The richness of Falmouth and the surrounding Cape Cod area is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. There’s so much to experience, you’ll never run out of Cape Cod things to do!
Cape Cod Things to Do: Arts and Culture Events
Arts and Culture are thriving in Falmouth as shown by our being home to Cape Cod Theatre Project, The College Light Opera, and the Woods Hole Film Festival to name a few venues that offer either year-round or special summer events. If you like history you might enjoy the American history exhibits at Falmouth Museums on the Green or the Woods Hole Historical Museum. Another treasure in town is Highfield Hall set on the beautiful 300+ acres of grounds known as Beebe Woods.
Cape Cod Things to Do: Outdoor Activities
- Beaches: We are proud of our 68+ miles of coastline. You can choose from the popular white sands of Old Silver Beach or opt for less busy beaches on Old Surf Drive or Falmouth Heights. All in all there are twelve public beaches offering you the warmest water on Cape Cod at typically 70 degrees in the summer.
- Biking, Roller Blading and Jogging:
- Shining Sea Bikeway – An 11 mile paved bike path between North Falmouth and Woods Hole. The Bikeway is very scenic, winding through salt marshes and cranberry bogs, along ponds and woodlands, as well as a section along the Vineyard Sound seashore where you can watch the ferries traveling to and from Martha’s Vineyard.
- Cape Cod Canal – A 13 mile round trip trail that runs along the Cape Cod Canal from Bourne to Sandwich.
- Fishing: Falmouth is a fishing friendly town where you can surf cast from any beach, as well as fish from our many docks and bridges. Salt water recreational fishing in Massachusetts does not require a license. The state does require freshwater fishing licenses which can be purchased at local tackle shops.
- Public Golf Courses:
- The Cape Club – formerly Ballymeade Country Club, this Championship 18 Hole Golf Course was completely redesigned and the original 18-holes have been transformed into an entirely new and satisfying golf journey.
- Falmouth Country Club – The club offers a 27-hole year-round public course. You can either ride or walk their championship 18 hole, par 72 course, or enjoy the 9 hole course.
- Cape Cod Country Club – This championship 18 hole course is located by the borders of Coonamessett Pond in Falmouth.
- Paul Harney Golf Club – For those looking for an executive length golf course we have the 18 hole Paul Harney Golf Club in East Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Innkeeper Favorite Cape Cod Things to Do
- Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich: An absolute jewel on Cape Cod is the Heritage Museums & Gardens where the grounds are exquisite and there are four different buildings that house both seasonal special exhibits and permanent collection exhibits. The expansive grounds are a joy to walk through and observe the plantings and beautiful trees. On the grounds you can find the Old East Windmill which was moved from Orleans, Massachusetts and is open on selected days.
- J.K. Lilly III Antique Automobile Museum: This is a favorite of ours and our guests. The building alone is a magnificent reproduction of a round stone Shaker barn. In the barn there are over thirty antique American automobiles in pristine condition. Automobiles from the beginnings of automotive history to the mid-1900s are featured, including cars that ran on steam or electric power. A special treat is the 1913 Ford Model T that visitors are encouraged to sit in and imagine what driving in the early years was like! Learn More
- The American History Museum and Art Museum has seasonal exhibitions and exhibits that include American military miniatures and firearms. The Heritage Collections includes an impressive antique hand carved carousel. Learn More
- Martha’s Vineyard Daytrip: About a five minute walk from the Inn you can hop on the free shuttle bus to the Steamship Authority ferry. If you like you can bring your bicycle for the trip, or rent one once on the island. One of the most popular towns is Edgartown, an old whaling town where you will see wonderful examples of historic architecture reflected in the old homes of early sea captains. There are also numerous unique boutique shops on Main Street. Click here for our blog and video on taking a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard
- Explore Plymouth, MA: So much to do and so little time as they say. If you plan a day trip to Plymouth you can fit in whale watching, or deep-sea fishing, or perhaps relax on a harbor cruise. If you prefer to be land bound then perhaps discovering a bit of history – where you travel back in time – by visiting Plymouth Plantation and Mayflower II.
- Whale Watching: You do not have to travel out to the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, to see whales. You can choose from Provincetown or Hyannis or Plymouth. Each offers daily trips where you cruise for about 3 ½ to 4 hours and listen to commentary by a knowledgeable naturalist.