of the bridge take Route 28 south. Traffic will be heavy at peak travel times during the summer. Falmouth is about a 70-mi drive (112 km) from Boston and will take at least 1 hr 15 min.

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Get around edit

  • Visitor Information Center, 20 Academy Ln.
  • WHOOSH Trolley[dead link]. Local seasonal service around Falmouth.

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Galleries edit

  • 1 Osborn & Rugh Gallery, 114 Palmer Ave, +1 508 548-2100. Jan-Mar: W-M 10AM-4PM; Apr-Dec: W-M 10AM-5PM. Watch the husband and wife artists at work at their easels on landscapes, still lifes and portraits in this studio that doubles as a gallery.

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Parks edit

  • 3 Spohr Gardens, 45 Fells Rd (off Oyster Pond Rd.). This beautiful ambling garden overlooks the Shining Sea Bikeway and Oyster Pond. A short bike or car ride from the village itself. A collection of old millstones & ship's anchors ranging from large to huge, decorate the pathways along the pond. Nice place for a walk or picnic.

Do edit

  • Corner Cycle, 115 Palmer Ave, +1 508 540-4195. 9AM-6PM daily. Top quality bike rentals 2/10 mile (.32 km) away from the path, friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Beaches edit

Lifeguards at all public beaches in season 9AM-5PM. Windsurfing allowed before or after these hours.

  • Falmouth Heights Beach, Parking (fee).
  • Old Silver Beach, Off Route 28A and Quaker Road, N. Falmouth, +1 508-548-7611, Parking, (fee), bathhouse, food. Arrive early.
  • New Silver Beach, N. Falmouth
  • Menauhant Beach, E. Falmouth, Parking (fee), food.
  • Surf Drive Beach, Parking (fee), food.
  • Chapoquoit Beach, W. Falmouth, Parking (fee).
  • Woodneck Beach, W. Falmouth/Quisset.

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Sports edit

  • Falmouth Commodores (Guv Fuller Field), 790 Main Street. In Cape Cod Baseball League action. Eleven players drafted by Major League Baseball teams in 2005.

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Events edit

  • Cape Cod Marathon. This annual marathon winds its way across Falmouth the third weekend in October.    
  • Falmouth Road Race. What began as a "pub crawl" is now an annual event bringing some 10,000 runners to Woods Hole for the start of the 7-mile course. Also an important qualifying race for the professional running circuit. Usually held the last week in August.    

Buy edit

  • Pies a la Mode, 352 Main Street (at Shore Street), +1 508 540-8777. Fabulous pastries made here and, if you have cooking facilities, try the frozen chicken pies.

Eat edit

See Woods Hole village article for other choices.

Budget edit

  • Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery, 829 Main St, +1 508 540-9696. M-Sa 5AM-2PM, Su 6AM-2PM. A simple, small town diner.
  • Molly's Tea Room, 227 Main Street, +1 508 457-1666. Su-Th 11:30AM-7PM, F Sa 11:30AM-9PM. Nice quiet atmosphere, great, fresh sandwiches and pastries and fine teas.
  • Talk of The Town Diner, 358 North Falmouth Hwy, +1 508 563-3041. 7AM-1:30PM daily. Standard diner fare.
  • Betsy's Diner, 457 Main St, +1 508 540-0060. M-Sa 6AM-2PM, Su 7AM-2PM. An actual 1950s diner, not retro 50s.
  • The Golden Swan, 323 Main St, +1 508 540-6580. Indian, open in winter.

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Splurge edit

  • The Flying Bridge, 220 Scranton Av (off Main Street), +1 508 548-2700. Mid Apr-Mid Oct. Fresh seafood, pastas and steaks, overlooking Falmouth Harbor. If the wait is long, be sure to take a stroll along the boardwalk and look at the boats docked at the marina.

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  • The Admiralty Inn, 51 Teaticket Hwy (East Falmouth), +1 508-548-4240.
  • ShoreWay Acres Inn, 59 Shore St, +1 508-540-3000. Year round.
  • Holiday Inn Falmouth, 291 Jones Road, +1 508 540-2000. Full-service Holiday Inn. Indoor heated pool, fitness room, guest laundry facilities, private meeting and function rooms. Kansas City Steakhouse Restaurant on property. From $190.
  • Inn on the Square, 40 N Main St, +1 508 457-0606. The hotel features colonial architecture with luxury rooms close to Falmouth Village Green, downtown, the beaches and the shuttle to Martha's Vineyard. Large indoor pool, private courtyard and patio, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast.
  • Green Harbor Waterfront Lodging, 134 Acapesket Rd (East Falmouth), +1 508-548-4747. Apr-Oct. Waterfront resort featuring heated pools, boat ramp, and many outdoor activities.
  • Frederick William House, 594 Palmer Ave (Take MA-3 S to Mid-Cape Connector in Bourne. Take exit 55 from US-6 E 18 min (16.6 mi)  Drive to MA-28 S in Falmouth), +1 508 566-7582, . Check-in: 3:30 PM, check-out: 10:30 AM. Beautifully appointed rooms and suites include bike rentals, soft, sumptuous fluffy robes and unprecedented warm hospitality, Breakfast, and coffee and tea service is available in our picturesque on site Dining Room. From $179.

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After exploring Cape Cod, move on to Boston or elsewhere in New England.

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