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Beaches

Surf Drive Beach Falmouth
Surf Drive Beach along Vineyard Sound is the closest beach to Falmouth village center. This beach offers lifeguards, a bathhouse with showers, and a concession stand. The waters here are warm and calm and have a wonderful view of Martha's Vineyard across the sound and Nobska Light nearby. Surf Drive is one of the three beaches in town where you can park without a sticker for $10 a day.

Old Silver Beach North Falmouth
Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth is gorgeous. The Buzzards Bay waters here warm up early. A creek splits the beach in two; one side is for residents and the other side for visitors to the town. Lifeguards and a concession stand in summer. Portable toilets and showers are available. You don't need a sticker to park here, but you do need to buy a $10 pass.

Hiking, Campgrounds & Parks

Mashpee River Woodlands Quinaquisset Avenue & Meetinghouse Road * Mashpee
An 8 mile trail along the Mashpee River and Cranberry bogs. Turn right onto Quinaquisset Ave. and follow for 0.1 mi. to the town-owned Mashpee River Woodlands entrance and parking (4 cars) on right.

South Cape Beach State Park Great Oak Rd. * Mashpee
At the Mashpee Rotary, take the second spoke and follow signs. Walk through many examples of coastal environments. They include barrier beach, dunes, woodland, slat marsh and fresh water ponds.
State Park Homepage

Waquoit Bay Estuarine Reserve (508) 888-0251 * Falmouth
Rte 28 If you take 151 to the Mashpee Rotary, turn right at the first spoke and proceed until you see the Welcome to Falmouth sign on your right. Start looking left for the entrance.
www.waquoitbayreserve.org

Ashumet Holly and Wildlife Sanctuary 508-563-6390 * East Falmouth
We are a few minute drive to the Ashumet Holly and Wildlife Sanctuary. They offer 45 acres of nature trails for walkers and bird watchers The Massachusets Audabon Society oversees this park. 8 self guided nature walks offer more than 130 bird species.

Go left onto Sandwich Rd. Pass the entrance to the landing and make the next left on Currier. Follow Currier to sign for the Sanctuary. This is actually walkable from the house.

Barnstable County Fair Grounds Rte 151 * East Falmouth
The Fair Grounds are only minutes away, on Rte 151 between our home and Mashpee Commons. A large variety of events take place here from the auto show in spring, the County Fair in mid summer to Kennel Club Dog sshows and obedience trials, and the Harvest Festival in the fall.
www.barnstablecountyfair.org

Bourne Farm 881 Palmer Ave * West Falmouth
Working farm with 34 acres, trails and woods looking out over Crocker's Pond.

Cornelia Carey Sanctuary (aka "The Knob") Rte 28 * West Falmouth
Off Route 28, right onto Quissett Harbor Road to the dead end. The road winds around Quisset Harbor to the dead end, where a sign announces "Private Road," there is a turnstile in front of a large house. Go through the turnstile, over a stone-fortified causeway to a small wooded area of red cedar and oak opens to a bare, grassy promontory high up, offering views of Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands and spectacular seaside sunsets are free for your enjoyment. The Knob, at Quissett Harbor is located at the end of Quissett Road. Hiking trails wind through 13 acres of this protected bird sanctuary with magnificent views of Buzzards Bay. Limited parking.

Sandy Neck Conservation Area Rte 6A * Sandwich
A 1,000 acre barrier beach with a salt march and dunes overlooking Cape Cod bay.
Sandy Neck Home Page

Shawme Crowell State Forest Rte 130 * Sandwich
Go left on Sandwich Road to Rte 151. Turn left. As Mashpee Rotary take 4th spoke (Great Neck Rd) to end. Left on 130. Follow Rte 130 to the State Forest.
State Forest Home Page

Talbot's Point Salt Marsh Wildlife Reservation Old Colony Rd * Sandwich
This 1.5 mile trail runs through red pines and salt marsh.

