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So Many Things to Do on Your Vacation in Cape Cod

Falmouth, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod Information Centers

One of the things we hear most frequently from our first-time visitors is that they wish they had more time to enjoy the myriad of activities, sights, attractions, and special events in Falmouth, Cape Cod and the Islands. They are often quite surprised to discover all of our charming villages, towns, and islands and how much there is to do in each one of them! When planning your vacation at ShoreWay Acres Inn, we encourage you to take full advantage of all our destination has to offer by visiting the following websites for suggestions on attractions, recreation, dining, shopping, and special events. See our suggestions for events for visitors of all ages.


Some additional resources you might find helpful when creating your itinerary:


Falmouth, Cape Cod Art Galleries and Museums

Enjoy Falmouth's abundance of art and culture by visiting our museums and galleries during your stay.

Falmouth, Cape Cod Art Galleries - Take the opportunity to see some of the beautiful, breathtaking scenes of the area captured by talented local artists by visiting art galleries in Falmouth & other Cape Cod locations.


Falmouth, Cape Cod Museums and other nearby Cape Cod Museums


Falmouth Beaches

  • Surf Drive Beach - walking distance from ShoreWay Acres Inn
  • Bristol Beach
  • Chapoquoit Beach
  • Falmouth Heights Beach
  • Grew's Pond Beach
  • Menauhant Beach
  • Megansett Beach
  • Old Silver Beach
  • Wood Neck Beach

Dining

ShoreWay Acres Inn is ideally located within easy walking distance of more than twenty Falmouth restaurants. There is no need to worry about lengthy driving directions, where to park or whether to enjoy an extra glass of wine. From traditional Cape Cod cuisine of clam "chowdah," quahogs, and lobster rolls, to retro and trendy eateries, to Italian, Irish, Indian, Mexican and Asian fare, dining in Falmouth is a memorable experience. Stop by our front desk for recommendations and sample menus. For guests who wish to plan ahead, the following eateries are located either within walking distance of ShoreWay Acres Inn or just a few minutes' drive.

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Nearby Waterfront Dining


Cape Cod Outdoor and Nature Recreation

Biking

Biking around Cape Cod is one of the best ways to see some of the Cape's most charming sights, to work off all that great food and to make the most of your vacation time! During your stay at ShoreWay Acres Inn, you can just leave your car at the hotel and walk over to Corner Cycle Cape Cod where you can rent bikes for yourself and your family. Then hop onto the Shining Sea Bikeway for a scenic ride along the Falmouth coast. Planning a trip to Martha's Vineyard for the day? Biking is one of the best ways to explore the island's many sights and attractions. Please visit Martha's Vineyard's Bike Tours for additional information.


Boating - Sailing, Rowing, Paddle-boating, and Kayaking

Boat ahoy! Boating is another exciting and adventurous way to see Falmouth and the Cape. Couples and families can make reservations on one of the local sailboats for a day or half-day cruise of the bay. Kayaking is also a great way to incorporate some soft adventure into your visit. For a hands-on experience of one of the Cape's beautiful inlets and marshes, guests accommodated at ShoreWay Acres Inn are invited to free use of rowboats and paddleboats at our sister property, Green Harbor Waterfront Lodging in East Falmouth. And, for those guests who prefer to bring their own boat, you are most welcome to use Green Harbor's boat ramp at no charge. For more Cape Cod boating information:


Fishing

Love to fish? Your stay with us at ShoreWay Acres Inn is not complete without a fishing trip on one of Cape Cod's sport fishing charter boats!

A day trip on one of these fishing charters combines a day of relaxation on the ocean with excitement and adventure. Local charter captains are extremely knowledgeable and will bring you to those "hotspots" for stripers, flounder, tuna, sea bass, and blues. Make sure to bring your camera because you might just catch a fish that will make you the envy of all your friends back home!


Golf

During your visit, experience a relaxing round of golf at one of the Cape's lush and serene country clubs. And when you are finished, some clubs offer nice options for lunch or dinner before you head back to ShoreWay Acres Inn. For a great round of golf, consider:


Hiking and Nature Walks

Beebe Woods located near Historic Highfield Hall at the top of Depot Avenue, Falmouth offers 383 acres of marked trails and paths.

Ashumet Holly & Wildlife Sanctuary located in East Falmouth off Route 151 offers 45 acres of nature trails and guided nature walks. Seal cruises in the Spring, cruises to Cuttyhunk Island in Summer and Fall and year round bird watching.

Spohr Gardens located at 45 Fells Road, Sphor Gardens is one of Falmouth's hidden gems. These beautiful seven acres were once the private gardens of Falmouth residents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sphor and are now open to the public year round during daylight hours. The gardens are particularly known for their splendid daffodil display in the Spring. We'll always have a special place in our hearts for Charlie, who oversaw the construction of our indoor pool building at ShoreWay Acres Inn in the 1960's.

