Enjoy the spacious skies at one of our Falmouth vacation rentals, and see for yourself why this town is one of the most popular in Massachusetts.
One of the largest communities on Cape Cod, Falmouth is also one of the most historic, with eight villages inside its 55 square miles, and four districts - Falmouth Village Green, North Falmouth Village, Waquoit, and West Falmouth Village - on the National Register of Historic Places.
Filled with many sightseeing options, the town swells in the summer due to its reputation as a popular seaside destination on Cape Cod. Settled by Europeans in 1660, the town boasts tree-lined streets, clapboard homes, and plentiful beaches and parks. Fishing and windsurfing are popular activities through the warmer months, and you'll be hard-pressed to stay indoors when the balmy breezes waft from the shore. When native daughter Katherine Lee Bates penned "America the Beautiful," she must have had Falmouth in mind!
Built on nearly nine acres, the Falmouth Pumping Station, circa 1898, features a stock house, chlorination tanks, and a water treatment building around Long Pond. Nobska Lighthouse in Woods Hole overlooks Martha's Vineyard and dates back to 1826, although the current tower was built 50 years later.
Falmouth Museums on the Green includes the museum visitor center as well as two 18th-century homes filled with antiques, textiles, art, and artifacts about the town's history. There are even guided walking tours of town. Highfield Hall & Gardens boasts 400 acres of trails, as well as spectacular gardens with a 19th-century building as the backdrop. Tour the home or meander through the Sunken Garden or Bebe Woods. The Woods Hole Historical Museum features four buildings housing artifacts and documents of cultural significance to the town and surrounding areas, including paintings and photographs.
Arts and culture are alive in Falmouth. The Falmouth Art Center offers adult and youth classes and workshops and also highlights the works of local artists. Since 1969, the College Light Opera Company, a classic summer stock company, has been assembling nine opera and musical theater productions every season. Training for aspiring singers and musicians is provided as well.
Grab some wheels and bike the 10.7 mile-long Shining Bike Pathway along the ocean, through salt marshes and a cranberry bog. Bourne Farm is a natural sanctuary encompassing 49 acres of fields trails, and woodlands. It's a great place for quiet contemplation and serenity.
Falmouth is home to 10 public beaches, from salt to freshwater. Families head Chapoquoit for its white sand and open ocean views. Falmouth Heights is on the Vineyard Sound, and features warm water and views of Martha's Vineyard. There's even a ramp for wheelchair accessibility. Old Silver is one of the most popular beaches on the Cape and its white sand is divided between a residents' and visitors' section.
Falmouth is an ideal base from which to explore all of Cape Cod as well as the neighboring states and cities. Barnstable, Wellfleet, and cosmopolitan Boston are all a short drive away. Hyannis is a great hopping-off point to get to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.
Beautiful beaches and historic, well-maintained structures await in Fallmouth, Massachusetts. Our Cape Cod vacation rentals here are the best base from which to explore this town and others in Barnstable County!
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