Sailing, Boating & Kayaking

Great Marsh Kayak Tours Yarmouth
For those who don't have their own kayak. Everything but the bug spray, sun block, a hat and sunglasses are included.
www.greatmarshkayaktours.com

Cape Cod Sailing Adventures (508) 540-6316 * East Falmouth
Captain Bob Barker invites you to sail on his 36 foot sloope "Bounder." Board in East Falmouth for Full-Day, half-Day or overnight cruises. Half-Day Cruises start at $125 a person for parties of 2.
www.capecodadventures.com

The Schooner Liberte (508) 548-2626 * Falmouth
July 1- Labor Day. Sailing trips from Falmouth Harbor w/ Captan Chris Tietje. $30 per person
www.theliberte.com

Cape Cod Kayak (508) 563-9377 * Cataumet
Kayak rental and tours. If you rent a kayak for a week, they will deliver it right to our pond for you.
www.capecodkayak.com

Cuttyhunk Island Cruises
In the Elizabeth Islands; Sundays in July, August and September. These trips include the 2 hour boat ride to the island and back, a two hour guided tour of the island and two hours free in the town to shop and explore. $50 per person.

Cape Cod Canal Cruises (508) 295-3883 * Hyannis
Cape Cod Canal Cruises offers 2 and 3 hour cruises on the Cape Cod Canal, some with music.
www.hylinecruises.com

Hyannis Whale Watcher (508) 362-6088 * Barnstable
Hyannis Whale Watcher, departs from Barnstable Harbor
www.whales.net

Golfing

Quashnet Valley Country Club Golf Course (508) 477-4412 * Mashpee
Open to the Public 18 holes rated 71.1 with a slope of 132 on Blue grass. Designed by Geoffry S. Cornish, opened 1988. 10 tee driving range $75 green fees on weekends, $50 on weekdays, $36 twilight fees golf cart included when available, public restaurant. This is but a 5 minute drive from our home. Go left onto Sandwich Rd. Turn left at the light (Rte 151), left on Old Barnstable Rd, and follow to the Club.
www.quashnetvalley.com

Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course (508) 420-1141 * Marston Mills
In Marston Mills, you'll find the Olde Barnstable County Fairs Golf Course measuring 6479 yards from the back tees, 6113 yards from the middle tees and 5122 yards from the front tees. It isa municipal course with fees ranging from $50 to $60 for 18 holes. Carts extra. To get there, is a par 71, you would take a left onto Sandwich Rd., Left at light onto 151 and continue after the Mashpee rotary on Rte 28 South (the 3rd spoke) until you get to Rte 149. Make another left onto 149 and stay on it to the golf course.
www.obfgolf.com

Biking

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway Capeside
This bikeway follows the Cape Cod Canal through sections of Bourne and Sagamore, respectively. Partially maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, it offers fantastic views of the canal's various boat traffic, along with the area's breathtaking shoreline scenes of outrageous homes and nature.

The path is actually the canal access road, a paved route designated for government vehicles, foot traffic and non-motorized vehicles only. It runs for approximately 7 - 8 miles between the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges. Featuring a wide road with minimal grades, it is ideal for beginner to casual cyclists.

Shining Sea Bikeway Falmouth
A four mile bike path from Skating Lane in Falmouth to the Woods Hole Steamship Authority. It follows a Wompanoag Indian Trail through woodlands, marsh, swamp, salt ponds and, of course, Vineyard Sound. This path may be used for walking, biking, cross country skiing, or in-line skating. The Shining Sea Bikeway was named for the line in the song America The Beautiful, written by Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates. It follows the original route of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad that used to run from Buzzards Bay, through North and West Falmouth, around Woods Hole and into Falmouth Station. In the early 1970's the Town of Falmouth purchased the right of way, tore up the tracks and officially opened the Bikeway in 1975.

Shining Sea Bikeway Shining Sea Bikeway

To get there: Go out to Rte 151 and turn right. Go 3.2 miles to Take Rt. 28 south to Falmouth. Fork right onto Locust Road. Entry to the bikeway parking area is a mile down on the right just past Pin Oak Way.