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve located in East Falmouth off Route 28 is a 2500 acre reserve with nature and hiking trails, cranberry bogs, barrier beaches, and marshlands. Seasonal and year round educational programs include such topics as Horseshoe Crab Natural History, Butterflies of Cape Cod, Wild Turkeys Back from the Brink and Atlantic White Cedar Swamps. The reserve's Washburn Island and South Cape Beach State Park are two special features of this national treasure. Information and permits for fishing, shellfishing, and hunting are available at http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org


Runners

If you enjoy a morning jog or run, take advantage of Falmouth's gorgeous jogging and bike path. The Shining Sea Bikeway is a 10.7 mile long scenic path that runs along the coast of Woods Hole and Falmouth. Runners and cyclists can venture onto the path to exercise in the morning, or take a relaxing sunset stroll after dinner.

If you're a serious runner, you may wish to consider entering the world famous Falmouth Road Race, a 7.1 mile marathon held each summer. The race begins in Woods Hole, routes runners into Falmouth along our scenic beaches, and ends with the finish line right over "Heartbreak Hill" located along the beautiful cliffs of Falmouth Heights Beach. Falmouth has long been a popular destination for running enthusiasts and many runners also return each year for the Cape Cod Marathon, which takes place in Falmouth during the autumn season.


Whale Watching

Whale watching is one of Cape Cod's most exciting and educational activities. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises, depart from scenic Barnstable Harbor, just 19 miles from ShoreWay Acres Inn. This high speed state-of-the-art vessel offers spectacular sightings of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Each cruise includes expert naturalists on board to provide information on the whales and ocean ecology. Discount tickets may be purchased at our front desk at ShoreWay Acres Inn. Additional Cape Cod whale watching is available in Provincetown on the Dolphin Fleet and Portuguese Princess vessels.


Ferry Schedules for Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

When visiting ShoreWay Acres Inn, ferry excursions to the storybook islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are popular day trips. For more information, please visit the websites for the Martha's Vineyard's Chamber of Commerce and/or Nantucket's Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the links below on offer helpful information regarding ferry options and schedules.


When arriving for your stay at ShoreWay Acres Inn, please inquire at our front desk for up-to-date daily schedules and island activities, or to purchase Martha's Vineyard ferry tickets in advance.


Historic Falmouth Village

Just a stroll around the corner from ShoreWay Acres Inn is a picture postcard Main Street in Historic Falmouth Village with its one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, restaurants, parks, and recreational areas. Our hometown village green is surrounded by beautiful historic homes, churches, and house museums leading to the Queens Buyway Shops. Surf Drive Beach, site of the Battle of Falmouth in 1779 and the attack of the Nimrod in the War of 1812, is south of Main Street just a ten minute walk from ShoreWay Acres. For a walking map of Falmouth Village and a list of shops, restaurants, and services; please visit the following website:


Village of Woods Hole - Falmouth's Science and Fishing Village

Just a three mile drive, trolley ride or bike ride from ShoreWay Acres Inn, is the village of Woods Hole. Home to the scientists who discovered the Titanic, this small village is a salty blend of cutting edge ocean science and old time fishing village. Stroll along Water Street and discover studios, galleries, shops, and waterfront restaurants tucked into unexpected places. Take in a play at the Woods Hole Community Theater. Pause to watch the Martha's Vineyard ferries docking in Vineyard sound or the drawbridge as it lets private boats in and out of the harbor. Allow ample time to just immerse yourself in this uniquely Cape Cod scene. For more information, please visit some of the links below:


Falmouth and Cape Cod Performing Arts


Family Fun

So you've been to the beach and Martha's Vineyard, you've been whale watching or (gasp!) it's raining outside and you're looking for something fun and educational for the family to get excited about? Cape Cod has a wonderful array of alternative activities for hours of quality, family fun.

Here are a few suggestions to start.

  • Cape Cod Children's Museum
  • ...a unique local experience where children can make arts and crafts objects, learn about oceans, boats, pirates, stars, and so much more
  • Cape Cod Railroad
  • ...Scenic train rides, luncheon, and dinner trains
  • Coonamessett Farm
  • ...twenty acre working farm with a general store, café, ice cream stand, Jamaican Buffet, farm activities, hydroponics, agriculture, and aquaculture.
  • Falmouth Marine Park
  • ...overlooking Falmouth Harbor. Free town band concerts on Thursday evenings in July and August. Antique car shows, crafts fairs, and other special events.
  • Falmouth Museums on the Green
  • ...Two 18th century houses on the Village Green tell the history of Falmouth. Revolutionary era furnishings and pre-Civil War medicines, children's games, and exhibits that tell of our 19thcentury whaling industry and the life of Falmouth- born, Katharine Lee Bates, author of "America the Beautiful." Family Fridays.
  • Falmouth Village Association
  • ...Free family "Movies Under the Stars" and summer concerts at Peg Noonan Park. Year round village activities and events all within walking distance of ShoreWay Acres Inn.
  • Historic Highfield Hall
  • ...cooking classes, art exhibits, music programs, gardening, and special events in a meticulously restored 1878 Falmouth mansion that is our cultural hub.
  • Leary Family Amusements
  • ...candlepin bowling and indoor arcade games; walking distance from ShoreWay Acres Inn
  • Ocean Quest
  • ...A 90-minute hands-on educational ocean experience
  • Water Wizz Cape Cod
  • ...Cape Cod's water park with wave pool, slides, pirates' plunge, and more
  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium
  • ...Free marine research aquarium with touch tanks, shark embryos, and resident seal

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