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Top things to do in Falmouth

January 31, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Top things to do in Falmouth …well that is a hard list to put together as there is so much to consider. We have done our best to compile the top 5 (in no particular order) based on much input from visitors to Falmouth and our personal experience.

Things to do in Falmouth Shining Sea Bikewayย  Travel the 10.7 mile Shining Sea Bikeway which spans from the historic seaside village ofย ย ย  Woods Hole up through North Falmouth. This scenic bikeway winds through beautiful marshes and cranberry bogs in the North and along the scenic Vineyard Sound shoreline to the South. The trail is the only bikeway on Cape Cod to skirt the shore. For all who enjoy the pleasure of nature this bikeway is set back off the main roads and follows the Old Colony rail trail avoiding the busy roads except for a few road crossings along the route.

Explore treasures of our 68 miles of coastline surrounding Falmouth. Since you canโ€™t see it all we bundled three different coastline locations into this spot on the list of things to do. The three coastline spots are the Knob, Nobska lighthouse and Old Silver Beach. The knob has eventhings to do in Falmouth Nobska lighthouse been highlighted by the Boston Globe as a great spot to watch a sunset to cap a Cape Cod vacation. The trail to The Knob overlook is just less than one mile from the parking area and close to 100 bird species have been identified in the area. When you reach the tip of The Knob you will enjoy gorgeous views of Buzzards Bay. Knobska lighthouse is an active U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse which was established in 1829. The views of Vineyard Sound and Marthaโ€™s Vineyard from the lighthouse are incredible. Old Silver Beach is located in North Falmouth on the Bay side of Falmouth and is known to be the widest beach in Falmouth and featuring the whitest soft sand.

things to do in Falmouth Falmouth Village Main StreetStroll along the picturesque Main Street in Falmouth Village. The historic village of Falmouth is an absolute treasure of unique locally owned shops and restaurants as well as art galleries. You can find special treats from our very own French bakery or chocolatiers on Main Street or perhaps a good book at the famous Eight Cousins Bookstore who among other activities spearheaded the national Whereโ€™s Waldo scavenger hunt with local bookstores. Whether you are looking for comfortable or classic dress clothing there are a number of wonderful clothiers in Falmouth Village. The choices are vast for anything you have in mind while strolling Main Street in Falmouth Village

things to do in falmouth sail the Island Queen

Sail away for a day trip on the Island Queen ferry or Steamship Authority ferry to the island of Marthaโ€™s Vineyard. This top pick by visitors of things to do while visiting Falmouth is just a short 45 minute trip over Vineyard Sound until you arrive on the shore of Marthaโ€™s Vineyard. Once on the Vineyard spend the day visiting Edgartown, Oaks Bluff and Vineyard Haven. The gingerbread houses in Oaks Bluff are one of the most photographed spots on the island. Edgartown is known for its beautiful ship captain homes and great shopping and restaurants. If you have time a trip out to Aquinnah would be great with its iconic lighthouse and red clay cliffs.

things to do in falmouth walk the Highfield Hall Sunken GardenVisit the Falmouth Museums on the Green and Highfield Hall and Gardens to include things to do in falmouth explore Falmouth Museums on the GreenBeebe Woods 382 acres of walking trails. Highfield Hall was the home of the historically important Beebe family of Boston and Falmouth. This 1878 home has been lovingly restored and is now a key cultural and community center for upper Cape Cod as well as a special venue for weddings and other celebratory gatherings.

So that is a list of the top things to do in Falmouth yet we would be remiss if we did not suggest spending some time in the village of Woods Hole to visit the Aquarium, and Woods Hole Oceanagraphicย  Institute’s Titanic education display featuring Alvin the submarine involved in Titanic exploration.

Woods Hole 1/2 Day Trip

April 9, 2013 by insideout

A nice half day trip while staying at The Captain’s Manor Inn is exploring Woods Hole Village a mere 3 miles down the road.ย  Thisย ย  quaint seaside village and is home to the internationally acclaimed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (nicknamed WHOI) and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) which is an international center for research, education, and training in biology.

Take a leisurely walk or bike ride down the Shining Sea Bikeway or hop on the Falmouth SWOOSH trolley to travel the 3 miles to the Village.ย  Enjoy a walk down Water Street for some window shopping or to check out the famous popovers at Pie in the Sky Bakery or the lobster tacos at Quicks Hole.

Some of must sees are:

 

Woods Hole Aquarium

Woods Hole Aquarium

Woods Hole Aquarium

 

 

Woods Hole Boat Show Exhibits site

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole

 

 

 

 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHOI submarine

WHOI submarine

 

MBL’s Marine Resources Facility

Woods Hole Historical Museumย 

OceanQuest Discovery Cruise

Blizzard 2013 Nemo

February 11, 2013 by insideout

It has been a very busy few days especially since we were supposed to be closed.ย  We fortunately did not lose power so we opened up to provide rooms for a number of past guests, family, and local neighbors who lost power.ย  In addition NSTAR had contacted us and we housed 5 NSTAR workers some of whom had traveled for days from Tennessee to help our neighbors in Massachusetts.

Yesterday we decided to go for a walkabout and take some pictures to share.ย  My daughter Laura and my son’s dog Gus accompanied me on the walkabout. One great idea we had was to go for part of our walk on the Shining Sea Bikeway which as you will see in the pictures started out plowed but that ended and we got a good leg workout trudging through the snow and drifts :)

Wishing everyone restored power soon and back to the normalcy of winter in New England.

Electric Ride | Shining Sea Bikeway

July 14, 2012 by insideout

We are pleased to share that we have a new offering thanks to the newly established organization Electric Ride in Falmouth.ย  We all know that a long bike ride for some is quite enjoyable where for others who love to go and enjoy the scenery and exercise they tire after several miles.ย  Now there is a solution for that.ย  Rent an electrically assisted bicycle and enjoy the ride!ย  What better way to fully conquer our beautiful Shining Sea Bikeway and go the entire 10.7 miles.ย  electric bikes

Shining Sea Bikeway

April 23, 2012 by insideout

What a great morning for a walk.ย  Decided to go to Woods Hole which is a 3.5 mile walk from the Inn.ย  Although it was a bit overcast it did not seem to bother the ospreys and other critters out an about.ย  One of the great things about a walk down to Woods Hole is that once you get there you can turn around and walk on back (after a treat at Pie in the Sky) or you can decide 3.5 miles was enough and hop on the Steamship Authority shuttle bus and hop a ride back to the parking lot just a short half mile stroll from the Inn.ย  Guess what we did :)

Cape Cod Kayak|Falmouth Ma

July 26, 2011 by insideout

Many of our guests at The Captain’s Manor Inn enjoy the outdoors during their time in Falmouth, Cape Cod.ย  Outdoor activities include hiking spots such as Beebe Woods or Spohr Gardens, biking on the Shining Sea bikeway, walking the village main street, swimming over at Surf Drive beach and kayaking.ย  Cape Cod Kayak located in the village of Cataumet in Falmouth has been a favorite of our guests in terms of equipment rentals and tours.ย  So next time you visit perhaps you might like to try a new outdoor adventure and head over to Cape Cod Kayak to see some of our beautiful seashore from a new angle.

click here for Cape Cod Kayak’s site

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