Wine Tasting

Come Wine With Us (508) 539-6962 * Mashpee
Wine tasting in New England? You bet! Paul Gentile takes you to sample some of the best wines Cape Cod has to offer!
www.comewinewithus.com

Concerts & Theaters

Cape Cod Performing Arts Center Orleans
Internationally known artists perform live throughout the year.
www.apacape.org

The Cape Playhouse 820 Main Street, Route 6A * Dennis
Cape Playhouse Summer Theater at its best!
www.capeplayhouse.com

Falmouth Chamber of Commerce Falmouth
Throughout the years art shows, walking tours, and other events can be found at their webiste. Free outdoor concerts are held in July and August at the Harbor Band Shell, Scranton Ave on Friday evenings from 6 to 7:30.
www.falmouthchamber.com

Falmouth Theatre Guild (508) 548-0400 * Falmouth
www.falmouththeatreguild.org

Cape Cod Theatre Project (508) 457-4242 * Falmouth
www.capecodtheatreproject.org

Woods Hole Film Festival 508 495 FILM * Woods Hole
July 31 - Aug 2, 2010
www.woodsholefilmfestival.org

Museums, Gardens & Aquariums rainbow

Art Shows (508) 540-3304 * Falmouth
The Falmouth Artists Guild presets a series of shows May 26th - Oct 7. For the schedule, visit their website or call the Guild box office at (508) 540-3304.
www.falmouthart.org

Spohr Gardens (508) 548-0623 * Falmouth
Spohr Gardens, once a private home is now open to the public. Open year round from 8AM to sunset. A 6 acre garden located on Oyster Pond. This is truly a secret treasure. www.spohrgardens.org

Heritage Museums and Garden (508) 888-3300 * Sandwich
This museum preserved the heritage of early Cape Cod families who lived her from 1677. It also houses the Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame and The Charles I. D. Looff Carousel and three galleries housing American art. The J.K. Lilly III Automobile Museum is here too. There is also a sculpture garden and labyrinth. Open April 1 to Oct 31 10AM to 5PM, November 24 to Dec.31 Spectacle of lights 5PM - 9PM.
www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

Sandwich Glass Museum (508) 888-0251 * Sandwich
This museum demonstrates glass blowing, has a marvelous collect of original Sanwich Glass and a truly wonderful gift shop.
www.sandwichglassmuseum.org

Woods Hole boasts The famous Oceanographic Institute and the National Marine Fisheries Aquarium. In summer parking can be tights, but a public trolley goes between Falmouth and Woods Hole.

Woods Hole Science Aquarium (508) 495-2001 * Woods Hole
Admission is free! Cape Cod Life readers voted the Aquarium the "Best Rainy Day Activity" on the Cape. Established in 1885, the aquarium features an outdoor seal pool, 20 tanks and 15 aquaria with fish and invertebrates.
www.nefsc.noaa.gov

SCUBA

Aqua Center (508) 888-3444 * Sandwich
A scuba Diving Center which offers PADI basic and advanced scuba course, dives and night dives.
www.aquacenter.com

Shopping

Mashpee Commons (508) 420-1141 * Marston Mills
Come out our driveway, turn left onto Sandwich Rd and go 1 miles to Rte 151. Turn left and just before the Mashpee Rotary you will see entrances to the Commons on both sides of the street. Over 90 stores off great shopping. Coldwater Creek, Pottery Barn, Talbotts and William Sonoma are but a few. Get tired stop for Tea at the Victorian Tea Room for a cuppa. Open Monday thru Wednesday, and Saturday 10AM to 6PM ,Thursday and Friday until 8PM and Sunday 11AM to 5PM
www.mashpeecommons.com

Dog Stuff

*New* Falmouth Dog Park! Falmouth
A new community dog park in Falmouth!
www.falmouthdogpark.com

Wooffotos (508) 540-2112 * Falmouth
Capture your dog's essence and have fun doing it with photographer Amy Radar!
www.wooffotos.com

Uptown Dog Cape Cod (508) 548-4115 * Falmouth
This dog bakery and boutique has it all! Whether you need leashes and collars or high quality food or a birthday cake for your four-legged friend, Uptown Dog has it covered!
www.uptowndogcapecod.com

Hot Diggity 866-4-HOTDIG * Mashpee Commons
Hot Diggity is located in Mashpee Commons, Mashpee, Ma. 24 North Street is our address, look for us diagonally across from Starbucks.
www.hotdiggityonline.com

Dog Stuff

The Tivoli Inn (508) 693-7928 * Martha's Vineyard at Oak Bluffs
Need help planning your Cape Cod vacation with your pooch? Take the ferry from Woods Hole to discover this quaint, dog-friendly inn on Martha's Vineyard!
tivoliinn.com