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Things to do in Falmouth, MA 02540

Updated on December 22, 2011

Things to Do in Falmouth, MA - Photos, Videos, and Recommendations for this Quiet Cape Cod Town

Falmouth is one of Cape Cod's most important towns. Following Route 28 over the Bourne Bridge south, you'll find the town of Falmouth, MA, along with the villages of W. Falmouth, E. Falmouth, Waquoit Bay, and Woods Hole. Falmouth has a beautiful downtown area with local shops, restaurants, and galleries. On this page, you can find things to do in Falmouth, view Falmouth photos, watch videos featuring the town, and find other recommendations on things to and see nearby. Scroll down to start reading!

Intro photo of Nobska Lighthouse by minutemen1775 on flickr.

Woods Hole

Falmouth's largest village - the gateway to Martha's Vineyard

Woods Hole and Falmouth's Ties with Martha's Vineyard

Woods Hole is home to not just the Oceanographic Institute, but is where you can find the Steamship Authority Ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Ferries run often to Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs. The distance between Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard, at the closest spot, is approximately 4 miles. Woods Hole also has a small village center, with shops and local businesses.

Above: A Woods Hole sunset. Poster available framed for purchase (click to view details).

Egrets at a marsh in Falmouth.

The town of Falmouth is made up of the villages of East Falmouth, Falmouth Village, North Falmouth, Teaticket, West Falmouth, and Woods Hole. These villages each have their own neighborhoods within those villages as well. For instance, East Falmouth contains Seacoast Shores, Menauhant, and Great Harbors. The most well known of all of these villages is Woods Hole, at the southwestern end of Falmouth.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth plays a huge part in learning more about our oceans. It is one of the largest and most influential Oceanographic Institutions in the world.

Falmouth is the main route to Martha's Vineyard. The easiest way to get there from most points in Massachusetts is through Woods Hole, part of Falmouth.

Recommended Books on Cape Cod - Hiking, kayaking, biking, and exploring Cape Cod through books

Here are some of the most unique books on Cape Cod, that can really provide you with an offbeat adventure. Much of Cape Cod is best seen not from a car, but from the hiking trails, bike trails, paddling in a kayak through the creeks, inlets, and rivers.

The Nature of Cape Cod
The Nature of Cape Cod

Cape Cod's nature is the reason so many people visit Cape Cod. If it weren't for the nature,

Birding Cape Cod
Birding Cape Cod

Shorebirds flock to the peninsula of Cape Cod during different seasons. Cape Cod is a major stopping point for many birds traveling north and south along the eastern seaboard. Read all about these wonderful birds in this guide to Cape Cod birding here.

Paddling Cape Cod: A Coastal Explorer's Guide
Paddling Cape Cod: A Coastal Explorer's Guide

Have you done it all on Cape Cod? There's a whole other world to explore by paddling, and this coastal explorer's guide will help you find those beautiful spots, and tell you how to navigate them!

AMC Discover Cape Cod: AMC's Guide To The Best Hiking, Biking, And Paddling (Appalachian Mountain Club)
AMC Discover Cape Cod: AMC's Guide To The Best Hiking, Biking, And Paddling (Appalachian Mountain Club)

For those looking for an all-in-one guide for hiking, biking, and paddling on Cape Cod, this will give you a great in-depth look at all of them in one convenient guide.

Journey Around Cape Cod from A to Z (Journeys)
Journey Around Cape Cod from A to Z (Journeys)

Teach your children all about Cape Cod, from A to Z! This guide focuses on the sights, the towns, and the wildlife of Cape Cod through pictures and story. Kids will love it!


Nobska Lighthouse Painting by Pollera, Daniel (click to purchase framed print of this painting)

First built in 1828, Nobska Light has been shining its lantern light bright to warn sailors of the treacherous shoals and waters that lie just off of Falmouth, particularly L'Hommedieu and Hedge Fence shoals. . The lighthouse that currently stands was built in 1876. The lighthouse marks the boundary between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. You can read more about the history of Nobska Light on this page.

Nobska Light in Falmouth.

Nobska Light in Falmouth.
Nobska Light in Falmouth.

Falmouth is bordered by the towns of Bourne, Sandwich, and Mashpee.

Above: Liam Maguire's in Falmouth Center.

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Menahaunt Beach, Falmouth

Menahaunt Beach, Falmouth
Menahaunt Beach, Falmouth

The Waters Near Nobska Light - A view of the area surrounding Nobska Lighthouse

Soft Earth - Local Artist Creates Natural Pieces from the Sea Mud - Watch this video to see how she does it!

Neighbors to one of the world's major oceanographic centers, artist Joan Lederman creates beauty from scientific mud samples found under the worlds oceans.

Martha's Vineyard Ferry from Woods Hole - A journey across the waters from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard on video

Watch this video to see the ocean between Falmouth and Martha's Vineyard, as well as some footage of the ferry terminal and waiting line.

West Falmouth Harbor

West Falmouth Harbor
West Falmouth Harbor

Falmouth, MA Ornament

This adorable ornament features a piping plover, an endangered shorebirds that frequently visits the coasts of Cape Cod and Massachusetts. Above, the word Falmouth is written in blue. This comes with a ribbon loop tie attached to hang on your tree, a door knob, cabinet, or anywhere else in your home or office!

Have you been to Falmouth? Here, you can share your favorite parts of town, your favorite business, memory, or neighborhood, and tell everyone why you think it's worth visiting! Recommend a friend's business, recommend a great beach, or tell us about an unforgettable scenic view in town. Thanks for stopping by!

Stop by these other pages on Cape Cod:

Barnstable | Bourne | Brewster | Chatham | Dennis | Eastham | Falmouth | Harwich | Mashpee | Orleans | Provincetown | Sandwich | Truro | Wellfleet | Yarmouth | Cape Cod Road Trip | Cape Cod Canal | Things to do on Cape Cod | Cape Cod Beaches | Martha's Vineyard

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